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Thinking with Maps: Ethnography, Visual Culture, and Knowledge

Why do naked people and monsters stroll the margins of early modern maps? What is the role maps played in shaping the attitudes towards the people Europeans imagined, knew they existed, or actually encountered during the age of exploration? Can the ethnographic images on maps help us understand how early ethnography and cartography define humanity?

Surekha Davies (West Connecticut SU) is a cultural historian and historian of science, and formerly a British Library curator. She is the author of Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps, and Monsters (Cambridge UP, 2016) and the founding editor of the book series Maps, Spaces, and Cultures for Brill.