CFP: Early American Cartographies (10/1/05; 3/2/06-3/4/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Dennis Moore
contact email: 

Dear colleagues, Please pardon the inconveniences of cross-posting. --D.M.

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Early American Cartographies,"
      March 2-4, 2006, at The Newberry Library:

   a conference sponsored by the interdisciplinary Society of Early
  Americanists AND the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance
  Studies, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography,
  D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, and Dr. William
  M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History

This cross-disciplinary conference investigates the enduring significance
of space and place in scholarship of the early Americas against the
backdrop of the Newberry Library's world-class cartographic holdings. We
welcome proposals for papers and panels on the materials and metaphors of
mapping the early Americas -- from marchlands to middle grounds, from
borderlands to contact zones, from frontiers to public spheres.

    Papers concerning the following topics are especially welcome: Native
American mapping; cartographic fantasies and maps in literature from the
Americas; cartography's relations to imperial conflicts and colonialism in
the Americas; the portrayal of rural and urban spaces; Midwestern and Great
Plains geographic space and the Jeffersonian grid; the map trade and map
consumption in the Americas; maps used in land speculation, Boosterism, and
promotional schemes; mapping and exploration; the mapping of early
transportation networks; the history of pedagogic cartography; and the use
of maps in contemporary high school and college classrooms.

    Those interested in participating should submit a 350-word abstract for
receipt by October 1, 2005 to (e-mail preferred) or:

  Center for Renaissance Studies
  The Newberry Library
  60 W. Walton St.
  Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Please contact us at or 312-255-3514 for more
information about this conference; for more information about the
interdisciplinary SOCIETY OF EARLY AMERICANISTS, please point your browser
to Thank you.

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   --Carter Family tune resurrected by the band Uncle Tupelo
President, S.E.A., i.e.,
   University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Associate Professor / Department of English / (850) 644-1177
Florida State University / Tallahassee 32306-1580 U.S.A.

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