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Orienting Glimpses: Ming Maps as Cultural Signifiers

February 12, 2009 - 4:15pm
Building 200, Room 107
CEAS Winter 2008-09 Colloquium on Maps and Gazetteers as Sources for East Asian History Sponsored by the Stanford Society of Fellows in Japanese Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies Alexander Akin, Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University Akin's talk will address maps that were incorporated in printed books dating to the late Ming publishing boom, when cartographic consciousness permeated Chinese literate society to an unprecedented degree. Most of these maps were meant to be read together with accompanying texts, as tools to orient the reader, rather than as stand-alone materials. Akin will examine maps that emerged from disparate sectors of society, ranging from "orthodox" administrative cartography of the zhifang tradition to Buddhist worldviews, geomantic maps, military charts and historical reconstructions, obtaining a deeper understanding of how late Ming maps expressed shifting ideological, religious, and political meanings.
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