On the scale of the world. The map: a cultural, social and political object, from Antiquity to the present day.

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On the scale of the world. The map: a cultural, social and political object, from Antiquity to the present day.

October 17, 2016October 18, 2016

B810046101_RES_MS029_057VminiThe Mappa Mundi of Albi is one of the oldest extant maps of the world. It was made during the eighth century in the South of France or Northern Spain. The map is preserved in a manuscript of miscellaneous contents, which includes a scheme of the winds and other geographical texts of late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The manuscript has always formed part of the Library of the Albi Cathedral: it now belongs to the collection of the médiathèque Pierre Amalric in Albi. Despite of its importance in the history of cartography, it has never been studied in detail and within its context of production.

Recently (October 2015), the map was registered in the Register for the Memory of the World of UNESCO, acknowledging the importance of this very rare document for the history of humanity. To mark this event, the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the University of Albi and the Comité Français de Cartography (CFC), are organizing a two-day conference in Albi, on the  topic of cartography “on the scale of the world” from Antiquity to the present time.

The questions arising from the study of world maps are numerous: why represent the entire world, and does the ‘world’ mean the terrestrial globe or just its inhabited part? What kind of knowledge is used to form the world image? What information is selected? What is the purpose and the audience of such maps? What is the cultural, social and political background of these geographical images?

The conference will take place in Albi, on 17–18 October 2016. The first day will consider Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the second day will enlarge the discussion to representations of the world in modern and contemporary maps.

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October 17, 2016
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October 18, 2016
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Albi, France