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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April 3-4, 2020 - Naples The fourth edition of the Naples Map, Atlas & Travel Book Fair will be taking place at Grand Hotel Oriente, Via Armando Diaz, 44.

April 5, 2020 - Canterbury The Medieval Canterbury Weekend has been canceled.

April 6-10, 2020 – Denver The American Association of Geographers is facilitating a virtual annual meeting in response to restrictions on travel and gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual conference will offer more than 150 sessions and panels.

April 16, 2020 - Chicago The Newberry Library is closed and the Chicago Map Society meeting is canceled.

April 18, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society meeting is canceled.

April 21-24, 2020 - Barcelona The 8th Iberoamerican Symposium of History of Cartography has been canceled.

April 21-23, 2020 – Istanbul The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography must report the Turkish Council for Higher Education advises that meetings with international participation are postponed. Hence the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists is postponed to a later date.

April 21, 2020 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will meet at 5:30pm at William Reese Company, 409 Temple St., where we will have a private tour of a renowned rare book, manuscript, and map emporium.

April 25, 2020 - Richmond The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and community are top priorities at the Library of Virginia. The 2020 Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will be canceled.

April 25, 2020 - San Francisco The California Map Society, Northern California Spring Conference will now be held virtually.
10:00-10:10 am | Welcome – President Jon Jablonski and Vice President Ron Gibbs
10:10-11:00 am | Courtney Spikes, Los Angeles, CA. Mapping Paris After Haussmann. In 1860, Emperor Napoleon III unilaterally altered the map of Paris - doubling its size and quadrupling the population. City planner Baron Haussmann, deep into his 20-year renovation project, reconfigured the map of France’s capital into the ‘city of light’ we celebrate today. Courtney earned her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. She lectures at Loyola Marymount University and serves as a historical consultant for television and feature films. Presentation followed by Q&A.
11:00-11:45 am | Juliet Rothman, San Francisco and Fred DeJarlais, Capitola, CA. Calafia: Bringing a Professional Cartographic Journal to Life. Juliet and Fred, editor and publisher of the journal, will discuss the arduous, but rewarding path of transforming the Society’s newsletter into a publication that reflects the multifaceted interests of our members and attracts the attention of the wider cartographic world. Presentation followed by Q&A
11:45-12:15 pm | Business Meeting
Registration: No registration is required for members. Instructions for joining the virtual conference will be emailed to all members about one week in advance. Non-members should email Dr. Ron Gibbs <ron(at)> to register and receive instructions for joining the conference.

April 30, 2020 - London We are really sorry to have to announce that the “Maps and Society” lecture at the Warburg Institute has had to be cancelled on the orders of the University. The reason is, of course, the current threat of the virus COVID-19.

April 30, 2020 - Milwaukee The annual Holzheimer "Maps and America" Lecture in the American Geographical Society Library has been canceled.

April 30, 2020 – Washington The Washington Map Society scheduled meeting has been canceled.

May 5, 2020 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography meeting has been postponed.

May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society annual “Map Month” has been postponed, consistent with Denver Public Library’s current policy.

May 6-7, 2020 - London The George Bellas Greenough Map Bicentenary Meeting has been canceled.

May 7, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. The Society will welcome Prof. Matthew Edney and Dr. Mary Pedley in a celebration and discussion of their new book, “Cartography in the European Enlightenment,” which is volume four in the award-winning History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin.

May 7-10, 2020 - Kalamazoo, Michigan The International Congress on Medieval Studies has been canceled.

May 9, 2020 – Queens, New York The New York Map Society Field Trip is canceled.

May 12-14, 2020 – Leith, Scotland The International Map Collectors' Society visit to Edinburgh's port town hs been canceled.

May 15, 2020 – Perth Due to the coronavirus the Scottish Maps Forum seminar has been postponed.

May 15, 2020 – Tysons, Virginia The Washington Map Society annual dinner meeting has been canceled.

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 22, 2020 - Aberystwyth, Wales The Wales Map Symposium 2020 has been canceled.

May 28, 2020 – Hartford The Connecticut Map Society will have a field trip to New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue. We will meet at 6:30 pm with librarian Ed Surato. We’ll view a selection of New Haven and Connecticut maps from New Haven Museum's enormous collection.

May 28, 2020 – Oxford The 27th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography meeting scheduled for today has been canceled.

May 29-30, 2020 - Houston The Texas Map Society 2020 Spring Meeting has been canceled.

June 4-5, 2020- Lisbon The international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart will take place at the Hydrographic Institute. This will be the third Lisbon meeting dedicated to the History of Nautical Cartography. The first and second were held in 2016 and 2018, and were focused on the history of the medieval portolan chart. This time, the scope has been enlarged as to also include other periods and cartographic models. Additional information from Joaquim Alves Gaspar <alvesgasparj(at)>. However, following careful consideration of the rapidly changing coronavirus pandemic, we’ve decided to pause on the arrangements for the Workshop. We are following the latest developments and will take decisions accordingly. At this time point, we cannot inform if the workshop will be postponed.

June 4-7, 2020 - London The RAI/RGS conference “Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past Present and Future” is canceled.

June 5, 2020 – London The International Map Collectors' Society 40th Anniversary Dinner has been canceled.

June 6-7, 2020 - London The London Map Fair will be held at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore.

June 7, 2020 – Hartford The Connecticut Map Society will have its annual MapMeet at a time and place to be announced. Additional information from ctmapsociety(at)

June 11-13, 2020 - São Paulo, Brazil The Trustees of the International Society for the History of the Map is developing alternate plans for the biennial symposium due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to announce these plans by April 10, 2020. Additional information from Dr. Carla Lois, at ishmap.secretary(at)

June 13, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society meeting is canceled.

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 It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel this year’s 7th International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds , as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus

July 16-17, 2020 - London A two-day interdisciplinary conference Mapping Space | Mapping Time | Mapping Texts has been canceled.

September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney The International Map Collectors' Society and the Society for the History of Discoveries will co-sponsor a joint annual 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 conference starts with a reception on the evening of Sunday 6 September at the State Library. We will have a post conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia, and its wonderful collection on 9 September. On Friday 11 September we will visit the Australian National Museum to see the exhibition on James Cook. Additional information from Maggie Patton (maggie.patton(at), Senior Curator.

September 10-12, 2020 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Kollegiengebäude der Universität.

September 11-12, 2020 - 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. Registration opens for members of the Frank L. Horton Society on February 4th and for the general public on February 11th.

September 20-22, 2020 - Vienna The Central European Cartographic Conference, EuroCarto 2020, will be held together with the 68th German Cartography Congress at the University of Vienna. The organization is jointly carried out by the German Society of Cartography (DGfK), the Austrian Cartographic Commission in the Austrian Geographic Society (ÖKK), the Swiss Society of Cartography (SGK), the University of Vienna, and endorsed by the International Cartographic Association. The conference is also recognized as an ICA Regional Cartographic Conference and will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to exchange knowledge related to cartography.

September 25-27, 2020 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map & Print Fair will take place in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street. The 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.

October 1-3, 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. The theme is Coordinating Cartographic Collections and the accompanying exhibit will feature recent acquisitions.

October 7-9, 2020 - Seville The International Committee for the History of Nautical Science is pleased to announce the upcoming international conference on Magellan, Elcano and the circumnavigations. The conference will be hosted by the Pablo de Olavide University and the Spanish National Research Council. On occasion of the fifth centenary of the first circumnavigation of the world, the conference will be dedicated to analyzing and discussing scientific and nautical aspects (including cultural, practical and theoretical subjects) connected to Magellan and Elcano’s navigation. The conference will be open to dialogue on scientific issues related to the first oceanic voyages across the oceans, great sailings and other circumnavigations from the 16th to the 21st century. Additional information from <irhns.sevilla(at)>.

October 16-17, 2020 - Venice The Brussels Map Circle and the Italian old map collectors association Roberto Almagià will have a joint meeting. The conference would focus on the interaction between cartographers of Italy and the Netherlands during the period 1550 to 1750, regarding exchanges, copying and pirating, which took place extensively (and without shame). The idea is to combine lectures and visits to famous libraries. Further details to be announced.

November 5-6, 2020 - Hamburg In the framework of our innovative interdisciplinary research project “Coloured Maps” we are organizing a workshop with a cross-cultural approach to discuss the material nature and meaning of colours on maps. In the workshop Maps and Colours we will discuss methods and discourses, dyes and analytical approaches. We will focus on European and Asian maps between 15th and 19th century. More detailed information will follow in January 2020. So, please save the date! – If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Diana Lange (Asian maps) <diana.lange(at)>, Benjamin van der Linde (European maps; general information) <Benjamin.vanderLinde(at)>, or Peter Zietlow (natural science) <peter.zietlow(at)>.

November 12-15, 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 opening reception on Thursday evening followed by conference program on Friday and Saturday. There will be a one day trip (optional) on Sunday. Theme is New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta: Cultural Crossroads.


January 15-16, 2021 - Paris The annual conference of the Société d'études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles has adopted the theme Cartes et cartographie dans le monde anglophone aux 17e et 18e siècles.

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)> or <office(at)>

Autumn, 2021 – Brussels The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held in conjunction with the Royal Library.


Autumn, 2022 – Texas The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced.


July 2-8, 2023 - Lyon, France The 30th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be held at Université de Lyon 3 Jean Moulin.

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

Last Updated on April 7, 2020 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>