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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 728: Mappings, III: Pictura et Scriptura on/and Medieval Maps

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Moderator/Chair:Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Paper 728-aThe Cartography of the Onomasticon and the Tournai Maps of Asia and Palestine
(Language: English)
LauraLee Brott, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 728-bBounding the Earth: Locating Borders and Boundaries on Early Medieval Maps
(Language: English)
Margaret Tedford, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 728-cA Picture is Worth 1000 Words?: The Function and Use of Pictura and Scriptura in Early Regional Mappings
(Language: English)
Evelien Timpener, Historisches Institut, Leibniz-Universität Hannover
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History

Medieval maps are well-known for their combinations of scriptura and pictura, a convention analagous to and likely derived from the texts to which they are related. These session papers examine this convention's myriad of functions on maps created during a period ranging from the 11th to the 16th century. In doing this, their authors reveal how studying the implementation of verbal texts on maps (and their fluid relationships with images), shifts in perspective, and cultural biases reveal the polysemous nature of maps from a variety of genres and across a wide timespan. Far from being arcane and limited in application, these studies show us quite a lot about human nature and, in some ways, speak to current conflicts.