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June 3, 2022 - Leiden Governments draw borders, governments manage borders and people have to live with those borders. Over the centuries, countless borders have been drawn and blurred in the Netherlands. Kester Freriks, together with Martijn Storms and other experts, went in search of the stories behind historical borders on the basis of the age-old maps from the Bodel Nijenhuis Collection of Leiden University Libraries. They will present the result of their work: the richly illustrated book Grensverkenningen. Langs oude grenzen in Nederland [Grensverkenningen. Along old borders in the Netherlands]. Presentation begins at 3:30 PM (walk-in 3:00 PM) in University Library, Witte Singel 27. Registration required.
June 4, 2022 – Stanford (Hybrid) The California Map Society Annual Spring Conference is scheduled from 10am to 4pm at the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University. The meeting will feature an in person interview with David Rumsey and include talks by Hampton Sides, Rachel Bolten, Ron Gibbs, Leo Dillon, and Grant Parker. These talks are open to the public to attend either in person or live-streamed via Zoom. Register online.
June 9-10, 2022 - Barcelona The Cartography History Study Group (Grup d’Estudis d’Història de la Cartografia) is preparing, in collaboration with the Insititut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, a new colloquium with the title City and territory in Spanish cartography: a historical perspective. The Cartography History Study Group has dealt with in previous colloquia the central theme of the history of urban cartography. The present colloquium is dedicated to one aspect of this cartography: that which relates the city to its nearby territory, in such a way that its field of study is broadened towards cartography at a regional level. Additional information to be announced.
June 10, 2022 – London The International Map Collectors' Society will have a celebration reception to coincide with the Map Fair. Please take particular note that this event is open to all, including Dealers and attendees at the London Map Fair, which opens the following day at the Royal Geographical Society. The programme is partly a celebration of the return to normality by holding a reception where we can at last exchange news and experience face to face with our cartographic friends. Partly it is an opportunity to honour giants of the mapping world: 6pm Drinks and canapes, 7pm Presentation of the IMCoS/Helen Wallis Award, and a Presentation to our long-serving previous Chairman, Hans Kok, 7:15pm Malcolm Young Lecture. This year the lecture will be given by Vivien Godfrey, Chairman and CEO of the Edward Stanford Group, retailer of travel books, maps and globes. Registration for this event is available online or by email to Peter Walker <financialsecretary(at)imcos.org>. The reception will be held in the James and Charles Suite in the Rembrandt Hotel, London SW7. This is opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum.
June 11, 2022 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will take place at 10am (please arrive for 9:30am so that we can start punctually) in the Lowther Room of the Royal Geographic Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. RGS security requires advanced knowledge of all those attending the meeting. If you are planning to come please contact Peter Walker at <financialsecretariat(at)imcos.org>.
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. The Fair has an additional lecture in the RGS lecture theatre on Saturday 11th June 2022 at 14:30 by Dr Paul Hughes The Greenwich meridian's Dutch, Spanish & Colonial origins.
June 14, 2022 - Washington (Online) Please join the Phillips Society: Geography and Map Division: Library of Congress Virtual Orientation Series for the first session in a new series of virtual orientations for the Geography and Map Division! Session is via Zoom 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern). Register for this session here! Reference librarians Amelia Raines and Julie Stoner will present an introduction to the Library of Congress Geography and Map collections. This general orientation session will highlight a wide range of cartographic formats and subjects. The focus of the session will be on maps and resources available online to all patrons, even those far from the Library’s buildings. Topics covered will also include search tips and tricks, research and collection guides, ways to engage with the collections online, and how to prepare for a future trip to the reading room. After the presentation, staff look forward to answering additional questions from attendees. We hope to see you there!
June 16, 2022 - Chicago Join the Chicago Map Society for a presentation on site at one of the most spectacular map libraries in the United States: the MacLean Collection at 6pm CT. Four scholars at the MacLean Collection will discuss their work and the collection items they are using: Molly Briggs, Nick Lowe, Angela Schottenhammer, and Amberly Yeo. Topics will include ribbon maps, panoramic views, East Asian maps and Chinese maritime maps among others.
June 16, 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)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, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Lena Denis will discuss The Foundation and the Gateway: what maps show and hide about Baltimore and American history. Lena Denis is the Geospatial Data, GIS, & Maps Librarian for Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries’ Data Services, where she works with maps and map data.
June 24-26, 2022 - Maastricht The 14th edition of the Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print fair provides a very diverse selection of books, charts and prints. Fair is at Sint Janskerk, Vrijthof 24.
June 24, 2022 – Valletta (Online) The next Malta Map Society Executive Committee Meeting will be held by Zoom at 6.30pm. Currently under discussion are the programme for the next Malta Map Society Show and Tell and plans for Imago Melitae 2024. Contact Rod Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com> for additional information.
June 27, 2022 - Portland, Maine (Online) Please join the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at 12:00 PM, with Dr. Katherine Parker and her presentation, European Geographic Debates About the Pacific in the Mid-Eighteenth Century. Dr. Parker's presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Matthew Edney. This event will be presented on Zoom and tickets are limited to the first 90 registrants. This event is free and open to the public. Register Here.
June 27-28, 2022 - Tenerife Dr. Kevin R. Wittmann (Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of La Laguna) has organized an international seminar Las aguas que unen el mundo. Visiones transculturales de los océanos en la primera globalización [The waters that unite the world. Transcultural visions of the oceans in the first globalization] to be held at Museo de Historia y Antropología de Tenerife, Sede Casa Lercaro. Speakers include Chet van Duzer speaking about "Changes in conceptions of the Indian Ocean across maps", and Ricardo Padron speaking about "Making the Spanish Pacific visible. Methods to investigate a geopolitical image." Additional information from Kevin R. Wittmann <krodrigw(at)ull.edu.es>.
June 28, 2022 – Hereford The International Map Collectors' Society will be making a trip to visit the Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral. More details to be announced. However, there may be limit to numbers, so if you would like to come please contact Valerie Newby on 01296 670001.
June 29, 2022 - Vienna The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Austrian National Library, Reading Room of the Map Department, Josefsplatz 1.
July 2, 2022 - Paris The Bibliothèque nationale de France is presenting an exhibition entitled «Visages de l'exploration au XIX° siècle» to mark the bicentenary of the "Société de Géographie" of which it keeps the archives. This exhibition benefits from exceptional loans and is located in the east wing of the "François Mitterrand library". In the west wing are the famous globes of Louis XIV made by Vincenzo Coronelli. Mr. Olivier Loiseaux, curator of the exhibition, invited members of the Brussels Map Circle to visit at 11 a.m. ((in French). If you wish to participate in this visit you are invited to let Marie-Anne Dage <secretary(at)bimcc.org> know as soon as possible.
July 4-8, 2022 – Bucharest (Hybrid) 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. Register to attend in person or remotely. 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)gmail.com> or <office(at)muzeulhartilor.ro>
July 4-7, 2022 - Leeds (Hybrid) The Leeds International Medieval Congress provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. This year's special thematic focus will be Borders. Among thr themes will be Mapping borders and border zones, Medieval imagery of borders, and Boundaries between town and countryside and within towns. It is our strong intention, coronavirus restrictions permitting, that there will be both an in-person and virtual component.
July 6, 2022 - Oxford Join John Leighfield CBE, for his highly illustrated talk, Atlases and Maps, about how the maps of Oxford have developed from the 16th century until the present. Highly respected for his knowledge of the maps of the county and city of Oxford, John has had a passion for maps since his schooldays and has built a marvellous collection, some of which will be on display after the talk. Talk is at 5pm in Magdalen College School Studio, Cowley Place. Book here.
August 30 - September 2, 2022 – Newcastle (Hybrid) The three-day Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 2000 geographers from around the world. This year, the conference will be held at Newcastle University and the Chair's theme for the Conference is Geographies beyond recovery.
August 31-September 3, 2022 - Berlin The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Program and registration form is online. Additional information from Dr. Markus Heinz <kartographiegeschichte(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de>.
September 3, 2022 - Sint-Niklaas The Brussels Map Circle will have a Guided visit to the exhibition Recht door Zee at 14:00.
September 14, 2022 - London (Online) The Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop online. Our workshops offer the opportunity to share expertise and learn from each other. The workshop theme will be Finding Maps. Additional information from Paula Williams <paula.williams(at)cartography.org.uk>.
September 14-15, 2022 - London (Online) The British Cartographic Society is delighted to announce that the 2022 Annual Conference will be supported by Steer. For the conference, we’ve chosen a theme of ‘design for movement’. This is reflective of the work Steer are involved in, across cities, infrastructure and transportation.
September 16, 2022 – Valletta (Online) The next Malta Map Society Executive Committee Meeting will be held by Zoom at 6.30pm. Currently under discussion are the programme for the next Malta Map Society Show and Tell and plans for Imago Melitae 2024. Contact Rod Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com> for additional information.
September 19-21, 2022 - Vienna The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK) and British (BCS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to invite you to the European Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2022. We aim to bring together Cartographers and those working in related disciplines to offer a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects.
September 20, 2022 - USA (Online) The 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)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, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Les Trager, retired lawyer and member of New York and Washington Map Societies, will discuss his recently published book Ancient Explorers and Their Amazing Maps. Trager will discuss a body of Western 16th century maps which cannot be explained by the discoveries of European explorers. Meeting was arranged with assistance of New York Map Society.
September 22-24, 2022 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 16th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in partnership with the Faculty of Geography, Babeş–Bolyai University, supported by the MAGIC - Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.
September 22-24, 2022 - Rome (Hybrid) Sapienza and DigiLab will host ArcheoFOSS 2022. One of the panels will be Maps to the past. Open digital approaches to the investigation of historical maps. Historical maps have always been a precious source of information both for archaeologists and historians. In this panel, we would like to discuss the new role that open-source technologies are allowing for historical maps, in all humanities disciplines but especially in archaeology. Additional information from Julian Bogdani <julian.bogdani(at)uniroma1.it> or Valeria Vitale <email@example.com>.
September 29-October 1, 2022 – St. Louis The 63rd Annual Meeting of Society for the History of Discoveries will be held in the Pere Marquette Gallery at St. Louis University, and co-hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The opening reception will take place on Thursday evening (September 29), followed by the conference the following two days, and a post-conference excursion on Sunday (October 2). The theme is At the Heart of the Continent: Native Americans and Newcomers in the Upper Mississippi Region. Additional details to be announced.
October 5-8, 2022 – Arlington, Texas The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Symposium will be a joint meeting with the Virginia Garrett Lectures and the Texas Map Society. It will be hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington and take place at the Central Library, Special Collections. There will be a preconference bus trip on October 5, and a three day post-symposium tour is planned. Preliminary program can be found online and additional details on IMCoS web page. For more information contact Ben Huseman <huseman(at)exchange.uta.edu>.
October 19-21, 2022 - Erkner, Germany (Hybrid) Building on the knowledge gathered from academic literature as well as from the first UrbanMetaMapping conference “Cartographies of Catastrophes” in Bamberg (2021) this conference, Mapping “Post-Conflict” Cities, will examine mapping of “post-conflict” cities from the 19th century until the present day in different geographic settings. The conference will take place at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). In addition, the online format will be offered via Zoom. The language of the conference is English. Additional information from <conference.urbanmetamapping(at)leibniz-irs.de>.
October 21-22, 2022 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Hybrid) The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S Main St, will be hosting a two day conference Mapping the Early American South. 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.
October 24-26, 2022 - Berlin The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin will jointly host the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography. The venue will be the recently renovated old main building of the Staatsbibliothek in the heart of Berlin on the boulevard Unter den Linden (subway stop) within sight of the iconic Brandenburg Gate. The joint organizers expect contributions investigating the global “surveying turn” in cartography, hinting to the increasing professionalization and mechanization to gather base data for drawing ‘ever truer to nature’ maps, especially during, but not limited to, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to Imre Demhardt – ICA Commission on the History of Cartography:<demhardt(at)uta.edu>.
October 27, 2022 - USA (Online) The 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)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, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Laura McElfresh (Cartographic Metadata Librarian, University Libraries, University of Minnesota) will discuss “Will Work for Maps”: A History of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Special Map Processing Project. Meeting was arranged with the assistance of the Philip Lee Phillips Society.
November 4-5, 2022 - Chicago The
Newberry Library, 60 W Walton
St, will have the 21st installment of the Kenneth
Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography. The theme
as Performance, addressing the ways in which people create
and share maps through action in space. Mapping as Performance
brings scholars together from several disciplines, including dance,
Indigenous studies, literature, geography, and history. The two days
of lectures have been organized into panels focusing on four
Performing Space, Place, and History in Indigenous North America
Travel as Mapping
Surveying as Performance
This year, the Nebenzahl Lectures will fall on the same weekend as the first-ever Newberry Map Fair. Free and open to the public, the fair will welcome collectors, enthusiasts, and a wide array of map-curious people. Register for free.
November 24-25, 2022 - Erfurt The Centre for Transcultural Studies and the Gotha Perthes Collection, Erfurt University will have a conference Mapping Asia: Cartography and the Construction of Territoriality in Centre for Transcultural Studies, Gotha Research Campus. This conference will explore cartography and the construction and contestation of territoriality in Asia from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. In particular we seek to answer the question of how ideas of territoriality were cartographically produced, circulated and interpreted within Asia and between Europe and Asia. The conference is part of the project „Cartographies of Africa and Asia (1800–1945). A Project for the Digitization of Maps of the Perthes Collection Gotha” (KarAfAs). KarAfAs is a co-authored endeavour of the Centre for Transcultural Studies at Gotha and the Perthes Collection of the Gotha Research Library, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. By digitising the maps of the Perthes collection in Gotha, we intend to inspire future projects which see questions of territoriality and spatiality in a fresh light, utilising the source material held at the Perthes Collection. Participants will be invited to a tour of the highlights of the collection’s cartographic material on Asia. We invite papers written on any geographical area in Asia which deal with the intersection of cartography and territoriality from the eighteenth to the twentieth century to frances.omorchoe(at)uni-erfurt.de by Sunday 17th April. Send inquiries to Claudia Berger <claudia.berger(at)uni-erfurt.de> or Frances O’Morchoe <frances.omorchoe(at)uni-erfurt.de>.
November 25, 2022 - Aubervilliers The Comité Français de Cartographie will have a one-day seminar L’histoire de la Cartographie et son Écriture a L’épreuve du Renouvellement [The History of Cartography and its Writing put to the Test of Renewal]. Discussion will be about the forms and objects of writing the history of cartography considered over a long period of time. We will especially look at the contemporary period, in relation to the current renewal of tools, especially digital ones. The seminar will be held at Centre des colloques, Campus Condorcet.
November 30, 2022 - USA (Online) The 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)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, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Thomas Horst (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Centre for the History of Science and Technology) will discuss The Amazing (Hi-)Story of the Bavarian Army Library Map Collection – Reconstructed 60 Years After Its Restitution to Germany. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the restitution of the Bavarian Army Library to Germany, this paper reconstructs the amazing story of one of the largest collections of military books and maps, that survived destruction during World War II and was taken by American soldiers in 1946 to the US, where it was stored in the Library of Congress. Meeting was arranged with the assistance of the Philip Lee Phillips Society.
December 14, 2022 - USA (Online) The 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)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, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, and 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Francis (Frank) Manasek (retired professor, Dartmouth Medical School; former antiquarian map dealer; author of "Collecting Old Maps" and "A Treatise on Moon Maps" will speak about The Birth of Moon Maps: Looking Through the Telescope, 1610-1696. With fifteen Moon maps from 1610 to 1696, Manasek explores some different visual languages used to portray the lunar surface, and implicitly ask if there are any defining elements that link Moon maps to the historiography of terrestrial maps.
May 5, 2023 - Los Angeles - The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Center for Early Global Studies at UCLA will host a one-day international conference titled The Intermingling of Cartography and Literature in the Early Modern Period. Speakers will examine how authors have drawn inspiration from maps for their descriptions of distant lands, what elements they have incorporated from maps into narratives, how cartographic representations of space can be read as narrative, and the multifarious uses that cartographers have made of literary sources. More details will be forthcoming; the organizers are Chet Van Duzer <chet(dot)van(dot)duzer(at)gmail(dot)com> and Steve McCormick <mccormicks(at)wlu(dot)edu>.
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)uni-hamburg.de> or Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann <vera.dorofeeva-lichtmann(at)ehess.fr>.
August 14-18, 2023 – Cape Town The 31st International Cartographic Conference and 19th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association will have the theme Smart Cartography for Sustainable Development.
August 22-24, 2023 – Helsinki The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced. For more information contact Antti Jakobsson <antti.jakobsson(at)maanmittauslaitos.fi>.
August 29-31, 2023 - London The three-day Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 2000 geographers from around the world. This year, the conference will will be held in the The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore.
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.
September 4-7, 2024 – Basel The 21. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held. Additional details to be announced.
October 16-19, 2024 - Valletta, Malta The 41st International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium, Imago Melitae 2024, will feature six lectures by well-known figures in the cartographic world will be given along with visits to the National Library, MUZA and Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta, the Maritime Museum and the Inquisitors Palace in Vittoriosa, and the National and Ecclesiastical Archives in Rabat and Mdina. Further details to be announced.