Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events


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2019

September 2-7, 2019 - Bucharest The 12th Congress of South-East European Studies will examine Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe. One of the conference panels Between the Imperial Eye and the Local Gaze. Cartographies of SouthEast Europe, organized by Robert Born (Leipzig) and Marian Coman (Bucharest), is dedicated to the cartographic history of south-eastern Europe.



September 5-6, 2019 – Oxford The International Map Collectors' Society is planning a visit to the exhibition Talking Maps at the Bodleian Library. Nick Milleau, who is curating the exhibition with Jerry Brotton, will be showing us around. Following this we will be holding the annual Collectors’ Meeting at Wadham College. We plan to arrange a group dinner for Thursday, a visit to another map collection in Oxford and time to browse, and maybe buy, at the map shop Sanders of Oxford. Additional details will be posted on the website.



September 5, 2019 - Zurich In 1857, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher commissioned the British colonial official William Edmund Hay to prepare the largest panoramic map of Tibet from that period. The multi-part map, which is now part of the Wise Collection of the British Library, is complemented by drawings of ceremonies, rituals and ethnographic details. Dr. Diana Lange will present Mapping Tibet: Ein tibetischer Lama zeichnet Karten für Major Hay in the Ethnological Museum of the University of Zurich, Pelikanstrasse 40. Lecture is from 19:00 to 20:30.



September 10, 2019 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM in Training Room, 7th Floor, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Dr. Craig H. Jones, Professor of Geological Sciences at CU Boulder, will speak about How the Sierra Nevada Made Colorado. The Colorado we live in today functions as it does because of events in the Sierra Nevada. From where and how we recreate to the water that comes out of the tap, decisions and policies arose from the time of the California Gold Rush, and those decisions and policies originated in the peculiarities of the geology of the Sierra. In this talk we will trace, through a variety of maps, the changes to American law and custom that arose in the Sierra and took root in Colorado. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry <lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net>.



September 11, 2019 – Southampton The Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop in Ordnance Survey Head Office. The workshop theme will be Map collection development: dispersal, disposal and digital transition. Additional information from Paula Williams; Curator | Maps, Mountaineering & Polar Collections; National Library of Scotland; 33 Salisbury Place; Edinburgh EH9 1SL; Tel: +44 (0) 131 623 4671; Email: p.williams(at)nls.uk.



September 11-12, 2019 - Southampton The 2019 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers Annual Conference will be held at Great Britain's National Mapping Agency - Ordnance Survey. This enlightening two-day event attracts specialists from commercial, academic, and governmental organisations whose common interest lies in using and promoting maps as a valuable communication device. It provides both a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to learn and share information about recent projects, join focused discussion groups and network with colleagues and experts sharing the same interest.



September 11, 2019 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Dr. Ron Grim, retired director Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at Boston Public Library, will discuss In the Footsteps of the Crime. (Recovering a Map Masterpiece Stolen by E. Forbes Smiley). It deals with Ron’s successful efforts to recover a map masterpiece stolen from Boston Public Library by E. Forbes Smiley long before Ron ever got there.



September 12, 2019 – Oxford There will be a lunchtime talk 1:00-1:45pm in conjunction with the exhibition Talking Maps. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street. Jerry Brotton will discuss The Selden Map of China and Global Mapmaking. Click here to book a free place. Additional information from Nick Millea at nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk



September 16, 2019 - Plymouth, Minnesota Drawing on information from maps in the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, Curator Dr. Marquerite Ragnow will speak about Vikings and the Early Maps of Scandinavia. She will share Scandinavia's role in the history of cartography, including the infamous Vinland Map, which just might be the earliest map of North America. Presentation will be 7-8 p.m. in Hennepin County Library - Plymouth, 15700 36th Ave. N. Registration to attend is required.



September 19-22, 2019 - Alpine, Texas The topic of the fall meeting of the Texas Map Society is Five Centuries of Mexican Maps. The meeting will be held in the Museum of the Big Bend on the Sul Ross State University campus, 400 N Harrison St.



September 19, 2019 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Andrew Johnston will discuss Mapping the Solar System.We are delighted to start our new program year with Dr. Andrew Johnston of the Adler Planetarium. As the Adler’s Vice President for Astronomy and Collections, Dr. Johnston oversees astronomy research, collections care, and history research. His presentation will take us across the cosmos for a history of astronomical observations and celestial cartography. We will explore how these challenges evolved through the twentieth century: How fifty years ago during the Apollo missions, the problem of navigating to the Moon was solved; how the paths of robotic missions to other planets were plotted; and, the ways that astronomers and engineers visualized planetary orbits and complex space trajectories.



September 21, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:00 pm at Avenues HQ, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. Chet Van Duzer will speak on Frames that Speak: An Introduction to Cartographic Cartouches. The decorative frames on maps called cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. Although cartouches are one of the most visually engaging elements on maps, and despite the fact that it is often through the decoration of the cartouche that the cartographer speaks most directly to the viewer, revealing his or her interests or prejudices, there is no detailed study of them, no discussion of their earliest history or development, and no attempt to interpret the symbolism of a large number of them together. In this talk I will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine someof their sources, and explain the symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail. Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com



September 27-29, 2019 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. The Map Fair is sponsored by the History in Your Hands Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide classrooms with authentic, historical objects in an effort to help foster a more enriched learning experience. The lecture series portion of the San Francisco Map Fair will be sponsored by the California Map Society. It will consist of three 40 minute lectures followed by a 10 minute Q & A period. Details online.



September 28, 2019 - Boston The Connecticut Map Society will meet at Noon in the Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street for a guided tour of the exhibit: “America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century.” This is the first of a two-part exhibit about American mapping in the 19th century. Once we’ve toured the exhibit, we could repair to the nearby Globe Bar and Cafe to discuss the exhibit over lunch. Free to members and non-members alike. RSVP required via our email address: ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com.



October 2-5, 2019 - Zurich and St. Gallen, Switzerland The XIVth International Symposium for the Study of Globes will be held by the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes in cooperation with the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum), the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (library of the abbey of St Gallen) and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Central Library – the cantonal, city and university library of Zurich). Additional information from Jan Mokre <vincenzo(at)coronelli.org>.



October 8, 2019 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM in Gates Room, 5th Floor, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Dr. Dennis Reinhartz will deliver the Annual Scholar Lecture. He will speak about Rationalization of Empire: The Cartographic Legacy of Spanish Military Engineers for the Greater Southwest. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry <lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net>.



October 9, 2019 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at our usual location in the Jamestown-Yorktown room in Williamsburg Landing, and the time will be at 5pm. Evelyn Edson will speak about Sailing the Aegean Sea: A 15th Century Adventure. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.



October 10-12, 2019 - Philadelphia The American Philosophical Society Library, 105 South Fifth Street, will have a conference investigating The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders. This three-day conference will be held in conjunction with the APS Museum’s exhibit, “Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic,” which traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic to show the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities. Conference is free to attend and you must register via the website. Lunch will be provided. Additional information from Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at alink(at)amphilsoc.org.



October 10-12, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center is excited to announce the second “Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography” to be held at the Center. For this year’s meeting, all the papers will focus on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and cartography. While some scholars have examined the interplay of gender identities and mapping, particularly with regard to the role of women as buyers and sellers in the historical map market, this work remains isolated and has yet to make a significant impact on the wider field. This conference hopes to offer a counterpoint to this trend by bringing together diverse approaches and hosting interdisciplinary discussions. While all the invited speakers are experts in maps and mapping, they will also bring their specialties in queer, women’s, and gender studies to bear on the nuanced ways in which maps are conditioned by and help to construct, and transgress, gendered and sexualized norms and spaces. Paper topics include mapping masculinity in French Vietnam, women in American cartographic history, the gendered cartographic language of medieval texts, the digital mapping of homosexual spaces, and much more. For more details and to register, please click here.



October 12, 2019 – Oxford This year sees the 50th anniversary of the British Historic Towns Atlas, first published in 1969. To mark this, the Historic Towns Trust (HTT) has teamed up with Oxford University Department for Continuing Education to hold a day-school looking at Mapping the Town: 50 Years of the British Historic Towns Atlas. This programme includes lectures by Dr Peter Addyman on York and Professor Martin Biddle on Winchester. As well as the lectures, there will also be an interactive session exploring historic maps of Oxford.



October 14-16, 2019 – Strasbourg, France Symposium Faire connaître les mondes en découverte [Make the world in discovery known] is sponsored by Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire, University of Strasbourg and University of Paris VII-Diderot. The symposium addresses the process by which the worlds in discovery are brought to the knowledge of a more or less wide audience. Innovative explorations have long been the subject of media, with filters that have given some place to fiction, to fantasy and to the actors' strategies. Media have changed dramatically over time: oral narratives or writings, maps, images of all kinds and more recently photographs, films, reports, television, the Internet... Today, discovery is not limited to the terrestrial space. It spreads into the sidereal universe, but also into spaces of fiction that, through myths, art, literature and philosophical tales, have never been absent from the worlds in discovery. These newly explored or invented universes are also "worlds in discovery", which help to popularize the media and which the symposium will take into account. The conference will focus on the process of discovery in its social context, the links between discoverers and media, the mechanisms of transmission by the media, the societal effects of media coverage of discoveries. The contributions can be of various disciplines, geography, history, sociology, literature, political science, etc. Reflection is not limited to any specific period of history or place of discovery. Symposium will be held in auditorium of the BNUS and working languages are French, English, and German.



October 15-16, 2019 - Paris and Orléans An international symposium, La cartographie à grande échelle en Europe au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance : formes, acteurs, pratiques [Medieval and Early Modern Large-scale Cartography in Europe], organized on the occasion of the exhibition at the National Archives “Quand les artistes dessinaient les cartes / Vues et figures de l'espace français, Moyen Âge et Renaissance [When artists drew maps / Views and Figures of French Space, Middle Ages and Renaissance] has been organized by Juliette Dumasy-Rabineau (Université d’Orléans), Camille Serchuk (Southern Connecticut State University), and Emmanuelle Vagnon (LAMOP-CNRS). Symposium will meet 15 October in Paris, Hôtel Soubise, Musée des Archives Nationales and on 16 October in Orléans, Hôtel Dupanloup. Additional information on the website. For additional information contact Juliette Dumasy-Rabineau <juliette.dumasy(at)univ-orleans.fr>.



October 17, 2019 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Laura Dassow Walls (William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, University of Notre Dame) will present Mapping the Impossible: Humboldt in the New World. Please join us for a special presentation at the Newberry Library to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth. In conjunction with the Chicago Sister Cities International program, this meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Prof. Laura Dassow Walls, as well as a sneak peek of the new documentary on von Humboldt, “La mirada del explorador.”



October 17, 2019 - London The Twenty-Ninth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr James A. Welu (Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA) will speak about Vermeer’s “Mania for Maps”. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).



October 19, 2019 - Loveland, Colorado Rocky Mountain Map Society Board member Chris Lane will be giving his talk The First Comprehensive Survey of Colorado: Ferdinand V. Hayden, 1869-1876 at the of the Oregon-California Trails Association, Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter meeting. Lecture is from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Loveland Museum, 503 North Lincoln Avenue.



October 19, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:00 pm at Avenues HQ, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. John Huth will expand upon his book: "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way." He will examine the post-smartphone world with an eye to the losses we have incurred in exchange for boundless information at our fingertips. His book is a guide to the “primitive” (and yet, incredibly sophisticated) techniques by which our forebears charted, measured, predicted, and navigated their place in space. Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com



October 23, 2019 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Nick Kanas will speak about Heavenly Maps. Nick Kanas, M.D., is a Professor Emeritus (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has conducted NASA-funded research, has been an amateur astronomer for nearly 60 years, and has collected antiquarian celestial maps, books, and prints for over 35 years. He has given a number of talks on celestial cartography to amateur and professional groups, and he has written two books on the subject: "Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography," now in its 3rd edition, and "Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age." Dr. Kanas will discuss this history of star mapping using striking images from antiquarian sources.



October 26, 2019 - Los Angeles The California Map Society is pleased to announce that our fall meeting will be held at the Westchester- Loyola Village branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, located at 7114 W Manchester Avenue.



October 26, 2019 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will meet at 2 pm in The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street (between Orange and Church Streets). Chet Van Duzer wull speak about Frames that Speak: An Introduction to Cartographic Cartouches. The decorative frames on maps called cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. Although cartouches are one of the most visually engaging elements on maps, and despite the fact that it is often through the decoration of the cartouche that the cartographer speaks most directly to the viewer, revealing his or her interests or prejudices, there is no detailed study of them, no discussion of their earliest history or development, and no attempt to interpret the symbolism of a large number of them together. In this talk Van Duzer will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine some of their sources, and explain the symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail. Free; open to members and non-members. However, we’d appreciate an RSVP via our email address: ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com.



October 30, 2019 – London Laurence Worms is to deliver the Iain Stevenson Memorial Lecture 2019: Taking Mapping to the World. Lecture will be from 18.00 to 19.00 followed by a drinks reception, 19.00 to 20.00 in the Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street. Laurence Worms, a former president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, has contributed to both the Chicago University Press History of Cartography and the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, as well as compiling articles for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford Companion to the Book. He is the co-author of “British Map Engravers,” the standard work on the subject, and has written and lectured widely on various aspects of the British map trade. In this lecture he will break new ground, based on fresh and current research, in looking at the map trade transporting itself across the globe. You may book on-line or contact for additional information <IESEvents(at)sas.ac.uk>, phone 020 7862 8683.



November 2, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:00 pm at Avenues HQ, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. Ian Fowler (Curator and Geospatial Librarian for the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division at The New York Public Library) will speak on Cartographic Visions of New Netherland and New Amsterdam. Ian will take us on an exploration of the history of the shifting populations of Manhattan Island, from the Lenape, through the Dutch, and onto modern times, using maps representing the land as interpreted by these groups and also the way these groups have been represented in the cartographic record. Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com



November 2, 2019 – Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society fall lecture will be held at Library of Virginia Conference Rooms, 800 E. Broad St, from 10:00–11:30 AM. Mark A. Olinger, Director, Department of Planning & Development Review, City of Richmond, will speak about Richmond City Planning: Evolution Through Maps. He will discuss the history of city planning in Richmond and how it relates to current efforts to improve the city. This talk coincides with the Library’s recent acquisition of a collection of fascinating historical planning charts and maps from the archives of City Hall. A few items from this collection will be on display during the program. Preregistration required. For more information on this program or membership to the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, contact Dawn Greggs at dawn.greggs(at)lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.



November 5, 2019 - Edmonton The Edmonton Map Society will meet 7:00 P.M. in Lounge, Claridge House, 11027 87 Avenue. Our speakers will be: Michael Fisher who will present on Deville & Laussedat: France's Contribution to photographic surveying in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 1885-1924; and Joseph Patrouch who will talk in general terms about the Wirth Institute's various activities relating to the histories of Austria-Hungary, Austro-Hungarians, and World War I, including about the recent Peel Library acquisition of a set of photograph portfolios titled "Austria-Hungary under Arms" published during the war. He will mention the Kellett Collection and last year's exhibition "Forgotten Fronts." Additional information from David L. Jones <djones(at)ualberta.ca>



November 5, 2019 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at our usual location in the Jamestown-Yorktown room in Williamsburg Landing, and the time will be at 5pm. JC McElveen will present Crossing the Sierra Nevada into California: From Jedediah Smith to the Interstate Highways. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.



November 6-8, 2019 - Brasilia The 2nd Luso-Brazilian Colloquium on Geography Theory and History is organized jointly by the Department of Geography of the University of Brasília (GEA│UnB) and the Center for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon (CEG-IGOT│ULisboa). The inaugural session will take place at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Brasilia, with the presence of the Portuguese Ambassador in Brazil. The remaining sessions will be held at University of Brasília.



November 7-9, 2019 – Chicago The 20th Kenneth Nebenzahl Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. This year’s series, titled “Redrawing the World: 1919 and the History of Cartography,” commemorates the Centennial of the landmark Paris Peace Conference that led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The series is being organized this year by Peter Nekola (Philosophy, Luther College). He has invited eight others from around the world to present lectures pondering the geopolitical and cartographic impact of the treaty, which relied heavily on cartography in shaping its vision of the world and its future.
Mirela Altic, University of Zagreb, Drafting the State of the South Slavs: New Cartography for a New Order
Lindsay Frederick Braun, University of Oregon, Mapping a New Vision of Britain's African Empire, 1919-1939
Daniel Foliard, University of Paris, Nanterre, "More than one Palestine": Nationalist Cartographies, the Middle East and the 1919 Peace Negotiations in Paris
Jason Hansen, Furman University, Cartographies of Victimhood: Envisioning the Nation after the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919-1920
Tze-ki Hon, City University of Hong Kong, From Connectivity to Geobody: the 1919 Moment and China's Role in the World
Peter Nekola, Luther College, Science and Reasoning in the Delegation Maps of 1919: Humans' Last and Greatest Attempt to Naturalize Borders, Nations, and Territories
William Rankin, Yale University, Mapping, Science, and War
Steven Seegel, University of Northern Colorado, Skin, Lines, Borders: Geographic Expertise and the Mapping of Eastern Europe in 1919
Penelope Sinanoglou, Wake Forest University, Lines of Control, Lines of Contestation: Cartography and British Imperial Politics in the Middle East Mandates, 1919-1948
Registration is free and open to the public, though we require advanced registration. To register or for more information, please contact Smith Center Program Assistant Madeline Crispell <crispellm(at)newberry.org> at (312)-255-3575.



November 9, 2019 - Hartford, Connecticut The Connecticut Map Society will meet at 2 pm in the Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street. We will tour the exhibition War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution. Bernard Romans came to the American colonies in 1757 during the French and Indian War surveying for the British along the Atlantic seaboard. Romans became a supporter of American independence, joined the Continental Army, and eventually settled in Wethersfield, CT. Both the British and Americans used Romans’ maps during the American Revolution. In 1780, he was captured by the British and died in 1784, mysteriously, while a prisoner. Incredibly rare maps from the CHS collection, published by Romans and his contemporaries, as well as earlier maps from the 17th and 18th century, will be displayed. Open to members and non-members alike. However, we require an RSVP via our email address: ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com. Space is limited—reserve soon.



November 14-17, 2019 - Gainesville The 2019 Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Florida. The theme is The Caribbean: A Cultural Encounter. There will be an opening reception on the Thursday evening of the 14th, followed by conference on campus on November 15-16, and tour on Sunday, the 17th to the nearby town of St. Augustine. Registration is available online.



November 18, 2019 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Lars Grava, JD will present Maps of the Baltic States - Caught Between Empires. Mr. Grava works for the World Bank. He will present selected antiquarian maps of the territories that are now the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, with a focus on his ancestral homeland of Latvia. The collection provides a fascinating insight into a turbulent geographical area which has been subject to the German Teutonic Knights, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire. Mr. Grava has over 400 maps from all these eras, from a collection begun by his father and carried on by himself.



November 19, 2019 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Hugh Torrens (University of Keele) will speak about Geologist William Smith (1769-1839) and his struggles to both earn a living, and finance his scientific and cartographic projects to 1820. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



November 20, 2019 – Oxford The 27th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Juliette Dumasy (Université d’Orléans) will speak about The Albi map [after 1312]: an early example of the French local map tradition. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



November 21, 2019 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. The Windy City Historians will discuss The Place Native Americans Called “Chicagoua”. It’s all about “Location, Location, Location” and the word ‘Chicago’ has referred to at least three geographic locations, multiple rivers and creeks, and two portage routes, begging the question, What if our Chicago isn’t really Chicago? For more than three decades retired attorney and historian John Swenson has worked on unraveling historic confusion to reveal an entirely new interpretation of the history and French discovery of Chicago. Join us as Mr. Swenson provides a new spin on early Chicago history. We’ll hear about his deep dive into original French documents, secondary sources, and early maps to find a second “Chicagoua” portage near Frankfort as well as an ancient Indian mound in suburban Olympia Fields. This history was first captured in interviews on a Windy City Historians’ podcast; co-hosts Christopher Lynch and Patrick McBriarty will rejoin Mr. Swenson to support the telling of this potentially groundbreaking work.



November 21, 2019 – Oxford There will be a lunchtime talk 1:00-1:45pm in conjunction with the exhibition Talking Maps. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street. Alexander Kent & John Davies will discuss Secret Soviet maps of Britain and the World. Click here to book a free place. Additional information from Nick Millea at nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk



November 23, 2019 – Valletta The Malta Map Society will have a conference and seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of the Map Society. Titled Imago Melitae, it will be held in De Paule Hall at the Presidential Palace in San Anton Gardens and is sponsored by the President of Malta; H.E. Dr. George Vella. He is an avid collector of antique maps and a member of the Malta Map Society. There will be 7 speakers and the papers presented will be published. Additional information from David Roderick Lyon <galleon@onvol.net>.



December 3, 2019 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM in Gates Room, 5th Floor, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Dr. Amy Newbury will talk about Creating Connections and Geospatial Intelligence for a Better World. Maxar is a commercial company which develops, owns and operates a fleet of very high-resolution Earth imaging satellites which take images 24 hours a day, in wavelengths ranging from visible to the short-wave infrared. In this talk Dr. Newbury, Chief Instrument Engineer, will give examples of how Maxar’s imagery is used for an ever-increasing set of applications, including disaster relief, disease eradication, and the basis for the maps we all carry on our smartphones. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry <lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net>.



December 5, 2019 - London The Twenty-Ninth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Mordechay Lewy (Ambassador (retired) Bonn, Germany) will speak on The apocalyptic Abyssinian: Transferring an Islamic motif to Europe and giving Horn of Africa an eschatological meaning after the fall of Acre. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).



December 5, 2019 – Oxford There will be a lunchtime talk 1:00-1:45pm in conjunction with the exhibition Talking Maps. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street. Hilary Turner will discuss To beautify his hall’: Ralph Sheldon’s tapestry maps in the Bodleian Library. Click here to book a free place. Additional information from Nick Millea at nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk



December 6, 2019 – Middlefield, Connecticut The Connecticut Map Society will will have our 3rd Annual Show & Tell. We will meet at 7 pm in an elegant, beautifully restored farmhouse. Members only: RSVP required via our email address <ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com>: when you respond, we’ll provide the address. For two years, you’ve loved this event, so you’ll like the 2019 version as well. Six or seven members (paid up members only) give 10 minute talks each about a favorite map or maps of any type. We’ll provide appetizers, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. If you’d like to give a presentation, let us know.



December 7, 2019 - Tervuren, Belgium The Brussels Map Circle Conference 2019 is planned in the Africa Museum from 10.00 - 17.00. The theme is Mapping Africa. There will be lectures by Prof. Em. Elri Liebenberg and Prof. Dr. Imre Demhardt. Following lunch there will be a presentation of a selection of maps from the collection of the Museum by Wulf Bodenstein. Please register to attend the conference.



December 19, 2019 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. We hope that you will join us for our annual Holiday Gala, which will feature an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure. We will continue our tradition of pairing this party with our “Members’ Night,” which allows our members to showcase a special item in their personal collections. In the past, we’ve enjoyed hearing about maps, atlases, globes, and “cartifacts”—old, new, borrowed, and blue (yes, we have seen blueprints). You will be given five to ten minutes to talk about your item, which we can display on an easel; you may also use the projector in Ruggles to make a PowerPoint presentation or display a pdf image.


2020

January 11, 2020 – Mount Vernon, Virginia The Washington Map Society will have a field trip to Mount Vernon for a talk on Washington's Globe and viewing of maps in their vault (hold the date, as details and sign-up info will be announced soon).



January 16, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Chuck Olsen will discuss 17 Fascinating World Map Oddities. Take a trip around the planet to discover the cultural and historical backstories behind some of the most unusual international and interstate borders on the map! Charles “Chuck” Olsen (who holds a BA in International Relations and an MBA in International Business from the University of Wisconsin - Madison) is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with twenty-one years of service who has visited over thirty countries. He is a globe collector with a lifelong passion for cartography and cultural geography.



January 16, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Jon Quixley (co-author, with RCE Quixley, of Antique Maps of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 1966, 2018) will present How Cornwall took shape from Saxton to the Ordnance Survey, with quirks and gaffes on the way. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).



January 18, 2020 - Milan The 8th Milan Map Fair will be held at the Hotel Michelangelo Milan, Piazza Luigi di Savoia 6, from 11:00 to 18:00.



January 22, 2020 – Oxford The 27th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Julian Munby (Oxford Archaeology) will discuss Where was the Field of Cloth of Gold? - a new look at Tudor mapping of the Calais Pale. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



January 26, 2020 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at time and place to be announced for the annual winner social. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.



February 6, 2020 – Oxford There will be a lunchtime talk 1:00-1:45pm in conjunction with the exhibition Talking Maps. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street. Elizabeth Baigent will discuss ‘This land is your land; this land is my land’: how maps shape our collective allegiance to territory and help us stake claims to individual ownership of it. Click here to book a free place. Additional information from Nick Millea at nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk



February 20, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. We’re thrilled to have a current Newberry Fellow join us for a presentation on their research topic. Speaker and topic to be announced.



February 20, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Philip Curtis (Director, The Map House, London) will discuss When Maps Go to War: Pictorial Conflict Maps, 1900-1950. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).



February 25, 2020 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. John Davies (Independent scholar) and Alex Kent (Canterbury Christ Church University) will speak on the Red Atlas (Soviet military mapping). All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



March 14-15, 2020 - Miami The 27th Annual Miami International Map Fair will be held at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street. There will be a private VIP Preview and Sale on March 13. Contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Phone 305.375.1618.



March 19, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. George Ritzlin will explain How to Buy a Map: Everything Else You Need to Know. George Ritzlin, a founding member of the Chicago Map Society, will return with the second half of his two-part presentation on map collecting. In his first presentation, George explained how to determine the authenticity of an antique map and explored the process of paper production, printing, coloring and atlas assembly. In part two, George will help members build on their map-collecting expertise by providing insights on focusing collecting interests, sharing details on how the map market works (and where to buy maps), and best practices for storage, organization and cataloging a collection.



March 19, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Ronald Grim (formerly Curator of Maps, Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center, Boston Public Library, USA) will discuss Annotated Atlases: Unravelling Stories of Personal Provenance. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).



March 26, 2020 – Washington The Washington Map Society will meet at a time and place to be announced. Cassandra Farrell, Library of Virginia, will discuss A rare manuscript map of the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs.



April 6-10, 2020 - Denver Join the American Association of Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome. The five-day conference will host more than 7,000 geographers from around the world and feature over 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Sessions will be organized around many subfields, special tracks, and featured themes.



April 16, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Jasper van Putten will present Networked Nation: Mapping German Cities in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. Please join us for a special joint presentation between the Chicago Map Society and The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry. The Newberry Library owns a copy of the 1550 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. This book is a groundbreaking description of the world that was published in Basel from 1544 to 1628 by Münster’s stepson Heinrich Petri and his sons. The 1550 printing is the first to include an important series of large woodcut city views that were contributed by local city governments and scholars throughout the German Holy Roman Empire. Prof. van Putten will present the main argument of his book, “Networked Nation: Mapping German Cities in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia” (Brill: 2017). He argues that Münster’s network of makers and contributors of city views—from German princes and artists to Swiss woodcutters, draftsmen, and printers—expressed their local and national cultural identities in their city views. Hence, the Cosmographia, and the city books it inspired, offer insights into the development of German and Swiss identity from 1550 to Switzerland’s independence from the empire in 1648.



April 21-24, 2020 - Barcelona The 8th Iberoamerican Symposium of History of Cartography will be held at Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya. The topic will be The Map as a Cultural Connection between America and Europe. Additional information from siahc(at)icgc.cat.



April 21-23, 2020 – Istanbul The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul will jointly host the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists. The venue will be the Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square. The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20th centuries. The symposium will focus on two main themes: “Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa” and “Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” Registration will open in the autumn of 2019. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for long (25 min) and short (10 min) oral presentations. These need to reach the organisers by the 1st of November 2019. Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to: Imre Demhardt – ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at)uta.edu or Andreas Schachner – German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Department Istanbul: andreas.schachner(at)dainst.de.



April 25, 2020 - Richmond The 2020 Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will be held at the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St. Dr. Larry Tise and Andrew Lawler will be our speakers. Dr. Tise's presentation, The First American Coloring books: Theodore de Bry's Grand Voyages, 1590-1602 focuses on Theodore de Bry's engravings. His talk will be based on his 2019 book “Theodore de Bry America: The Complete Plates 1590-1602” that was edited by Michiel Van Groesen and published by Taschen. Impressed by John White's images of North American Indians and Thomas Hariot's amazingly accurate maps of the barrier islands of the Carolina Coast, de Bry conceived the idea of publishing a series of exploration narratives lavishly illustrated with his own copper plate engravings beginning with Thomas Harriot's book on the Indians and lands of Virginia. De Bry's iconic engravings instantly became the classic images of how we still conceive native Americans. His folio-sized books also became our first American coloring books - inviting Europe's artists to use their imaginations in applying colors.
Andrew Lawler will present Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched --And Nearly Sank--English Colonization of the New World. In the late sixteenth century, England lagged far behind other European powers such as Spain and Portugal in known what was where in the New World. The scramble to fill this gap played a central role in how, where, and why the English launched their first attempt to settle the New World--with fateful consequences for both the settlers and for the development of what became the United States. Box lunches are offered for advanced purchase only. Registration is required to attend the lectures. Additional information from Dawn Greggs <dawn.gregs(at)lva..virginia.gov> at 804-692-3813.



April 30, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Jacob Gestman Geradts (Early Modern History, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) will discuss Cornelis de Hooghe (1541–1583): Emperor’s Son and Cartographer. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).



May 5, 2020 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge) will speak on the Pan Inuit Trails atlas. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



May 7-10, 2020 - Kalamazoo, Michigan Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 2,750 scholars interested in medieval studies. The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies will have 'Mappings' sessions on Charting a Global Middle Ages, Challenging the Pre-Modern/Modern Dichotomy, organised by Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> and Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu>.



May 15, 2020 – Tysons, Virginia The Washington Map Society annual dinner meeting will be held in Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at Tysons II Galleria. Our speaker, Dr. Larry Tise, co-author of “Theodore de Bry—America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602,” will share his insights on the writing of the book and the many colorful images of early maps and native American populations depicted therein.



May 21, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Amanda Murphyao will discuss Carto-Caricatures of the Midwest. The Midwest is a region that’s difficult to define, especially to those that reside outside of America’s heartland. What states are included? Does the idea of the Midwest change over time? What does it mean to be Midwestern? Fellow CMS member Amanda Murphyao explores possible definitions of the region in her presentation on carto-caricatures of the Midwest. Using cartographic examples from atlases, popular culture and political cartoons, Amanda will address various approaches for defining the Midwest as a distinct region; separate from the East, Central, and Southern states. Note: This meeting will be our annual Business Meeting.



May 28, 2020 – Oxford The 27th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Katherine Parker (Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. / Hakluyt Society) will speak about Maps in Books, maps and books: cartography and narrative in British voyage literature 1748-2008. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



May 29-30, 2020 - Houston The Texas Map Society 2020 Spring Meeting Exploring Space: Discovering Texas and Beyond will be held at the Fondren Library at Rice University, Houston. For details contact James.Harkins(at)glo.texas.



June 18, 2020 – Lake Forest, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will take our annual field trip to the MacLean Collection at 5:30 pm. The MacLean Collection is one of the premier map destinations in the United States, with close to 40,000 individual items, and we’re grateful for their generosity in sharing their collection. This meeting is intended to be a hands-on learning experience for CMS members, as we will solicit information from attendees to focus on a number of county atlases with our resident expert, Michael Conzen. These atlases provide a window of insight into a county’s history, demographics and development, and we look forward to our members learning more about their hometown, county of residence, and family history at the meeting. Michael Conzen is Professor of Geography at the University of Chicago and the co-author (with Diane Dillon) of “Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West,” published by the Newberry Library; he is co-editor (with Peter Larkham) of “Shapers of Urban Form: Explorations in Morphological Agency,” published by Routledge, and a contributor to the recently published book, “Teaching Urban Morphology.”



July 6-9, 2020 - Leeds The 7th International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds will have 'Mappings' sessions on the theme of Borders (or any aspect of medieval mappings) organised by Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> and Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu>.



September 2-5, 2020 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Kollegiengebäude der Universität.



September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney The annual International Map Collectors' Society meeting will be at the State Library of New South Wales in honor of the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia. It is probable that we will have a post conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia, and its wonderful collection. Additional information from Maggie Patton (maggie.patton(at)sl.nsw.gov.au), Senior Curator.



October 3-5, 2020 - Arlington, Texas The second regional symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures, and the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held at the University of Texas Arlington.



November 13-15, 2020 - New Orleans Join us in the Celebration of our 60th Anniversary at Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting in 2020! The 2020 SHD Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Williams Research Center, which is part of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Consisting of the museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. As usual, the SHD meeting is planned as a three-day event, consisting of conference program on Friday and Saturday and one day trip (optional) on Sunday.


2021

July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held at Aula Magna of the Central University Library “Carol I”. The main conference theme will be War and Post-War Cartographies. In accordance with the fragmented history of this corner of Europe, the purpose of this theme is to investigate the intricate links between military conflicts, politics and mapping, and the significance of these links for the history of cartography. Additional information from Christina Toma at <ichc2021(at)gmail.com> or <office(at)muzeulhartilor.ro>


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