Future Knowledge

Cosmopoesis: A Literary History of Mercator’s Atlas
Ayesha Ramachandran

Friday, September 26, 2014
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Hollings Program Room

Mercator’s famous 1595 Atlas names a new genre and identifies the image of the world with a muscular man on its famous title page. But why does a human body become the symbol for a cartographic portrait of the world? What does this conjunction tell us about the literary history of the world atlas as a textual form? This talk explores the broader intellectual and cultural matrix in which the modern world atlas was born, revealing the intersections between medicine, geography, cosmology and metaphysics in the sixteenth century. At the same time, it explores how new digital technologies for comparing images such as maps might help sketch new histories of textual emergence and evolution across time.

Digital Brown Bag Schedule Spring 2014/2015

DBBs are held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 in the Mezzanine Conference Room in the Thomas Cooper Library. You can watch any DBB at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cdh---digital-brown-bag

9/10 – Michael Gavin, English

9/17 – Lauren Colomb, Linguistics

9/24 – Kate Boyd, Digital Collections & Herrick Brown, Biology

10/8 – Travis Mullen, English

10/15 – Phillip Allan, Geography, Eric Gonzalez, Computer Science, Rachel Mann, English & Rachel Manuszak

10/29 – Cagler Koylu, Geography

11/5 – Colin Wilder, Center for Digital Humanities