Newsletter 1999: Winter
"[This is] a pathbreaking book on extending the usually Western-oriented field of historical carto-graphy to non-Western societies. To achieve their goal of integrating many divergent ways of representing space with symbols, the authors in this collection explored a variety of artistic and symbolic systems in many different cultures. The book manages to present fairly arcane information from a wide variety of sources in a clear way that manages to expand the field of cartography well beyond the West, and is potentially useful even for rethinking Western mapmaking. Based on stunning research and beautifully reproduced, the book is likely to be the standard for the field for many years to come."David Woodward accepted the award at the American Historical Association annual meeting, Chicago, in January 2000. We greatly appreciate the formal recognition of the efforts of our authors and editors.
The St. Gallen Cosmographical Globe, ca. 1575
Not much is known about the globe, but it is thought that the stand dates to 1595 and the globe probably dates earlier. The globe is terrestrial as well as celestial, combining the outlines of the main continents with constellations drawn in the oceans. The globe will be discussed in Elly Dekker's chapter, "Globes in Renaissance Europe," in Volume Three of the History of Cartography.
Size of the original: diameter 121 cm; height 233 cm.
Photograph courtesy of the Swiss National Museum, Zurich (inv. no. 129621).
CARTOGRAPHY IN THE EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE
The 24th Annual Burdick-Vary Symposium
Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin—Madison
6-8 April 2000
Thursday 6 April 6:00 Informal social hour, 1443 Mound Street, Madison Friday 7 April 8:45 Paul Boyer, "Welcome" 8:50 David Woodward, "Introductory remarks" 9:00 Anthony Grafton, "Cartography and antiquarianism in Renaissance Italy" 10:00 Felipe Fernández-Armesto, "Maps and exploration" 11:00 Break 11:30 Richard Kagan, "Maps and the state" 12:30 Lunch 2:00 Richard Helgerson, "Maps and folly" 3:00 Denis Cosgrove, "Changing notions of 'cosmography' in the Renaissance" 4:00 Catherine Delano Smith, "Unconventional signs" 5:30 Reception and Exhibition, Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library Dinner on own Saturday 8 April 9:00 Günter Schilder, "The map consumer in the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries" 10:00 Sarah Tyacke, "English charting of the East Indies: Gabriel Tatton's manuscript atlas" 11:00 Break 11:30 Glyn Williams, "'Java la Grande': Still more questions than answers" 12:30 David Woodward, "Concluding remarks" 1:00 Closing lunch
D. Graham Burnett, Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, is an historian of science. His primary research examines the role of the geographical sciences in European colonialism, but he has also worked on Charles Darwin, the history of exploration, and seventeenth-century optics. His first book, Masters of All They Surveyed, will be published by the University of Chicago Press next year. Burnett was a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was awarded the 1999 Nebenzahl Prize in the History of Cartography. His reviews and essays have appeared in the Economist, American Scholar, New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, and New Republic. He will be joining the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Honors College in Fall 2001.
Matthew H. Edney is associate professor of Geography-Anthropology and American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine, Portland. He also serves as faculty scholar in the Osher Map Library. A geographer and historian of cartography, his longstanding intellectual interests are in land surveying and social history. His book Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765-1843, was published by the University of Chicago Press (1997) and by Oxford University Press (New Delhi, 1999). Since 1990, he has pursued studies on the nature and cultures of cartography in eighteenth-century Britain and North America.
Mary Pedley is Adjunct Assistant Curator of Maps at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her primary research focuses on the map trade and issues surrounding commercial cartography in eighteenth-century Europe—specifically in France. She has written Bel et Utile: Work of the Robert de Vaugondy Family of Mapmakers (Tring: Map Collector Publications, 1992) and The Map Trade in the Late Eighteenth Century: Letters to Jefferys and Faden (Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation, 2000). She is also an Associate Editor of Imago Mundi, the journal for the history of cartography. In addition to her research on cartography, she teaches Latin in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
In preliminary discussions and at a very productive November meeting
hosted by Burnett at the Center for Scholars and Writers, the editors began
to refine the volume outline and to identify possible members of an advisory
board. Knowing that mapping activity exploded during the Enlightenment
period, the editors also discussed criteria to help authors select which
maps to include while maintaining the quality and coverage of the volume's
These published essays will form the basis of much larger and more fully developed chapters in Volume Six. They will not substitute for the volume, but are intended to encourage feedback and further interest in this field. Moreover, to nurture and protect our investment in researchers' work, the editors will take an active role in guiding the initiative. In particular, Monmonier and Woodward plan to consult frequently with researchers, offer advice on source materials, read preliminary drafts, and promote additional interaction among researchers. Participants are expected to provide copies of their research materials to the editors to facilitate both bibliographic checking and the incorporation of their efforts in Volume Six. The editors hope that, eventually, many of the participants can be attracted to the Project as chapter authors or section contributors.
To assist in selecting participating authors, Monmonier and Woodward
appointed an advisory board of internationally prominent scholars: Christopher
Board (United Kingdom), Ulrich Freitag (Germany), Ingrid Kretschmer (Austria),
Joel Morrison (United States), Ferjan Ormeling, Jr., (The Netherlands),
D. R. Fraser Taylor (Canada), and Waldo Tobler (United States). Board members,
authors, co-editors, and Project staff will meet in Chicago next June to
discuss events, sources, and historiography. For more information on the
exploratory essays initiative, you can go directly to the web site at:
or send an email message to Mark Monmonier at firstname.lastname@example.org
with "Vol. 6 info request" in the subject line.
In other staffing news, we welcomed Brian Covey, graduate student in history, who began working this past summer on manuscript preparation and reference checking for Volume Three. He filled the project assistant position vacated by Peter Thorsheim, who accepted a teaching post at Manhattan College. Jason Martin, a reference editor since 1997, and Karen Bianucci, illustration editor since 1998, have also left the Project this winter. Both recently completed their master's degrees in geography. Jason will be pursuing his doctoral degree at Queen's University, and Karen is entering the job market.
Drew Ross, our long-time student assistant, also left the Project this
year after successfully defending his dissertation. We are grateful to
have found our wonderful new assistant, Jane Rosecky, a senior in the Geography
Meetings in Europe included the Hereford (UK) Map Conference in June.
In July, he attended the XVIII International Conference on the History
of Cartography in Athens, at which he served as Chair of the Program Committee.
In Athens, he took part in a special session on the History of Cartography
with papers by Matthew Edney and Christian Jacob that discussed the influence
of the Project on the field. He attended the International Cartographic
Association meeting (Ottawa) in August and gave a keynote plenary speech
"Touch the Past" to about 600 international delegates.
In 1999, we received $55,814 in donations from 179 individuals, map
societies, and small foundations. This is an 8.85% increase in contributions
over 1998. Many thanks to all our generous supporters; you have made it
possible for us to consistently meet our goals for federal matching funds.
We thank him for his generosity and foresight, and we encourage others
to consider a tax-sheltered contribution such as this.
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