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Curious Strangers: Views of the Other on Early Modern Maps

By January 10, 2024January 16th, 2024No Comments
1650 illustration of person titled "Puerta Rico"

Jan Jansson (1588-1664). Cinquiesme partie du Grand atlas. Amstelodami : Apud Ioannem Ianssonium, 1650

This exhibit explores the premodern concept of “the other” and how different societies viewed and treated strangers by looking at the ethnographic depictions of peoples around the world on early modern maps.  It designed as a first step in understanding how these visual introductions to “strangers” affected subsequent interaction, oppression, privilege, and characterization.

Exhibit details

What: Curious Strangers: Views of the Other on Early Modern Maps
When: Sept. 18, 2023 through Aug. 15, 2024 | Open during building hours at Elmer L. Andersen Library (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday)
Where: The Bell Room, located in the Maxine Houghton Wallin Special Collections Research Center on the ground floor of Elmer L. Andersen Library | Parking and directions

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