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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Mapping the Ends of the Earth in European and Islamic Traditions

5th May 2015, 17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Dr Alfred Hiatt, University of London

followed by a drinks reception at the Cafe, Palace Green Library.

This event is part of the IMEMS Limits of the Human seminar series for 2014/15. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to book please click here.

Abstract: This paper will outline the variety of ways of representing the ends of the earth during the Middle Ages, including the presence (or absence) of representation of spaces beyond the known world. What marked the end of the known world on medieval European maps, and how did these boundaries align or differ from Islamic representations of the earth of the same period? As well as maps, the paper will consider geographical knowledge in the form of descriptions of the earth, literary narratives, and accounts of travel.

Alfred Hiatt is a Reader in Medieval English Literature in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Making of Medieval Forgeries: False Documents in Fifteenth-Century England (2004), and Terra Incognita: Mapping the Antipodes before 1600 (2008). Current research interests and projects include a book on the medieval reworking of classical geography (Dislocations: Reading Medieval Maps); a collaborative project (with Prof. Jerry Brotton and Dr Yossef Rapoport) on comparative approaches to European and Islamic cartography, 1100-1600; and the reception of Lucan’s Bellum civile in the Middle Ages.​

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