Women and maps

A 17th-century illustration of Justicia and Prudence flanking framed picture of King William landing at Torbay, 5 November 1686. From Greenville Collins' Coasting Pilot, 1693.

Women and maps

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  25 March 2021

 1-6pm (GMT)


 Free, book in advance

Book now

Online booking is now closed, but you can still book a ticket by emailing tosca@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

About the event

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA) focuses on Women and Maps in its first online conference. Mapping, and closely linked professions such as surveying, exploration, navigation, hydrography, and printing, have conventionally been associated with men: as makers, patrons, users, and interpreters. Sometimes those assumptions reflect reality, but sometimes they do not. This conference explores the place of women and the feminine in maps and mapping, with no chronological or geographical bounds, and a broad understanding of 'maps'.

Themes include:
  • Maps by women
  • Maps depicting women - real or not
  • Maps depicting land and sea as gendered
  • Maps for women
  • Maps' paratexts and women
  • Maps in the care of women 

Everyone interested in maps is welcome to join us for this free conference. View the conference programme.

 Speakers include

Camille Serchuk, Southern Connecticut State University

Chet Van Duzer, University of Rochester

Anne-Rieke van Schaik, University of Amsterdam

View the full speaker list and profiles.

Booking information

When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

A link to access the online event will be sent after booking closes the day before the event to the email address associated with your booking.

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by: 

  • The Friends of TOSCA
  • The Bodleian Libraries
  • The School of Geography and the Environment
  • The Charles Close Society
  • Lovell Johns Ltd 

TOSCA's celebration of women's connections with maps and mapping takes place in March, traditionally Women's History Month, and in the year when Oxford celebrates 100 years of degrees for women.

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