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Mental Maps: Geographical and Historical Perspectives
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2449-4888
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

‘Mental map’ is a term referring to the way people orientate themselves in their spatial surroundings and how they perceive the world. Alongside ‘cognitive map’, its approximate synonym, the concept of a mental map is established in geography, the behavioral sciences, and psychology. Over the past two decades the idea of mental maps has been adopted by historians in analyzing the construction and dissolution of historical regions, the world views of political elites, and patterns of dominance and subalternity. Despite the resonance the concept of mental maps has had in several disciplines, an international multi-disciplinary conversation on mental maps with an emphasis on cultural patterns is still in its earliest stages. The present special journal issue addresses this situation by bringing together scholars from the fields of history, geography, economics, anthropology, and linguistics, and by using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods. The idea of this themed issue emerged at a workshop entitled “Mental Mapping – Historical and Social Science Perspectives”, held 12–13 November 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University, and the Italian Cultural Institute “C.M. Lerici” in Stockholm. The workshop was arranged by the research project Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region, a joint venture between Södertörn University and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. , p. 157-285
Series
Journal of Cultural Geography, ISSN 0887-3631 ; vol. 35(2)
Keywords [en]
Mental Mapping, Cognitive Maps, History, Geography
National Category
History Human Geography
Research subject
Historical Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34849Local ID: 660/42/2013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34849DiVA, id: diva2:1197839
Projects
Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 41/13
Note

Guest editors for Journal of Cultural Geography,  vol. 35(2).

Available from: 2018-04-15 Created: 2018-04-15 Last updated: 2018-04-20Bibliographically approved

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