• Postmodern Cartographies

Postmodern Cartographies: epistemological and methodological issues in mapping power and social change


Organizer:  Edoardo Boria, Sapienza – University of Rome


Call for papers

There is no doubt that maps represent for the geographer a highly distinctive element of his professional profile. They have however recently undergone a deep epistemological rethinking, rising many questions that are still unanswered. The criticism by postmodernist currents has outlined how maps are inextricably at the center of power relations, thus undermining their presumed objectivity.

The present economical crisis and the deep social malaise call the geographer to answer for the new territorialisation processes, confirming at the same time a fundamental need, intrinsic to the geographical knowledge: to create convincing representations of the world we live in.

The challenges of our time thus require a new epistemological and methodological consideration of maps, which should be able to join the review of traditional concepts inherited by modernity with the unchanged cognitive needs of geography, also through a re-reading of the history of the way of thinking of the discipline. With this prospective, the session invites to present propositions on the following subjects:

–          cartography and power

–          mapping the State and its relations

–          mapping borders in contemporary politics

–          mapping new territorialisation processes

–          counter-cartography projects and radical cartography

–          participatory mapping

–          cartographies of inequalities

–          mapping the European Union project

–          mapping the Arab Spring and democratization processes

–          cartography and ethics

–          cartography and identity

–          cartography and history of geographical thought

–          post-Harleyan developments in cartography

–          epistemological and methodological issues in mapping and mapmaking


Session code: S25

If you are interested in participating please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling in THIS FORM and send it to the organizers before march 31st 2013 using this email: s25@eugeo2013.com
No one may submit or take part in more than two presentations.

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