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The British Library Conference Centre

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Lines on a Map: Crafting and Contesting Borders in the Early Modern Atlantic and Beyond, a two-day conference at the British Library

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For over a century, scholars have wrestled with how to imagine, explain, and convey geographical space. From Frederick Jackson Turner’s chronologically shifting frontier to Fernand Braudel’s integrated Mediterranean basin, from concepts of an ‘Atlantic’ world to arguments for an enduring ‘Red’ North American continent, scholars have offered various models for understanding the interrelationship between space and time, and people and their environments—whether on land-locked interiors, blue water empires, or the bays, estuaries, rivers, and coastlines that connect water and land.

This conference asks participants to analyse their own assumptions about and models of early modern historical spaces by engaging with and interrogating how actors themselves described, drew, and defined geographic spaces—whether discrete urban vistas, vast colonial projects, regional chorographies, interiors unmapped (by Europeans), or ever-changing maritime and riverine waters. The ways in which actors defined scale, bounded their maps and descriptions, imagined the unknown, and projected their own understandings onto spaces provide a rich archive for examining how early modern actors defined and contested space, boundaries, and border-making.

This conference is the last of three that Dr Rachel Herrmann is running with Dr Jessica Roney (Temple University) as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council network, and is hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

This conference is free to attend. Refreshments, including lunch, will be provided on both days.

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Venues: Registration will take place in the Foyer of the British Library Knowledge Centre; the sessions will be in the Eliot room and catering will be served in the Bronte room on Friday and in the KC Foyer on Saturday.

Day 1: Friday 13 December

08:30-08:50 Registration

08:50-09:00 Welcome

09:00-10:15 Presentation/Roundtable: SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY LINES

Christian Koot, Edward Gray; FACILITATOR: Joshua Piker

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Pre-circulated papers: INDIGENOUS MAPPING

Charles Prior, Michael Borsk; FACILITATOR: Nancy Shoemaker

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:15 Presentations/Roundtable: THE SOCIAL LIFE OF MAPS IN INTIMATE SPACES

Paul Musselwhite, Bertie Mandelblatt; FACILITATOR: April Hatfield

14:15-14:30 Break

14:30-15:45 Paper presentations/roundtable format: NEW ENGLAND PEOPLE AND PLACES

Alice King, John Morton; FACILITATOR: Travis Glasson

15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:35 Paper presentations/roundtable format: MAPPERS AND COMPILERS

Alex Zukas, Emily Mann, Marilia Moreira; FACILITATOR: Max Edelson

17:35-17:45 Break

17:45-19:15 PLENARY

Max Edelson, Al Zuercher Reichardt; FACILITATOR: Rachel Herrmann

19:15 End of Day 1

Day 2: Saturday 14 December

09:00-10:15 Pre-circulated paper: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MAP-MAKING: THE DIMENSION OF HEIGHT

Santiago Muñoz, John Nelson; FACILITATOR: Kris Lane

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:15 Paper presentations/roundtable format: VISUALIZING BORDERS AND THE AFTERMATH OF REVOLUTION

Karen Rann, Mark Peterson, Jess Roney; FACILITATOR: Lawrence Hatter

12:15-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:45 Workshop

Erling Sandmo, Djoeke Van Netten, Linda Rupert

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:45 BIG PICTURE - NORTH AND SOUTH

Sam Truett, Harald Gropp; FACILITATORS: Rachel Herrmann and Jessica Roney

16:45 Conference ends

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