Motion in Maps, Maps in Motion

Mapping Stories and Movement through Time

Edited by Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze

Motion in Maps, Maps in Motion argues that the mapping of stories, movement, and change should not be understood as an innovation of contemporary cartography, but rather as an important aspect of human cartography with a longer history than might be assumed. The authors in this collection reflect upon the main characteristics and evolutions of story and motion mapping, from the figurative news and history maps that were mass-produced in early modern Europe, through the nineteenth-and twentieth-century flow maps that appeared in various atlases, up to the digital and interactive motion and personalized maps that are created today. Rather than presenting a clear and homogeneous history from the past up until the present, this book offers a toolbox for understanding and interpreting the complex interplays and links between narrative, motion, and maps.

Published by Amsterdam University Press, October 2020. 184 pages, 32 colour, 17 b/w illustrations, hardback, ISBN 9789463721103.


Zef Segal is a lecturer in modern history at the Open University of Israel.
Bram Vannieuwenhuyze holds the Explokart chair of historical cartography at the University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Jörn Seemann, Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze
1. The New World Map and the Old: The Moving Narrative of Joan Blaeu’s Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula (1648) – Djoeke van Netten
2. Entangled Maps: Topography and Narratives in Early Modern Story Maps – Bram Vannieuwenhuyze
3. Flow Mapping through the Times: The Transition from Harness to Nazi Propaganda – Zef Segal
4. The Tensions of Heterochronicity on Cartographies of Imperial Motion in Japan – Radu Leca
5. A school atlas as a history machine: The Bosatlas on-line – Ferjan Ormeling
6. Facebook Cartographies and the Mapping of Local History: Storied Maps from the American Middletown – Jörn Seemann
7. ‘Change-of-State’ in the History of Cartography – Mark Monmonier
List of Figures

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