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12 May 2022 - 12 May 2022

4:00PM - 5:30PM


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Latvian State Historical Archive, LVVA, f. 3946. apr. 1, l. 2, lp. 1

Geographies of Nationhood: Cartography, Science, and Society in the Russian Imperial Baltic by Catherine Gibson examines the meteoric rise of ethnographic mapmaking in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a form of visual and material culture that gave expression to territorialised visions of nationhood.

In the Russian Empire's Baltic provinces, the development of ethnographic cartography, as part of the broader field of statistical data visualisation, progressively became a tool that lent legitimacy and an experiential dimension to nationalist arguments, as well as a wide range of alternative spatial configurations that rendered the inhabitants of the Baltic as part of local, imperial, and global geographies.

In this virtual roundtable, Dr Catherine Gibson (University of Tartu) will offer an overview of her book with responses from Dr Katja Wezel (University of Gottingen), Professor Steven Seegal (University of Texas at Austin), and Dr James Koranyi (Durham University).

Register here. The Zoom details will be provided ahead of the event.