Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

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May 2003

Third Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, October 4, 2002
The Third Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography were held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at the University of Texas-Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The theme of the lectures was “The Third Coast: Mapping the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.” The lectures were sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography, Friends of the UTA Library, Special Collections of the UTA Library, and the Philip Lee Phillips Society.
     Virginia Garrett is a Life Member of SHD, and was elected this year to be a Fellow of the Society for the History of Discoveries. It is quite an honor to be invited to participate in the lecture series she founded. SHD members who presented papers in the day-long conference were David Buisseret (“The European Mapping of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, 1500-1800”), Louis De Vorsey (“Bounding the Gulf of Mexico: Discovery and Early Maps Matter”), and Richard Francaviglia (“Cannibals and Cartographers: the Role of Supposition in Mapping the Gulf of Mexico”). Robert Weddle was one of two scholars who examined the topic “Cartographia/ Cartographie: A Panel Discussion of Spanish and French Mapping of the Gulf of Mexico.” The moderator of this panel discussion was Dennis Reinhartz. 

Symposium on Inter-ethnic Frontiers in the Americas (1500-1900)
SHD member Amy Turner Bushnell is the principal coordinator of a symposium that will be held in Santiago, Chile on July 14-18, 2003. The Symposium on “Inter-ethnic Frontiers in the Americas (1500-1900): Sources, Themes, and Theories,” is one of the programs being offered at the 51st International Congress of Americanists. The symposium will use the cases of particular inter-ethnic frontiers in the Americas – Native America, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and British—to address the larger field of 16th to 19th-century frontier studies, a field characterized by imperfectly comparable sources and isolationist historiographies, competing concepts for similar realities, and insufficiently appreciated differences. For more information on the symposium, contact Amy Turner Bushnell at Amy_Bushnell@brown.edu.
I hope you regularly visit the SHD site-www.sochistdisc.org. A good bit of time and care go into keeping it up to date and fresh. The last several annual meetings have expanded sites with abstracts, program summaries, and nice photo albums of the meetings and associated trips. Information on the coming meeting appears on the site shortly after the last meeting ends – this gives you a preview of the location and entices you to make and hold the date. At the New Orleans page you will see information about our conference hotel and learn how to already receive some tourist information about the town. Click the text under the quarter to learn more about the state. Watch the site for more to appear – the call for papers, registration material, program schedule and more. At the 2002 Meeting site we have added the banquet speech – now all members can enjoy it even if they did not make it to the annual meeting. Clicking on the page for the current issue of TI will bring you to several articles on-line with super graphics. And all the book reviews! The SHD News page is often updated to keep you advised of member accomplishments in the period between mail postings
Tom Sander
Web Content Manager

J.B. Harley Fellowships-2003
The Trustees of the J.B. Harley Research Fellowships Trust Fund announced the three winners for 2003. This is the tenth series of fellowships to be awarded. The fellowships are designed to assist research in the London map collection.
     Those who will be working in London are Guenièvre Fournier, Ecoles des Hautes en Sciences Sociales, Marseilles, France (Views and Maps of Marseilles, Genoa and Barcelona, 15th-19th centuries); Anthony Mullan, U.S. Library of Congress (“The Post-Road from Buenos Ayres to Potosi 1816”: The close relationship of a map to travel literature and visual culture); and Karl Offen, Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma (Mapping Mosquitia: Miskitu identity and the geographical imagination in northeastern Nicaragua).
     For information about applying for a Fellow- ship, contact Tony Campbell at t.campbell@ ockendon.clara.co.uk.

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