I am invited to write a chapter for the Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions. “Exploring and mapping the Antarctic: Histories of Discovery and Knowledge”. It is very exciting and is inspiring to get new perspectives into my research.
routledge handbooks has a good reputation and I am looking forward working with the editors. Mapping is more than only show landmarks or directions. In previous centuries maps had a certain purpose and look strange for our sense of need of information. However, it allows an insight of the perception of the world at the time the map was created. Often was a strong territorial and political driver behind creating maps. It had also to do with imagination and perception of landscapes.
This is only a part of that chapter and it will be an interesting journey until the chapter is finished.