17 January 2014

Mapping Nature Across the Americas at the Newberry Library

Geographie der Pflanzen in den Tropen-Ländern,
Louis Bouquet after Alexander von Humboldt, Schönberger and Turpin (1807).
The following announcement of the 2014 NEH Summer Seminar at the Newberry may be of interest to you (or your students). Please see the link at the bottom of this email for more information.

Here is a short description of the program:

The Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is now accepting applications for its 2014 NEH summer seminar for college and university faculty and up to three graduate students, "Mapping Nature across the Americas." The four-week seminar will be led by James Akerman (Director of the Smith Center) and Kathleen Brosnan (Travis Chair of Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma). Participants will explore the interplay between mapping and environmental knowledge across the Americas from the transatlantic encounter into the 21st century. By bringing together environmental history and the history of cartography, this institute will illuminate their essential relationship, broadening participating summer scholars' understanding of how maps and depictions of nature shaped and were shaped by diverse cultural and historical contexts. Applications are encouraged from college and university faculty teaching a broad range of courses and involved in a diversity of research topics. Qualified independent scholars and scholars engaged in museum work are also eligible to apply. A limited number of spaces are also available for full-time graduate students in the humanities. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3900 to help defray travel and housing expenses. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2014.

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