Karen-edis Barzman

Karen-edis Barzman

Hand-drawn maps and the "paper management" of the early modern state
Karen-edis Barzman


Karen-edis Barzman is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University.  Her abiding interests lie in the role of representation in technologies of the self and the performative dimensions of corporate identity.  Having written on the early modern academy and the convent as institutional spaces of discipline, she is currently completing a book titled The Limits of Identity: Venice, Dalmatia, and the Representation of Difference, in which she addresses distinctions the republic drew between itself, the Ottoman state, and its own sudditi turcheschi on the eastern side of the Adriatic, in various fields of representation including the cartographic.  Karen has received various grants and fellowships: Getty, Fulbright, NEH, Delmas, Newberry Library, and Villa I Tatti (1991).

Project Summary

This project looks at topographical drawings as part of a developing “information-technology” in the governance of trans-regional states, with their growing dependence on collecting, archiving, and delivering data about remote places.  It focuses on views of Dalmatia (16th-17th centuries) and Venetian concerns about security along the unstable border with Ottoman Bosnia.