20th Nebenzahl Lectures: "Redrawing the World: 1919 and the History of Cartography" | Newberry

20th Nebenzahl Lectures: "Redrawing the World: 1919 and the History of Cartography"

Map presented at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference by the Armenian delegation

Thursday, November 7, 2019Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lecture Series

1919 was a year of heightened map production around the world. These maps reflect the instability and the experimentation of a world attempting to solve the problems that had led to four years of devastating war. Some cartographers worked to preserve a lasting peace with their maps, while others redrew national boundaries, seeking what some maps had taught them was rightfully theirs. While much of this cartographic work took place at the peace negotiations in Paris in 1919, its global legacy reverberates today, a century later.

Nine scholars from around the world will address and investigate the ramifications of 1919 on the history of cartography, at the twentieth Nebenzahl Lectures, November 7-9, 2019, at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Mirela Altic, University of Zagreb, Drafting the State of the South Slavs: New Cartography for a New Order

Lindsay Frederick Braun, University of Oregon, Mapping a New Vision of Britain’s African Empire, 1919-1939

Daniel Foliard, University of Paris, Nanterre, “More than one Palestine”: Nationalist Cartographies, the Middle East and the 1919 Peace Negotiations in Paris

Jason Hansen, Furman University, Cartographies of Victimhood: Envisioning the Nation after the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919-1920

Tze-ki Hon, City University of Hong Kong, From Connectivity to Geobody: the 1919 Moment and China’s Role in the World

Peter Nekola, Luther College, Science and Reasoning in the Delegation Maps of 1919: Humans’ Last and Greatest Attempt to Naturalize Borders, Nations, and Territories

William Rankin, Yale University, Mapping, Science, and War

Steven Seegel, University of Northern Colorado, Skin, Lines, Borders: Geographic Expertise and the Mapping of Eastern Europe in 1919

Penny Sinanoglou, Wake Forest University, Lines of Control, Lines of Contestation: Cartography and British Imperial Politics in the Middle East Mandates, 1919-1948

Cost and Registration Information 

As always, the lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please contact Madeline Crispell, Smith Center program assistant at crispellm@newberry.org or at (312)-225-3575.