Ruderman Conference on Cartography: Gender, Sexuality, Cartography, Oct. 10-12, 2019, Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University

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The second biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will take place October 10-12, 2019. Following on from our successful first conference in 2017, the three-day event will include a keynote, research papers from a variety of scholars, and an exhibition that will debut at the event.

For this year’s meeting, all the papers will focus on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and cartography. While some scholars have examined the interplay of gender identities and mapping, particularly with regard to the role of women as buyers and sellers in the historical map market, this work remains isolated and has yet to make a significant impact on the wider field. This conference hopes to offer a counterpoint to this trend by bringing together diverse approaches and hosting interdisciplinary discussions.

While all the invited speakers are experts in maps and mapping, they will also bring their specialties in queer, women’s, and gender studies to bear on the nuanced ways in which maps are conditioned by and help to construct, and transgress, gendered and sexualized norms and spaces. Paper topics include mapping masculinity in French Vietnam, women in American cartographic history, the gendered cartographic language of medieval texts, the digital mapping of homosexual spaces, and much more.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Susan Schulten, from the University of Denver. She will share her research on the pioneering female mapmaker Emma Willard. As a special bonus, the conference will also host an artists’ roundtable in which artists and activists will discuss maps as a medium for the visual expression of place, gender, and sexuality.

Registration will open in April and there will be a concession as well as a regular price. All registered attendees will have access to the opening reception and keynote, all the speaker panels, the conference exhibition, and coffee/tea throughout the three-day event. Activities will take place at the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University’s Cecil H. Green Library.

Learn more and follow along here: https://library.stanford.edu/rumsey/programs/barry-lawrence-ruderman-conference-cartography