Day 2 - 30th Anniversary Conference: 'Artful maps: exploring the visuual culture of cartography'
Bringing TOSCA’s 30th year to a close, this interdisciplinary conference explores how art affects cartography’s processes, products, and personnel. Ranging broadly over types of map, areas of the world, and time periods, the conference considers how the visual qualities of maps attract and entice, but also deceive and obfuscate; how artists have attended to maps in their practice; how aesthetic choices made by cartographers influence the message their maps convey – explicitly or implicitly; and what constitutes an artistically successful map.

Distinguished and emerging scholars from around the globe and from disciplines including history, geography, art history, art and design, literary studies, sociology, and law, consider topics including:

Maps as art/art as maps
Artful – that is, deceptive – maps
How art affects the legal status of maps
Mapmakers as artists/artists as mapmakers
Liminal maps, between art and science

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Date: 26 September 2023, 12:15 (Tuesday, -1st week, Michaelmas 2023)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Various Speakers
Organising department: Bodleian Libraries
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Part of: The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)
Booking required?: Required
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Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Belinda Clark