[ISHMap-List] Call for Papers: Jesuit Cartography

Robert Batchelor batchelo at georgiasouthern.edu
Wed Apr 5 18:47:45 CEST 2017

*Call for Papers:*

*Special Issue on Jesuit Cartography, August 2018*

*Journal of Jesuit Studies*

*Editor Robert Batchelor*

*Abstracts Due: Friday, May 19, 2017*

As witnessed by the recent exhibition of the world maps of Matteo Ricci and
Ferdinand Verbiest at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Jesuit
cartography still arouses public curiosity centuries after the maps were
made.  While Jesuit science and mathematics have been the subject of much
study, especially in the context of East Asia, the broader and more diverse
practices of Jesuit cartography around the world have proven more elusive.
At the same time, significant scholarly and public interest remains about
both the nature of Jesuit cartography and the longer-term influence it had
on the process of imagining localities, nations, empires and cosmologies.
Is there coherence to the category “Jesuit cartography”?  If so, what
created this coherence aside from the Jesuit order itself?  How did Jesuit
cartography emerge in tandem with indigenous mapping traditions?  And
finally, why did Jesuit cartography have such important effects on both
national and global scales?

The *Journal of Jesuit Studies* seeks to publish an issue devoted to Jesuit
Cartography that will include an overview of the current state of the field
of Jesuit cartography along with six topical articles in August of 2018.
Abstracts of proposed submissions should be 500 words or less, and are due
by Friday, May 19, 2017.  Full articles should be approximately 7000 words,
including footnotes, and will be due by October 1, 2017.  A summary article
and bibliography by the issue editor on the historiography of Jesuit
cartography will be available to contributors.

Contributions might focus on particular maps, cosmological or geographical
mapping, particular cartographers and groups of cartographers, mapping and
printing techniques, indirect influences of Jesuit mapping in places like
Korea, Russia or Japan or on cartographic techniques in places with Jesuit
schools like France, transcultural cooperation in creating and
disseminating maps, maps as establishing relations between fields of study
(cartography and mathematics, linguistics, natural history, aesthetics, or
religion), and institutional practices as observatories in the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries among other topics.  Papers that combine novel
archival work and a broader engagement with conceptual or theoretical
approaches to Jesuit cartography are especially welcome.  Geographic
diversity and use of comparative approaches to different regions will
factor into considerations of the issue as a whole.  Potential contributors
should consult the comparative, historical and critical approaches
pioneered in J. B. Harley and David Woodward’s *The History of
Cartography *(1987+)
as well as J. B. Harley’s seminal article “The Map as Mission” (1991), more
recent work on the sociology of knowledge and science, and/or data- and
simulation-driven digital humanities and historical geography models as
baselines for methodology.  All papers will be published in English,
although help with translation can be arranged.

Color and black and white images are possible and should be tentatively
proposed with the abstract as a list (separate from the word count).
Acquisition of publication-quality image files and rights to reproduce are
the responsibility of the author.  A permanent website resource separate
from the journal will be available to contributors who wish to publish
extra reference images.

The* Journal of Jesuit Studies* is published in cooperation with the
Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.  It has four
issues per year, three of which are thematic and one of which is open JJS
is published by Brill and is peer reviewed, fully open access and is part
of Reuters Thomson Web of Science Indexing (see
http://www.brill.com/products/journal/journal-jesuit-studies).  Questions
about the issue and abstract submissions should be addressed to Robert
Batchelor, batchelo at georgiasouthern.edu.

Robert Batchelor
Professor of History and Director of Digital Humanities
Georgia Southern University
Forest Drive Building (Office 1211, 5539 FOREST DRIVE)
PO 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460
FAX: 912-478-0377
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