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"The Illusion of Empire: Missionaries, Maps, and the Spatial Logic..."

Date: 11/12/2010

Time: 12:15 PM

Location: 1210 Heller Hall

Cost: Free

Description:

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 cemh@umn.edu or visit the Center for Early Modern History in Heller Hall, room 1030.

Contact:

  • Name: Midori Green
  • E-mail: cemh@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, Early Modern History, History, History of Science and Technology, Institute for Advanced Study, Immigration History Research Center, European Studies Consortium, Religious Studies, Theorizing Early Modern Studies (TEMS), Art History, American Indian Studies, Global Studies, James Ford Bell Library

More information: http://www.cemh.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact cemh@umn.edu.

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