Campus Gotha, Centre for Transcultural Studies, Knowledge, Spaces, and Media

Mapping Asia: Cartography and the Construction of Territoriality

24. Nov 2022 - 25. Nov 2022
Pagenhaus, Seminar room (Friedenstein Castle)
Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection
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Two-day conference at the Centre for Transcultural Studies and the Gotha Perthes Collection.

About the conference

The international conference "Mapping Asia. Cartography and the Construction of Territoriality" is organised within the framework of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funded research and digitisation project on the Cartographies of Africa and Asia (1800–1945). A Project for the Digitization of Maps of the Perthes Collection Gotha (KarAfAs). International researchers will discuss constructions of territoriality(ies) as well as opposing mapping practices in Asian cartography from the late 18th to the 20th century. Further information can be found on the conference website. Please register for the event by emailing

Call for Papers

We invite papers that address any of the following themes:

  • The circulation of cartographic knowledge and the territorial imagination
  • The role of Asian and European cartography in nation and state formation
  • Cartography and the making of colonial and post-colonial borderlands
  • Mapping and counter-mapping
  • The construction of the idea of ‘Asia’ and its boundaries

We welcome papers written on any geographical area in Asia which deal with the intersection of cartography and territoriality from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

We especially encourage applications from groups underrepresented in the academy. We can offer small grants to reimburse the costs of accommodation and regional travel, with priority given to early-career scholars.

Please submit abstracts (in English, up to a maximum of 250 words) together with a short bio to by Sunday, 17th April. We will inform applicants of the outcome of their applications by the end of April.

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