#teachingrenaissance: on maps and Renaissance spaces


An increasing number of scholars are using Twitter, and It’s easy to see why. At it’s best, Twitter allows fast, responsive discussions that being together often quite unexpected respondents from a whole range of constituencies. In a way, Twitter can have the stimulating, motivating impact you usually only get at a conference when a chance conversation with another delegate spins off into the most amazing in- depth debate.
Last week something magical like that happened on Twitter when I posted a suggestion about creating a new hashtag, #teachingrenaissance, and discussion took off from there. In particular it was the topic of how to teach maps that we returned to again and again, as maps are objects that span across all the various disciplines taught by Renaissance scholars, whether in Departments of History, of English, of Philosophy, Theology, Music, or my own, Art History. It’s not surprising that maps are objects…

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