|Title||Keynote Lecture 2022: Grenzräume - Medieval Maps and the Perception of Border Zones and Boundaries (Language: English)|
|Date/Time||Wednesday 6 July 2022: 13.15-14.00|
|Speaker||Ingrid Baumgärtner, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel|
|Introduction||Nora Berend, Faculty of History / St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge|
|Abstract||Speaker: Ingrid Baumgärtner, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel
Introduction: Nora Berend, Faculty of History / St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge
Between 1300 and 1600 the perception and presentation of frontiers underwent a profound change. This can be observed in maps of the world as well as in regional maps, where borders became an element in recording territory, developing land, and marking rights and possession. This lecture aims to retrace how contemporary cartographers appropriated 'the border' as a phenomenon and depicted their conception. On the basis of carefully chosen case studies, it has to be considered how map makers integrated knowledge about border zones, boundaries, and borders into the geographic representation, how they marked physically and geographically or socially-defined spaces, and which textual and visual strategies they applied to do so. Under scrutiny are the development, practice, and reception of cartographic borders as well as the intentions of the selected maps, since contemporary witnesses were well aware of the fact that those illustrations supported or rebutted certain claims and, thus, generated a relationally defined spatial reality.
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