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Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3380)
James R. Akerman (Project Director: February 2015 to May 2017)
Mapping, Text, and Travel

A five-week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty to explore the scholarly connections between mapping, texts, and travel.

The Newberry Library’s Hermon Smith Center for the History of Cartography seeks funding for a five-week summer seminar for college and university faculty in 2016 that will examine the interplay between mapping and the history and literary culture of travel from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. "Mapping, Text, and Travel," led by James Akerman (The Newberry Library) and Jordana Dym (Skidmore College) will discuss the relationship between mapping, wayfinding, describing, and narrating the experience of travel as manifested in separately published maps, atlases, guidebooks, travel narratives, and travel fiction. Drawing on the Newberry's rich holdings of cartography, travel accounts, and guidebooks, the seminar will offer 16 participants an opportunity to cross disciplinary, regional, and chronological boundaries to reflect on the ways in which mapping has shaped travelers’ imagination and the experience of place and landscape, of identity and history, and of time and space.

Project fields:
History, General

Seminars for College Teachers

Education Programs

$160,169 (approved)
$158,936 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016