Welcome to the website of the historical conference of GHD Ubbo Emmius!
On the 16th of June 2023 the Conference Committee of GHD Ubbo Emmius will organise a conference entitled Terra (In)Cognita: Mapping the Past, Present and Future.
This year, the conference will be dedicated to cartography in history. It will explore the evolution of the discipline, as well as its social, cultural and political implications. Exploration and exchange, conflict and commemoration, redrawing borders and pushing frontiers… Maps have always been snapshots of history, playing a key role in shaping perceptions and understanding of the world, both within and between cultures. The 2023 conference will guide you through centuries of cartographical developments, right up to the present day.
The historical conference will take place on Friday 16th of June in the Van Swinderen Huys in Groningen. Walk-in with coffee/tea will be between 09:00-9:30 AM, the program will start at 9:30 AM until 17:00 PM.
The day-program is filled with three plenary lectures (60 min. each), with room for questions after each lecture. There will also be possibility for further questions at the end of the day. Furthermore, there will be two workshop rounds (45 min. each) where you can choose from three workshop options. For sign-up for the workshops, see the info further below.
In-between lectures and workshops will be coffee/tea breaks, and a delicious lunch, provided by Van Swinderen Huys, is also included. We would also like to invite everyone to a drink and further discussion afterwards!
Tickets cost €12,50 for Ubbo members and €15,- for non-Ubbo members, this is including lunch. You can order your ticket via www.ubbo-emmius.com.
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"Historical Maps in the Low Countries before 1800"
This workshop aims at providing a basic theoretical background to historical maps as a source category, focusing on the critical use of maps as a means for and as objects of historical (landscape) research. Participants will work in small groups to implement these insights on maps from the UB Special Collections, and discuss the results during a plenary session.
Where the first fantasy map dates back to the 1500’s, the most famous example of a fictional map must be the map of Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Especially for fantasy lovers, finding a map in a novel is a true delight. Nowadays fantasy maps are used in many other media as well, from the overhead maps in video games, to hand-sketched maps used in tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons. But drawing a fantasy map can be its own reward. Creating a world of imagination with only pencil and paper is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. In this workshop, you get practical tips and tricks for fantasy map drawing, and you’ll put it in practice by drawing your very first (or second, tenth, hundredth…) map.
"(Un)Mapping the Enslaved: Narratives of Slavery on Dutch Colonial Maps of the Atlantic World"
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many Dutch cartographers were commissioned to make maps of the colonies in the former colonies in the Atlantic world and the Dutch Caribbean (Surinam, Guyana). Where colonial maps are usually ‘silent’ on the practices of slavery, some maps explicitly tell the stories of military actions against enslaved people and slave rebellions. How are these colonial military expeditions against enslaved Africans represented on maps? To what extent are maps able to ‘tell’ these stories? What elements are mapped and what parts are (consciously) not mapped? In this workshop, we will work with maps that include references to these armed conflicts between enslaved people who ran away (Maroons) and the colonists. We will try to decipher the visual language of those maps and ‘read’ the narratives on slavery represented on those colonial maps. We will make use of a selection of maps catalogued and digitized by the Atlas of Mutual Heritage.