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UK’s national center for humanities and social sciences research names UT Arlington cartography expert to prestigious fellowship

Monday, March 2, 2015

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Imre Demhardt, professor and Virginia and Jenkins Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been named the new ST Lee Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

The School of Advanced Study is the United Kingdom’s national center for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. Internationally, the invitation-only, five-month fellowship is one of the few programs offering a structured postgraduate degree in the history of cartography.

Imre Demhardt, professor and Virginia and Jenkins Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography at UT Arlington.

“I very much look forward to this opportunity to immerse for an extended time in the collections at the School of Advanced Study and its broader academic environment,” said Demhardt, a German citizen and former lecturer at the University of Technology at Darmstadt. “This fellowship will advance my current research and surely stimulate new ideas on the British and their cartographic claim of the world in the 19th century.”

Elisabeth Cawthon, associate dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts, commended Demhardt, noting that his appointment adds to the prestige of the entire UT Arlington faculty and to the UT Arlington Special Collections Library.

“Dr. Demhardt brings his considerable expertise in historical cartography to this highly respected international venue,” Cawthon said. “While discussing cartography with colleagues in Europe, he will draw upon the extensive holdings of historical maps from Texas and the Southwest in Special Collections within The University of Texas at Arlington Central Library.”

Demhardt is the author of several books and numerous articles and is fluent in English and German with some knowledge of French and Afrikaans. Although he is especially interested in post-enlightenment cartography, his wide-ranging pursuits in the field of exploration research, colonialism, and mapping led him to travel extensively all over the world, including work in sub-Saharan Africa.

While with the SAS, Demhardt will conduct a series of free public lectures at the universities of Edinburgh, London and Oxford.

Roger Kain, dean and chief executive of the School of Advanced Studies, said the ST Lee Fellowship is awarded to eminent scholars in the humanities who promote research through global standing that they enjoy in their own field of inquiry and through their active engagement with the wider public.

“Dr. Demhardt brings tremendous expertise and scholarship to the School not only in the history of cartography, but in the 19th and 20th century colonialism and tourism,” Kain said.

As a prominent figure in his field, Demhardt has helped coordinate cartographic conferences and exhibitions and has written a number of scholarly papers on post-Enlightenment exploration and cartography of Europe, Africa, and the Americas. In addition he has helped produce reports on a variety of international consultancy projects including on boundary issues, and tourism in South Africa and currently serves as a co-editor of “The History of Cartography Encyclopedia, Vol. 5: Cartography in the Nineteenth Century.

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