Starting my readings for this course.
The First Set
At Mom’s House
Maps, Knowledge, Power
Maps imply geographical features.
Colonial History: Maps and Power
Carl Sauer: the eloquence of maps.
Context of Political Power
OLD: Inert records of morphological landscapes
OLD: Passive reflections of the world of objects
Refracted images contributing to dialogue in a socially constructed world.
Not True and False
Not Accurate and Inaccurate
Not Objective and Subjective
Not Literal and Symbolic
Not Scientific Integrity opposed to Ideological Distortion
Selecting of Content
Signs and Styles of Representation
How appropriate maps are to manipulation by the powerful in society.
One: Maps as Language: Literary Criticism
Specific Historical Enquiry
Literature of Maps
Levels of Sarto-Literacy
Secrecy and Censorship
Those aspects of a text which are appraise, evaluative, persuasive, rhetorical.
Two: Panofsky’s Formulation of Iconology.
Identify Surface Level
Identify Deeper Level
Political Power Communicated
Three: Sociology of Knowledge
Maps as social product
“The quest for truth was not an objective and neutral activity but an intimately related to the ‘will of power’ of the truth seeker.
Knowledge was a form of power disguised as scientific disinterestedness.
Paints the landscape “environment”
Territorial Imperative of political systems
Scientific = Cartography
Political Law and Order
Political Context for Maps
Ottoman, Mogul India, China
Italy, Scandinavia , Dutch, Portugal
Maps and Empire
Reconnaissance > info > civilization
Ptolemaic Systems of Coordinate Geometry ?
European maps fragmented indigenous territory
India Partition 1947
Maps and the Nation State
Maps and Property Rights
Map Content and the Transaction of Power
Deliberately distorted maps
Cartography is an inaccurate, controlled fiction.
Deliberate Distortions of Maps
Divine Center of Earth
The Silence of Maps
Influence by omissions
Discrimination of natives
Lords and Nobels
Holy Roman Empire
Ireland : Reformational England
Cartographic Symbolism of Power
Emblems on Maps
Maps in Painting
Globes 16th Century
Ideology of Cartographic Decoration