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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2020

August 27, 2020 – Washington (Online) The Washington Map Society is offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at)gmail.com in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM eastern time. Libby Bischof, Executive Director of the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, will be discussing her recent exhibition, Mapping the Classroom: Teaching Geography and History in the 19th and 20th Century New England. Libby Bischof, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education and Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine. A visual historian, Bischof curated Mapping the Classroom for the OML in 2019. A digital version of the gallery exhibit is available online.



September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney Sadly the International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium at the State Library of New South Wales has also fallen to the Covid-19 shutdown, and is now postponed to August 2021.



September 10, 2020 – Canberra (Online) Despite recent headwinds the Australian and New Zealand Map Society in cooperation with the National Library of Australia and The Hakluyt Society, is holding a one day online symposium by the National Library of Australia with the theme Mapping Pacific Places. Details of how to view the talks and ask questions of speakers to follow soon. This will be a free online event open to all.



September 10-12, 2020 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium has been postponed until next year.



September 10, 2020 – Washington (Online) The Washington Map Society, in conjunction with the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division and the Johns Hopkins University, is offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at)gmail.com in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM eastern time. John Hessler (Specialist in Computational Geography and Geographic Information Science at the Library of Congress and Professor of Evolutionary Computation in the Graduate School of Advanced Studies at the Johns Hopkins University) will discuss Mapping Covid-19 from Phylodynamics to Contact Tracing. Hessler will provide an introduction to the computational techniques and the algorithmic methods that cartographers and epidemiologists are using to map the spread and origins of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 virus). He will look at methodologies for mapping the virus' nucleotide and amino acid mutations and examine how the virus spread to the United States, looking closely at the massive amounts of complex geospatial data generated by GISAID (originally known as Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data).



September 11-12, 2020 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts two day conference Mapping and Migration has been rescheduled for September 17-18, 2021.



September 21-25, 2020 – Vienna (Online) The Central European Cartographic Conference, EuroCarto 2020 will take place as a virtual event. Attendance will be free for all registered participants. Already paid registrations will be refunded. Please register online. More information will be available soon.



September 22, 2020 – Washington and Denver (Online) The Washington Map Society and the Rocky Mountain Map Society are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at)gmail.com in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time. Derek van Westrum will discuss A Mile High Above What Exactly? Denver is the "Mile High City," and Colorado is famous for its collection of "14ers". But how exactly are such "heights above sea level" determined at locations so far from the sea? And what if Derek told you that in the next couple of years, the US is actually set to replace mean sea level with an entirely new basis for its height system? He will describe how the new system will work, why you're gonna love it, and what it might mean for some of those, um, lower 14ers. [It's a general audience talk that explains datums, the new datum, and has some fun with what *might* happen to Sunshine Peak]. Derek van Westrum received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado and spent the next 15 years making instruments that measure changes in Earth's gravity. Since 2014, he has managed NOAA's gravity lab at the Table Mountain facility, north of Boulder - somehow finding the one division at NOAA that doesn't actually work directly with the Ocean or the Atmosphere.



September 25-27, 2020 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map & Print Fair has been canceled.



September 26, 2020 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society plans to meet virtually, via Zoom, and onsite -- we hope! -- at Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com if you plan to attend. Meeting will start at 2 PM. Eric Sanderson, author of "The Mannahatta Project" and "Terra Nova," will present an update on his Welikia Project. Welikia means 'my good home' in Lenape, the original Native American language of the NYC region.



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 at the University of Texas Arlington has been postponed until September 30-October 3, 2021.



October 2020 – Washington (Online) – Date to be announced. The Washington Map Society is offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at)gmail.com in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. Matthew H. Edney (Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine (Portland), and Director, History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin–Madison) will provide an overview of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education’s current exhibition, Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677-1842, which is their contribution to Maine’s Bicentennial Commemoration in 2020. While the exhibition celebrates the latter historic event, it also acknowledges that the site on which the library stands occupies land whose reclamation from the sea in the nineteenth century destroyed the inshore waters that had once sustained the Wabanaki peoples. The exhibition illustrates some of the wider spatial patterns of Wabanaki and Maine history over the last four centuries by following, in particular, the displacement and persistence of the Penobscot.



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)gmail.com>.



October 16-17, 2020 - Venice The Brussels Map Circle and the Italian old map collectors association Roberto Almagià regret that the Joint Cartography Conference has to be canceled because of the Covid-19 situation.



October 31, 2020 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society plans to meet virtually, via Zoom, and onsite -- we hope! -- at Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com if you plan to attend. Meeting will start at 2 PM. Lars Grava will speak on: At the Edge of Empires - Maps of the Baltic States". Lars, in a reprise of his Fall 2019 presentation to the Washington Map Society, will discuss how maps have more than two dimensions, as they also illuminate political, societal, cultural, and economic features of the geographies they depict.



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)hu-berlin.de>, Benjamin van der Linde (European maps; general information) <Benjamin.vanderLinde(at)hk24.de>, or Peter Zietlow (natural science) <peter.zietlow(at)uni-hamburg.de>.



November 12-15, 2020 - New Orleans (Online) The Society for the History of Discoveries has made a difficult decision to hold our 60th Anniversary 2020 SHD Annual Meeting virtually, via Zoom. The theme is New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta: Cultural Crossroads. Additional information will be soon posted on our website.



November 12, 2020 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina The Moravian Archives Lunchtime Lecture Series presents Christian Reuter: Moravian GIS Mapper for Forsyth County, by Dr. Rod Meyer, former Director, Historic Bethabara Park. This lecture will be from 12:15-1:00pm in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall in the Archie K. Davis Center (Moravian Archives), 457 S Church St.



November 19, 2020 – Washington (Online) The Washington Map Society is offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at)gmail.com in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. Katherine Parker (Research Officer for Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, and Chair, WMS Walter W. Ristow Prize) will speak about Northern Seas: The Mapping of the North Pacific before the Voyages of James Cook. Before Cook’s third voyage in search of the Northwest Passage (1776-1780), few European ships had sailed north of the traditional Spanish galleon route; those that had were sparsely reported, as in the case of Bering’s Kamchatka expeditions, or dubiously reported, as in the case of the apocryphal Admiral de la Fonte. This presentation will focus on the geographic discourse about the North Pacific prior to Cook’s third voyage, with an especial emphasis on the period 1670-1776. Katie will also provide a short overview of the new map history network H-Maps, an international digital forum sponsored by the International Society for the History of the Map.



November 21, 2020 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society plans to meet virtually, via Zoom, and onsite -- we hope! -- at Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com if you plan to attend. Meeting will start at 2 PM. Dr. Larry Tise will speak about his recent co-authored book: "Theodore de Bry -- America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602". Dr. Tise will discuss his research in writing the book and will show many of the beautiful maps and native Americans depicted.



November 24, 2020 – Cambridge, England (Online) The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet via Zoom at 5.30 pm. Please register at sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk for the link. Walter Arader (New York) will speak about Mapping anarchy: cartography during the rise of the British East India Company. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330987. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



December 3, 2020 – Washington and Chicago (Online) The Washington Map Society and the Chicago Map Society are offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at washmap(at)gmail.com in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00 PM Central Time. Please join Linda Gartz, for a Zoom discussion about How Federal Government Redlining Maps Segregated America. She will discuss her award-winning book, “Redlined, and her discovery of the redlining maps used by the federal government to exclude African Americans from the middle-class dream of home ownership. Inspired by a trove of long-hidden family letters, diaries, photos, spanning the 20th Century, “Redlined” interweaves a riveting family story with the history of redlining. Linda will display digitized versions of original redlining maps, share photos, read short excerpts from “Redlined,” and speak about the lasting impact of redlining maps that segregated America. Plenty of time for Q&A.



December 4, 2020 - Paris The naturalist, botanical and zoological gardens share with cartography the willingness to describe the world in a way that is both exhaustive and orderly. The scales, materials, appearances of the representation are certainly different. But it is good, in the map as in the garden, to develop an image of the world that can be read by everyone. Maps and gardens are part of this great scientific effort which consists in making people see and understand the world and its spaces, natural and human. The study day, Du jardin vers le monde et du monde au jardin : la cartographie et l’histoire naturelle [From the garden to the world and from the world to garden: cartography and natural history], organized jointly by the History Commission of the French Cartography Committee and the Museum Libraries Directorate National d'Histoire Naturelle sets out to explore the relationships that have developed between cartography and the garden, in particular at the Jardin des Plantes.Confernece to be held in the auditorium of the Grand Gallery of Evolution, National Museum of Natural History, 36 rue Geoffroy, Saint-Hilaire.



December 5, 2020 - New York The New York Map Society will have a Members-Only Field Trip + Holiday Social. Either (Depending on weather and CDC guidelines): Virtual Field Trip to tour the David Rumsey Map Center, plus a Holiday Social with catered appetizers/drinks at Avenues HQ or...Onsite Field Trip to see "The Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System" and "Panorama of the City of New York," Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens NY 11368. Phone: (718) 592-9700. (15-min.walk from Mets/Willets Point stop on the #7 subway. Parking available). Please RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com


2021

January 27, 2021 - Vienna Prof. Dr. Stefaan Missinne, global collector and researcher on the Italian Renaissance, will speak about The Da Vinci globe at 18.30 in the cinema of the Austrian National History Museum, Burgring 7. Missinne will speak about the oldest globe on which the New World is shown for the first time.



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.



February 23, 2021 – 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 discuss Polar maps and their histories: reflections on the changing fortunes of cosmography. 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 330987. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



March/April 2021 – Lisbon The international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart, postponed from 2020, 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)gmail.com>.



May 4, 2021 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. There will be a talk about Asian maps, and speaker is to be confirmed. 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 330987. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



June 12-13, 2021 - 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 4-9, 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>



July 19-23, 2021 - Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil The organizing committee of the 57th International Congress of Americanists has the pleasure of inviting the international scientific community to the conference America and its borders: multiple voices, multiple encounters. Teachers, students and researchers from at least 80 countries will have the opportunity to share their knowledge, to exchange experiences, and to live excellent moments of interculturalism in one of the most unique areas of the entire American continent. The complex border processes that have defined, sometimes in unstable ways, the imperial state sovereignty in these regions will be examined in many ways including that of cartography, There will be special activities in Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguazú (Argentine) that are neighboring to Foz do Iguaçu.



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)sl.nsw.gov.au>, Senior Curator.



September 1-4, 2021 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Kollegiengebäude der Universität. Additional information from Dr. Markus Heinz <kartographiegeschichte(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de> or Dr. des. Noah Regenass < Noah.Regenass(at)unibas.ch>.



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 30-October 3, 2021 - 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.



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



2022

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


2023

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 August 1, 2020 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>