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Mapping continents in the pre-modern World

28. Nov 2014 15:00 Uhr bis 19:00 Uhr
Veranstalter: Project A27
Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 112

The interdisciplinary workshop “Mapping continents in the pre-modern World” seeks to bring together scholars who work on the history of cosmography and cartography, but from different cultural backgrounds viz. areas, e.g. Asian studies, Islamic studies and Medieval European history. Our aim is to analyse, how the concept of “continent” respectively “parts of the world” was implemented in cartographic depictions of the world. Emanating from antique scholarship, the idea that the known world was composed of three parts (that is Africa, Asia, and Europe) was widely picked up in Christian and Islamic culture during the Middle Ages. In the workshop we want to focus on three basic questions:

• How are “continents” (i.e large landmasses) defined and circumscribed, e.g. in contrast to islands?

• In how far are parts of the world cartographically depicted and distinguished as separate entities?

• How are the names of landmasses marked on maps (how often, in what style of lettering?)