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Dr. Anne M. C. Godlewska
B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D.. (Clark, 1985)
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D329
Phone: +001 (613) 533-6390
Fax: +001 (613) 533-6122
Email: godlewsk@queensu.ca
Atlas of Napoleonic Cartography: http://www.geog.queensu.ca/napoleonatlas/



Teaching Interests





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.

Teaching Interests

As Head of Department the amount that I can teach is reduced. Normally I teach courses in every year of the undergraduate program. I very much enjoy teaching Gphy 101: Human Geography which is a highly illustrated and entertaining introduction to human geography. At the second year level I have taught Gphy 229: Space, Place Culture and Social Life. This is a fun course in which we explore the meaning of culture, monuments and heritage, the geography of food, issues of the body and embodiment, the geography and politics of language, nationalism, imperialism and colonialism and globalization. At the third year level I frequently teach Gphy 325: The Map and Society. This course takes a whirl wind look at history, philosophy, literature, religion, and social values through the object and the concept of the map. At the fourth year level I have taught a seminar on the history of geography. In this course I try to make geography students aware of the traditions within which they have been studying and to help them see those critically. My plans are to teach Gphy 351: Geographies of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in the near future. In the past I have also taught The Regional Geography of the French Speaking World which integrated geography, history and literature in key parts of the current and former French Empire(s).

My philosophy of teaching is to bring as rich a brew as possible to the classroom, well laced with humour, so that the students leave enriched, challenged and thoughtful. I like an interactive style of teaching with discussion and debate and I try to give the students as much one-on-one contact as possible. I believe that one of the most powerful skills students can acquire in university is informed and clear self-expression in both writing and speaking. Of course, that also demands the development of critical thinking and good research skills. My assignments are designed to achieve that but also to entertain.


My current research looks at the spatial exclusion and inclusion of Aboriginal peoples, issues and concerns in curriculum, school texts and instructional practice in secondary school education in contemporary Ontario and Quebec. Spaces of exclusion and exception take many forms in our society. As Agamben, Foucault and others have shown, strategies of social exclusion can be revealed by a focus on their spatial manifestation, whether that expression is found on the ground, on the body, or in texts (Agamben 2005, Foucault 1977, Butler 1990, Mitchell 1991, Mountz 2003, 2004). If what takes place in the prison, the army, the hospital, and in law is symptomatic of a form of pervasive social organization, what occurs in schools is formative of that social organization in a way that few other institutions can be in a liberal democracy (Willinsky 1998). My research argues that decolonization requires a transformation of public consciousness through an open examination of what we are and how we have come to be that (Said 1979, Gramsci 1991, Gregory 2004).

Jackie Moore (ATEP Program, Faculty of Education) and I have recently submitted an article on the Ontario secondary school social science curriculum and the Ontario 7-course Native Studies Program (1999-present) (Godlewska, Moore, and Bednasek accepted). The article explores coverage of Aboriginal existence within the curriculum and the delivery of the Native Studies program and links the particular form of exclusion in Ontario to the embrace of a substantially unexamined yet contestable multicultural ideology (Kymlicka 2001, Bissondath 2002, Taylor 1992, Tulley 2006, Aikman and May 2003). There are signs in government pronouncements and the curriculum itself of a concern to overcome exclusion of Aboriginal peoples and issues, yet effective exclusion persists in Ontario. This research explores the particular flavour of exclusion and inclusion in Ontario together with the mechanisms of that exclusion, with an eye to expanding the study to the rest of Canada. In our article and this research we focus special attention on how geography is taught as there is significant potential for a link between geography and Aboriginal education, given the importance of land, sustainability, culture and the environment in Aboriginal thought (Deloria jr. 2005, Deloria jr. and Wildcat 2001).

My focus in the history of science is on Geography and the ways in which sometimes formal and sometimes informal disciplinary and proto-disciplinary structures shape the way people think, right down to what they can possibly imagine. Although much of the history of science is written heroically around success and with an implied linearity and continuity, I like to focus on discontinuities, missed opportunities and, for want of a better word, failure. I am also interested in the role that imperialism, colonialism, war and violence have played in shaping science and the role that conceptions of science have had on perceptions of people and cultures.

I continue to be interested in the history of mapping. My most recent article in that field, published in Imago Mundi, compared cartographic and artistic renderings of selected Napoleonic battles in northern Italy with the actual sites. The article reveals that narrative has a very different relationship to maps and images. Certainly Bagetti’s paintings were powerful constructions that were more successful in reflecting a narrative of glorious conquest than was possible through cartography.



Godlewska, Anne; Hayhow, Christine; Porter, Erin; Lewis, Hannah; Reed, Paul; Manion, Jocelyn; Cheney, Brian; and Kathy Hoover. (July 2007). Explore Camp. Creating Geographers. Published on the Canadian Association of Geographers Webpage.

Godlewska, A. (September, 2002). Atlas of Napoleonic Cartography in Italy http://www.geog.queensu.ca/napoleonatlas This web-based atlas is composed of 266 pages, 1896 hyperlinks, and 975 files.

Godlewska, A. 1999. Geography Unbound: French Geographical Science from Cassini to Humboldt (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). 460 pp.

Godlewska, A. 1988. The Napoleonic Survey of Egypt. A Masterpiece of Cartographic Compilation and Early Nineteenth-Century Fieldwork. Vol. 25, Numbers 1 and 2, Monograph. 38-39. 171 pp. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).

Books edited:

Godlewska, A. and N. Smith (eds.) 1994. Geography and Empire (Oxford: Blackwell). 404 pp.


Godlewska, A, Projected 2008. “The Map,” in John Agnew and David Livingstone, Handbook of Geographical Knowledge (Submitted October 2007), 20 pp.

Godlewska, A. Projected 2008. “Juxtaposing Contact Stories in Canada” in Jeremy Webber, Hester Lessard and Rebecca Johnson (eds.) Storied Communities: Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, Expected publication date, 2008. The paper has been accepted the edited book is currently undergoing review. Submitted April 2007.

Godlewska, A. 2004. “Body, Place, Space and Identity. The Life of Marie de L’Incarnation (1599-1672),” in Tom Mels, Reanimating Places. A Geography of Rhythms.(Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2004): 175-199.

Godlewska, A. 1999. "Des géographes dignes de ce nom" in Géographie et liberté. Mélanges en hommage à Paul Claval (Paris: Harmattan), 61-73.

Godlewska, A.1999. "Humboldt's Visual Thinking: From Enlightenment Vision to Modern Science" in David Livingstone and Charles Withers, Geography and Enlightenment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 236-279.

Godlewska, A. (1997a) "The Idea of the Map" in Susan Hanson, ed. Geographical Ideas That Have Changed the World (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press), 15-39.

Godlewska, A. (1997b) "The Fascination of Jesuit Cartography" in Joseph A. Gagliano and Charles E. Ronan, S.J., Jesuit Encounters in the New World (Rome: Jesuit Historical Institute "Bibliotheca Instituti Historici S.I." series), 99-111.

Godlewska, A. (1995a) "Jomard, the Geographic Imagination and the First Great Facsimile Atlases" in Joan Winearls, Editing Early and Historical Atlases. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), 109-135.

Godlewska, A. (1994) "Napoleon's Geographers: Imperialists and Soldiers of Modernity" in Geography and Empire: Critical Studies in the History of Geography ed. Godlewska, A. and N. Smith. (Oxford: Blackwell), 31-53.

Godlewska, A.(1992a) "Des précurseurs de la géographie moderne: les ingénieurs géographes" in P. Claval Autour de Vidal de la Blache. La Formation de l'Ecole Française de la géographie. Mémoires et documents de géographie (Paris, CNRS), December, 29-35.

Godlewska, A. (1992b) "L'histoire de la géographie, pourquoi?"in P. Claval Autour de Vidal de la Blache. La Formation de l'Ecole Française de la géographie. Mémoires et documents de géographie (Paris, CNRS), December, 13-18.

Papers in Refereed Journals:

Godlewska, Anne, Moore, Jackie and Drew Bednasek. (Submitted 2008, Accepted Pending Revisions). Canadian Education in Ontario: Cultivating Ignorance of Aboriginal Existence, The Canadian Geographer (Submitted October 2008).

Bednasek, C Drew and Anne Godlewska. (2008-2009) The Influence of “Betterment” Discourses on Canadian Aboriginal Peoples in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Accepted pending minor revisions.

Godlewska, Anne. (2005) “Comments on Neil Smith, American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization” Political Geography Volume: 24, Issue: 2, (February): 257-262

Godlewska, Anne. (2005) “Comments on Engin Isin's Being Political,” Political Geography Volume: 24, Issue: 3 March.

Godlewska, Anne, Létourneau, Marcus R. and Paul Schauerte. (2005) “Maps, Painting and Lies. Portraying Napoleon’s Battlefields in Northern Italy,” Imago Mundi Volume 57 part 2: 149-163.

Godlewska, A. (2003) Resisting the Cartographic Imperative: Giuseppe Bagetti's Landscapes of War, Journal of Historical Geography, 21, 1 (January): 1-29.

Godlewska, A. (2000) Cartographié la cartographie napoléonienne: Comment et pourquoi? Annales historiques de la Révolution française 2, 197-204.

Godlewska, A. (1999) Cartography: Science to Statecraft. Cassini IV as Witness and Victim, Cartographica, 35, 3/4 (Autumn/Winter): 25-39.

Godlewska, A. (1995) Map, Text and Image. The Mentality of Enlightened Conquerors: A New Look at the Description de l'Egypte, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New series, 20, 1 (1995): 5-28.

Godlewska, A. (1990) To Surf or to Swim, Solicited response to Brian Harley's Deconstructing the Map, Cartographica, 26, 2 (Summer, 1989): 96-98.

Godlewska, A. (1991) L'influence d'un homme sur la géographie française: Conrad Malte-Brun (1775-1826), Annales de Géographie, 558 (May): 62-79.

Godlewska, A. (1989) Traditions, Crisis, and New Paradigms in the Rise of the Modern French Discipline of Geography 1760-1850, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 79, 2 (June 1989): 192-213.


Godlewska, A. (2002) Geography (Un)Bound: When Description Fell to Theory. Invited Paper for the UCLA Humboldt Lecture Series, Lecture: Spring, 2000. Web address: http://www.geog.ucla.edu/