Maps, Spaces, Cultures from Brill

John Daniel Saillant Blog Post

We are writing to announce the launch of an exciting new book series that will be published by Brill. Our goal is to enliven and invigorate the study of premodern conceptions of space, mapping and geography (roughly pre-1800). We are actively seeking manuscripts that engage with space and place from any discipline and any premodern geographical region. The formal Call for Manuscripts is below, and is also available at the following link:

Please share this call widely, and if you think your work might fall within our purview, please let us know. We would be happy to discuss your book project with you.

Surekha Davies and Asa Mittman

Dr Surekha Davies
Jay I. Kislak Fellow, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress / Hardison Fellow, Folger Library, 2014-15, Assistant Professor, European History, Western Connecticut State University,
Department of History and Non-Western Cultures
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Edited by Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University) and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico).

Editorial board: Michiel van Groesen (University of Amsterdam), Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University) and Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University).

This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures. While the history of cartography has traditionally focused on internal developments in European mapping conventions and technologies, pre-modern scribes, illuminators, and printers of maps tended to work in multiple genres. Spatial thinking informed and was informed by multiple epistemologies and perceptions of the order of nature.

Maps, Spaces, Cultures therefore integrates the study of cartography and geography within cultural history. It puts genres that reflected and constituted spatial thinking into dialogue with the cultures that produced and consumed them, as well as with those they represented. The editors welcome submissions from scholars of the histories of art, material culture, colonialism, exploration, ethnography (including that of peoples described as monsters), encounters, literature, philosophy, religion, science and knowledge, as well as of the history of cartography and related disciplines. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions that cross traditional historical, geographical, or methodological boundaries, that include works from outside Western Europe and outside the Christian tradition, and that develop new analytical approaches to pre-modern spatial thinking, cartography, and the geographical imagination.

Authors are cordially invited to write to either of the series editors, Surekha Davies ( and Asa Simon Mittman (, or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (, to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.