Mapping the Early Modern World, an NEH Summer Institute at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and Center for Renaissance Studies are pleased to announce Mapping the Early Modern World, a four-week NEH summer institute for higher education faculty from July 18 through August 12, 2022.

Smith Center director Dr. Jim Akerman and Renaissance Studies director Dr. Lia Markey will co-direct the institute. The institute’s 25 participants will pursue a program of seminars, workshops, discussion and research exploring interdisciplinary approaches to the study of maps in connection with the global intellectual, cultural, and geographical transformations of the world between 1400 and 1700. The course of reading and discussion will consider four major “theaters” in which the production and use of maps operated: the world, the city, the sea, and the skies. The co-directors have invited eight accomplished guest faculty from a broad range of humanities fields to lead seminar sessions and research workshops. In addition to these sessions, each participant will pursue a research project utilizing the Newberry’s renowned collections of early modern maps and other humanities resources. 

Applications are due on March 1, 2022. Please circulate this in your department or with anyone who may be interested.  For further information, eligibility criteria, and application instructions contact Madeline Crispell at or consult

Contact Info: Madeline Crispell, 312-255-3575, Program Coordinator for the Smith Center for the History of Cartography

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