From the Macro to the Micro: Mapping New Worlds

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Virtual talk organized by the Convergence Initiative, in partnership with Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec). Speaker: Pamela Mackenzie

Nehemiah Grew was one of the earliest people to conduct a detailed exploration of plant life with the use of a microscope. The things he discovered had he had no language to describe. Many of the engravings that accompanied Grew’s publications were necessarily abstract, resembling less the tradition of botanical illustration than a series of maps or mathematical diagrams. In this talk, Pamela Mackenzie will trace the visual form of Grew’s illustrations through the tradition of cartography and consider the implications of this way of imagining the microscopic world geographically – as a place to be surveyed and conquered.

Thursday 26 November 2020, 12pm EST


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