Material Maps in the Digital Age

June 13-July 6, 2019, Chicago, IL, USA

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty at the Newberry Library
Stipend: $3,300

The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce its 2019 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty, “Material Maps in the Digital Age.” The four-week seminar, led by James Akerman (The Newberry Library) and Peter Nekola (Luther College), will focus on the practice of critically reading and teaching from original map documents, informed by the most recent cartographic scholarship. In many ways, reading historic maps is more productive in the digital age. However, the visual qualities of digital map documents do not displace the need to understand them as material objects. These issues will be at the heart of Material Maps in the Digital Age, a course of reading, discussion, map study, and research immersed in the Newberry’s extensive and renowned collection of historic map documents and other humanities materials. This seminar will be mindful of how map research in the humanities, and map literacy itself, is being transformed by the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution.

For more information, please visit our website.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 (applicants will be notified on March 29, 2019)

Posted: January 04, 2019