This month sees the start of another new and exciting phase of Pelagios. With funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Digital Transformations programme, Pelagios 4 will be exploring the transformative potential of its linked open data network for doing research. The one-year grant from the AHRC looks to unlock the potential of the Pelagios place network to reveal previously unknown connections between different places and different documents (texts, databases, maps, etc.).
In particular Pelagios 4 wants to use these new links to rethink key periods in the history of cartography, to try to reconstruct and interpret the markedly different ways in which pre-modern authors and mapmakers conceptualized the world. Turning the spotlight on to five moments in time, Pelagios 4 will explore how ancient or pre-modern authors used various means to grasp, represent and communicate spatial knowledge of the world around them.
To conduct this research Pelagios is happy to announce the following scholarly collaborators:
- Pascal Arnaud, Professor of History at Université Lyon 2 and senior member of the Institut universitaire de France (IUF), is the leading specialist in ancient geography and navigation.
- Tony Campbell is former head of the British Library’s ‘Map Room’ and the pre-eminent expert on Portolan Charts.
- Marianne O’Doherty, Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton, has published on medieval European travel narratives, geography and cartography.
- Klaus Geus, Chair of Ancient Geography at FU Berlin, co-ordinates the TOPOI Excellence Cluster in ‘Common Sense Geography’. He is joined by Irina Tupikova, a leading mathematical astronomer with an interest in the history of science.
Pelagios looks forward to working with these scholars and rethinking the ways in which geographic space was imagined and represented before the advent of modern Cartesian cartography.