IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1317: Mappings, IV: Otherness in Mapping - Strange Creatures, Delimited Spaces, Different Worldview

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Moderator/Chair:Margriet Hoogvliet, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 1317-aOf Monsters and Fabulous Places: Medieval Iconography on the St Gallen Globe, c. 1576
(Language: English)
Jost Schmid, Abteilung Karten und Panoramen, Zentralbibliothek Zürich
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Geography and Settlement Studies, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1317-bElisha ben Abraham Cresques: Scribe, Illuminator, and Mapmaker in 14th-Century Majorca
(Language: English)
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Institut für Jüdische Studien, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / Department of History of Art, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1317-cMapping Territory: Depictions of Self and Other in Dispute Maps of Hessen, 15th and 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Evelien Timpener, Historisches Institut, Leibniz-Universität Hannover
Index terms: Administration, Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Speakers in Mappings VI look at otherness in mapping. Paper -a compares the representations of strange creatures on the St Gallen Globe in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich (one of only four large globes of the 16th century still in existence today) to the medieval tradition of mappae mundi. Paper -b looks at the professional background of the widely learned Sephardic scribe and illuminator of the ‘Catalan Atlas’ (c. 1375), Elisha Cresques. What emerges is an intellectual environment where mapmaking for a royal Christian patron merged with scribal work, miniature painting with scientific knowledge, and the majority culture with cultures of religious minorities. Paper -c claims that the 15th/16th-century ‘dispute maps’ were not so much concerned with jurisdiction and privilege but with space itself – the mapmaker’s sponsor’s and the Other’s – which came to stand for the disputed territories.