The Newberry Library is pleased to announce Mapping the Early Modern World, a four-week summer institute for higher education faculty from July 18 through August 12, 2022. The institute will be held on site at the library, situated on the near north side of Chicago. The interdisciplinary institute will be co-organized by the Newberry’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and its Center for Renaissance Studies. Dr. James Akerman (Director of the Smith Center) and Dr. Lia Markey (Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies) will co-direct the institute. The institute’s 25 participants will pursue a program of seminars, workshops, discussion, and research exploring interdisciplinary approaches to the study of maps in connection with the global intellectual, cultural, and geographical transformations of the world between 1400 and 1700. The course of reading and discussion will consider five major “theaters” in which the production and use of maps operated: the world, the city, the land, the sea, and the skies. The co-directors have invited eight accomplished guest faculty from a broad range of humanities fields to lead seminar sessions and research workshops. In addition to these sessions, each participant will pursue a research project utilizing the Newberry’s renowned collections of early modern maps and other humanities resources.
Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.