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The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders

Thursday, October 10: 5:30pm, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12: 9:00am

Thursday, October 10 - Saturday, October 12, 2019

Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to attend.

Benjamin Franklin Hall

427 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Live stream the conference beginning 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 10

Inspired by the APS 2019 exhibition on Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic, this three-day conference will investigate the power of maps and the politics of drawing borders. By tracing the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic, the conference will explore the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities.

The event will begin on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:30pm with a reception and public keynote event by Dr. Billy G. Smith, Professor of History & Distinguished Professor of Letters & Science at Montana State University. The conference will continue with sessions beginning at 9:00am on Friday, October 11, and on Saturday, October 12.

The conference is free and open to the public. The conference program is now available to view

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