The Smith Center is pleased to announce that the 21st Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held at the Newberry Library on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, 2022. This year’s series, Mapping as Performance, considers the many ways people map through action in space.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of Human Geography, the study of performative mapping “understands map-making and map-use as performative and embodied…. Performative mapping recognizes that maps are produced and used through a diverse set of practices—surveying, drafting, digitizing, scaling, generalizing, rolling, folding, marketing—contextualized by the politics and situation of those producing and using them.”
While this definition broadens what is meant by “mapping,” it still focuses on the processes associated with the creation and dissemination of traditional paper maps. In the past twenty years, a number of scholars in a variety of fields have examined how performances, ranging from on-stage performances to the movements of travelers, should be seen as forms of mapping.
In Mapping as Performance, we propose to bring together representative scholars from several fields to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue about this concept.
This year’s lectures will feature papers and performances organized in four topical sessions on Friday, November 4 and Saturday morning, November 5:
- Surveying as Performance
- Performing Space, Place, and History in Indigenous North America
- Mapping Dance
- Travel as Mapping
The Nebenzahl lectures are free and open to the public. However, we ask that you reserve a spot in advance. Click here to register.
For further information, please contact Salma Geneidy at email@example.com or call (312) 255-3582.
Friday, November 4
9:15 – 11:15 AM Surveying as Performance
- Ernesto Capello (Macalester College)
Triangulating Shuyu: Commemorating and Contesting French Geodesy in the Ecuadorian Andes
- Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas-Arlington)
Surveys in the Sand: Performing Colonial Mapping in Southwestern Africa
- Clinton Terry (Mercer University), Dan Patterson (photographer)
Reenacting Surveying in Early America
12:45 – 2:45 PM Performing Space, Place, and History in Indigenous North America
- Jennifer Saracino (University of Arizona)
The Ayer Map of Teotihuacan as Embodied Action & Performance
- George Ironstrack (Miami University, Ohio), Cameron Shriver (Miami University, Ohio)
Aacimwahkionkonci: Stories from the Land
- Dallas Hunt (University of Alberta)
Our Better Selves: Settler Replacement Narratives and Indigenous Futurities
3 – 5 PM Mapping Dance
- Seth Stewart Williams (Barnard College of Columbia University)
Choreography as Chorography in Early Modern England
- Kate Elswit (University of London), Harmony Bench (Ohio State University)
Mapping Movement on the Move, Ten Years On
Saturday, November 5
9:30 – 11:30 AM Travel, Mapping, and Performance
- John Wyatt Greenlee (Cornell University)
Mapping in Stages: Travel, Worldbuilding, and Memory in The Castle of Perseverance
- Jordana Dym (Skidmore College)
Retracing Travel: Mapping in Others’ Footsteps
- Karen Lewis (Ohio State University)
Enacting the Underground Railroad: Landscapes of Resistance and Ingenuity
Following the completion of the lectures, attendees are welcome to visit the Chicago Map Fair, which will also be held at the Newberry Library. Antiquarian map dealers from throughout North America and Europe will be on hand offering thousands of historical maps for sale. More details will be posted soon.