Material Maps in the Digital Age


Chicago, IL



June 10, 2019 - July 6, 2019 (4 weeks)


Summer Program

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In many ways, reading historic maps is more productive in the digital age. However, the visual qualities of digital map documents do not displace the need to understand them as material objects. These issues will be at the heart of Material Maps in the Digital Age, a course of reading, discussion, map study, and research immersed in the Newberry’s extensive and renowned collection of historic map documents and other humanities materials. This seminar will be mindful of how map research in the humanities, and map literacy itself, is being transformed by the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution.

Project Director(s)

James Akerman; Peter Nekola

Visiting Faculty

James Akerman; Peter Nekola

Grantee Institution

The Newberry Library

Funded through the Division of Education Programs