History of Cartography in the Nordic countries

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The panel will discuss recent research on the history of cartography in Norden and identify gaps in current knowledge where further research might be encouraged. Examples of topics where more research might be undertaken include women in cartography, indigenous cartography (in the Nordic context Sámi cartography), cartography of multicultural places, and colonial cartography (Danish or Swedish colonies in North America, the West Indies, West Africa and India). Also of particular interest are recent theoretical and methodological developments in cartographical history, for example maps as expressions of power, the historical-geographical context of mapmaking, cartography as cultural practice, and the history of cartography in the digital era. Other topics are also relevant.

The point of departure is a recent revival of interest in the history of cartography of the Nordic countries, seen in books and articles published in recent years both in the Nordic languages and in English. Nordic cartographers and cartographical topics are also referred to in recently published volumes of The History of Cartography (University of Chicago Press), vol. 4 Cartography in the European Enlightenment (2020) and volume 6 Cartography in the Twentieth Century (2015).

This panel session is organized on behalf of Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift–Norwegian Journal of Geography, which has recently published special issues containing articles on the history of cartography of the Nordic countries.

Kimmo Katajala, Professor of History at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, and Adjunct Professor in History at Tampere University. His research interests include cartography and state-building in the early modern period, historical urban cartography, and the use of geoinformatics to analyse historical cartographical and spatial data.

Anne C. Lien, Head of Vestland County Mapping Office, Norwegian Mapping Authority, and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen. Her doctoral thesis work consists of an analysis of Norwegian historical maps in relation to political and other motives behind their construction, with a focus on border regions and trans-border cartography.

Stig Roar Svenningsen, Senior Researcher, Special Collections Department, Royal Library, Copenhagen. His research interests include historical military cartography, cadastral cartography, environmental cartography, and the use of historical maps and aerial photographs for mapping landscape change.

Anders Wästfelt, Professor of Geography at the Department of Human Geography, University of Stockholm. His research interests include agricultural mapping, remote sensing, and the use of GIS to analyse historical maps. His recent research consists of micro-scale space-time analysis of historical farming systems using historical maps and GIS. He is also interested in different forms of representation on maps and their disciplining aims and effects.

The panel will be followed by a small reception sponsored by Taylor & Francis, the publisher of Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift–Norwegian Journal of Geography, to which attendants of the panel are invited.
Periode20 jun. 2022
BegivenhedstitelNordic Geographers Meeting
PlaceringJeonsuu, FinlandVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational