Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography

Third Ruderman Conference, October 20-22, 2021


Image of Cubas' Aztec Tribes' Pilgrimage Map

Detail from Antonio Garcia Cubas, "Cuadro historico-geroglifico de la peregrinacion de las tribus Aztecas que poblaron el Valle de Mexico. Num. I," 1858. David Rumsey Map Collection, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford Libraries.

The third biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will focus on the theme of Indigenous mapping. The conference, to be held digitally, is hosted by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries, which sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. It is sponsored and co-organized by Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc., whose shop is located on the ancestral land of the Kumeyaay peoples.

This theme is of paramount importance, especially as Indigenous peoples around the world continue to fight for their recognition and rights to land and resources. Simultaneously, institutions are increasingly examining their roles in exploitative imperial expansion and settler colonialism. The history of colonial encounter and of indigenous agency can both be glimpsed in historical maps, many of which were made by Indigenous peoples or thanks to crucial, and often unacknowledged, Indigenous contributions. More recently, mapping technologies are helping Indigenous groups to monitor resources, protect language, survey territory, govern, and provide evidence for reclamation and recognition procedures. Scholars, many of them Indigenous, are voicing their critiques and interventions using geographic and cartographic frameworks.

All of these interpretations of Indigenous maps and mapping will be highlighted at the conference, held October 20-22, 2021. Each day of the conference will have a keynote, followed by panels that speak to a specific strain of scholarship: history of Indigenous maps and mapping, critical approaches to Indigenous geography, and digital applications. Our keynotes will be Alex Hidalgo (Texas Christian University), Mishuana Goeman (UCLA), and Eric Anderson and Carrie Cornelius (Haskell Indian Nations University). The conference will offer new insights into the ways in which maps and mapping are used by and have affected Indigenous peoples globally. Together, the three days of the conference hope to highlight exciting research, showcase a variety of maps and mapping practices, and to explore the thrust of this important field of study.

Speakers & Schedule

The three main themes for the conference are historical approaches, contemporary critical approaches, and digital approaches to Indigenous mapping.

Speakers for each theme, along with a tentative schedule, are listed below. Schedule details are subject to change. 

Abstracts are available here.

Times shown are in PST (Pacific Standard Time).

Wednesday, October 20: Historical approaches

Time Event
9:00 AM Keynote Lecture
Alex Hidalgo, Texas Christian University
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Panel 1: Historical approaches, 16th - 19th centuries
Santiago Muñoz-Arbeláez, University of Connecticut
Peter Martin, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Marie de Rugy, University of Strasbourg
12:15 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM

Panel 2: Historical approaches, 19th - 20th centuries
Tom Bassett, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Julie MacArthur, University of Toronto Mississauga
André Reyes Novaes, Rio de Janeiro State University

2:30 PM 

End of Day


Thursday, October 21: Contemporary critical approaches 

Time Event
9:00 AM Keynote Lecture
Mishuana Goeman, UCLA
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Panel 1: Contemporary critical approaches I
Edson Krenak, University of Vienna and Cultural Survival
Carlos Eduardo Lemos Chaves (Duda), Federal University of Goiás
12:15 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM

Panel 2: Contemporary critical approaches II
Natchee Blu Barnd, Oregon State University
Laura Harjo, University of Oklahoma
Candace Fujikane, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

2:30 PM

End of Day


Friday, October 22: Digital approaches

Time Event
9:00 AM Keynote Lecture
Eric Anderson and Carrie Cornelius, Haskell Indian Nations University
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Panel 1: Digital approaches I
Takerei Norton, Kā Huru Manu
Rudo Kemper, Digital Democracy
Tania Wolfgramm, GRID Pacific
12:15 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM

Panel 2: Digital approaches II
Joshua Manitowabi, Brock University
Christine Luckasavitch, Native Land Digital
Vicente Diaz, University of Minnesota

2:30 PM

End of Conference

Biennial conference

Once every two years, the Center hosts the Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference in Cartography. Barry Lawrence Ruderman is a map and atlas dealer based in La Jolla, California, and one of the Founding Friends of the David Rumsey Map Center. His website is one of the oldest and largest for the sale of antique maps and atlases. Since 2009, Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. has contributed over 50,000 digital map images to the Stanford Digital Repository. You can find them as part of the Barry Lawrence Ruderman Collection.

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