Imperial Cartographies: Power, Strategy, and Scientific Discovery

January 11 – March 18

/ 2007

The exhibition traces the ways cartography and other geospatial visualization and analytical technologies (such as Geographic Information Systems and satellite imagery) have shaped our perceptions of power and geopolitics, our planet, and each other. The tools of geography have supported imperial expansion, from early Dutch voyages of exploration through European colonization to the Cold War and beyond. Maps, globes, and remotely sensed imagery from the Newberry Library, the Adler Planetarium, and other collections illuminate the connection between knowledge and conquest. Cosponsored by the Department of Geography.