t H e Pa s t a n d F u t u r e o F t H e G a i h z u (Ja Pa n e s e i m P e r ia L m a P s ) KärEn wigEn, guEst Editor Stanford University The spatial turn of recent years has brought a number of novel landscapes into focus for scholars of East Asia. One such frontier--located at the intersection of urban development, state power, and territorialization--provides the conceptual ground for the papers guest edited by You-tien Hsing in this issue of Cross-Currents. Another--the domain of imperial cartography-- undergirds the present collection of articles. Old maps have gained new life in the academy. No longer read solely for locational data (or evaluated in terms of scientific accuracy), maps are increasingly seen as cultural artifacts that bear on a wide spectrum of social and political problems. From the worldviews and spatial imaginations of their makers to the economic and ideological projects they advanced, historical maps speak to fundamental issues of both social scientific and humanistic inquiry. Informed by new interpretive questions from cultural geography and visual studies, and armed with new techniques of
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jun 28, 2012
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