Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events


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2018

June 2, 2018 – Media, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 11 AM at Delaware County Institute of Science, 11 Veterans Square. Dr. Kathy Hornberger will present an overview of the collection. We will view Lewis Evans' 1755 "A General Map of the Middle British Colonies, in America" original mounted on cloth; Thomas Leiper's 1809 original draft of Leiper Railway showing route from stone sawmill and quarries on Crum Creek to his landing on Ridley Creek; John Hills' 1810 map of Delaware County with townships; and Joshua W. Ash, M.D.'s 1847 and 1848 maps of Delaware County with original farm surveys. Lunch will follow nearby in Media. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.



June 7-8, 2018 - Lisbon The 2nd international workshop: On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts will be held at the Instituto Hidrográfico (Portuguese Hydrographic Institute), as part of the European Research Council Project MEDEA-CHART, hosted by the Faculty of Science – University of Lisbon. Registration is free but you need to fill in the form to secure your place. More information and updates about the programme and the scientific committee will the announced at the website.



June 8, 2018 - Donnington, Nr Newbury, Berks, England The Defence Surveyors’ Association 13th annual Maps & Surveys Seminar on historical & current hydrographic and military surveying, charting and mapping will take place at the Arlington Arts Centre.



June 8, 2018 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner and Malcolm Young Lecture will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard. Our speaker will be Alan Ereira, filmmaker and author of “The Nine Lives of John Ogilby, Britain's Master Map Maker and His Secrets.”



June 9, 2018 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Time to be announced.



June 9-10, 2018 – London The London Map Fair will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Saturday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm; Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.



June 14, 2018 – Oxford The 25th 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. John Kedar (Director of International Engagement, Ordnance Survey) will speak about The future of Ordnance Survey – heritage or holograms, rambling or robots? Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



June 21, 2018 – Green Oaks, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will have its Annual Field Trip to the Barry MacLean Collection. Richard Pegg will discuss The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th & 19th Centuries. Richard Pegg, curator of Asian art for the MacLean Collection, will give an exhibition talk and lead us on a tour of maps that showcase the beauty of Japanese printmaking. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.



June 21-23, 2018 – Portland, Maine The International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) symposium and annual general meeting will take place at the Osher Map Library. Any questions, please email ishm2018(at)maine.edu or check web page.



June 27, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society committee meeting will be at 6pm at the MHS headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from David Roderick Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.



June 30, 2018 - Charlbury, England The annual Charlbury Beer Fest will have a cartographic lecture in the Cultural Club tent. At approximately 2:00 pm, Professor Dan Terkla, Illinois Wesleyan University, in conversation with Nick Millea, Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library will talk about Slap mappy: the trials and fibrillations of bookmaking and medieval maps.



July 2-5, 2018 - Leeds The twenty-fourth 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 seven 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 “Memory.” Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.



July 4, 2018 - Romsey, England Professor Roger Leech will talk about Archaeology on the maps of the Ordnance Survey. He will discuss the history portraying of the portrayal of archaeological sites or 'antiquities' on the maps of the Ordnance Survey. Roger is former head of the Ordnance Survey Archaeological office set up by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England at Green Lane, Maybush in 1984. Lecture is at 10:30am to 11:15am in King John's House, Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT. For additional information contact deputymanagerkjh(at)aol.com or 01794 512200.



July 9, 2018 – London GB1900 is a new historical gazetteer of Great Britain created through a large crowd-sourcing project extracting all the textual information on the Ordnance Survey second edition County Series six-inch maps covering all of Great Britain, published between 1888 and 1913. About 2.6 million place names and other strings of text have been transcribed, each with a coordinate accurate to a few metres. The result is arguably the largest historical gazetteer of Britain ever created, identifying every farm, most woods and roughly half of all street names. The project has been a collaboration between the GB Historical GIS team at the University of Portsmouth, the National Libraries of Scotland and of Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Advanced Centre for Welsh and Celtic Studies, People’s Network Wales— and over 1,000 online volunteers, making this maybe the largest-ever crowd-sourcing project specifically focused on historical maps. We are organising an event, from 1.30 to 5, in the Wolfson Room I at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London WC1 which will be both a big thank-you to the volunteers and a launch event for the final gazetteer, including demonstrations of how to search and download it. This is an open invitation to come to this celebration. Places are limited, so please register via our Eventbrite page. The event is free to attend, and we will provide refreshments and a chance to chat to people involved in the project. Please note that these registrations are provisional. We will be sending out more details including how to get to the venue on the 25th June and you must reply to that email to confirm your attendance. This means we may be able to make some additional places available at that point.



July 11, 2018 - New York Ian Fowler, Geospatial Librarian and Map Curator, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, will talk about European Vacation: the Birth of the Grand Tour at 6:30 pm. In the 17th century, rising middle classes in Europe began taking to the road for vacations in unprecedented numbers. The Grand Tour—a trip through France and Italy in search of art, culture, and the roots of Western civilization—lasted for centuries as a societal rite of passage. Alongside the rise of these early holidaymakers were the maps and books to guide their travels. Fowler shares highlights from the Library’s Maps Division of the road maps, tourist guides, and other innovations that supported the Grand Tour circuit. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time.



July 15-20, 2018 - Warsaw The 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers will take place at University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences. Papers will be presented on any aspect of historical geography, including focused empirical, theoretical, and historiographical contributions to historical geography and related fields including history of cartography, history of science, and environmental history. The conference will include a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips in Warsaw and different parts of Poland. Additional information from ichg2018(at)ihpan.edu.pl.



September 13-15, 2018 – Oxford The 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography, co-hosted by the ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography and Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Library, will be held at the Weston Library. The title of the symposium is Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. The organizers encourage contributions investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today. In addition to conference presentations, technical visits and social tours in Oxford are planned as well as a post-symposium excursion. Additional information from Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (demhardt(at)uta.edu).



September 20-23, 2018 – Golden, Colorado The 2018 Society for the History of Discoveries meeting will be provided in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society, and will be held at the Colorado School of Mines. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, will take place on Thursday, before the traditional opening reception of the SHD conference that evening, followed by SHD’s program, Great Mountains of the American West, on Friday and Saturday. The Exhibition of the Colorado Gold Rush History, a world-famous collection of rocks as well as maps of the West will be exhibited in the Geology Museum. Following the conference, on Sunday September 23rd, will be a guided tour of original gold-rush towns in the mountains near Golden, a ride on the famous Georgetown Loop steam engine train, an expert tour of an underground gold mine, and then a tour of impressive dinosaur and geological wonders nearby.



September 20, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Additional details to come. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.



September 21-23, 2018 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in "the Lodge" at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St. The lecture series portion of the Map Fair will be sponsored by the California Map Society. It will consist of three 40 minute lectures followed by a 10 minute Q & A period.



October 4-6, 2018 – Arlington, Texas The 11th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography will be held at The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Theme: TBD. The Texas Map Society Fall Meeting will follow at the same location on October 6.



October 10-13, 2018 – Gotha The 19th Kartographiehistorische Colloquium will be held at the Gotha Perthes Collection, University and Research Library Erfurt/Gotha. Additional information from Petra Weigel (petra.weigel(at)uni-erfurt.de) or Markus Heinz (kartographiegeschichte(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de).



October 13-21, 2018 - Manila and Hong Kong The Philippine Map Collectors Society and Jonathan Wattis (Wattis Fine Art) invite you to attend the Thirty-Sixth International Map Collectors' Society Symposium to be held in Manila and Hong Kong. The symposium will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on October 19-20. Additional details for Manila can be found here and details for Hong Kong can be found here. Contact Rudolf Lietz (gallery(at)gop.com.ph) or Jonathan Wattis (info(at)wattis.com.hk) for additional information.



October 25, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Additional details to come. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.



November 3, 2018 - San Pedro, California The next California Map Society southern California meeting will be held at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way (Berth 84).



November 7-11, 2018 - Valletta, Malta The Malta Map Society will participate in the annual Malta Book Fair to be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. The society will exhibit 20 “never before seen” antique maps of the islands and Valletta. Additional information from David Roderick Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.



November 8, 2018 - 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. Professor Bill Sherman (Director, The Warburg Institute), and Dr Edward Wilson-Lee (Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge) will speak about Hernando Colón: Mapping the World of Books. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.



November 29, 2018 - 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. Professor Dr Vanessa Collingridge (Independent Researcher, Glasgow) will speak about It’s All Fake News! James Cook and the Death of the Great Southern Continent (1760–1777). Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.



December 1, 2018 – Antwerp Mark this date in your diary to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brussels Map Circle at the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp (Belgium). The 400 years old house of the famous family of printers is UNESCO world heritage and will be ours for the whole evening. You may expect guided tours, special pieces from their collection and ... good catering. Partners welcome!



December 6, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Additional details to come. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.


2019

January 17, 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. Desiree Krikken (PhD student, Department of Modern History, University of Groningen, The Netherlands) will speak about Bears with Measuring Chains. Early Modern Land Surveyors and the Record of European Physical Space. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.



February 1-3, 2019 - Miami The Twenty-sixth Annual Miami International Map Fair will be held at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street. Contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Phone 305.375.1618.



February 14-15, 2019 - Stanford A conference on Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900 will be held at the David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall. Maps have long been used to bring imaginary places to life, from Thomas More's Utopia to JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth. But the role of the imagination in mapping extends well beyond the depiction of fantasy realms. Some cartographers have conjured places that were only rumored to exist but that they hoped could one day be charted. Others have drawn on their creative faculties to map sites that were only hazily known. Not a few cartographers have intentionally imposed illusory elements on their maps, whether in jest or in earnest (to mislead enemies, to foil would be plagiarists, or to score political or philosophical points). In the broadest sense, all maps are works of the imagination: at the moment of creation, the mapmaker translates a mental image into a visual and textual medium that can be shared. The various contexts that shape this process, the forms chosen for sharing spatial visions, and the nature of the resulting maps’ relationship to perceived reality all form important aspects of the study of cartography. This conference, co-organized by the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick and the History Department of Stanford University—is designed to showcase research and facilitate conversation about the role of the imagination in the cartographic enterprise writ large.



February 28, 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. Dr Elizabeth Haines (Department of History, University of Bristol) will speak about Labour Recruitment, Taxation and Location: Mapping (and Failing to Map) Mobile Populations in Early Twentieth Century Southern Africa. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.



March 21, 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. Professor Martin Brueckner (English Department and Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware, USA) will speak about The Rise of Monumental Maps in America: Aesthetics, Technology, and Material Culture. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.



April 3-7, 2019 - Washington Join the American Association of Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The AAG Annual 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.



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)tonycampbell.info > 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 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.



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)sympatico.ca 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)ichc2019.amsterdam



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.


2020

September 7-9, 2020 - Sydney There will be an Historic Cartography meeting 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)sl.nsw.gov.au), Senior Curator.


2021

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 June 20, 2018 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>