[ISHMap-List] Forthcoming cartographic events in Oxford
nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Fri Nov 6 10:02:05 CET 2015
Dear Friends of TOSCA,
Yet more mapping for us to feast upon, in addition to TOSCA on November 26th and the BCS Autumn lecture on the 17th ....
With best wishes,
Nick and Liz
Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Tel: 01865 287119
Email: nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Map Room blog ...
Dr Elizabeth Baigent
University Reader in the History of Geography and SCIO Senior Tutor
Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
Oxford OX2 6PW
From: SoGE Communications [comms at ouce.ox.ac.uk]
Sent: 05 November 2015 12:38
To: ouce-everyone at maillist.ox.ac.uk<mailto:ouce-everyone at maillist.ox.ac.uk>
Subject: EVENT: Seminar on Cartography and colonial Northern Rhodesia - 4pm, Wed 11 Nov, African Studies Centre
Cartographic underdetermination: pacing, tracing, and imagining Northern Rhodesia as a territory, 1915-1955
Speaker: Elizabeth Haines (Geography department, Royal Holloway)
4pm on Wednesday 11 November in the African Studies Centre. The details are now on the ASC website:
"He asks for impossibilities in the shape of vast areas of accurate large scale mapping because his previous work has been in civilised neighbourhoods. He cannot understand delay and attributes it to obstructionism."
'The' map loomed large in British imperial rhetoric. In this rhetoric cartography was part of the scientific toolkit that privileged the culture of the European colonisers. Cartography allowed imperial powers to delineate their new territories. Cartography allowed the rational organisation of imperial resources. The reality of mapping British colonial Africa was very different. Dispersed and disconnected agencies used makeshift resources to produce piecemeal cartography in response to temporary pressures and requirements.
In this talk I will address the chasm between cartographic rhetoric and reality as felt in early twentieth-century Northern Rhodesia. Through three short case studies, I will discuss the key factors that determined governmental mapping initiatives. I'll consider the emergence of localised, contingent mapping practices and substitutes. Finally, I'll ask whether a centralised vision of the territory was useful to colonial administrators in-situ who were negotiating the 'decentralised despotism' of indirect rule.
You may be able to read a map, but can you understand a geological map?
Would you like to convert your topographic impressions into #Undergroundology?
Then this course is for you!
Saturday 21st November 10 am-5pm
'How to Read Geological Maps'
Professor Paul Smith, our director and a geologist who has mapped most of the geology of Greenland, will lead a masterclass in reading the landscape around us in 4 dimensions using geological maps and investigate the techniques used to create them. This day school will also give an opportunity to visit our William Smith exhibition 'Handwritten in Stone' and view the original map. To book please click www.bit.ly/mnhevents<http://www.bit.ly/mnhevents>
www.oum.ox.ac.uk<http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk> - @morethanadodo - www.morethanadodo.com<http://www.morethanadodo.com>
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