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A History of Maps and Mapping

London, U.K.
Organisation: London Rare Books School
Institute of English Studies
Course Organisers: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke CB.
The aim in this course is to draw attention to some of the challenges facing the student of map history given the longevity and ubiquity of the mapping idea, from prehistory to the present, and the variety of format, function and context of maps at any one time. Sessions are designed to explore the fundamental principles of map history to provide a framework in which the details of any map from any period can be accommodated. Stress is laid on the relationship between word and image, and the role of maps in books, as a counterbalance to the traditional way of viewing maps in isolation. The key tenet remains, however, that of the indivisibility of maps as image, artefact and messenger.
Outcomes for Students / Reading List:
Application forms at
Venue: London Rare Books School, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Language: English