Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events

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May 2, 2019 - London The Twenty-Eighth Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Jeremy Brown (PhD student, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the British Library) will speak about Democratising the Grand Tour: Self-reliant Travel and the First Italian Road Atlases in the 1770s. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at) > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.

May 2, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6:30 pm in New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main] Building, 5th Ave. at 42nd St. Matthew Edney will speak on The History of Cartography Project. Edney is a professor of geography and (since 2007) the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, with responsibility for courses in map history. He is also “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Portland, Maine. Since 2005 he has directed the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

May 3-5, 2019 - Chicago The 5th Chicago International Map Fair will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The Chicago Map Fair is sponsored by the History in Your Hands Foundation (HIYHF), 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 Chicago Map Fair will be sponsored by the Chicago Map Society.

May 7, 2019 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Natasha Pairaudeau (Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge) & Marie de Rugy (Wolfson College Cambridge) will discuss Burmese cloth maps and itineraries in Cambridge University collections. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at) at tel. 01223 330476. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.

May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will celebrate its annual “Map Month” with a series of four lectures in Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2, 10 West Fourteenth Ave., on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry <lorraine.sherry(at)>.
   May 7: Christopher W. Lane. Images of Colorado: A century of printed views, 1822-1922.
   May 14: Wesley Brown. The Cartographic Roots of Colorado: 1540 to 1861.
   May 21: Tom Overton. The Mapping of Colorado: 1861 to WWI.
May 28: Christopher W. Lane. The first comprehensive survey of Colorado: F.V. Hayden 1869 to 1876.

May 7, 2019 - Edmonton The next meeting of the Edmonton Map Society will be at Claridge House, 11027 87th Avenue at 7:00 pm. Our speaker will be Dan Duda, Map Librarian at Memorial University of NFLD, who will speak about Marketing the Empire: The Mazawattee Tea Atlas. This one cent, 20 page, atlas was used as an educational and marketing tool for the Mazawattee Tea Company, but arguably its message was greater than simply selling tea!
Additional information from David L. Jones <djones(at)>.

May 8, 2019 - Floriana, Malta The committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be at 5:30 PM at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)>.

May 8-10, 2019 - Thessaloniki, Greece 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 14th Conference: Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage in partnership with the AUTH - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supported by the MAGIC - Map & Geoinformation Curators Group. The Conference is kindly hosted by the AUTH Library & Information Centre and by the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki.

May 9-12, 2019 – Kalamazoo, Michigan The fifty-forth International Congress on Medieval Studies meets on the campus of Western Michigan University. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past three years of this ICMS at Kalamazoo, and you are invited you to join them. Currently they seek paper, panel discussion, and roundtable proposals that concur with one of our accepted ICMS “Mappings” rubrics: 1) “Pictura et Scriptura on/and Medieval Maps; 2) “Skin and Ink: The Materiality of Medieval Maps and Their Codicological Analogs”; 3) “‘Build it and they [hopefully won’t] come’: Placement and Displacement on Medieval Maps” and 4) “Seeing What’s no Longer There: New Imaging Technologies and Medieval Maps.” Proposals are due by September 21, 2018. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)> for additional information.

Another session has been organized by Giovanna Montenegro. Papers are sought for “Re-Mapping/Re-Reading Pre-Modern Travel Narratives and Maps.” This panel seeks papers that explore ways through which pre-modern travel narratives can be read geographically; also it seeks ways to read maps that were influenced by literature, i.e. literary cartographies. In what ways are late Medieval and early Renaissance maps shaped by literature? Inversely, how are travel narratives and chronicles shaped by the cartographic tradition. Proposals are due by September 21, 2018. Additional information from Giovanna Montenegro <gmontene(at)>.

May 10, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, will sponsor our annual lecture series co-sponsored by the California Map Society. It will feature Dr. Stephen Hornsby, director of the Canadian-American Center and Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine. His research focuses on the historical geography of northeastern North America and the Atlantic world, and on the history of cartography. He has written and co-edited several prize-winning books, including “Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J.F.W. Des Barres, and the Making of the Atlantic Neptune” (2011), “Historical Atlas of Maine” (2015), and “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps” (2017). Among his current research projects and the subject of his talk is the impact of the hippie counter-culture on popular cartography. This topic should appeal to those interested in the history of American cartography and who lived through and experienced the hippie movement in the Bay area. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Graduate Student Essay Competition. Doors open 2.30 pm, 3.00 pm: TBD: Student Essay Competition Winner, 4.00 pm: Professor Stephen Hornsby. The talks are free but require advanced registration.

May 16, 2019 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets in Rettinger Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM with a social half-hour. Michael Conzen will discuss Chicago Diagrammed: Frank Glossop and the Mapping of Business Before and After the Fire. As befits any great metropolis, Chicago lays claim to a rich history of being mapped as a city, despite its relatively short history. (We are still nearly two decades shy of the city’s bicentennial). The pantheon of Chicago’s well-known cartographers, however, lacks one figure who should be in the line-up. The name of Frank Glossop (1838-1889) does not easily roll off the tongues of Chicago’s map historians, but it should. This talk will review his life story and assess the role that his unusual mapping ultimately played in his restless search for a stable living and for respect as a Chicago booster.

May 17, 2019 - Boulder, Colorado The Earth Sciences & Map Library, 2200 Colorado Ave., University of Colorado Boulder, will host host a reception from 12:00-2:00 PM for the exhibition Protect This Land: Making Change Through Visualization which showcases a range of western maps alongside works by notable artists and student creations. Professor Melanie Yazzie and her star printmaking students, whose works are featured in the show, will offer remarks.

May 17, 2019 - Mclean, Virginia The Washington Map Society annual dinner and lecture will be at Maggiano's Little Italy, 2001 International Dr, in Tyson Galleria II. Cocktails at 6 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM. After dinner, J. C. McElveen will speak about A Romp Through 19th Century Westward Expansion: From Lewis & Clark to Custer's Last Stand. In the 73 years between the Louisiana Purchase and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the United States expanded from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and, in the West, from essentially the 32nd parallel of north latitude to the 49th parallel. This expansion encompassed the enormous Louisiana Territory, Texas, the Oregon Country and the Spanish Southwest. At the beginning of the 19th century, this land was essentially unexplored by Americans, with inhabited areas occupied by Native Americans. J. C. will examine, with laser-like precision, barely allowing you to finish your dessert, how and why this expansion occurred, and what happened to the Native American population of the West as a result. Additional information and ability to make dinner reservations can be found online.

May 18, 2019 – Zuid Holland, The Netherlands The members of the Brussels Map Circle have the opportunity to visit the large private HEK collection in the Netherlands. Hans Kok will be our guide. Hans is a long time Member of our Circle. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of IMCoS. The program starts at 14.00 after lunch in the village it will include 17th century atlases, maps and some associated items like octant, compass, sextant, copperplates, etc. After the visit we’ll have a friendly drink in a place, still to be decided. The venue locations addresses, contact telephone numbers, etc. will be communicated to the participants after they register for the event.

May 18, 2019 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society meets at 2pm at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street. Panel discussion: The Art of the Illustrated Map, moderated by renowned artist/cartographer and author John Roman. If you’re a CT cartographer who creates illustrated maps, we invite you to apply for a spot on our panel (we’ll feature 4-5 cartographers)--contact us at ctmapsociety(at) We will also feature the works of artist/mapmakers; if you qualify, bring one piece to the event for a pop-up exhibit in the library’s lecture room.

May 20-22, 2019 - Mulhouse, France The conference, Cross-border and Intercultural Representations from Ancient History to Today, aims to reflect on and debate the cartography of transboundary and intercultural phenomena. Through an international lens, and drawing from multiple disciplines, it ought to contribute to the conceptualisation of maps independent of political borders by inviting us to think about them across three axes: time (How compatible have intercultural phenomena and cartographic enterprises been throughout history?), space (what are the possible approaches when mapping intercultural or cross-border phenomena depending on the area of study, of creation and of diffusion of maps?), and method (how/why can making maps show such phenomena?). Conference will be held at Campus Fonderie – Université de Haute-Alsace, 16 rue de la Fonderie. Additional information from Benjamin Furst <benjamin.furst(at)>.

May 21, 2019 - Mechelen, Belgium Ferraris: The man behind the map; a talk in Dutch by Karen De Coene at Stadsarchief Mechelen, Nokerstraat 2, at 20:00. Ferraris. His name sounds familiar for many map lovers. However, the lecture is not exclusive for them, nor for the surveyor or for the geographer, who are looking for their hero in the past and are expecting a discourse on triangular geometry, map projection and printing techniques. Instead, this evening talk is about noblemen climbing up the social ladder, about an aristocrat desirous to make a fortune, about a warlord with many military victories, and above all, about a man who dearly loved his wife.

May 23, 2019 – Oxford The 26th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Yossi Rapaport (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak about Before the portolan charts: lost maps of the sea in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.

May 24-25, 2019 - Duisburg-Essen, Germany The 8th Map History Colloquium offers a platform for the interdisciplinary promotion of young scientists in the field of cartographic history from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. The event will be supported by distinguished researchers: Ingrid Baumgärtner (Kassel), Ute Schneider (Essen) and Martina Stercken (Zurich). It will be held in University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen, Senate Hall. Additional information from Nils Bennemann <nils.bennemann(at)>.

May 31, 2019 - Aberystwyth, Wales Carto-Cymru / The Wales Map Symposium 2019 will be held at the National Library of Wales. This year's theme will be Humphrey Llwyd - Inventor of Britain – An appraisal of the work and influence of the father of Welsh cartography.
Morning talks from 9.30-12.30 include:
   Humphrey Llwyd and his Mapping Worlds - Keith Lilley, Professor of Historical Geography, Queen’s University Belfast
   The whole world in his hands: Abraham Ortelius and his Theatrum orbis terrarum - Joost Depuydt, Curator of Typographical and Technical Collections, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp.
   Humphrey Llwyd ac Enwau Lleoedd (Humphrey Llwyd and place names) - James January-McCann, Place Names Officer, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to have a guided tour around the Humphrey Llwyd exhibition with Huw Thomas, the Map Curator at the National Library of Wales. There will be four tours 1.30, 2.30 (Welsh), 3.30 and 4.30pm. Tours last approximately 40 minutes followed by a brief talk about the houses of Humphrey Llwyd by Richard Suggett to accompany a display in the reading room of the Royal Commission. Only 20 people per tour, booking essential on the day - first come, first served. Tickets available for £10 (including morning refreshments). For tickets phone: 01970 632 548 or visit webpage.

June 1, 2019 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will have The Start of a Map Society Tradition from 2-4 pm. We can’t help noticing that you like to socialize. We saw that at our very first brainstorming party in 2016, and we saw it again at our two successive Show & Tell parties. So we’d like to institute a tradition: an end-of-season wine & cheese party where we chat freely/brainstorm about cartography and our map society. We welcome your thoughts, and delight in your interests! For comfort and venue variety, we’ll hold the party at a map-filled New Haven abode; to protect the owner, we won’t tell you where until you RSVP yes. To RSVP, email us at ctmapsociety(at)

June 6, 2019 – Oxford The 26th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Charlotta Forss (Bodleian Libraries and Stockholms University) will speak about Rivers and ice: Early Modern maps of the far North. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.

June 7, 2019 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner & Malcolm Young Lecture will be at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard starting with a Champagne Reception at 6:20pm. Our speaker this year will be Mario Cams, Asst. Professor at the University of Macao/China (studied at the Royal University of Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium, on the "Novus Atlas Sinensis" (1655): The Story Behind Europe’s First Atlas of East Asia. The talk, at 7:00pm, will look at just how the Atlas Sinensis by Blaeu/Martini came about. Dinner at 8pm, followed by presentation of the Helen Wallis / IMCoS Award. Dress code: Jacket and tie, no jeans.

June 8, 2019 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore at 10:00 AM.

June 8-9, 2019 – London The London Map Fair, the largest antique map fair in Europe, established 1980, 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. Map Fair is held in Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore.

June 12, 2019 - Floriana, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be at 5:30 PM at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)>.

June 13, 2019 – London The biennial Eila Campbell Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Laura Vaughan on her recent book, Mapping Society: The spatial dimensions of social cartography. Lecture is at at 18.30, in the Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, University of London. Free entry, but booking is required.. This is an hour lecture, closing with a short Q&A session. A drinks reception will follow.

June 15, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:00 pm in The World School, headquarters, 17th Floor, Boardroom, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). We will have a members-only Show and Tell, followed by an end-of-program year Social Hour at a TBD nearby bar. If you'd like to present a map, please RSVP to: kapochunas(at), or if you'd just like to attend, please RSVP to: MapSocietyNY(at)

June 20, 2019 – Lake Forest, Illinois The Chicago Map Society meets at the MacLean Collection at 5:30 PM. Peter Nekola will address What Does it Mean to Map a Forest? Cartography and Geographical Knowledge in the Lake Superior Country in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Many of us have almost instinctively come to think of maps as representing locations; where things are as opposed to how they work. But mapping a forest as a simple location may tell us very little about the forest itself. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the thickly forested "Northwoods" of the Lake Superior Country provided the world with vast amounts of timber, while the rocks beneath them offered some of the world's largest deposits of iron and copper. Both endeavors relied on extensive mapping initiatives to locate and extract these resources, in the process changing the landscape drastically. It is no coincidence that these forests were also the site of several of the world's first published ecological surveys. Locating, assessing, extracting, and, eventually, managing, conserving and preserving the Northwoods demanded sophisticated reasoning, which was made possible by developing increasingly complex maps that represented not just objects but patterns, conditions, and relations. In the end such maps would allow future generations to "see the forest for the trees." This talk will offer a brief history of these maps and an explanation of how they worked. It will be accompanied by an exhibition including many of the original maps from the MacLean Collection that will appear in Professor Nekola's forthcoming book “Mapping the Northwoods: Cartography and Geographical Knowledge in the Lake Superior Country, from Industry to Conservation.”

June 22, 2019 – Wilmington The Philadelphia Map Society will meet 10 to 11:30 AM at Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Meeting in the Brown Center there, Lori Schnick, who works alongside Linda Eirhart, Director of Horticulture and Curator of Plants, will demonstrate how digital mapping is used to manage their exemplary gardens. Lunch in the Visitor Center and optional garden tour are possibilities for the afternoon. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)>.

July 1-4, 2019 - Leeds The twenty-fifth International Medieval Congress meets at the University of Leeds. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past eight years of this IMC at Leeds, and you are invited you to join them. They plan panel and roundtable discussions that concur with the IMC theme of 'Materialities.' Proposals are due by September 21, 2018. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)> for additional information.

July 12, 2019 - Utrecht It is a tradition that the International Cartographic Association Commission on the History of Cartography and the International Conference on the History of Cartography jointly organize a pre-ICHC event. For the 28th ICHC we have teamed up with the Map Collection of Utrecht University and will together host a workshop entitled Controlling the Waters: Seas, Lakes and Rivers on Historic Maps and Charts. Besides presentations the day will involve a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (University of Amsterdam) and a special map exhibit. Additional information from Imre Demhardt, Chair of ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at) or Marco van Egmond, Curator of Maps, Atlases and Printed Works at Utrecht University Library: m.vanegmond(at)

July 13, 2019 – Leiden The International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM) will be held. Details to be announced. Contact Ed Dahl at ed.dahl(at) for additional information.

July 14-19, 2019 – Amsterdam The Board of Imago Mundi Ltd and the Explokart Research Group of the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam have great pleasure in announcing that the 28th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held at the Koninklijk Instituut voor Tropen, Mauritskade 63. The theme of the conference will be Old Maps, New Perspectives / Studying the History of Cartography in the 21st Century. For additional information contact Prof. Dr. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze / Marleen Smit MA at Special Collections – University of Amsterdam, ICHC2019, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands; info(at)

July 15, 2019 – Tokyo In conjunction with the 29th International Cartographic Conference, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their joint international preconference workshop: Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other. The workshop will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation located in the beautiful Tokyo bay area. For additional information please check the website or contact Mirela Altic, Vice-Chair of ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: mirela.altic(at) or Alexander Kent, Chair ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping: alexander.kent(at)

July 15-20, 2019 - Tokyo The 29th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and Tokyo International Exchange Center. The theme will be Mapping everything for everyone.

July 26, 2019 – Silver Spring, Maryland Join us as NOAA opens its doors, at 1301 East-West Highway, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, to share the latest in nautical cartography and highlight the field of charting and GIS through nautical cartography-themed posters, presentations, tours, and exhibits. Although this event is open to the public, advance registration is required.

August 28-30, 2019 - London The three-day RGS-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 1,800 geographers from around the world. Session 1 on 28 August includes a panel about "Historical and cartographical imaginaries." One of the speakers will be Stefaan Missinne (Austrian Society for the History of Science, Austria) who will present The Da Vinci Globe. This presentation in the commemorative year of Leonardo da Vinci brings the conference participant through a fabulous journey of maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrase. The presentation details 500 years of mystery, fine scholarship and expert forensic testing at numerous material science laboratories the world over.

September 2-7, 2019 - Bucharest The 12th Congress of South-East European Studies will examine Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe. One of the conference panels Between the Imperial Eye and the Local Gaze. Cartographies of SouthEast Europe, organized by Robert Born (Leipzig) and Marian Coman (Bucharest), is dedicated to the cartographic history of south-eastern Europe.

September 5-6, 2019 – Oxford The International Map Collectors' Society is planning a visit to the exhibition Talking Maps at the Bodleian Library. Nick Milleau, who is curating the exhibition with Jerry Brotton, will be showing us around. Following this we will be holding the annual Collectors’ Meeting at Wadham College. We plan to arrange a group dinner for Thursday, a visit to another map collection in Oxford and time to browse, and maybe buy, at the map shop Sanders of Oxford. Additional details will be posted on the website.

September 11, 2019 – Southampton The Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop in Ordnance Survey Head Office. The workshop theme will be Map collection development: dispersal, disposal and digital transition. Additional information from Paula Williams; Curator | Maps, Mountaineering & Polar Collections; National Library of Scotland; 33 Salisbury Place; Edinburgh EH9 1SL; Tel: +44 (0) 131 623 4671; Email: p.williams(at)

September 11-12, 2019 - Southampton The 2019 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers Annual Conference will be held at Great Britain's National Mapping Agency - Ordnance Survey. This enlightening two-day event attracts specialists from commercial, academic, and governmental organisations whose common interest lies in using and promoting maps as a valuable communication device. It provides both a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to learn and share information about recent projects, join focused discussion groups and network with colleagues and experts sharing the same interest.

September 11, 2019 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Dr. Ron Grim, retired director Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at Boston Public Library, will discuss In the Footsteps of the Crime. (Recovering a Map Masterpiece Stolen by E. Forbes Smiley). It deals with Ron’s successful efforts to recover a map masterpiece stolen from Boston Public Library by E. Forbes Smiley long before Ron ever got there. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)

September 27-29, 2019 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. The Map 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. Details online.

October 2-5, 2019 - Zurich and St. Gallen, Switzerland The XIVth International Symposium for the Study of Globes will be held by the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes in cooperation with the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum), the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (library of the abbey of St Gallen) and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Central Library – the cantonal, city and university library of Zurich). Additional information from Jan Mokre <vincenzo(at)>.

October 10-12, 2019 - Philadelphia The American Philosophical Society Library, 105 South Fifth Street, will have a conference investigating the Power of Maps and the Politics of Drawing Borders. This three-day conference will be held in conjunction with the APS Museum’s exhibit, “Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic,” which traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic to show the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities. Additional information from Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at alink(at)

October 10-12, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center is excited to announce the second “Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography” to be held at the Center. For this year’s meeting, all the papers will focus on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and cartography. While some scholars have examined the interplay of gender identities and mapping, particularly with regard to the role of women as buyers and sellers in the historical map market, this work remains isolated and has yet to make a significant impact on the wider field. This conference hopes to offer a counterpoint to this trend by bringing together diverse approaches and hosting interdisciplinary discussions. While all the invited speakers are experts in maps and mapping, they will also bring their specialties in queer, women’s, and gender studies to bear on the nuanced ways in which maps are conditioned by and help to construct, and transgress, gendered and sexualized norms and spaces. Paper topics include mapping masculinity in French Vietnam, women in American cartographic history, the gendered cartographic language of medieval texts, the digital mapping of homosexual spaces, and much more.

October 14-16, 2019 – Strasbourg, France Symposium Faire connaître les mondes en découverte [Make the world in discovery known] is sponsored by Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire, University of Strasbourg and University of Paris VII-Diderot. The symposium addresses the process by which the worlds in discovery are brought to the knowledge of a more or less wide audience. Innovative explorations have long been the subject of media, with filters that have given some place to fiction, to fantasy and to the actors' strategies. Media have changed dramatically over time: oral narratives or writings, maps, images of all kinds and more recently photographs, films, reports, television, the Internet... Today, discovery is not limited to the terrestrial space. It spreads into the sidereal universe, but also into spaces of fiction that, through myths, art, literature and philosophical tales, have never been absent from the worlds in discovery. These newly explored or invented universes are also "worlds in discovery", which help to popularize the media and which the symposium will take into account. The conference will focus on the process of discovery in its social context, the links between discoverers and media, the mechanisms of transmission by the media, the societal effects of media coverage of discoveries. The contributions can be of various disciplines, geography, history, sociology, literature, political science, etc. Reflection is not limited to any specific period of history or place of discovery. Symposium will be held in auditorium of the BNUS and working languages are French, English, and German.

October 23, 2019 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Nick Kanas will speak about Heavenly Maps. Nick Kanas, M.D., is a Professor Emeritus (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has conducted NASA-funded research, has been an amateur astronomer for nearly 60 years, and has collected antiquarian celestial maps, books, and prints for over 35 years. He has given a number of talks on celestial cartography to amateur and professional groups, and he has written two books on the subject: "Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography," now in its 3rd edition, and "Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age." Dr. Kanas will discuss this history of star mapping using striking images from antiquarian sources. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)

November 7-9, 2019 – Chicago The 20th Kenneth Nebenzahl Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. This year’s series, titled “Redrawing the World: 1919 and the History of Cartography,” commemorates the Centennial of the landmark Paris Peace Conference that led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The series is being organized this year by Peter Nekola (Philosophy, Luther College). He has invited eight others from around the world to present lectures pondering the geopolitical and cartographic impact of the treaty, which relied heavily on cartography in shaping its vision of the world and its future.
Mirela Altic, University of Zagreb, Drafting the State of the South Slavs: New Cartography for a New Order
Lindsay Frederick Braun, University of Oregon, Mapping a New Vision of Britain's African Empire, 1919-1939
Daniel Foliard, University of Paris, Nanterre, "More than one Palestine": Nationalist Cartographies, the Middle East and the 1919 Peace Negotiations in Paris
Jason Hansen, Furman University, Cartographies of Victimhood: Envisioning the Nation after the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919-1920
Tze-ki Hon, City University of Hong Kong, From Connectivity to Geobody: the 1919 Moment and China's Role in the World
Peter Nekola, Luther College, Science and Reasoning in the Delegation Maps of 1919: Humans' Last and Greatest Attempt to Naturalize Borders, Nations, and Territories
William Rankin, Yale University, Mapping, Science, and War
Steven Seegel, University of Northern Colorado, Skin, Lines, Borders: Geographic Expertise and the Mapping of Eastern Europe in 1919
Penelope Sinanoglou, Wake Forest University, Lines of Control, Lines of Contestation: Cartography and British Imperial Politics in the Middle East Mandates, 1919-1948
Registration is free and open to the public, though we require advanced registration. To register or for more information, please contact Smith Center Program Assistant Madeline Crispell <crispellm(at)> at (312)-255-3575.

November 14-17, 2019 - Gainesville The 2019 Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Florida. The theme is The Caribbean: A Cultural Encounter. There will be an opening reception on the Thursday evening of the 14th with possible outing during the day, followed by conference on campus on November 15-16, and possible tour on Sunday, the 17th to the nearby town of St. Augustine.

November 16-17, 2019 – Valletta The Malta Map Society will have a conference and seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of the Map Society. Titled Imago Melitae, it will be held in De Paule Hall at the Presidential Palace in San Anton Gardens and is sponsored by the President of Malta; H.E. Dr. George Vella. He is an avid collector of antique maps and a member of the Malta Map Society. There will be 7 speakers and the papers presented will be published. Additional information from David Roderick Lyon <>.

November 18, 2019 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Lars Grava, JD will present Maps of the Baltic States - Caught Between Empires. Mr. Grava works for the World Bank. He will present selected antiquarian maps of the territories that are now the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, with a focus on his ancestral homeland of Latvia. The collection provides a fascinating insight into a turbulent geographical area which has been subject to the German Teutonic Knights, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire. Mr. Grava has over 400 maps from all these eras, from a collection begun by his father and carried on by himself. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)

December 7, 2019 - Tervuren, Belgium The Brussels Map Circle Conference 2019 is planned in the Africa Museum from 10.00 - 17.00. The theme is Mapping Africa. There will be lectures by Prof. Em. Elri Liebenberg and Prof. Dr. Imre Demhardt. Following lunch there will be a presentation of a selection of maps from the collection of the Museum by Wulf Bodenstein.


January 18, 2020 - Milan The 8th Milan Map Fair will be held at the Hotel Michelangelo Milan, Piazza Luigi di Savoia 6, from 11:00 to 18:00.

March 7-8, 2020 - Miami The 27th Annual Miami International Map Fair will be held at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street. There will be a private VIP Preview and Sale on March 6. Contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at), Phone 305.375.1618.

April 6-10, 2020 - Denver Join the American Association of Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome. The five-day conference will host more than 7,000 geographers from around the world and feature over 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Sessions will be organized around many subfields, special tracks, and featured themes.

April 21-24, 2020 - Barcelona The 8th Iberoamerican Symposium of History of Cartography will be held at Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya. Additional information from siahc(at)

April 21-23, 2020 – Istanbul The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul will jointly host the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists. The venue will be the Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square. The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20th centuries. The symposium will focus on two main themes: “Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa” and “Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” Registration will open in the autumn of 2019. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for long (25 min) and short (10 min) oral presentations. These need to reach the organisers by the 1st of November 2019. Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to: Imre Demhardt – ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at) or Andreas Schachner – German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Department Istanbul: andreas.schachner(at)

September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney The annual International Map Collectors' Society meeting will be 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. It is probable that we will have a post conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia, and its wonderful collection. Additional information from Maggie Patton (maggie.patton(at), Senior Curator.


July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held. Additional details to come.

Last Updated on May 21, 2019 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>