Mapping, Text, and Travel | Newberry

Mapping, Text, and Travel

A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty
Monday, July 11, 2016Friday, August 12, 2016
NEH Summer Programs - Smith


The five-week NEH Seminar, led by James Akerman and Jordana Dym, will examine the complex relationship between text, mapping, and travel from the emergence of the modern world to the dawn of the digital age, focusing on the genre of travel mapping within the wider context of the history of cartography and travel publication. The program of lectures, workshops, and discussions encourages 16 participants to cross disciplinary boundaries and move beyond regional and chronological specialties to reflect on the ways in which mapping has shaped travelers’ imagination and the experience of place and landscape, of identity and history, and of time and space. The seminar will embrace a broad geographical and chronological focus on the Atlantic World richly supported by the Newberry’s rich holdings of cartography, geography, art, history, literature, and the history of printing from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

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Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 255-3541

Jordana Dym
Professor, Department of History
Director, John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
Skidmore College

This Summer Seminar is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency. The Newberry Library is an independent library for research and reference in the humanities.

Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.