Dr Alexander Kent: A History of Mapmaking – Thu 31 Jan


Dr Alexander Kent: A History of Mapmaking – Thu 31 Jan


Thursday 31 January
Drinks from 7pm, lecture starts 7.30pm

Humans were making maps before they learned how to write. The history of cartography is the story of how we have understood the world around us through the art, science and technology of making maps. Far more than tools for measuring the environment; maps can be extraordinary beautiful works of art and provide a glimpse into the lives and values of the past unlike any other artefact. This lecture presents a series of highlights on a journey through the history of mapmaking and reveals how maps have shaped and continue to influence the way we see the world.

Alex is Reader in Cartography and Geographical Information Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research focuses on the interaction between maps and society, in particular the relationship between topographic maps, landscape and aesthetics. He is the co-author (with John Davies) of The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World (University of Chicago Press) and co-editor (with Prof. Peter Vujakovic) of The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography.

£12 + £0.70 online booking fee, or £12 if you book over the phone (01273 844744)

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