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July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) has been postponed to July 2022.
July 14, 2021 –
Australia/New Zealand (Online) The Australian & New Zealand
Map Society announces a second installment in our 2021 webinar series
from 12:00 pm AEST / 2:00 pm NZST. In this 1-hour webinar we will
hear from experts talking about the latest innovations in the State
and National mapping programs of Australia & NZ.
Karl Baker - Land Information New Zealand: Mapping New Zealand in 2021 - Respecting past and present products as we look to future! A presentation on maps and future possibilities
Dmitar Butrovski - Geoscience Australia: Enabling Access to Geoscience Australia’s Aerial Photography Collection – a journey from aerial survey films to digital downloads
Jodie Howie and Simon Haycock - Queensland Department of Resources: Queensland Topographic Mapping Program offered by the Department of Resources
Register here for webinar.
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 Liquid Landscapes and the Edges of America, From the Revolutionary Era to Today examines a rich archive of historical documents that show how diverse groups of people met, struggled, and mixed in regions where boundaries themselves were hard to define.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 18, 2021 - San Francisco (Hybrid) We are pleased to announce the next Bay Area Map Group of California Map Society meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting, which can be attended either: In-person from 5:00pm - 7:30pm, or Virtually from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. The in person portion includes an informal gathering prior to the presentations. We have some wonderful speakers lined up, including Fred DeJarlais, Ron Gibbs, Heiko Muhr, and Tom Paper. We hope you will join us for our summer celebrations of maps! We will be sending a follow-up notice containing registration information and further details.
August 19, 2021 – Lake Forest, Illinois Please join us for the annual Chicago Map Society trip to the MacLean Collection, W Polo Trail Dr, starting at 5:30 pm! It's an incredible destination for map lovers and we are very appreciative that they have agreed to host our group once more. This year, Dr. Michael Conzen will be discussing the production and publication of county atlases, using a number of choice examples from the library's stacks. Registration is required, and limited to fully vaccinated members. Transportation is not provided, and directions will be circulated to registered attendees in a few weeks.
August 25-26, 2021 – Sydney The State Library of New South Wales conference Mapping the Pacific has been postponed until early 2022.
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)cartography.org.uk>.
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)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. 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 15, 2021 - Valletta (Online) The next executive committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held using Zoom at 6.30pm. Work has begun on the next important study publication: French Maps of Malta. Additional details from David Roderick Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com>.
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 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. Online-only registration will be available after the in-person program has sold out.
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)gmail.com> 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 25, 2021 – California (Online) The California Map Society 2021 Fall Conference will be held 9am to noon, via Zoom.
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 5, 2021- New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual meeting at 7 pm EDT: room opens 6:45 pm. John Hessler (Library of Congress) will speak on It Came From a Blue Sky: Mapping Bats and Spillover of Covid-19. No registration necessary. Contact Andrew Kapochunas <firstname.lastname@example.org> for Zoom link.
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)ciuhct.org>.
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)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. 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.
October 26-29, 2021 - California (Online) The Western Association of Map Libraries will host this year's virtual conference. Potential topics for discussion include “Historical maps and cartography”, and “Maps/GIS and diversity”.
November 10, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a Zoom meeting from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT. Shannon Mattern and Emily Bowe will discuss the class they teach at New York City's The New School: Mapping the Field. Contact Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com> for the Zoom link.
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)gmail.com 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 23, 2021 - November 25, 2021 - Bamberg, Germany (Hybrid) Conflicts and catastrophes impacted cities worldwide throughout history and recently at various scales. The impact of the destruction of cities is documented globally and yet not fully analyzed comparatively and from a long-term perspective. Cartographies of Catastrophes, a conference at Bamberg University and online, aims to problematise cartographies of catastrophes from the 19th century until the present time in the global context, from wide interdisciplinary perspectives. By focusing on damage maps from past and recent conflicts and catastrophes, this conference interrogates whether maps just show past conditions, or do they foresee and predetermine future conditions? The language of the conference is English (presentations in German are also possible). Additional information from <conference.urbanmetamapping(at)uni-bamberg.de>.
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)ios-regensburg.de 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)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. 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)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. 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.
February/March, 2022 – Sydney The State Library of New South Wales, in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, hopefully will be able to hold a conference at the State Library of New South Wales about the Mapping the Pacific. For more information, access to the preliminary program and registration please refer to the website.
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)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.
August 30 - September 2, 2022 - Newcastle 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.
September 14-17, 2022 - 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>.
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)uni-hamburg.de> or Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann <vera.dorofeeva-lichtmann(at)ehess.fr>.
August 13-18, 2023 – Cape Town The 31st International Cartographic Conference and 19th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association will take place.
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.
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.