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Wednesday, May 2 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Radionavigation and the Politics of Geographic Knowledge

Gazette Classification: Education,Information Technology,Lecture
Organization/Sponsor: Presented by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University
Speaker(s): William Rankin, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Yale University
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Contact Info: 617-495-2779

For most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable to governments’ understanding, management, and defense of territory, but by century’s end, a decisive transition occurred toward electronic navigation systems. In this free public lecture and book signing, William Rankin, author of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century, argues that this shift radically changed our experience of geographic space, from the bird’s-eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS. The adoption of radionavigation offers crucial insight into the history of twentieth-century territoriality and the broad geopolitical shift from internationalism to globalization.

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