An Atlas on a Uniform Scale: Reclus' Critique of 19th-Century Cartography

Talk by Sarah Leuders at the Research Seminar of Historical Geography on Mai 0916 2019 from 16:15 to 17:45 in KR1/00.05

As a geographer and activist, Élisée Reclus (1830-1905) became known for his contributions to social geography and his anarchistic writings. His cartographic work has received little attention to this day. Sensitive to the political potential of maps as producers of knowledge, Reclus formulated a new view of the world. Together with his nephew Paul Reclus, he developed a concept for an atlas on a uniform scale at the end of the 19th century as a critique of a Eurocentric perspective on contemporary cartography. The project was never realized and fell into oblivion. The lecture combines an insight into the atlas project from the perspective of a critical history of science with approaches to transferring the project into a modern geographical information system.