About the Programmes

In this three-part series, Elizabeth Haines and Adam Caulton explore four historical maps of Mongu, a rural town in Zambia.

In each programme the presenters consider those maps through the perspectives offered by different time frames, asking how do the maps ride against the rhythms of environmental change, social change, the decay of paper and contested rights? Through the series, Haines and Caulton explore the global unevenness of cartographic culture, and different forms of historical memory.

Listen to the Programmes


In this first episode, Haines and Caulton interrogate how ‘cartographic invisibility’ affects outsiders who try to get to know Western Province, Zambia.


In this second episode, given that development requires maps and mapping fuels development, Haines and Caulton explore the connection between ‘cartographic invisibility’ and the economic status of Western Province, Zambia.


In this third episode, as European land ownership has long been tied to cartography, Haines and Caulton explore how cartographic invisibility affect non-European ways of organising and defining land rights in Western Province, Zambia.

This series was authored and produced by Elizabeth Haines, Royal Holloway University of London, and Adam Caulton, Cambridge University, in collaboration with The Arts & Culture Unit.

It was broadcast as part of the first series of Modulations: Broadcasting Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, on Resonance 104.4fm.