Chet Van Duzer
Speaker Chet Van Duzer Map historian
Maps and Power

Friday, April 12, 6:00 pm New York (EDT) time, New York, In-Person: the New York Map Society invites members to attend a talk by Chet Van Duzer at Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue, between 78th and 79th Street, on “Maps and Power.” “Particularly since the 1988 publication of J. B. Harley’s essay “Maps, Knowledge and Power,” the role maps can play in both the symbolism and the administration of political power has been widely recognized and discussed. These discussions have not always been as rich in concrete examples as one might wish. In this talk I will analyze specific maps that show the various ways in which this intimate relationship has been expressed and implemented, from classical antiquity to the twentieth century. These examples include maps as symbols of power, the capture of maps and resultant military gains, and the replacing of indigenous place names with imposed ones. My hope is that consideration of several diverse ways in which maps have expressed, represented, and generated power will foster a broader understanding of this relationship.”

To attend, members must RSVP Andrew Kapochunas at

Friday, April 12, 2024
6 pm, Eastern (New York)
Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue