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The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce its 2016 NEH Summer Seminar, “Mapping, Text, and Travel.” The five-week NEH Seminar, led by James Akerman and Jordana Dym, will examine the complex relationship between text, mapping, and travel from the emergence of the modern world to the dawn of the digital age, focusing on the genre of travel mapping within the wider context of the history of cartography and travel publication. The program of lectures, workshops, and discussions encourages 16 participants to cross disciplinary boundaries and move beyond regional and chronological specialties 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. The seminar will embrace a broad geographical and chronological focus on the Atlantic World richly supported by the Newberry’s rich holdings of cartography, geography, art, history, literature, and the history of printing from the 15 th to the 21 st centuries.

Applications are encouraged from college and university faculty in all disciplines. A limited number of spaces are also available for full-time graduate students in the humanities. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,900 to help defray travel and housing expenses.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Epps
Program Assistant
Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography
The Newberry Library
60 W Walton
Chicago, IL   60610
(312) 255-3541
smithctr [at] newberry [dot] org