Mapping the World  

About the Historic Maps on the ENGLOBE Website

The Concept:

The history of world map-making has been a prime symbol for the eurocentric perceptions of the world.  Most often, maps place Europe and the US in the middle, not to mention “on top”, establishing notions of “east and west” as well as “north and south”. 
The map theme is meant to both display different maps made throughout history, primarily European-made, and other examples of how the world could look from another perspective; for instance, if Japan would be placed in the center or if Europe and the US would be found in the southern hemisphere.  The maps serve to illustrate the ever-changing perception of the world throughout history and how map-making itself can be a site of eurocentric, ideological constructions of the globe.