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Mapping Connectivity and the Making of European Empires
16 Nov. 2021 -
15:00 - 17:00
Scheepvaart Museum
Book presentation

Mapping Connectivity

Book Launch

NIAS Fellow Luis Lobo-Guerrero presents and discusses his most recent co-edited publication 'Mapping, Connectivity and the Making of European Empires' at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

You are welcome to join this book launch at the Library of the National Maritime Museum on Tuesday 16 November, 15.00 – 17.00h.

This volume seeks to collectively explore how maps can be used to understand the making of European empires, how the epistemological practices embedded in them can be approached to understand European imperial space-making, and how maps can be seen as representations of imaginaries of connectivity.

Rehearsing mapping’s past and its multifarious relations with European imperial orders is not merely an historical exercise to contribute to a global history of cartography. What binds the several interventions is rather an awareness that looking at a particular moment of the past with composite methodologies and interdisciplinary gazes may harbour potential discoveries on the context-embedded relations between mapping, connectivity, and European empire to which we are not yet attuned. By exploring the imaginaries of the world in the mapping of Western modern empires, the book also links to the burgeoning literature on the history of international relations and empire. The emphasis on empires serves here as an important corrigendum for IR’s state centrism and Eurocentrism and contributes to further erode the myth of Westphalia.


15:00  – 15:05   Welcome words by Diederick Wildeman, Curator of Nautical Science and Library Collections, the National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

15:05 – 15:20   Introduction by Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Director Global Epistemic Series, Rowman and Littlefield, Centre for Global Knowledge, Cambridge University

15:20  – 15:40   Dr. Djoeke van Netten, Early Moden History, University of Amsterdam

15:40 – 15.50   Dr. Laura Lo Presti, University of Padova

15.50 – 16.00   Dr. Filipe dos Reis, University of Groningen

16:00 – 16:15   Prof. dr. Luis Lobo-Guerrero,  NIAS fellow and University of Groningen

16:15 – 16.45   Questions and discussion, moderated by Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya


This event can be attended on site and offline. If you want to participate online, send an e-mail to events@nias.knaw.nl and you will receive a Zoomlink.

This book launch is sponsored by: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), The National Maritime Museum Amsterdam, the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (GLOKNOs)-Cambridge University, and the University of Groningen