"The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders," American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, October 10-12, 2019

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October 10, 2019
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Geography

“The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders”

American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia, PA


October 10-12, 2019


Inspired by the American Philosophical Society’s 2019 museum exhibition on Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic, this three-day conference will investigate the power of maps and the politics of drawing borders. By tracing the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic, the conference will explore the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities.

The event will begin on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:30pm with a reception and keynote lecture from Dr. Billy G. Smith, Professor of History & Distinguished Professor of Letters & Science at Montana State University, on “Ona Judge Staines and Martha Washington: Mapping Inequality, Resistance, and Solutions in Early National Philadelphia.”

 The conference will continue with sessions beginning at 9:00am on Friday, October 11, and on Saturday, October 12.

The conference is free and open to the public and will be live-streamed. A full program, registration, and additional details are available on the conference website: https://www.amphilsoc.org/events/power-maps-and-politics-borders


Questions or other inquiries may be directed to Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at alink@amphilsoc.org or by phone at (215) 410-3415.

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