Bifurcated cartographies. Mapping Central America in the early Nineteenth Century. A cross-continental reading
In the early XIX century two mapping projects on opposite sides of the world started taking shape. One, led by Adolf Stieler in Gotha (Germany), with the ambition to map the whole world in a single work: the Hand-Atlas über alle Theile der Erde (1816 – 1831). The other, with more modest goals, attempting to define the contours of a newly independent nation in Central America: Atlas Guatemalteco (1831)...more
European Entanglements in Ethiopia: Collecting, Knowledge Production and Violence in the 1860s
In the 1860s, a wide variety of European expeditions culminated in Abyssinia, combining knowledge production, scientific communication, politics, and material enrichment. But the chosen period of study is not only characterized by exorbitant European activities in the Abyssinian Empire. This time frame also allows for the observation of early forms of science management and communication when the practice of science was becoming academically professionalized... more
Image: Theodor von Heuglin, Route von Adua nach Gondar (draft map). Forschungsbibliothek Gotha/Sammlung Perthes, SPK 40.20.a A (03), Bl. 8 (CC BY-SA 4.0).