Dr. Margaret Pearce will give a lecture titled “Imagination, Identity, and the Cartography of History: Three Maps of Canada.”
Dr. Margaret W. Pearce is a former Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. Pearce was part of the team that recently published a Native place name map “Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada.”
“In this talk, I introduce cartography as a form of language and demonstrate how I’ve worked with that language to explore and express Canadian history. I present three maps: the route of a North West Company clerk in 1797, the travels of Samuel de Champlain between 1603 and 1616, and a map of Indigenous place names. Working with a focus on the relationship between cartographer and reader, each map engages with the themes of imagination and identity in the search for a design solution. Each map arrives at a different answer to the question, what is history?”
Part of the History Symposium and organized by the History Department.