Space, Maps and Movement in History

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Historical Cartography

I am interested in cartographic representations of space and spatial phenomena, and the ways in which they reflect the society, in which they were produced. My interest in map making in the modern period is a result of the fascinating mutual, and many times contradictory, development of scientific map-making techniques, a mass-consumption of cartographic commodities, and the conscious use of maps as means for propaganda.

Current projects and grants:

  1. “Maps on the Move: The Introduction of Motion into Modern Cartography” – Hiob-Ludolf-Fellowships from Erfurt University (2022) and The German Historical Institute in Washington DC (2016).
    Scope: The history of the depictions of movement in modern cartography, primarily in 19th and early 20th century atlases.

 

Books


Books Edited

(in chronological order)

– Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, Motion in Maps, Maps in motion: Mapping Stories and Movement through the Time (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).


Chapters In Collections

(in chronological order)

Printed:

– Zef Segal, Jörn Seemann, & Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, “Introduction,” in Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (eds.), Motion in Maps/Maps in motion: Mapping Stories and Movement through the Time (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

– Zef Segal, “Flow Mapping through the Times: The Transition from Harness to Nazi Propoganda,” in Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (eds.), Motion in Maps/Maps in motion: Mapping Stories and Movement through the Time (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

– Zef Segal, “Infrastructure, cartographie et circulation : ouverture et fermeture des frontières du royaume de Bavière au 19 ème siècle”, in Sylvie Considère and Thomas Perrin (eds.), Frontières et représentations sociales : questions et perspectives méthodologiques (Louvain-la-Neuve: Harmattan-Academia, 2017), 297-320. (French)

– Zef Segal, “Real, Actual and Imagined Borders – State Construction in the »Third Germany«” in Jose Brunner and Iris Nachum (eds.), Die Deutschen als die Anderen: Deutschland in der imagination seiner Nachbarn (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2012), 21-43.


Accepted for Publication

– Zef Segal, “Mapping Emerging States” in Roger J.P. Kain (Ed.), Cartography in the Nineteenth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)


Articles

(in chronological order)

– Zef Segal, “The ‘Naturalization’ of Railways: The Visual Representations of Nineteenth Century German Trains,” The Journal of Transport History 43.2 (2022), 232-255. https://doi.org/10.1177/00225266211031177.

– Zef Segal, “The Two Edged Sword: German Capital Cities Empowerment and State Construction during the Nineteenth Century, 1815- 1866,” The Journal of Historical Geography 60 (2018), 52-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2017.12.005.

– Zef Segal, “Regionalism and Nationalism in German Railway Cartography during the mid-Nineteenth Century,” Imago Mundi 68.1 (2016), 46-61. https://doi.org/10.1080/03085694.2016.1107374.


Other Publications

(in chronological order)


Conferences

(in chronological order)

– “The Jabotinsky Atlas as a Globally Oriented National Atlas”, Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien, Gotha, December 2022 (Keynote).

– “Maps on The Move: The Introduction of Motion into Modern Cartography” in Mappings: Historische Wissensforschung-und neue Kartographiegeschichte, Erfurt University, Gotha, July 2022 (invited talk).

– “Racial Cartographies: The Dynamics of Spatial Racism” in ICHC 2021, Bucharest, July 2022 (lecture).

– “Mapping Communication Infrastructures: Colonizing Modern World Maps” in ICA Pre-Conference: Reconsidering Empires and Imperialisms in Media and Communication History, Paris, May 2022 (lecture).

– “Racial Cartographies: Dynamics of Spatial Racism during the Long 19th Century”, in Race: Between Biology and Culture, Ramat Gan, March 2022 (invited talk).

– “Race as a Spatial Matter – The Role of Cartographers in the Invention and Affirmation of Racial Categories” in 60 Years for Moreshet, Tel Aviv and Giv’at Haviva, November 2021 (invited talk). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0qULMCFV04&t=3525s

– “Maps on The Move: The Introduction of Motion into Modern Cartography” in Mobilities in Transition: T2M Conference 2021, Lisbon, November 2021 (lecture).

– “Race as a Spatial Matter – The Role of Cartographers in the Invention and Affirmation of Racial Categories” in Entangled Otherings: Critical Perspectives on the Relationship of Antisemitism and Racism, Gut Sigen, June 2021 (lecture).

– “Putting the World on Paper: Maps and Enlightenment in Early Hebrew Journals” in ICHC 2019, Amsterdam, July 2019 (lecture).

– “Race as a Spatial Matter: The Role of Cartographers in the Invention and Affirmation of Racial Categories” in Entangled Otherings: Critical Perspectives on the Relationship between Antisemitism and Racism, Berlin, June 2019 (invited talk).

– ““I Can Smell the German Linden Trees… Rolling Against my Doors”: Visual Depictions of German Railways in the 19th Century” in the 42nd German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, September 2018 (lecture).

– “Arrows and movement: Introducing Movement into Modern Cartography” in the 2018 Research Day of Tel Aviv Jaffa College, Tel Aviv, June 2018 (lecture).

– “Iconography of Movement in European and American Atlases (1837-1940)” in Colloquium of the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies, The Israeli Open University, Ra’anana, December 2017 (Colloquium talk).

– “From Sea Voyages to Global Wars: Iconography of Movement in European and American Atlases (1837-1914)” in The 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography, Belo Horizonte, July 2017 (lecture).

– “Was ist der Bayern Vaterland: Forming a Spatial Identity in 19th century Germany” in Lived Space, Perceived Space, and Conceived Space: Social Power Relations after the Spatial Turn, Zichron Ya’akob, May 2017 (lecture).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in The Annual Conference of History and Philosophy of Science, Ra’anana, April 2017 (lecture).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains, Railways, and Train Station as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in The Israeli Forum of Environmental History, Tel Aviv, January 2017 (Colloquium talk).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in The 3rd Environmental History Conference, Jerusalem, October 2016 (lecture).

– “Sustaining War: Cartographies of Conflict at a Time of Peace” in TAU – Frankfurt workshop “Neither Peace nor War. Transitions in Europe and the Middle East“, Tel Aviv, October 2016  (invited talk).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in Beyond the Written Words, Jerusalem, June 2016 (lecture).

– “Inter-German Migration Patterns and National Identities: The “Third Germany” in Mid-Nineteenth Century” in ASEN Conference on Nationalism, Migration, and Population Change, London, April 2016 (lecture).

– “Geopolitics and the Territorial State: The Representation of New States in German Cartography 1800-1939” in Colloquium of the Department of General History, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, November 2015 (Colloquium talk).

– “Mobility as a symbol: 19th Century German Railway Cartography” in Movement, Fixation and what lies in between, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, November 2015 (Colloquium talk).

– “Geopolitics and the Territorial State: The Representation of New States in German Atlases (1800-1939)” in The 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography, Antwerp, July 2015 (lecture).

– “Geopolitics and the Territorial State: The Representation of New States in German Cartography 1800-1939” in Colloquium of the Department of General History, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, June 2015 (Colloquium talk).

– “Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German world” in Mobilität und Umwelt, Munich, February 2015 (lecture).

– “German Capital Cities: Empowerment and State Construction 1815-1866” in American Historical Association 129, New York, January 2015 (lecture).

– “Geopolitics and the Territorial State: The Representation of New States in German Cartography 1800-1939” in Colloquium of the Department of General History, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, December 2014 (Colloquium talk).

– “Infrastructure, Cartography and Movement: Debordering and Rebordering 19th Century Germany” in Brit XIV: The Border, a Source of Innovation, Arres, Lille and Mons, November 2014 (lecture).

– “The Geopolitcs of the Concept of a „Territorial State‟,” in Bucerius Institute Forum, Haifa, June 2014 (Colloquium talk).

– “Maps create “Space”: The Map and the Medium German States in the 19th Century,” in Colloquium of the Department of General History, the University of Haifa, Haifa, January 2014 (Colloquium talk).

– “Infrastructure, Cartography and Movement: Spatial Perception in 19th Century Germany” in Geography without Boundaries, the Annual Israeli Geographical Association Conference, Be’er Sheva, Dec. 2012 (lecture).

– “Maps create “space”: The Map and the medium German States in the 19th century,” in Cartography and Geographical Knowledge in the Public Sphere, IGU pre-conference, Leipzig, Aug. 2012 (lecture).

– “Was ist des Bayern Vaterland?”: Bavaria‟s Spatial Formation, 1815-1866,” in Colloquium on Social, Cultural & Political History (TAU, UCLA, University of Zurich), Peqi‟in, Feb. 2012 (lecture).

– “Real, Actual and Imagined Borders: The Creation of German States,” in Germany and its Neighbors: Borders, Identities, Relations, Tel Aviv, Feb. 2011 (lecture).

– “Bavaria in the 19th Century: an Integrating or Disintegrating State?,” in In the Enchanted Circle: Jews, Germans and Others in German History, In Honor of Professor Shulamit Volkov, Tel Aviv, Oct. 2010 (lecture).

– “Maps Create Space: The Map and the German States in the 19th Century,” in Identity and Space, the Annual Israeli Historical Society Conference, Ra’anana, April 2010 (lecture).

– “Representation and Practices of State Space: The Medium Sized States in Germany in the Years 1815-1866,” in Workshop for Young Researchers in German History, Yad Hashmona, Jan. 2010 (lecture).