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

full name / name of organization: 
Susan Imbarrato
contact email: 

Dear colleagues:
Please see below a call for papers
(with apologies for cross-posting).
Thank you,
Susan Imbarrato


      March 2-4, 2006, at the Newberry Library:

A conference sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists; 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; and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal
Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

Keynote speaker will be Barbara Mundy, Fordham University. Professor
Mundy specializes in pre-Columbian and Latin American art. Her book,
_The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the
Relaciones Geográficas_ was awarded the Nebenzahl Prize in the History
of Cartography in 1996. She is creator, with Dana Leibsohn, of the
website entitled "Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America,
1520-1820": <>

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.

Co-chairs of the program committee will be Gordon Sayre (University of
Oregon) and Carla Zecher (Newberry Library). Committee members are Jim
Akerman (Newberry Library); Martin Brueckner (University of Delaware);
Stephanie Fitzgerald (Mount St. Mary's College); Susan Imbarrato
(Minnesota State University Moorhead); Thomas Krise (University of
Central Florida), ex-officio; and Eric Slauter (University of Chicago).

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

You will find the conference registration form
at:<> or you may
contact the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies at
<> or 312-255-3514 for more information.

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