Final line up, AAG 2010 Territory and Cartography III

Title: Territory and Cartography: Politics, History, Techniques III
Description: 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 third session includes papers that consider the politics of territory and cartography.

Anticipated Attendance: 50
Jeremy Crampton
Stuart Elden
Stuart Elden
Presenter: Martin Pratt, Unreliable Witnesses? Maps as Evidence in Boundary and Sovereignty Disputes
Presenter: Helga Tawil-Souri, Virtually Mapping Palestinian Dis-/Re-Appearances
Presenter: Mona Domosh, Corporate cartographies and the making of an American empire
Presenter: Elena Dell’Agnese, “Manifest Cartography”: US territorial expansion, textbooks and the logo-mapping of the Western hemisphere

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