Time: 12:15 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Please join the Center for Early Modern History for a lecture by Ulrike Strasser of University of California-Irvine entitled, "Mapping the 'Palaos Islands': Geographical Imagination and Knowledge Transfer Between German Jesuits and Oceanic Islanders Around 1700.'"
This talk probes the history of the first European map of the Caroline Islands for what it reveals about knowledge transfer and competing conceptions of space in the early modern period. Jesuit cartography, it shows, contributed to the symbolic 'colonization of space' (W. Mignolo) that accompanied European political conquest overseas. Yet the talk also highlights the extent to which Jesuit map-making was driven by a distinct missionary 'cosmo-vision' (Luke Clossey) that could facilitate the incorporation of indigenous perspectives into European cartographic representations. Exploring different versions of the map, it illustrates how the very first map of the Caroline Islands contained traces of the islanders' spatial views that were erased only in later European editions.
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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