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Maps and Society Lecture Series

A series of lectures on the history of maps and mapping worldwide, from earliest times to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the social and cultural factors of the maps’ context, production, and use.

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These lectures focus on the history of maps and mapping worldwide, from earliest times to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the social and cultural factors of the maps’ context, production, and use. Many speakers are internationally well-known scholars in the subject, but early-career speakers are also encouraged. The meetings advance understanding of non-current maps both through formal proceedings and informal encounters with established practitioners, who include academics, librarians, map collectors, and dealers. The style of the well-illustrated lectures is scholarly but accessible to an audience whose own interests and expertise range widely.
 
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings in London, when these are physically possible, are generously supported by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.

Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 5.00 pm. Admission free. All are welcome. Enquiries: tony@tonycampbell.info or c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.

For the 2021-2022 academic year all will be virtual meetings (via Zoom) unless otherwise informed.