‘Jean de la Gandille and the Vallard Atlas: Cartography, Power, and Patronage in 16th-Century France’

Nicolas Medevielle, a visiting assistant professor of French at Goucher College, will present the talk “Jean de la Gandille and the Vallard Atlas: Cartography, Power, and Patronage in 16th-Century France” on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Goucher’s Kelley Lecture Hall.

In his presentation, Medevielle will take an interdisciplinary approach to look at the maps of 16th-century France and their significance in the establishment of the French Empire overseas. The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

His research interests focus on French colonial history, especially during the early modern period; Renaissance cartography; the history of racial construction; and the history of the French slave trade.

Medevielle holds a master of political science from the University of Rennes 1 in France and a doctorate in French studies from the Ohio State University. He has held positions as visiting assistant professor at Kenyon College and assistant professor at the College of William & Mary.

This event is sponsored by Goucher’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Evelyn Myers ’37 Endowed Lecture Fund.

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