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Presentation of the digital exhibition "Karten Wissen Meer"

The world was formed into a unity on the seas. From autumn 2021, the digital exhibition "Karten Wissen Meer: Globalisierung vom Wasser aus" (Maps of Knowledge of the Sea: Globalisation from the Water) will show the contribution that cartography of the seas has made to making global interrelationships observable and comprehensible. The research association "Karten-Meer" cordially invites all interested parties to an online presentation of its show on Monday, 29 November, at 6.15 pm.

Using sea and ocean maps from the turn of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, the exhibition shows how a new kind of cartography brought the formation of the global world before our eyes: Maritime trade and transoceanic migration appear here, as do the wind and current systems of the oceans or the topography of the ocean floors. The range of exhibits extends from classic sea and world maps in Mercator projection to hand-drawn sketches and bird show plans to sea atlases and map-based advertising posters.

This selection also reveals the different functions and qualities that were associated with contemporary cartography of the seas: Sometimes maps provide orientation, model spaces, create an overview and promise order; sometimes they reinforce arguments, illustrate data, reflect world views or inspire imagination. And some maps raise more questions than they provide answers.

And so the digital exhibition - predominantly arranged with exhibits from the Perthes Gotha Collection and the map collection of the German Maritime Museum - demonstrates how sea and ocean maps advanced to become media of globalisation from the turn of the 19th century.

The exhibition is the result of the research network "Karten-Meere: Für eine Geschichte der Globalisierung vom Wasser aus" (Maps of the Seas: For a History of Globalisation from the Water), supported by the University of Erfurt, the University of Bremen and the German Maritime Museum with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Accompanying the exhibition, the books "Karten-Meere: Eine Welterzeugung" and "Karten-Reisen: Of Marine Knowledge and World Experience", which provide in-depth insights into the connections between globalisation, cartography and maritime history.

Dial-in to the online screening on 29 November is via the following link: https://uni-erfurt.webex.com/meet/fkts.gotha. Registration is not required.

From 29 November, the exhibition will be available at the following link:


link to the exhibition

further information / contact:

Project manager and coordinator of the research project network "Karten – Meere. Für eine Geschichte der Globalisierung vom Wasser aus"
(Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection)
Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien / Sammlung Perthes (Schloss Friedenstein, Pagenhaus) / Raum 1.05
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