[ISHMap-List] 25 years of The Oxford Seminars in Cartography - registration open!

Nick Millea nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Mon Sep 4 11:17:10 CEST 2017

Dear All,

Cross-posted to various listservs and the Friends of TOSCA.

Here are registration details and the full programme for the special "TOSCA" event to celebrate 25 years of seminars and field trips in Oxford which we pre-announced back in May. Places are being snapped up fast, so don't miss out!


If you wish to join us for a meal after the event, please let Nick Millea know as we are booking a private venue to accommodate the TOSCA group. We reckon the cost would be in the £20-£25 range.

TOSCA @ 25

Enlightening maps: a celebration of 25 years of TOSCA - The Oxford Seminars in Cartography

Friday 22 September 2017, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

In twenty-five years of lectures and field trips TOSCA has called attention to the enlightening power of maps.  The series has shown how maps were co-opted into Enlightenment projects as tools for rational enquiry and the implementation of 'improvements'. We have seen maps as part of Enlightenment science - used by individuals, institutions, and governments to understand, demarcate, control, codify information about, and change the lands under their jurisdiction.  The power of maps to open up lands, seas, peoples, and the rest of the natural world to the questing gaze of the outsider has been a constant TOSCA theme.  TOSCA seminars have also interrogated maps dating from before and after the Enlightenment but which shed light on phenomena and connections between them.  TOSCA audiences have seen how - on the wall of the schoolroom, in the wartime operations room, in the hands of the traveller, in the mark-up room of the newspaper editor, in the cabinet of the scholar, or on the laptop of the engineer - maps shape our understanding of the world, ourselves, and our place in the world.  Though TOSCA seminars have amply demonstrated that maps can be tools of the elite and powerful, they have also uncovered mapping undertaken by the ostensibly powerless, as revealing exercise in citizen science, and as a means for those with radical, subversive, or countercultural agendas to enlighten audiences about the nature of elites.

To celebrate 25 years of TOSCA's cartographic explorations an all day symposium and map display will be held in TOSCA's home, the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Presenters will join invited speakers Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, Peter Barber, formerly Head of Maps at the British Library, and Mike Parker, author of Map Addict.

Details of how to register are online, and Nick Millea (nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk<mailto:nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>) can be contacted with queries.

With best wishes,
Nick and Liz


Nick Millea

Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Tel:      01865 287119
Email:  nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk<mailto:nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>

Web: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/maps

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Dr Elizabeth Baigent
University Reader in the History of Geography and SCIO Senior Tutor
Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
Oxford OX2 6PW
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