Session634
TitleMappings, II: Material Borders of Maps
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserFelicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität in Hagen
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
 
Moderator/ChairFelicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität in Hagen
 
Paper 634-a Borders and the Spaces Between: Recovering Two Palimpsested Maps
(Language: English)
Helen Davies, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Geography and Settlement Studies; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 634-b The Hereford Map: Bordering on 'Obscurity and Oblivion'
(Language: English)
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 634-c The Almond-Shaped Frame of the Genoese World Map: Between Ptolemaic Projection and God's Transcendence
(Language: English)
Gerda Brunnlechner, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität in Hagen
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Manuscripts and Palaeography
 
AbstractPapers in this session examine vastly different kinds of cartographical border areas. Paper -a explores a new and unique kind of border area, the nearly visible, palimpsested world of the Tournai Maps of Asia and Palestine, as recovered by new, open-access, multispectral image processing. Paper -b chronicles the early stages of antiquarian reception of the Hereford Map, and thus its move from neglected and damaged marginal artifact to centralized graphical exemplar. Paper -c looks at the Genoese World Map's unusually formed frame to argue, against received wisdom, that its reference to Ptolemy's Geographia signals the map's accuracy, while simultaneously functioning as a border between the world of human experience and spiritual transcendence.