Anne Marie Claire Godlewska, Queen’s University

Geography Professor Kingston, Ontario godlewsk@queensu.ca Office: (613) 533-6390

Bio/Research

I have a B.A in history from McGill University and a PhD in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. I did a post-doc at Madison, Wisconsin with the History of Cartography Project (Harley and Woodward).

I am one of those people who never seem to be able to decide on w...


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Bio/Research

I have a B.A in history from McGill University and a PhD in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. I did a post-doc at Madison, Wisconsin with the History of Cartography Project (Harley and Woodward).

I am one of those people who never seem to be able to decide on what she will be when she grows up. The university is a wonderful place for people like me. It is full of opportunities to explore and grow. In the first phase of my academic career I was interested in the history of mapping, and as imperialism and colonialism have always fascinated me and because I wanted to develop my French language skills, I looked at the French mapping of Egypt in the late 18th century. But while maps are intriguing, I found I was relatively more interested in the ideas behind maps than in the objects themselves. So, I became an historian of science working on the nature of the geography in France that found expression in Egypt, in Algeria and elsewhere in the world. France is nice but I live in Canada, as do my students. Also, the history of science while fascinating, is a history that deemphasizes the concerns and preoccupations of a large proportion of the world’s population. Ultimately I found that dissatisfying. So I repatriated my work and decided to focus on a very important part of Canadian reality, the native populations of Canada and the United States and their ongoing struggle with colonial characterizations and interests.

I don’t plan on growing up any time soon but this topic is so interesting I will probably stay with it for some time.


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