CfP: Transforming Topography, British Library, 6th May 2016

By Matthew Sangster

View of Strowan Bridge

Please see below for a Call for Papers for an exciting upcoming conference on new directions in the study of topography, which will take place at the British Library in May next year. Full details can also be seen on the website of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, which is sponsoring the event.

Transforming Topography

The British Library, 6th May 2016

The British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art are delighted to announce a call for papers for an international conference on transforming topography.

The conference will be interdisciplinary in nature, and we invite contributions from art historians, architectural historians, map scholars, historians, cultural geographers, independent researchers, and museum professionals (including early-career) which contribute to current re-definitions of topography. We welcome contributions that engage with specific items from the British Library’s topographical collections and highlight the copious nuances that can be explored within topography, including, but not limited to:

  • Topography versus landscape: topography’s position within registers of pictorial representation.
  • Topography’s boundaries with other forms of knowledge, such as antiquarianism.
  • The role and identity of the artists and writers employed in producing topographical images and texts.
  • Topographic techniques and conventions, repetitions in text and images
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