” the science or practice of drawing maps” [Oxford]

making maps/charts; cartographers are those who make or draw the maps

8 thoughts on “Cartography”

  1. According to Harley, cartography interacts with both the science and the art of map making with there being a stronger emphasis on the science behind maps. I question what the interactions were that at one point led to the purely scientific view of maps, and why society doesn’t think so much about the art form behind them.

  2. According to Harley, maps can mirror the world through a graphical representation and can represent time and movement by showing physical traits such as roads or land masses. Also, cartography can show abstract traits such as political boundaries. Additionally, cartography can be influenced by the cartographer’s context, the context of other maps, and the context of society.

  3. The reading “The Artisanal Map” highlights the difficulties faced by cartographers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Particularly, drawing and printing these maps was incredibly time consuming and involved the cooperative effort of engravers, colorists, among many others. Cartography was truly an art during this time period, but it also had implications in reflecting and changing the political atmosphere of the time period as well.

  4. Bruckner’s “The Artisanal Map” explores cartography through different people and their styles. It is interesting because Bruckner mentions how cartographers could either have experience as mechanical professions, or that they would be “accidental cartographers who worked as writing masters and silversmiths by day and as mapmakers by night” (28). I think this stark contrast is something to be noted because it could give people insight to different maps knowing people’s backgrounds (or does it?).

  5. “The Artisanal Map” by Bruckner mentioned that mapmakers labeled themselves as “geographer” before the invention of the term cartographer in the early nineteenth century. This made me wonder how the word cartographer originated.

  6. In the reading, “The Artisanal Map,” Bruckner acknowledges that in the 18th century, the label “geographer” was used to represent mapmakers serving the British crown, until there was the invention of the term “cartographer” in the early 19th century which I find to be quite interesting. These cartographers created dozens of maps throughout the complex production and printing process that often relied on capital, social connections, or local resources. Mapmaker often lacked critical resources and had limitations/challenges throughout the production of printed maps. Evans lacked the capital and connection to the imperial center, and used local resources to create his map.

  7. In “The Artisanal Map”, Bruckner talks about cartography in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a lot of work making maps back in then. A lot of details went into these maps such as cartographic signs. These signs were things such as river lines and mountain markings. Evans also put in a dotted line that symbolized his own personal journey. “Evans inserted several pithy verbal passages about territorial boundaries, natural resources, and hunting rights, each of which catered to the interests of an unidentified but diverse readership.” A lot of these maps had little cartographic signs, symbols, or passages, that reflected something about society at the time which I found to be super interesting.
    He also talked about how it was hard for mapmakers to get all of the resources they needed to make their maps. Evans could not get the high-quality paper he wanted for his map because of the tariffs Britain imposed, so he had to settle for British printing paper instead. There was a lot of struggle, time and hard work that went into cartography in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  8. “Critical Cartography”

    “A critical cartography is the idea that maps – like other texts such as the written word, images or film – are not (and cannot be) value-free or neutral. Maps reflect and perpetuate relations of power, more often than not in the interests of dominant groups.”

    I liked this definition that I found for critical cartography because of how it compared maps to all other works. None of them can be made without opinions weaving their way into the project, and I think this is evident in Pavlovskaya piece.

    Pavlovskaya, “Critical GIS as a tool for social transformation”

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