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Gender and Early Modern Cartography

Posted By Camille Serchuk, Friday, April 21, 2017

How might attention to gender illuminate not only the allegorical margins, but also the production, patronage, and consumption of early modern cartography?

This session welcomes papers that investigate the intersections of cartography and gender in pictorial and textual form. Some questions that might be considered include: how did early modern notions of gender inform the iconography of the continents or the depiction of their inhabitants? How are we to understand the role of gender in anthropomorphic/gynomorphic maps? How might research into gendered spaces frame our understanding of cartographic display or spatial measurement? In the interplay of reader and text, how does gender animate cartographic literature? How do cartographic inscriptions define consumers and the consumption of cartography? Was gender a factor in cartographic production? How might gender have shaped the patronage of cartography by Elizabeth I and Catherine de’Medici? Especially welcome are papers that bring new images/objects/texts to light, or that offer new approaches to familiar ones.

Deadline for abstracts is Monday, May 22nd, 2017. Please submit your paper’s title, an abstract of no more than 150 words, keywords, and a very brief CV (300 words, max), with contact information to Camille Serchuk (

Tags:  bodies  cartography  continents  femininity  gender  geography  mapping  maps  masculinity 

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