Maps and Mapping in English-speaking Countries in the 17th and 18th Centuries Annual Conference of the SEAA 17-18

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January 15, 2021 to January 16, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, British History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Literature, Native American History / Studies

It is my pleasure to announce the 2021 annual conference of the SEAA 17-18 (French Society for Anglo-American Studies in the XVIIth-XVIIIth-centuries). The conference will be virtual and will cover maps and mapping in English-speaking countries in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Join us online via Zoom on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16, 2021 for a series of talks taking place over four sessions presenting historical, literary and cultural perspectives, and a roundtable about Digital Mapping.

The full schedule of talks is outlined below. Please note that the schedule is Western European Standard Time Zone. 

For the Zoom registration link, please contact

Looking forward to "seeing you" at the conference!


Maps and Mapping in English-speaking Countries in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Annual Conference of the SEAA 17-18



January 15, 2021


8:45-9:00AM (Paris): Welcome address by Pierre Lurbe (President of the SEAA 17-18), Carine Lounissi (Université de Rouen-Normandie), Emmanuelle Peraldo (Université Côte d’Azur) and Agnès Trouillet (Université Paris Nanterre). 


Session 1 - 9:00-10:00: Maps in the Texts / Texts in the Maps 


Chair: Lynn Meskill (Université de Paris) 


9:00-9:20: Chloe Fairbanks (University of Oxford)

‘Of euery soyle within this kingdome’: Mapping the Nation on the Early Modern Stage  


9:20- 9:40: Louise McCarthy, Ladan Niayesh (Université de Paris)

Cartography as Propagandist Design: From Company Maps to Prince Henry’s Virginian Masques (1613-14)  


9:40-10:00: Julien Nègre (ENS de Lyon)

“Writing (on) the Line: Map and Text in William Byrd’s Histories of the Dividing Line (1728)”  


10:00-10:20: Amélie Derome (Aix-Marseille Université) 

Representation of imaginary lands in French translations of Gulliver’s Travels: Wiping Charts off the Map.  


10:20-10:45: Discussion



10:45-11:00: coffee break



Session 2 - 11:00-12:25: The Production and Circulation of Maps


Chair: Katherine Parker (University of London) 


11:00-11:20: Djoeke van Netten (University of Amsterdam)

Sea-Mirrors. How Seventeenth-Century English Pilot Guides Show what Maps were and how they were Used 


11:20-11:40: Isabella Jean Alexander (University of Technology, Sydney)

Maps before Copyright  


11:40-12:00: Benedicte Myamoto (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

Color-coded Manuscript Maps in the Military Enlightenment: The Circulation of Map-mindedness.  


12:00-12:25: Discussion



12:25-2:00PM: lunch 



Session 3 - 2:00-2:55PM (Paris) : Maps as Narratives


Chair: Ariane Fennetaux (Université de Paris)  


2:00-2:20: Manon Turban (Université de Paris)

Monsters on Early Modern Maps


2:20-2:40: Alex Zukas (National University, San Diego)

Cartography and Narrative in the Maps of Herman Moll’s The World Described.  


2:40-3:00: Bertie Mandelblatt (John Carter Brown Library - Providence, Rhode Island)

“Mapping Sovereignty with Open Borders: the Social Worlds of Adlum’s 1792 Pennsylvania Map”  


3:00-3:20: Kimberly Sayre Alexander (University of New Hampshire)

Silk Roads: Mapping Post-Revolutionary Boston at Mrs. Rowson's (1762 –1824) Young Ladies Academy  


3:20-3:55: Discussion



3:55-4:10: coffee break 



4:10-5:30: Keynote Lecture: Max Edelson (University of Virginia)


“The Search for Cofitachequi: Imagining the Interior of Southeastern North America, 1500-1725”


Chair: Agnès Trouillet (Université Paris Nanterre)



January 16, 2021



9:00-11:30 AM (Paris) : Annual Meeting of the SEAA 17-18 



11:30-11:45: coffee break 



11:45-12:45: Plenary Lecture: Katherine Parker (University of London)


“The Ship, the Map, the Chart, and the Book: the Role of the Royal Navy in the Publication of Pacific Geographic Knowledge in the Long-Eighteenth Century” 


Chair: Jim Bennett (Hakluyt Society)



12:45-2:00PM: Book Club Brunch



Session 4 - 2:00-3:55: Surveying the Empire


Chair: Stephen Hornsby (University of Maine)


2:00-2:20: Kristofer Ray (University of Hull)

Native Cartography and the Limits of European Empire in 18th Century North America  


2:20-2:40: Michael Borsk (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)

“Little Better than Sketches”: Surveyors and Cartography in the Great Lakes Borderland  


2:40-3:00: Baijayanti Chatterjee (Seth Anandram Jaipuria College, Calcutta University)

Founding Empire: James Rennell and the Eighteenth-Century Survey of British Bengal  


3:00-3:20: Catherine Porter (University of Limerick) 

How Early Maps of Ireland were Made: an Exploration of the Bodley Maps of Ulster


3:20-3:55: Discussion 



3:55-4:10: coffee break 



4:10-5:30: Roundtable: Maps and Digital Mapping


Moderators: Robert Clark (University of East Anglia) and Agnès Delahaye (Université Lumière Lyon 2)


Giovanna Ceserani (Stanford University): Mapping the Republic of Letters: Travelers on the Grand Tour

Nick Gliserman (University of Southern California): Early Maps as Sources of Geohistorical Data: The Case of the 1760 Murray Atlas

Angel-Luke O’Donnell (King’s College London): Mapping Mortgages: Researching and Teaching Early American Industrialization 

Sophie Vasset (Université de Paris): Mapping Spas in Eighteenth-century Britain

Rosemarie Zaggari (George Mason University): Mapping Early American Elections


Contact Info: 

Agnès Trouillet, Université Paris Nanterre