Maps and Map Use in the Naturalization of the Argentinean National Territory

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 2013

5:30 – 7 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Presented by Carla Lois

During the formation of the Argentinean state in the second half of the nineteenth century its ruling elites sought to both organize state administration and to promote a new national identity. To achieve these goals they promoted education, the professionalization of the national army, the creation of common currency, and, of course, the definition of the national territory. Cartography contributed to this process by communicating and disseminating an idea of the national territory that naturalized official territorial policies. This presentation will describe how cartographical discourses helped to crystallize some specific geopolitical ideas that defined the Argentinean national identity.

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

Cost and registration information: 

Meetings are open to the public. We do, however, ask for a $5 donation from non–Map-Society members to help support program costs, which are covered by members’ annual dues.