Geography-Anthropology

Matthew Edney

Professor of Geography; Osher Professor in the History of Cartography

Office Location

Osher Map Library, 112 Glickman Family Library, Portland, ME

Phone

(207) 780-4767

Academic Degrees

  • B.Sc. (hons.), Geography, University College London (University of London) 1983
  • M.S., Cartography, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1985
  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1990

Profile

 

Matthew Edney has a rather complex existence at USM. He is a professor of geography and (since 2007) the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, with responsibility for courses in map history (below). He is also “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. Since 2005 he has directed the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Regardless, he likes nothing more than helping people understand maps and their history!

Courses Taught:

GEO 170: Global History: Mapping the World Across Cultures 

GEO 270: Mapping Environments and People: Data Visualization and Analysis (starting Spring 2019)

GEO 370: Maps, Territory, Power (starting Fall 2019)

  • Also: independent studies and internships within the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

Research Interests

Matthew is generally interested in all things cartographic, but especially map history. With work wrapping up on Cartography in the European Enlightenment, Volume 4 of The History of Cartography, he is pursuing a number of issues concerning the “ideal of cartography,” which is to say the body of concepts and presumptions that govern how people think about maps and mapping. These issues include: how the ideal developed; how it has shaped map studies generally, and map history in particular; how map scholars have failed to break free of the ideal, despite 50 years of debate; and how they might pursue an alternative approach to understanding the processes underpinning the many modes of mapping. More detailed information about his work as a map historian is available at his profile on the web pages for OML and on his personal website.

Recent Publications

For a full listing of Matthew’s publications, please see his personal website.

Edney, Matthew H., and Mary S. Pedley, eds. Cartography in the European Enlightenment. Volume 4 of The History of Cartography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. [in press] * this work includes multiple personal contributions on many aspects of eighteenth-century mapping.

Edney, Matthew H. Cartography: The Ideal and Its History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. [in press]

Edney, Matthew H. “‘Analemmas’ on Globes.” Globe Studies: The Journal of the International Coronelli Society, nos. 64/65 (2018): 37–58. Simultaneously published as “»Analemmata« auf Globen,” trans. Andreas Christoph, Der Globusfreund, nos. 64/65 (2018): 31–53.

Edney, Matthew H. “Map History: Discourse and Process.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 68–79. London: Routledge, 2017.

Edney, Matthew H. "Mapping, Survey and Science.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 145–58. London: Routledge, 2017.

Edney, Matthew H. “The Rise of Systematic, Territorial Surveys.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 159–72. London: Routledge, 2017.

Edney, Matthew H. “References to the Fore! Local Boosters, Historians, and Engineers Map Antebellum Portland, Maine.” Online essay, published 1 July 2017. www.oshermaps.org/special-map-exhibits/references-to-the-fore.