1919 and the History of Cartography: The 20th Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures at the Newberry Library

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November 7, 2019 to November 9, 2019
Illinois, Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Geography, Military History, Political History / Studies, World History / Studies

1919 was a year of heightened map production around the world. ‎Among the many maps produced immediately after the First World War were new maps drawn to preserve the peace. 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.


The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography invites you to the its exploration of this topic on November 7-9, 2019. The 20th Nebenzahl Lectures, are being organized by Dr. Peter Nekola (Luther College). He has invited eight other scholars from around the world to discuss the ramifications of 1919 for the history of cartography in the twentieth century and the early twenty-first.


As always, the Nebenzahl Lectures are free and open to the public. However, we require that you reserve a seat by contacting Madeline Crispell at the Center (phone: 312-255-3575; email crispellm@newberry.org).


Please note that blocks of hotel rooms have not been reserved for out-of-town guests. A list of recommended hotels near the library may be found at: https://www.newberry.org/accommodations-and-dining.


Preliminary Schedule:


Thursday, November 7

7:30pm - Opening remarks


7:45pm - Mirela Altic, University of Zagreb

        Drafting the State of the South Slavs: New Cartography for a New Order


Friday, November 8

9:00am- Steven Seegel, University of Northern Colorado

        Skins, Lines, Borders: Geographic Expertise and the Mapping of Eastern Europe in 1919


10:15am - Jason Hansen, Furman University

        Cartographies of Victimhood: Envisioning the Nation after the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919-1920


11:30am - Daniel Foliard, University of Paris, Nanterre      

“More than one Palestine”: Nationalist Cartographies, the Middle East and the 1919 Peace Negotiations in Paris


2:30pm - Penny Sinanoglou, Wake Forest University

Lines of Control, Lines of Contestation: Cartography and British Imperial Politics in the Middle East Mandates, 1919-1948


3:45pm - Lindsay Frederick Braun, University of Oregon

        Mapping a New Vision of Britain’s African Empire, 1919-1939


Saturday, November 9

9:00am- Peter Nekola, Luther College          

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


10:15am- Hon Tze-ki, City University of Hong Kong

        From Connectivity to Geobody: The 1919 Moment and China’s Role in the World


11:30am- William Rankin, Yale University

        Mapping, Science, and War



On Thursday, November 7, registrants will also have the opportunity to enjoy a daytrip to the American Geographical Society Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. There will be a fee for participation in this tour to cover the cost of transportation and lunch.

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