CFP: [Medieval] Mapping Medieval Geographies conference - call for papers

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Keith Lilley
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Call for papers:


Cartography and Geographical Thought in the Latin West and Beyond: 300-

A CMRS Ahmanson Conference at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Thursday May 28th - Saturday May 30th 2009

Geography as it was understood and practiced in the Middle Ages, within
both eastern and western traditions, and as represented both graphically
and textually, is a subject of renewed interest and importance among
historians, philologists and geographers. This conference aims to promote
an exchange between those of different disciplines working on
geographical ideas and thinking from late Antiquity to the Renaissance on
the themes of ‘Translation, transmission, transculturation’,
and ‘Mapping, imagining, placing’.

Key speakers are: Daniel Birkholz (Univ. Texas at Austin), Veronica della
Dora (Univ. Bristol), Kathy Lavezzo (Univ. Iowa), Natalia Lozovsky (UC
Berkeley), Andrew Merrills (Univ. Leicester), Meg Roland (Marylhurst
Univ.), Emilie Savage-Smith (Univ. Oxford), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg
Institute, London).

Paper contributions are invited which address the two conference themes,

(1) on the continuities in geographical knowledge from Antiquity into and
through the Middle Ages; the complex transculturation of formal
geographical and cartographic knowledge between Latin, Byzantine and
Islamic scholars and travelers; and the copying and transmission of ‘key’
geographical texts and sources and their selection and adaptation, or

(2) on questions of ‘scale, place and the geographical imagination’
looking at the changing distinctiveness, character and uses
of ‘geography’ in medieval thought; the intertextual nature of ‘medieval
geography’ between visual (cartographic) and textual descriptions, and
connections between ‘thinking geographically’ (ie. spatial sensibility)
and ‘geographical thinking’ (ie. writing and visualizing ‘geography’) in
the Middle Ages.


Please send a 150-word abstract of your suggested paper, including title
and contact details to:
Dr Keith D. Lilley, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology,
Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, BT7 1NN.
Or email it to: k.lilley AT


Closing date for abstract submission: September 30 2008.

Limited funds are available to help support doctoral students present
papers thanks to the Historical Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG.

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