Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography | Newberry

Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography

Sebastiao Lopes Atlas. Ayer MS Map 26, folio 22r

Sebastiao Lopes Atlas. Ayer MS Map 26, folio 22r

The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography are held at the Newberry every two to three years. Since 1966, the lectures have been dedicated to exploring promising new themes and lines of research in the study of the science, art, and culture of mapmaking. Each series consists of several lectures given by a small group of invited scholars whose work addresses the theme of that year’s series. The collected lectures of most series have been published by the University of Chicago Press.

The lectures are made possible by the generous support of Ken and Jossy Nebenzahl, in memory of their son. They are free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

November 7-9, 2019, the Newberry will host the twentieth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures on the topic “Redrawing the World: 1919 and the history of cartography.” 1919 was a year of heightened map production around the world. ‎Among the many maps produced immediately after the First World War were new maps drawn to preserve the peace. These maps reflect the instability and the experimentation of a world attempting to solve the problems that had led to four years of devastating war. Some cartographers worked to preserve a lasting peace with their maps, while others redrew national boundaries, seeking what some maps had taught them was rightfully theirs. While much of this cartographic work took place at the peace negotiations in Paris in 1919, its global legacy reverberates today, a century later. Nine scholars from around the world will address and investigate the ramifications of 1919 on the history of cartography.

Mirela Altic, University of Zagreb, Drafting the State of the South Slavs: New Cartography for a New Order

Lindsay Frederick Braun, University of Oregon, Mapping a New African Empire: Britain and Tanganyika Between the Wars

Daniel Foliard, University of Paris, Nanterre, “More than one Palestine”: Nationalist Cartographies, the Middle East and the 1919 Peace Negotiations in Paris

Jason Hansen, Furman University, Cartographies of Victimhood: Envisioning the Nation after the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919-1920

Tze-ki Hon, City University of Hong Kong, From Connectivity to Geobody: the 1919 Moment and China’s Role in the World

Peter Nekola, Luther College, Science and Reasoning in the Delegation Maps of 1919: Humans’ Last and Greatest Attempt to Naturalize Borders, Nations, and Territories

William Rankin, Yale University, Mapping, Science, and War

Steven Seegel, University of Northern Colorado, Skin, Lines, Borders: Geographic Expertise and the Mapping of Eastern Europe in 1919

Penny Sinanoglou, Wake Forest University, Lines of Control, Lines of Contestation: Cartography and British Imperial Politics in the Middle East Mandates, 1919-1948

On Thursday, November 7, registrants will also have the opportunity to enjoy a daytrip to the American Geographical Society Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. There will be a fee for participation in this tour to cover the cost of transportation and lunch.

As always, the Nebenzahl Lectures are free and open to the public. We do require advance reservation, however. To register, please contact Madeline Crispell at or (312)-255-3575.

Past Nebenzahl Lectures