Time: 12:15 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Please join the Center for Early Modern History for a lecture by Michael Witgen of the University of Michigan and a fellow at Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan entitled, "The Illusion of Empire: Missionaries, Maps, and the Spatial Logic of European Discovery and the Colonization in the Great Lakes.'"
The French empire in North America claimed vast territories as part of the colony of New France. These claims were advanced as part of a process of discovery recognized by all of the empires of the Atlantic World. Map making, ethnography, and exploration were integral facets of this process by which European, and later North American nation-states, imagined they had built empires and brought civilization to an unoccupied wilderness. These textual documents mask, but also provide evidence for an entirely different reality that existed on the ground in the Great Lakes region of north America – a place where the New World emerged as an indigenous space that remained distinct from the settler colonies at the edge of the continent.
You may bring your own lunch or join in the light repast provided by the Center. If you have any additional questions, contact email@example.com or visit the Center for Early Modern History in Heller Hall, room 1030.
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