Lauren Beck

Professor, Visual & Material Culture Studies
Hart Hall 418


Dr. Lauren Beck specializes in the visual culture of the early-modern Atlantic world, with interests in text-and-image relations, historical cartography, and marginalized voices. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Intercultural Encounter and is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Mount Allison University and editor of Terrae Incognitae . Her recent publications include Visualizing the Text: From Manuscript Culture to Caricature (co-edited with C. Ionescu, University of Delaware Press, 2017); Canada before Confederation: Maps from the Exhibition  (co-authored with C. Van Duzer, Vernon Press, 2017); and Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: The Conquest through the Lens of Visual and Textual Multiplicity  (Cambria Press, 2013). Her articles have appeared in several journals, including most recently Renaissance Quarterly  and Journal of Women's History . She currently holds several external grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada History Fund, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.


1. Select peer-reviewed books and special journal issues:

Canada's Place Names and How to Change Them. Concordia University Press, 2022.

The Cultural History of Exploration [6 vols.]. Series editor. Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming.

Mitji: Let's Eat. Mi'kmaq Recipes from Sikniktuk. Co-authored with M. Augustine. Nimbus Press, forthcoming.

Illustrating the Cid. Queens-McGill University Press, 2019.

Firsting in the Early Modern Transatlantic World, Routledge, 2019.

The Golden Anniversary Issue  [Special issue], Terrae Incognitae  50.3 (2018).

Visualizing the Text: From Manuscript Culture to Caricature . Co-edited with C. Ionescu. University of Delaware Press, 2017.    

Canada before Confederation: Maps from the Exhibition . Co-authored with C. Van Duzer. Vernon Press, 2017.

Women in the History of Cartography, Discovery, and Exploration [Special issue] , Terrae Incognitae 48.1 (2016), 1-97. 

Small Communities   [Special issue] , co-edited with Christina Ionescu, Journal of New Brunswick Studies  6.1 (2015), 1-158.    

Mapping North America: Early Modern Narratives of Discovery and Exploration in the Davidson Collection. Catalogue compiled with Christina Ionescu. Mount Allison University, 2015.

Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: The Conquest through the Lens of Visual and Textual Multiplicity . Cambria Press, 2013.

2. Recent book chapters:

"Unsettling Spanish Atlantic History: Toward a Scholarship Invested in Visual and Material Culture," in  Firsting in the Early-Modern Transatlantic World , ed. Lauren Beck. Routledge, 2019.

"Firsting: The Architecture of Decolonizing Scholarship on the Early-Modern Transatlantic World," in  Firsting in the Early-Modern Transatlantic World , ed. Lauren Beck. Routledge, 2019.

"El Paso Noroeste según las fuentes indígenas utilizadas en mapas ingleses y franceses antes del año 1800," [The Northwest Passage according to Indigenous Sources Used on English and French Maps before 1800] in  Enigmas de las Américas , vol. 2:  Un paso interoceánico , ed. Sabrina Guerra Moscoso. Universidad San Francisco de Quito, 2019. 

"Annotation and Books in Early Modern Spanish Painting," in Visualizing the Text: From Manuscript Culture to Caricature , eds. Lauren Beck and Christina Ionescu. University of Delaware Press, 2017, 71-93. 

"Eighteenth-century Spanish American Terra Incognita : Mapping the Things of Empire," in Eighteenth -Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture , eds. Ileana Baird and Christina Ionescu. Ashgate, 2014, 227-245. 

"Illustrating the Spanish Conquest in the Long Eighteenth Century: Theodore de Bry and his Legacy," in Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual Periphery of the Text , ed. Christina Ionescu. Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2011, 494-533.

3. Recent articles:

"The Persistence of Early-Modern Metadata in Online Environments and the Endurance of Imperial Discourse," HumanÍstica 90 (2021).

"Euro-Settler Place Naming Practices for North America through a Gendered and Racialized Lens," Terrae Incognitae 53.1 (2021), 5-25.

"Civilizing the Pre-Modern Spanish World through the Gaze of Modernity," Pleyade 23 (2019), 101-124.

"Race and Labour in Sixteenth-Century Seville through the Prism of Accounting Books (Hijuelas) from the Reales Alcázares," Renaissance Quarterly  71.4 (2018), 1272-1297.

"Women's Power and Material Exchange in Early Modern Transatlantic Spain," Journal of Women's History  30.1 (2018), 35-55. 

"La fundación de pueblos españoles e indígenas en el siglo XVI," [Indigenous and Spanish Townfounding in the Sixteenth Century] Del mundo al mapa y del mapa al mundo: Objetos, escalas e imaginarios del territorio. Memorias del 6º Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía , ed. Alejandra Vega Palma (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2017), 223-232.  

"Early-Modern European and Indigenous Linguistic Influences on New Brunswick Place Names, " Journal of New Brunswick Studies 7.1 (2016), 15-36.

  "Visualising the Cid and His Enemies in Print: The Matamoros Effect, " Image and Narrative 17.1 (2016), 5-14. 

"The Travelogue of a Moroccan Ambassador to Charles II, 1690-1691," Journal of North African Studies 20.2 (2015), 284-302.

"Claiming California: FromTerra Incognitato Miguel de Venegas, " Terrae Incognitae 45.1 (2013), 2-18.

"Moros en la costa: Islam in Spanish Media and Visual Culture, " Revista de Historia Actual 29 (2012), 93-106.