MAPS is hosting a session and a business meeting Friday afternoon. All are welcome, and bring ideas for next year’s Medieval Congress.


Geoinformatics: Challenges of Medieval Geodata and Digital Maps
Sponsor: Medieval Association of Place and Space (MAPS)

Organizer: Matthew Boyd Goldie, Rider Univ.
Presider: Matthew Boyd Goldie

Geodatabases Design for Medieval Islamic Maps: Azimuth, Altitude
Karen Pinto, Boise State Univ.; Kathleen M. Baker, Western Michigan Univ.

The Oxford Outremer Map and the Challenge of Translating Space
Tobias Hrynick, Fordham Univ.

Virtual Pilgrims, Virtual Maps: Using GIS to Understand Late Medieval “Representational Space”
Kathryne Beebe, Univ. of Texas–Arlington

Spatializing Information and Informatizing Space
Angela R. Bennett, Univ. of Nevada–Reno

FRIDAY, 5:15 PM: Medieval Association of Place and Space: FETZER 1030


The Library of Congress has a collection of medieval and early modern geographical writings with some gorgeous images. You can download full texts of them on its site.

Project title: Space, Place, and the Humanities
Dates: July 24-August 11, 2017
Location: The Humanities Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Description: “Space, Place, and the Humanities” is a three-week summer institute hosted by the Humanities Center at Northeastern University in the newly-emerging, interdisciplinary field of Geohumanities. At the intersection of geography, history, literature, creative arts, and social justice, Geohumanities focuses on the role of space and place in a range of humanities disciplines.

The aim of this Institute is to help scholars in humanities disciplines integrate spatial thinking into their research and teaching in new ways. Prominent scholars from cultural geography, literary studies and the digital humanities will lead the Institute, foregrounding the study of space and place as an interdisciplinary endeavor.

Building on foundational texts from across the humanities, participants will use the city of Boston as a laboratory for exploration. The Institute has arranged field visits in Boston- area archives, the Boston Public Library map collection, and guided walks by scholars and practicing artists who engage humanistic scholarship.

Participants will enjoy ample time to interact with the faculty and with each other and will leave the institute with both a syllabus and a developed research plan for a paper or grant proposal. We welcome applications from scholars with some experience using space and place as key themes in their teaching and research, as well as scholars who are looking to begin such an engagement.

Application deadline: March 1, 2017

Notification date: March 31, 2017

Stipend details: $2,700

Apply here.

Scale jumping in geography is when a social or other phenomenon jumps from a small sphere of influence to a much larger one or vice versa. The power of scale jumping is that small events can affect large ones, or a small or large phenomenon is exposed as limited because of its scale. The simple juxtaposition of things of vastly different sizes also implies a distinct kind of metonymy or transumptio that is similar to scale jumping. Papers are sought that examine the nature and effects of scale jumping in scientific, literary, historical, and artistic works.

Abstracts should be submitted only through the form on this page. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Abstracts are due April 24, 2017.

You need not be an NCS member to submit an abstract, but you must be one before presenting at the conference.

Medieval Maps of Paradise

Historian Alessandro Scafi on the garden of Eden, Augustin’s concept of creation, and the emergence of the term “Paradise.”

The video is a part of the project British Scientists produced in collaboration between Serious Science and the British Council.

The MAPS site has now been configured so anyone can post about MAPS related conferences, publications, events, comments, and so on. Please respect the site and its topics; I will continue to monitor what is posted.

On the right of the site’s main page, you will see the following:



Image for Oxford Medieval Studies Programme

A conference on ‘Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe‘ will be held on Friday 23rd June 2017 at the University of Oxford.

The application of spatial paradigms to the study of late medieval and early modern societies is now well underway. In contrast, the so-called ‘mobility turn’ has struggled to find its way from the social sciences to the humanities and particularly to disciplines concerned with the study of the past. This conference proposes to bring the two together by exploring how everyday mobility contributed to the shaping of late medieval and early modern spaces, and how spatial frameworks affected the movement of people in pre-modern Europe.

In focusing on these issues, the conference also intends to relate to current social challenges. The world is now more mobile than ever, yet it is often argued that more spatial boundaries exist today than ever before. The conference hopes to reflect on this contemporary paradox by exploring the long-term history of the tension between the dynamism of communities, groups and individuals, and the human construction of places and boundaries.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers. Papers may engage with questions of mobility and space at a variety of levels (regional, urban, domestic) and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

Potential sub-topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

Performing space through movement (urban processions, revolts on the move, border patrols & frontier trespassing)

Mobile practices in public spaces (itinerant courts & diplomatic exchanges, periodic markets & temporary fairs, travelling performances)

Narrating movement, imagining space (pilgrimage guides, merchant itineraries travel diaries, maps & portraits)

Digital scholarship in exploring the intersections between mobility and space (network analysis, flow modelling, GIS-based research)

We plan to edit a volume which will include selected papers from the conference. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we may also be able to provide some travel bursaries to PhDs and ECRs not in receipt of institutional support.

Please send your proposal and a brief bio by 1 February 2017 to & or tweet us using the hashtag #mobilityandspace

This conference is in association with TORCH Oxford Medieval Studies programme.



The two-day conference, Richard Hakluyt and the Renaissance Discovery of the World, takes place on 24 November at the Bodleian Library, and on 25 November at Christ Church, Oxford. Twenty renowned experts on Hakluyt and early modern travel and exploration have accepted an invitation to speak at the conference. The keynote lecture on 24 November, “No Land Unhabitable, Nor Sea Innavigable“: Hakluyt’s Argument from Design will be delivered by Professor Joyce Chaplin(Harvard University). At the conclusion of the event on 25 November, a free to attend public lecture, Voyages, Traffiques, Discoveries, will be given by the well-known broadcaster and historian Professor Michael Wood.

Beyond Borders: Mutual Imaginings of Europe & the Middle East (800-1700)

The 25th biennial conference of the Barnard Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program brings together scholars whose work challenges the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800-1700. Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, this interdisciplinary conference reveals the depth of their mutual influence, exploring how trade, war, migration, and the exchange of ideas connected East and West during their formative periods. Distant worlds were not only objects of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing, as Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures. Plenary speakers are Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota and Nancy Bisaha of Vassar College.

Conference Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1516 Carta Marina. Keynote address by award winning author and historian of science Dava Sobel.

A two-day conference hosted by the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta Marina, one of the great masterpieces of Renaissance cartography, and focus on some of the most mysterious maps of the medieval and early modern periods. The conference will also unveil a multimedia interactive website on the life of Waldseemüller and feature best-selling author and historian of science Dava Sobel as the keynote speaker.

The Schoner Sammelband. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.

The Schoner Sammelband. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.

“Facts or Fictions: Debating the Mysteries of Early Modern Science and Cartography—A Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Waldseemüller’s 1516 Carta Marina” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.