Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events

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Please submit your meeting notices to John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>
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Exhibition announcements can be found at Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions.
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June 1, 2021 - Denver (Online) The Rocky Mountain Map Society will host a talk at 5:30 PM MT. Dr. Joe Bryan, CU Boulder Geography Department, will speak about his new book: Radical Cartographies: Participatory Mapmaking from Latin America. In the book, Bryan presents a series of essays by Indigenous and Afro-descendant activists and scholars reflecting on the uses of mapping to defend, protect, and create territories in struggles for social justice. Their work offers a critical take on mapping’s troubled history as a technology of power, developing new approaches to mapping attuned to questions of justice. Additional information from Naomi E Heiser <Naomi.Heiser(at)>.

June 3, 2021 - Boston (Online) Many of the maps in Leventhal Map and Education Center are scattered with animals real and fantastical — come participate in Map Monster Show and Tell and tell of favorite map monsters from the collections at 12:00 pm! In this chill lunch hour session for map lovers of any age, listen and learn or present and profess your love for the creatures that populate our maps. We’ll send out Zoom info to registrants two days before the event. Stay well until then!

June 3, 2021 – Oxford (Online) The 28th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will be virtual this year. Seminars run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm (UK time) via Zoom. Register by clicking here. Katherine Parker (Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. / Hakluyt Society) will discuss Revision and erasure: indigenous presence and maps of southern Patagonia, 1670-1750. Additional information from Nick Millea <nick.millea(at)>, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.

June 9, 2021 - Boston (Online) The Leventhal Map and Education Center exhibition “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception” examines how visual representations of the world can shape what people believe. But sometimes biases and distortions are built into the data that is used to produce a map. Far from offering a perfectly objective, all-encompassing view of the world, data sets of all kinds are deeply shaped by human choices. Angles on Bending Lines: Brian Jefferson on geographic information systems and the war on crime and drugs will discuss why we should be careful about geographic information in modern data. How is data collected, and how does it get fixed into categories and numbers? Who gets to own data sets, and who gets to make decisions using them? What sorts of public responsibilities should shape the social lives of data? Talk will be broadcast over the LMEC’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels at 12:00 pm. Registration is required.

June 9, 2021 – London (Online) The International Map Collectors' Society annual Malcolm Young Lecture will be at 7:00 pm. Daniel Crouch will discuss A Protestant Wind or Hot Air? A study of the Astor Armada drawings. In January 2021 a set of ten ink and watercolour drawings were acquired by the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The re-discovered manuscripts are the earliest visual representations of the progress of the Spanish Armada and depict one of the greatest events in British naval history. The chronicle events from the sighting of the fleet at the Lizard on 29 July 1588 to the Battle of Gravelines on 8 August 1588. The drawings had, in 1828, been identified as preparatory sketches for Robert Adams and August Ryther’s engravings, ‘Expeditionis Hispanorum in Angliam Vera Descriptio’– the first commercially-produced English prints – published in 1590, to accompany Ryther’s description of the battle, A Discourse Concerninge the Spanishe Fleet. The lecture discusses the penmanship, provenance and production of the maps, and raises the possibility that, rather than being preparatory sketches for a printed work, they comprise separately-produced illustrations to accompany a now lost manuscript despatch of the campaign. In either case, both the drawings and the prints are shown to have played a vital role as part of Protestant propaganda and the Tudor spin machine. Registration is required.

June 10, 2021 - Montreal (Online) The International Society for the History of the Map's virtual 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held from 1:30-4:30pm UTC -5 (Eastern Time US); 17:30-21:30 UTC (London); 18:30-22:30 UTC+1 (Europe) via Zoom. In addition to the General Meeting, we are delighted to present the inaugural winner for the ISHMap Prize in Map History; open the call for papers for the VI ISHMap 2022 symposium and workshop; and announce the venue and host for ISHMap VII in July 2023. ISHMap members will receive the virtual meeting information via email. Others contact ISHMap Secretary <ishmap.secretary(at)> for the Zoom meeting link.

June 12-13, 2021 - London The London Map Fair is canceled.

June 12, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual Zoom meeting at 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time. Historian Lindsay Frederick Braun (PhD, Rutgers, 2008, Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, 2020-2021 Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study [Amsterdam]) will speak on Cartographic Authorities and Compilation Networks in 19th-Century South Africa. Braun's work over the last decade and a half has involved surveying, mapping, and struggles over land and landscape in South Africa between the middle of the 19th century and the First World War. Before the South African War (1899-1902) and Union in 1910, the mapping of the South African subcontinent fell to a variety of semi-official actors with both private and public networks of information. With a paucity of numerical data, decisions regarding what information appeared as knowledge on a map or in text often fell to particular practitioners with the most robust networks, and their work in turn fed into others and shaped imaginations as well as policy. In this talk, Braun looks primarily at the two Boer Republics—the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (Transvaal)—and divergences between the illusion of precision and the cartographic ideal of accuracy that exposed the limitations of knowledge and the erasure of certain kinds of information in the service of colonial priorities. Contact Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)> for Zoom link.

June 14, 2021 - Boston (Online) Join the Leventhal Map and Education Center and the Public Library of Brookline for a dive into the historical geography of Brookline, and using maps for research! Brookline By Map will examine what was Brookline like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? What schools and churches were in the town? Were any industries based in Brookline? Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, we’ll dive into the historical geography of Brookline. Come learn about how the community has changed over time, and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood. Talk will be broadcast over the LMEC’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels at 7:00 pm. Registration is required.

June 14-16, 2021 - Montreal (Online) The 53rd annual Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives/Association des cartothèques et archives cartographiques du Canada CARTO conference will be held online between 1-3PM EST. With that in mind, the theme this year is Old Is New Is Old. Presenters are encouraged to submit their presentations, posters, and other multimedia work in mapping and geospatial fields for this event, which promises to be a thrilling new take on the old conference format. This event will also include the ACMLA/ACACC annual general meeting, and some surprise social events!

June 15, 2021- Berkeley (Online) Join us for a virtual presentation highlighting a collaborative effort to explain the story behind the maps captured from axis militaries by the Americans during WWII maps! Discover the similarities and differences between the collections and much more! The University of California Berkeley Engineering and Physical Sciences Library division presents from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM A Hidden Collection Emerges: German & Japanese World War II Captured Maps from the UC Berkeley and Stanford University Libraries. Panelists include three notable California Map Society members, Susan Powell, Heiko Mühr and Julie Sweetkind-Singer. Register at:

June 16, 2021 – London (Online) Peter Geldart will address the International Map Collectors' Society on a virtual lecture at 2:00 pm. He will discuss Mapping the British Occupation of Manila 1762–64. Towards the end of the Seven Years War, the East India Company (EIC) saw an opportunity, supported by the British government, to seize the Philippines from Spain. An invasion fleet was assembled in Madras and arrived in Manila Bay on 23 September 1762. Within ten days Manila had fallen, and the acting Governor-General, Archbishop Manuel Antonio Rojo, surrendered. The British went on to capture Cavite and the Manila galleon Santísima Trinidad, but faced resistance by a native army under Simón de Anda. Under the terms of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Manila was returned to Spain on 31 March 1794 by the then Provisional Deputy-Governor, Alexander Dalrymple, who would later become hydrographer to the EIC and (in 1795) the first Hydrographer to the British Admiralty. Peter will discuss the background to the invasion, the dramatic attack on the fortified citadel, subsequent events, the return of Manila to Spain, and the cartographic consequences of the occupation. To illustrate his talk, he will show maps from the British Library, George III’s Collection of Military Maps held by the Royal Collection Trust, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection at the Boston Public Library, the Library of Congress, and private collections in Manila. Registration is required.

June 16, 2021- Williamsburg (Online) The Williamsburg Map Circle virtual meeting has been canceled.

June 17, 2021 - Brussels (Online) The Brussels Map Circle invites the Members to join by ZOOM the 2021 Annual General Meeting at 18.00. E-mail: secretary(at) for login instructions.

June 17, 2021 – Chicago The Society for the History of Discoveries offers the third lecture in its new occasional virtual lecture series with a presentation by Professor Jordana Dym at 12:00 PM US/Canada Central (Chicago); 1:00 PM Eastern US Time, 6:00 PM (London), 7:00 PM (rest of Europe). She will discuss Hiram Bingham in the footsteps of Simón Bolívar, from Caracas to Bogota, 1906-1907. Discovery by historians is often imagined as solitary work in archives and libraries. An alternate model of field research takes archival research as a starting point. This talk explores the practice of a young professor of Spanish American history, Hiram Bingham, best known for publicizing Incan archaeology, on his first ‘expedition’ to South America, in 1906 and 1907, for a two-part mapping project. Bingham proposed to map key battles of Venezuelan independence leader Simón Bolívar and to determine whether, as Spanish American historians claimed, following an “impassable” road across Venezuela and Colombia was “as wonderful as the more famous marches of Hannibal and Napoleon [over the Alps].” Between developing his hypothesis and disseminating his conclusions, the Bingham case allows us to consider the intersections between history, travel and cartography at the beginning of the 20th century. This event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.

June 17, 2021 - Chicago (Online) The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 6:00 PM. Anne D. Williams will talk about Puzzles in geography, from “Dissected Maps” to “Silent Teachers”. The map of the United States, made into a puzzle with each piece an individual state, is a time honored device for teaching children geography. This talk covers map puzzles from their beginnings in the mid-1700s to the first World War, with emphasis on nineteenth century American puzzle ones. It focuses especially on the “Silent Teacher” puzzles that several companies in central New York manufactured from about 1875 to 1910. Most Silent Teachers were double-sided. They showed an individual state, cut on county lines, on the front, and an advertising image on the obverse. Email contact(at) for additional information.

June 19, 2021 – New Haven It’s been a long pandemic; we hope you are all well and ready to dabble your toes in the wide world of cartography. To that end, we hope you’ll join the Connecticut Map Society at New Haven’s Artspace to visit the exhibit W.E.B. Du Bois, Georgia, and his Data Portraits, which include a number of maps. After the exhibit, we could (weather permitting) gather at one of the outside spaces near the gallery. Meet at 2 pm in Artspace, 50 Orange Street, New Haven. Additional information from CT Map Society <ctmapsociety(at)>.

June 23, 2021 – London (Online) The International Map Collectors' Society will have a virtual lecture at 7:00 pm. Paula van Gestel will discuss Wall maps published in the Netherlands between c.1550 and 1850. Paula van Gestel will present aspects of her research for a cartobibliography on Dutch wall maps which she has been compiling with Günter Schilder since 2010. In addition to setting out their defining characteristics, manner of construction, sources, geographic and decorative content and the historical context, she will also discuss several prominent publishers of wall maps, the commercial environment, and issues of privileges and commissions. Registration is requjired.

June 24, 2021 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom . Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM Central Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Leah Thomas will discuss nearly in a circular form”: Mapping the Cherokee Nation through John Marrant’s Narrative (1785). Taken into captivity by the Cherokee, John Marrant is saved by the Chief’s daughter, echoing John Smith’s "The Generall Historie" (1624) during a pivotal moment in the colonial contest in the Southeast. Living among the Cherokee for approximately two years, Marrant hunted and traveled with them. His narrative mapping reflects the mapping in the 1720s deerskin maps attributed to the Catawba and Chickasaw that may have been of Cherokee origin.

June 30, 2021 – London (Online) The International Map Collectors' Society will have a virtual lecture at 7:00 pm. Wes Brown will discuss Alzate y Ramirez and the mapping of New Spain. In 1768, Mexican Jesuit priest Don José Antonio de Alzate y Ramirez, created a large manuscript map of New Spain (defined at the time as those portions of North America controlled by Spain) which, in a bold move, he sent to the French Royal Academy of Sciences hoping that the learned society would publish it. For centuries, Spain had guarded its geographic knowledge about the New World and rarely allowed information to be published. Alzate’s outrageous breech of protocol resulted in the publication of the only map of New Spain printed in the eighteenth century using Spanish information. The map is rich with new geographic information of the area which would become the western United States. The lecture will describe this extraordinary map in the context of the limited knowledge of that region of America at the time. Registration is required.

June 30, 2021 - Valletta (Online) The next executive committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held using Zoom at 6.30pm. Additional details from David Roderick Lyon <28triqsikka(at)>.

July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) has been postponed to July 2022.

July 19-23, 2021 - Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil The 57th International Congress of Americanists, America and its borders: multiple voices, multiple encounters, has been canceled.

August 4, 2021 - Boston (Online) Join the Leventhal Map and Education Center at 7:00 pm to hear scholar Michele Navakas as she explores the “liquid landscapes” of places like Florida in the eighteenth century, helping us reframe our understanding of the American Revolutionary period through cartography and landcape history. Liquid Landscapes and the Edges of America, From the Revolutionary Era to Today examines a rich archive of historical documents that show how diverse groups of people met, struggled, and mixed in regions where boundaries themselves were hard to define. This talk is the first in the Richard H. Brown Seminar on the Historical Geography of the American Revolutionary Era, and is co-presented by the Touchton Map Library. Login information will be provided to those who register.

August 25-27, 2021 - Sydney The State Library of New South Wales, in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, will sponsor a symposium 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. The Mapping the Pacific conference starts with a reception on the evening of 25 August at the State Library. Additional information from Maggie Patton <maggie.patton(at)>, Senior Curator.

August 31 - September 3, 2021 - London (Online) The three-day Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 2000 geographers from around the world. This year, the conference is taking place online, with in-person elements if it is possible to do so. We will make a decision on whether we can safely proceed with planning for in-person elements by early April 2021. The Chair's theme for the conference is borders, borderlands and bordering.

September 1-4, 2021 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium has been postponed until September 2022.

September 8, 2021 - Keyworth, Nottinghamshire (Online) The Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop at British Geological Survey. The workshop theme will be Learning from Lockdown : positive developments for our map collections. During lockdown many of us have learnt new ways of working and begun new projects. Some of these will change the way we work going forward. What has worked well for you? Additional information from Paula Williams <paula.williams(at)>.

September 9, 2021 - Keyworth, Nottinghamshire (Online) The British Cartographic Society Annual Conference will be held at British Geological Survey. More details to come.

September 9, 2021 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom . Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM Central Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Andrew J. Rhodes (Department of Defense, board member of Washington Map Society) will discuss James Monteith: Cartographer, Educator, and Master of the Margins. James Monteith (1831–1890) was a leading figure in American geography education in the late nineteenth century, but his career has been largely forgotten and his contribution to cartography has been underappreciated. His geography volumes included unique illustrations to help the reader visualize terrain on a continental scale and place individual maps in a global context. Monteith's maps were surrounded with remarkable symbology and amplifying data that ought perhaps to earn him the title “master of the margins.”

September 17-18, 2021 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S Main St, will be hosting a two day conference Mapping and Migration. From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators to campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution to further exploration through westward expansion, join us as we delve into how different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South. Margaret Pritchard is helping organize this event and she has an impressive list of speakers signed up.

September 22. 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will present from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT: Adventures in Academic Cartography by Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Geography and the Environment, Syracuse University. Monmonier, editor of “Cartography in the Twentieth Century” (Volume Six of “The History of Cartography”), retired in May 2021. His talk will cover changes in maps, mapping, and cartographic education since the early 1960s. Contact Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)> for the Zoom link.

September 24-25, 2021 – Rome Third edition of the Rome Map, Atlas & Travel Book Fair will be taking place at 80 Piazza Santi Apostoli with 30 International map dealers from Italy, Europe and America. Access to the fair is free of charge. Open Friday 17.00-21.00 and Saturday 10.00-20.00.

September 30-October 3, 2021 - Arlington, Texas (Hybrid) The second regional symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography (with Call for Papers, open until July 30, 2021), the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures, and the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held at the University of Texas Arlington. The theme is Coordinating Cartographic Collections and the accompanying exhibit will feature recent acquisitions. Meeting will be virtual and in-person.

October 6-8, 2021 – Lisbon (Online) The international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart will be held online via Zoom or mixed format. This meeting aims to further the discussion opened in two previous workshops held in Lisbon in 2016 and 2018, and attended by leading experts on the History of Cartography. Since the preceding workshops, considerable progress has been made on critical questions pertaining to the origins of European nautical cartography. The theme of this third workshop has been broadened to encompass a greater chronological and topical scope. Additional information from <portmeeting(at)>.

October 7, 2021 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom . Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM Central Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Anthony Mullan (Library of Congresss) will discuss late 19th century maps of Cuba.

October 11-14, 2021 – Brussels The 38th International Map Collectors' Society symposium will highlight the early Belgian contributions to the development of cartography worldwide. The theme will be Mapping the world, the Belgian contribution. These include the introduction of triangulation techniques (Frisius, van Deventer), first world atlases (Ortelius, Mercator) and the first navigation map to use the Mercator projection. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Royal Library and Brussels Map Circle. It is planned as a three-day event, opening with a reception on the evening of 11 October at the Royal Library of Belgium. A post-conference tour is planned.

October 20-22, 2021 - Stanford (Online) The David Rumsey Map Center is excited to announce that the 3rd Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will focus on Indigenous Cartography as well as its connections with other cartography. This theme is of paramount importance, especially as Indigenous peoples around the world continue to fight for their recognition and rights to land and resources. Simultaneously, institutions are increasingly examining their roles in exploitative imperial expansion and settler colonialism. The history of colonial encounter and of indigenous agency can both be glimpsed in historical maps, many of which were made by Indigenous peoples or thanks to crucial, and often unacknowledged, Indigenous contributions. More recently, mapping technologies are helping Indigenous groups to monitor resources, protect language, survey territory, govern, and provide evidence for reclamation and recognition procedures. Scholars, many of them Indigenous, are voicing their critiques and interventions using geographic and cartographic frameworks. The online conference is entirely free and available to anyone who registers.

November 13, 2021 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom . Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Two two hour meeting will start at 2:00 PM Eastern Time, 1:00 PM Central Time, 12:00 PM Mountain Time, and 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Meagan Snow (Geospatial Data Visualization Librarian, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress) and John Hessler (Specialist in Computational Geography and Geographic Information Science, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress) will present Mapping Ourselves: A Cartographic Introduction to the 2020 Census & Tapestry Segmentation Analysis. The 2020 Census, along with the American Community Survey, provide a snapshot of the demographics of the American population like no other sources available. Combined they tell the story of the spatial distribution of everything from health care, cell phone ownership, housing expenditures and the level of poverty in the United States by age, gender and race. John Hessler and Meagan Snow have spent this last year advising and training Congressional staff on the data and how to efficiently visualize and map it for policy analysis. The first talk by Hessler, will present an overview of the computational and statistical methods used to create the data and the theory behind segmentation analysis. The second talk by Snow, will focus on visualizing and understanding the data using GIS and other cartographic tools.

November 18-20, 2021 - New Orleans The Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries will be held at the Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection. The opening reception will take place on Thursday evening (November 18), followed by the conference on November 19 and 20. Theme: "Changing Tides: Native Americans, Europeans and Africans on the Gulf Coast". Although we are hopeful that this meeting will be held in person, we will continue to monitor the epidemiological situation, and we will inform participants should it be necessary to pivot to a virtual platform.

November 26, 2021 - Regensburg, Germany
Drawing borders is as difficult, as each individual case is exceptional. In our workshop, Drawing the Line: Border Commissions in Eastern Europe, 1699–1921, we explore the emergence of the borders that separated Eastern European empires and states over the centuries and shaped the daily life of those living in these regions. The workshop will be conducted in English, and it is organized by Luminita Gatejel, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg; Stephan Rindlisbacher, Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). Contact gatejel(at) for more information.

December 9, 2021 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom . Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM Central Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Peter A. Cowdrey, Jr. (Archivist, Cognetta Family Trust Collection of Historic Florida Maps) will discuss The Florida Origins of North American Cartography. From tiny, isolated points on the Florida peninsula, the Spanish claim to “La Florida” grew so that by the late 16th century it stretched from the Florida Keys to Virginia and from the Atlantic Coast to the Trans-Mississippi West. Map archivist Peter A. Cowdrey, Jr. will guide participants on an exploration of the beginnings of North American cartography as well as detail the growth and diminution of Spanish Florida. Utilizing the impressive collection of Florida maps spanning multiple centuries from the Cognetta Family Trust Collection, this presentation will feature maps from the early 16th century to the early 1800s.

December 14-18, 2021 - Florence The 30th International Cartographic Conference, initially scheduled for July 2021, has been pushed back to December. Furthermore, the Conference will be prepared logistically both as face-to-face event (plan A) and hybrid event (plan B) with little local footprint and online participation options. Further details are on the website.


January 13, 2022 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom . Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM Central Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Benjamin B. Olshin (retired Professor of Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia) will discuss Indigenous Mapping: Cultural and Psychological Sources. In cartography and other fields, “scientific thinking” is defined as an analytic and systematic way of observing and interacting with the world. “Analytic” in this context means examining evidence and constructing models of the world based on that evidence. By contrast, what characterizes non-scientific, indigenous cultures is — rather derisively — called “magical thinking”, a belief in structures beyond observable physical reality. This talk will examine how apparently non-scientific thinking (i.e., non-analytic thinking) can nonetheless create sophisticated maps and broader systems of knowledge, with parallels in other traditional systems, such as indigenous medicine. The talk will touch upon the underlying cultural and psychological frameworks that produce indigenous knowledge systems and note that such systems still exist deep within the human psyche everywhere — and may reflect how we truly perceive the world around us.

May 10-13, 2022 – Montevideo (Hybrid) The International Society for the History of the Map will be holding a combined virtual and in-person conference hosted by the Museo Histórico Nacional. The first two days will be a workshop that will offer professional development activities and create community among up to 15 early-career scholars and professionals working in the history of cartography in teaching, research, curation, and collections. The last two days will be a symposium that focus on methodological approaches which might concern map history in the context of exhibitions, teaching and everyday life. There are separate registrations required for the workshop and the symposium.

June 11-12, 2022 - London The London Map Fair brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. We exhibit at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore.

July 4-8, 2022 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC), postponed from July 2021, will be held at Aula Magna of the Central University Library “Carol I”. The main conference theme, Conflict and Cartography, aims to explore the intricate conflictual content of mapping and mapmaking in fields such as war, politics, ideology, cultural or intellectual history. The conference is being organized by the National Museum of Maps and Old Books and the University of Bucharest, in collaboration with Imago Mundi Ltd. Additional information from Christina Toma at <ichc2021(at)> or <office(at)>

September 14-17, 2022 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Kollegiengebäude der Universität. Additional information from Dr. Markus Heinz <kartographiegeschichte(at)> or Dr. des. Noah Regenass < Noah.Regenass(at)>.

October 5-8, 2022 – Arlington, Texas The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. A three day post-symposium tour is planned. Additional details to be announced.


Week of July 10, 2023 – Berlin The International Society for the History of the Map will hold its VII Symposium at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The symposium theme, Intersections, invites consideration of the impact of seemingly contradictory perspectives such as insider and outsider knowledge expertise, and art and science, on map making and use. Additional information will be available in 2022. Questions may be directed to co-hosts Diana Lange <diana.lange(at)> or Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann <vera.dorofeeva-lichtmann(at)>.

August 13-18, 2023 – Cape Town The 31st International Cartographic Conference and 19th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association will take place.

Autumn, 2023 – Helsinki The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced.


June/July, 2024 - Lyon, France The 30th International Conference on the History of Cartography, postponed from 2023, will be held at Université de Lyon 3 Jean Moulin. Exact dates of meeting to be announced.

Last Updated on June 13, 2021 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>