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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 305: Mappings, II: Representing Spices, Towns, and Roads on Regional Maps

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Syrbe, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Paper 305-aCloves, Cardamom, and Cartography: The Influence of the Spice Trade on Portolan Maps
(Language: English)
Kevin E. Sheehan, Library & Heritage Collections, Durham University
Index terms: Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 305-bEtzlaub's Romweg Map and Its Representation of Central European Roads
(Language: English)
Tomáš Klimek, Manuscriptorium Digital Library, National Library of the Czech Republic, Praha
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 305-cMapping Destroyed Towns
(Language: English)
Daniela Schulte, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval

'Representing Spices, Towns, and Roads on Regional Maps' falls under the 'Mappings' rubric that comprises it and another sessions in a proposed series that aims to advance studies in the history of cartography. Medieval maps are not only an interesting object of research but can be - but rarely actually are - used as sources for all sorts of historical questions beyond the cartographical focus. At the same time, medieval authors used different genres to map events, contexts, and consequences. The three papers in this session concentrate on different forms mappings: regional maps existing from the Middle Ages such as portulan maps and 'road' maps, and medieval chronicles that combine the spatial and temporal features usual for medieval maps that can be used to map medieval contexts.