Mapping as Performance: The 21st Nebenzahl Lectures in the History of Cartography


Friday, November 4, 2022 to Saturday, November 5, 2022

Central Time (US & Canada)


This program is free and open to all; free tickets required.

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The theme of the 21st installment of the Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography is “Mapping as Performance,” addressing the ways in which people create and share maps through action in space.

'Mapping as Performance' brings scholars together from several disciplines, including dance, Indigenous studies, literature, geography, and history. The two days of lectures have been organized into panels focusing on four sub-themes:

  • Performing Space, Place, and History in Indigenous North America
  • Travel as Mapping
  • Mapping Dance
  • Surveying as Performance.







Friday, November 4

9:15-11:15 AM Surveying as Performance

  • Ernesto Capello (Macalester College)
    Triangulating Shuyu: Commemorating and Contesting French Geodesy in the Ecuadorian Andes
  • Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas-Arlington)
    Surveys in the Sand: Performing Colonial Mapping in Southwestern Africa
  • Terry Clinton (Mercer University), Dan Patterson (photographer)
    Reenacting Surveying in America

12:45-2:45 PM Performing Space, Place, and History in Indigenous North America

  • Jennifer Saracino (University of Arizona)
    The Ayer Map of Teotihuacan as Embodied Action & Performance
  • George Ironstrack (Miami University, Ohio), Cameron Shriver (Miami University, Ohio)
    Aacimwahkionkonci: Stories from the Land
  • Dallas Hunt (University of Alberta)
    Our Better Selves: Settler Replacement Narratives and Indigenous Futurities

3-5 PM Mapping Dance

  • Seth Stewart Williams (Barnard College of Columbia University)
    Choreography as Chorography in Early Modern England
  • Kate Elswit (University of London), Harmony Bench (Ohio State University)
    Mapping Movement on the Move, Ten Years On


Saturday, November 5

9:30-11:30 AM Travel, Mapping, and Performance

  • John Wyatt Grenelee (Cornell University)
    Mapping in Stages: Travel, Worldbuilding, and Memory in The Castle of Perseverance
  • Jordana Dym (Skidmore College)
    Retracing Travel: Mapping in Others' Footsteps
  • Karen Lewis (Ohio State University)
    Enacting the Underground Railroad: Landscapes of Resistance and Ingenuity


We look forward to seeing attendees at the Newberry, where you can now visit our reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop.

Please note: This program will be held in person at the Newberry. As we welcome visitors to the library, we're continuing to closely monitor health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 in Chicago. Click here for our visitor policy.


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