|Territory and Cartography: Politics, History, Techniques I|
|Description:||Territory and Cartography: Politics, History, Techniques
The relation between cartography and territory seems well-known. State territories are one of the key objects of cartographic work, both in terms of their depiction on geopolitical maps and in terms of the state agencies that produce maps of their territory. Here we want to reverse the question: to what extent is cartography productive of territory? If territory can be understood as a political technology, comprising a range of techniques for the measurement of land and the control of terrain, then cartography, alongside land surveying and the military, is one of those techniques; part of what might be conceived of as state territorial strategies.
These three sessions aim to bring together papers analysing maps politically in terms of their relation to the state and its territory, drawing on a range of historical and geographical contexts. The principle question is: if we know that the map is not the territory, to what extent is it still productive of it?
This first session is introduced by the organisers, then moves to some conceptual papers before finally considering ways that territory is volumetric.
|Sponsorships:||Cartography Specialty Group
Political Geography Specialty Group
Historical Geography Specialty Group