Barney Authors Study of Progressive Cold War Atlases

Ph.D. student Timothy Barney is the author of a study in the November issue of the Quarterly Journal of Speech. The study is entitled "Power Lines: The Rhetoric of Maps as Social Change in the Post-Cold War Landscape."

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of state socialism in Eastern and Central Europe, cartographers were faced with choices on how the new post Cold War political landscape would be mapped. One such group called the Pluto Project had been producing atlases since 1981 with a progressive point of view about the nature of state power in the Cold War. This essay examines two of the Pluto Project’s atlases as they function to identify a radical cartographic style that animates the social control of space by subverting traditional cartographic forms and defying scientific expectations and standards.

QJSCitation: Timothy Barney, "Power Lines: The Rhetoric of Maps as Social Change in the Post-Cold War Landscape," Quarterly Journal of Speech95 (2009): 412-434.

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