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From French cartographie, from carte (map) (ultimately from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khártēs, map)) + -graphie (-graphy) (, from γράφω (gráphō, write)); carto- +‎ -graphy.



cartography (usually uncountable, plural cartographies)

  1. (uncountable) The creation of charts and maps based on the layout of a territory's geography. [from 19th c.]
  2. (countable, figuratively) An illustrative discussion of a topic. [from 20th c.]
    • 2000, Stanislav Grof, Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research, →ISBN:
      In the early years of my psychedelic research, I sketched a vastly expanded cartography of the psyche that seems to meet this challenge.
    • 2006, Nira Yuval-Davis, Kalpana Kannabiran, Ulrike Vieten, The Situated Politics of Belonging, →ISBN, page 69:
      The Dalit feminist standpoint, and more specifically the national Federation of Dalit Women, provide in very clear terms a cartography of governance that forces an official reckoning of a new way of seeing.
    • 2013, Michael Goddard, The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies, →ISBN, page 1:
      Since this cartography is not a representation of already existing spaces or cinematic forms but is rather oriented towards the new, it could be described as a cartography of the virtual; however, since Ruiz's work makes a point of departing from the normative rules of cinematic construction as a first principle, this book will outline Ruiz's cartography of images as a cartography of the impossible.
    • 2014, Anna Maria Guasch Ferrer, Nasheli Jimenez Del Val, Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age, →ISBN, page xvi:
      In short, the volume aims to provide the reader with the coordinates for current debates in global art and to develop a cartography of the various conceptual and methodological intersections that global art studies is addressing today.


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