Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events


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2021

January 4, 2021 - Boston (Online) Join the Leventhal Map & Education Center for a remote program at Phillips Academy; The Meaning of Land: Indigenous and Euro-American Mapping. How can maps reflect the world-view and relationships to the land of their creators? Look closely and engage with maps made by both Native and Euro-American cartographers. This interactive virtual workshop will incorporate close looking, sketching and discussion of maps and art from the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection at Phillips Academy as well as others. Led by Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library in collaboration with the Addison Gallery of American Art inspired by the exhibition, “Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection.” This is a free program but space is limited and advance signup is required.



January 5, 2021 – January 26, 2021: Tuesdays – Hamburg (Online) When we enter a map shop today, we would hardly find any map without colours. Colours and maps seem to have a strong relationship. Modern technical possibilities of designing and printing maps make it easy to create coloured maps. But our today’s standard is the result of a centuries-long development of the practise of map production. Colours on printed (and hand-drawn) maps have been an additional element over a long period of time and were not a ‘natural part’ of the map like today. In this sense, the colouring of maps provides insights into the production, use and interpretation of maps by their producers and users since the beginning of this process. Therefore, a multi-facetted approach is essential for a better understanding of hand-coloured maps. With a cross-cultural historical approach, and a wide range of international speakers from different disciplines we will address and discuss the material nature and meaning of colours on maps from their individual research perspectives. The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Universität Hamburg, has a virtual lecture series: Maps and Colours. Lecture is via Zoom and is from 16.15 - 17.45. Zoom link to be announced. Additional information from Diana Lange <diana.lange(at)hu-berlin.de>, Benjamin van der Linde <Benjamin.vanderLinde(at)hk24.de>, or Peter Zietlow <peter.zietlow(at)uni-hamburg.de>.
05 January: Dr Anna Boroffka (Hamburg) - Green pearls and blue waves: On the iconography of water in early colonial maps from Mexico
12 January: Jun.-Prof. Dr Stephanie Zehnle (Kiel) - German Paper, Islamic Colours? African Maps of Cameroon
19 January: Dr.Martijn Storms (Leiden) - The meaning of colours on early modern property maps
26 January: Juliette Dumasy-Rabineau (Orleans) - Colours on French local maps from 14th to 16th century



January 5, 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. Matthew H. Edney (University of Southern Maine and University of Wisconsin–Madison) will take us through the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education’s current exhibition, Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677–1842, which is their contribution to the marking of the bicentennial of Maine statehood in 1820.



January 7, 2021 - London (Online) The first of the new British Cartographic Society Teatime Talks is from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. Seppe Cassettari, President of the British Cartographic Society, will speak about St Helens, City of London – Shakespeare to Skyscraper. In support of a book on the life of Shakespeare during the time he lived within the parish of St Helens in the City of London (around the last 5 years of the 16th century), we have created a time sequenced set of maps for the parish from the original church and nunnery through to the modern day. There are many references to local features in works produced by Shakespeare around this time, including the 'two-bucket well' and the nunnery itself. But it has always been an area of continual change while at the same time retaining links to the past through the church and the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers. We'll have a brief tour using the maps to show what still exists from Shakespeare's time to the latest landmark buildings such as 100 Bishopsgate. Registration via Eventbrite.



January 9, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual meeting at 2 pm Eastern (New York) Time. Cartographer Jordan Engel of the "Decolonial Atlas Project" will highlight the work geographers are doing to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Meeting by Zoom. Registration is not required.



January 14, 2021 – Boston (Online) Join the Leventhal Map & Education Center, the JP, Egleston, and Connolly branches of BPL, and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society as we explore the history of Jamaica Plain through online maps from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. How old is the Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL? What was Jamaica Plain like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? How has the neighborhood changed, and how has it stayed the same? Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, we’ll dive into the historical geography of Jamaica Plain. Come learn about how the community has changed over time, and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood. This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels. Please pre-register for the event in order to receive further event details.



January 15-16, 2021 – Paris (Online) The annual conference of the Société d'études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles has adopted the theme Maps and Mapping in English-speaking Countries in the 17th and 18th Centuries. This symposium will investigate the influence of cartography in a two-fold approach. It will assess its influence on the course of History, considering the impact that the perception of geography had on the political, scientific, intellectual and literary history in the 17th and 18th centuries. It will also consider its influence on historiographical science at the time and nowadays, in relation with the development of new historiographical approaches such as atlantic history, global history, the history of material culture and sociabilities, as well as gender and minorities studies. Note that the times shown on meeting schedule are in European Standard Time Zone (Paris time). For the Zoom registration link, please contact <emmanuelle.peraldo(at)univ-cotedazur.fr>. Contact other questions to <colloque1718janvier2021(at)gmail.com>.



January 15, 2021 - Valletta (Online) The next meeting of the Malta Map Society Executive Committee will be held using Zoom at 5.30pm. We will have a urgent discussion about the AGM held in abeyance due to covid 19. Additional details from David Roderick Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com>.



January 16, 2021 – San Francisco (Online) We are pleased to announce the first Bay Area Map Group of California Map Society meeting of 2021 from 10:00am – 12:30pm. We hope you will join us! We have an impressive line-up planned, including:
Maps that Identify Francis Drake’s 1579 Pacific Coast Anchorage, by Garry Gitzen
4 Key Steps to Confirm the Authenticity of a Map, by Eliane Dotson
Army Map Service City Plans, by Julie Sweetkind-Singer
18th Century Africa Maps, by Ken Habeeb
Maps Captured from the German Military During World War II, by Susan Powell
Build your own maps with ArcGIS, by Mike Schembri
Keynote:
Historic Maps that Trace the Evolution of Gerrymandering, by Susan Schulten
We will be trying out a new format that we hope provides more opportunity for small group interactions among participants. Three speakers will give 10-minute presentations. Then participants will have the opportunity to join a small group discussion with one of the three presenters for 15 minutes. We will have two such sessions separated by a 10-minute break. Then we will wrap up with a keynote presentation. Join us and get 2021 off to a map filled fun start! Register online.



January 21, 2021 - Chicago (Online) The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT/ 5:00 PM MT. Michael Flaherty will speak about Short History of Map Measuring Devices: How tools to measure maps have evolved from the Victorian age to the Present. Maps can be wonderful to look at, but the way in which they were used is often overlooked. Not by CMS Member Mike Flaherty, whose personal collection of about 150 map measuring devices ranges from 19th century screw opisometers, WWI & WWII curvimeters, digital map measuring devices, and a whole lot more. Since there are few publications on the subject available, Mike has had to forge his own path when building his collection over the past five years. He will share with us a wide variety of map measuring instruments and his own personal research into their history and use. Join us for a fascinating presentation on the amazing diversity of different solutions for the simple act of accurately measuring distance on maps. Email contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org for additional information.



January 21, 2021 – London (Online) The Thirtieth 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 normally 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. However, under present circumstances it will be a virtual meeting (Zoom) unless otherwise informed (times are uncertain and not every meeting can be guaranteed as described). Those wishing to attend should go to the Warburg Institute's What's On page to register (there is no charge), after which you will be sent a registration link with guidelines. Dr Radu Leca (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Heidelberg University, Germany) will discuss Bathymetric Maps of Tokyo Bay: A Transnational History. Enquiries: Tony Campbell <tony(at)tonycampbell.info> or Catherine Delano-Smith< c.delano-smith(at) qmul.ac.uk>



January 21, 2021 - London (Online) The new British Cartographic Society Teatime Talks is from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. John Peaty, Convener of the Historical Military Mapping Group, British Cartographic Society, will speak about The Waterloo campaign: the mapping perspective. This talk will explore the contemporary maps available to Wellington, his allies and opponents during the campaign. In particular, it will examine their accuracy and how they either helped or hindered the commanders at the time. It will discuss the famous and controversial Waterloo Map, a prized possession of the Royal Engineers. It will also discuss three examples where it is possible that either inadequate maps and/or inadequate map reading had an impact on the course and result of the campaign. Registration via Eventbrite.



January 21, 2021 - Perrysburg, Ohio (Online) The Bentley Lecture Series, created in memory of Christopher Perky who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812, will continue online in 2021. The next lecture Reading the Color: Manuscript Military Mapping in 18th Century Louisbourg, Nova Scotia will be held at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The lecture will feature Mary Pedley, an adjunct assistant curator of maps at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan. The lecture will highlight the collection of manuscript military maps housed in the Clements Library. Contact Fort Meigs Info <info(at)fortmeigs.org> for Zoom login details.



January 22, 2012 – Stanford (Online) The David Rumsey Map Center and Stanford Department of History invite you to join us at the book launch commemorating the publication of Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to our Digital Era, now available from University of Chicago Press. Edited by Stanford's Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer, it features a foreword by Abby Smith Rumsey. All three will be in conversation about the book at the event. The publication of this book stems from the “Time in Space: Representing Time in Maps” conference held at the David Rumsey Map Center and Stanford Humanities Center in 2017. The launch will take place on Zoom and follows the schedule 2:45pm PST: Zoom opens, 3:00pm PST: Launch begins, followed by Q&A. For more information and to register, click here.



January 26, 2016 - Madrid (Online) Conference Juan de la Cosa, by Mr. Manuel Sieira Valpuesta, collaborating advisor of the Institute of Naval History and Culture, which will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the General Headquarters of the Navy (C / Juan de Mena, 7. 28014 Madrid). Due to sanitary measures, capacity will be limited, so you must reserve your seat by emailing ihcn-dei(at)mde.es or by calling 91 379 5050. This conference, from the series "Naval Histories", will be broadcast live by the YouTube channel Armada Española.



January 27, 2021 - Bamberg, Germany (Online) UrbanMetaMapping research consortium is pleased to invite you to the launch of its research project: Mapping and Transforming: An interdisciplinary analysis of city maps as a visual medium of urban transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, 1939–1949 which will be at 2.30 pm (CET) via Zoom. Please join our presentation and discussion on war damage maps as an interdisciplinary historical source, and learn how to engage and cooperate with our consortium. Should you have any questions about the event or the research consortium please don’t hesitate to write to us at info.urbanmetamapping(at)uni-bamberg.de.



January 30, 2021 - USA (Online) The Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, Texas, and Washington Map Societies are offering a two hour virtual lecture about “Gerrymandering and Congressional Redistricting” 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 be 2:00-4:00 PM ET/1:00-3:00 PM CT/ 12:00 NOON-2:00 PM MT/11:00 AM -1:00 PM PT. John Hessler (Specialist in Computational Geography and Geographic Information Science at the Library of Congress and a Professor of Evolutionary Computation in the Graduate School of Advanced Studies at the Johns Hopkins University) will speak about Algorithmic Democracy: Supercomputers, NP-hardness & the New Science of Gerrymandering. Jeanne Nielsen Clelland (Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder) will speak about What Can Mathematics Tell Us About Fairness for Redistricting?.



February 4, 2021 – Oxford (Online) The 28th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will be virtual this year. Seminars run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm (UK time) via Zoom. Join by clicking here. Matthew Edney (University of Southern Maine / History of Cartography Project) in conversation with Elizabeth Baigent (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford) will discuss Map Readings – ‘Cartography: the ideal and its history.’ Additional information from Nick Millea <nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk>, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



February 9, 2021 – Denver (Online) The Rocky Mountain Map Society will host a meeting featuring Helen Davies speaking about her research on the Vercelli mappa mundi. Dr. Helen Davies will discuss the medieval Mappae Mundi tradition with a particular emphasis on the Vercelli Map. This medieval manuscript was lost for centuries before being rediscovered in 1908 and has been impossible to read for the last half a century. Working with the Lazarus Project over the last six years to digitally recover this map through multispectral imaging, allows Davies to share some of the newly revealed secrets of this otherwise illegible document. Meeting will be 5:30 PM Mountain Time. Contact Naomi E Heiser <Naomi.Heiser(at)Colorado.edu> for additional information.



February 10-14, 2021 - Miami (Online) The Annual Miami International Map Fair, normally held at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street, will be virtual this year. Contact Hilda Masip <HMasip(at)historymiami.org>, Phone 305.375.1618, for additional information.



February 17, 2021 - Valletta (Online) The next meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held using Zoom at 6.30pm. We will have the annual General Meeting. Additional details from David Roderick Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com>.



February 18, 2021 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 7:00 PM. Dr. Miquel Gonzalez-Meler will discuss Mapping Climate Change. Email contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org for additional information.



February 18, 2021 – London (Online) The Thirtieth 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 normally 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. However, under present circumstances it will be a virtual meeting (Zoom) unless otherwise informed (times are uncertain and not every meeting can be guaranteed as described). Those wishing to attend should go to the Warburg Institute's What's On page to register (there is no charge), after which you will be sent a registration link with guidelines. This meeting is sponsored by the Hakluyt Society. Dr Megan Barford (Curator of Cartography, Royal Museums Greenwich, London), Hakluyt Society Speaker, will speak about Map Collecting at the National Maritime Museum: Histories and Futures. Enquiries: Tony Campbell <tony(at)tonycampbell.info> or Catherine Delano-Smith< c.delano-smith(at) qmul.ac.uk>



February 18, 2021 - London (Online) The new British Cartographic Society Teatime Talks is from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. Philip Dellar, Technical Director, Geomni UK, will discuss Stansted Airport – Modernising their mapping but keeping it simple at the same time! Stansted airport has over many years increased its capacity and ability to handle larger and larger volumes of aircraft and people traffic. Under its new owners, Manchester Airports Group, they have been looking to modernise not only their operational procedures, but also their behind-the-scenes airside operations. Being approached by the airside operations team, with two large paper maps in hand, and asking if it was possible to create new current versions the challenge was set. Dragging them into the world of GIS and creating a spatial database that they could maintain themselves and use across many of their operational groups was the plan, but in the end they just wanted an update of the same paper maps. It seems their resistance to change was very high and this 20-minute presentation aims to show some of the advances there were made in creating the database and ultimately the end result – the new map! Registration via Eventbrite.



February 20, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual Zoom meeting at 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time. Caroline Winterer and Karen Wigen, editors, will speak on their new book: "Time in Maps: From The Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era." Registration is not required. Maps organize us in space, but they also organize us in time. Looking around the world for the last five hundred years, "Time in Maps" shows that today’s digital maps are only the latest effort to insert a sense of time into the spatial medium of maps. Historians Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer have assembled leading scholars to consider how maps from all over the world have depicted time in ingenious and provocative ways.



February 22, 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 ET/6:00 PM CT/ 5:00 PM MT/ 4:00 PT. Ronald S. Gibbs (former Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Consulting Professor, Stanford University) will talk about On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution, 1775-1776. In this presentation, we will share the momentous ideas, great personalities, and seemingly incredible outcome of the early years of the American Revolution. Using 18th century maps to show the terrain and tactics, we will experience Gen. George Washington’s tough decisions, near disasters, and ultimate victories. The maps will include depictions of Bunker Hill, New York City, Westchester County, and Trenton. To tell one of the most thrilling stories in American history, we will supplement these great maps with portraits, prints and current day photos.



February 23, 2021 – Cambridge (Online) The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet virtually on Zoom at 5.30 pm. Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge) will discuss Polar maps and their histories: reflections on the changing fortunes of cosmography. All are welcome. For details on how to join, please send an email to events(at)emma.cam.ac.uk. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



February 25, 2021 – London (Online) International Map Collectors' Society will be having our first online event on Zoom. Our annual Collectors’ evening will be replaced by a simple ‘Show and Tell’ at which presenters will have 5–10 minutes to present a map. As we hope members from across the globe will attend, a start time of 6pm UK time has been chosen. At this stage we are simply supplying a date for your diary. Registration will open later in the month.



March 2021 - Oxford (Online) (exact date tbc) The Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have an online conference on women and maps. Mapping, and closely linked professions such as surveying, exploration, navigation, hydrography, and printing, have conventionally been associated with men: as makers, patrons, users, and interpreters. Sometimes those assumptions reflect reality, but sometimes they do not. This conference explores the place of women and the feminine in maps and mapping, with no chronological or geographical bounds, and a broad understanding of 'maps'. Additional information from Nick Millea <nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk>



March 2-5, 2021 - Seville The International Committee for the History of the Nautical Science is pleased to announce the XIX International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science which is coordinated by the Pablo de Olavide University and the Higher Council for Scientific Research. On this occasion, with Seville being the venue and coinciding with the fifth centenary of the first circumnavigation, the conference will have the title: Magellan, Elcano, circumnavigations and great oceanic explorations (XV-XX centuries). The conference will be dedicated to analyzing and discussing scientific and nautical aspects (including cultural, practical and theoretical subjects) connected to Magellan and Elcano’s navigation. The conference will be open to dialogue on scientific issues related to the first oceanic voyages across the oceans, great sailings and other circumnavigations from the 16th to the 21st century. The conference will be held in a hybrid format. The organizers will offer an online platform to participate remotely. Additional information from <irhns.sevilla(at)gmail.com>.



March 11, 2021 – Oxford (Online) The 28th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will be virtual this year. Seminars run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm (UK time) via Zoom. Join by clicking here. James Akerman (Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, The Newberry Library, Chicago) will present A view from the road: travel mapping and American identity. Additional information from Nick Millea <nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk>, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



March 11-13, 2021 - Paris XVII Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les champs culturels en Amérique latine International Colloquium, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, will be about The use of maps. Mapping in Latin America (XIX-XXI centuries). The colloquium corresponds to our desire for convergence between diverse disciplinary practices. Thus, both literature scholars and historians, and of course geographers, can participate in reflection: the former with their reading and deciphering practices, historians by their approach to maps as social, discursive and epistemic products.



March 16, 2021- London (Online) The London Group of Historical Geographers has organised fortnightly themed seminars that are interdisciplinary in focus. Isabella Alexander (University of Technology Sydney) will make a virtual Zoom presentation from 5:30PM - 7:00PM Copyright, maps and the circulation of geographical knowledge in 18th-century Britain. This talk explores the role of law in producing, using and circulating geographical knowledge through an examination of the emergence and application of copyright legislation in eighteenth-century Britain. This talk investigates this tension through an examination of a number of legal disputes that arose relating to the unauthorised copying of maps and road books. All welcome- this seminar is free to attend, but booking is required.



March 18, 2021 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 7:00 PM. Email contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org for additional information.



March 18, 2021 - Paris (Online) Cartes et révolution conférences, sponsored by École Pratique des Hautes Études, will have a series of lectures about the cartography of insurgent Greece. Today's lecture will be about The maps of Greece by Colonel Lapie and Franz von Weiss, 1821-1829. Take part in the seminar from your computer, tablet or smartphone.



March 20, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual Zoom meeting at 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time. Judith A. Tyner will speak on her new book "Women in American Cartography." Registration is not required.



March 23, 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. Susan Schulten (Professor of History, University of Denver) will discuss Make the Map All White”: Visual Strategies in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments. Maps were essential tools for two of the most ambitious challenges to American law in the twentieth century: the suffrage and prohibition campaigns. Taking their cues from reformers of the nineteenth century, prohibitionists and suffragists used stark, persuasive maps to gain public support. Both movements began with regional strengths—suffrage in the west, prohibition in the south—and designed maps to leverage that regional power for their agendas. As suffrage and prohibition pivoted from state level campaigns to federal amendments after 1913, these maps amplified support across the entire nation. A closer look at the common slogan of the two campaigns, “Make the Map All White,” reveals the degree to which they also navigated—and exploited—racial and ethnic divisions in order to achieve their legislative and constitutional goals.



March 26, 2021 - Stanford (Online) Join us for the online live opening of Mapping the Islamic World: The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires, the David Rumsey Map Center's newest virtual exhibition. Guest curator Alexandria Brown-Hejazi, Stanford PhD candidate, will discuss the maps and cartographic studies of Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia, and Mughal India. Our thanks to the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies for their co-sponsorship which made this exhibition possible. The exhibition opening will take place on Zoom and follows the schedule 2:45pm PST: Zoom opens, 3:00pm PST: Talk by Alexandria Brown-Hejazi, followed by Q&A. For more information and to register, click here.



March 2021 – Lisbon The international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart will be postponed following careful consideration of the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Additional information from Joaquim Alves Gaspar <alvesgasparj(at)gmail.com>.



April 15, 2021 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 7:00 PM. Email contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org for additional information.



April 17, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual Zoom meeting at 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time. Ana Pulido Rull will speak on her new book "Mapping Indigenous Land: Native Land Grants in Colonial New Spain". Registration is not required. Between 1536 and 1601, at the request of the colonial administration of New Spain, indigenous artists crafted more than two hundred maps to be used as evidence in litigation over the allocation of land. These land grant maps, or mapas de mercedes de tierras, recorded the boundaries of cities, provinces, towns, and places; they made note of markers and ownership, and, at times, the extent and measurement of each field in a territory, along with the names of those who worked it.



April 22, 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. James Akerman, Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library, Chicago, will give a presentation, entitled Reading Maps in 20th-Century Travel Brochures: A Primer. Organized in conjunction with the Chicago Map Society.



April 29, 2021 – London (Online) The Thirtieth 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 normally 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. However, under present circumstances it will be a virtual meeting (Zoom) unless otherwise informed (times are uncertain and not every meeting can be guaranteed as described). Those wishing to attend should go to the Warburg Institute's What's On page to register (there is no charge), after which you will be sent a registration link with guidelines. Dr Djoeke van Netten (Department of History, University of Amsterdam) will speak about The Landscape and the Ship. Mapping Seventeenth Century Naval Battles. Enquiries: Tony Campbell <tony(at)tonycampbell.info> or Catherine Delano-Smith< c.delano-smith(at) qmul.ac.uk>



May 4, 2021 – Cambridge (Online) The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet virtually on Zoom at 5.30 pm. Peter Geldart (Philippine Map Collectors Society) will speak about Nicholas Norton Nicols and his maps of Mindanao. All are welcome. For details on how to join, please send an email to events(at)emma.cam.ac.uk The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.



May 15, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual Zoom meeting at 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time. Cartographic historian and New York Map Society member Chet Van Duzer will speak on Shipwrecks, Treasure, and Maps at the End of the Seventeenth Century: The Manuscript Atlases of William Hack. Registration is not required. In this talk, following a look at some of the equipment available in the 16th and 17th centuries for recovering material from shipwrecks, Chet will discuss the manuscript atlases made by the English cartographer William Hack in the latter part of the 17th century.



May 17, 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. Michael Gilmore will speak about Titling the National Mall.



May 20, 2021 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 7:00 PM. Dr. Martin Foys will speak about The Virtual Mappa Project. Email contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org for additional information.



May 20, 2021 – Oxford (Online) The 28th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will be virtual this year. Seminars run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm (UK time) via Zoom. Join by clicking here. Chet Van Duzer (The Lazarus Project, University of Rochester) will discuss Shipwrecks and treasure in the manuscript maps of William Hack. Additional information from Nick Millea <nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk>, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



May 27, 2021 – London (Online) The Thirtieth 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 normally 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. However, under present circumstances it will be a virtual meeting (Zoom) unless otherwise informed (times are uncertain and not every meeting can be guaranteed as described). Those wishing to attend should go to the Warburg Institute's What's On page to register (there is no charge), after which you will be sent a registration link with guidelines. Dr Angelo Cattaneo (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome) will discuss What Is a Map? The Case of Fra Mauro's Mappamundi: Author's Intentions, Modern Receptions. Enquiries: Tony Campbell <tony(at)tonycampbell.info> or Catherine Delano-Smith< c.delano-smith(at) qmul.ac.uk>



June 3, 2021 – Oxford (Online) The 28th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will be virtual this year. Seminars run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm (UK time) via Zoom. Join by clicking here. Katherine Parker (Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. / Hakluyt Society) will discuss Revision and erasure: indigenous presence and maps of southern Patagonia, 1670-1750. 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 12-13, 2021 - London The London Map Fair brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. We exhibit at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore.



June 12, 2021 - New York (Online) The New York Map Society will have a virtual Zoom meeting at 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time. Historian Lindsay Frederick Braun will speak on (tentatively) Mapping in 19th Century Africa. Registration is not required. Braun's work over the last decade and a half has involved surveying, mapping, and struggles over land and landscape in South Africa between the middle of the 19th century and the First World War.



June 17, 2021 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a meeting at 7:00 PM. Email contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org for additional information.



June 24, 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. Leah Thomas will discuss John Marrant’s Narrative and Map of Cherokee Lands in South Carolina.



July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held at Aula Magna of the Central University Library “Carol I”. The main conference theme, 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 19-23, 2021 - Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil The organizing committee of the 57th International Congress of Americanists has the pleasure of inviting the international scientific community to the conference America and its borders: multiple voices, multiple encounters. Teachers, students and researchers from at least 80 countries will have the opportunity to share their knowledge, to exchange experiences, and to live excellent moments of interculturalism in one of the most unique areas of the entire American continent. The complex border processes that have defined, sometimes in unstable ways, the imperial state sovereignty in these regions will be examined in many ways including that of cartography, There will be special activities in Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguazú (Argentine) that are neighboring to Foz do Iguaçu.



August 25-27, 2021 - Sydney The State Library of New South Wales, in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, will sponsor a symposium at the State Library of New South Wales in honor of the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia. The Mapping the Pacific conference starts with a reception on the evening of 25 August at the State Library. Additional information from Maggie Patton <maggie.patton(at)sl.nsw.gov.au>, Senior Curator.



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 will be held at Kollegiengebäude der Universität. Additional information from Dr. Markus Heinz <kartographiegeschichte(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de> or Dr. des. Noah Regenass < Noah.Regenass(at)unibas.ch>.



September 17-18, 2021 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S Main St, will be hosting a two day conference Mapping and Migration. From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators to campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution to further exploration through westward expansion, join us as we delve into how different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South. Margaret Pritchard is helping organize this event and she has an impressive list of speakers signed up.



September 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 30-October 3, 2021 - Arlington, Texas The second regional symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures, and the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held at the University of Texas Arlington. The theme is Coordinating Cartographic Collections and the accompanying exhibit will feature recent acquisitions.



October 11-14, 2021 – Brussels The 38th International Map Collectors' Society symposium will highlight the early Belgian contributions to the development of cartography worldwide. 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.



December 13-17, 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 to be announced.



2022

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


2023

July 2-8, 2023 - Lyon, France The 30th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be held at Université de Lyon 3 Jean Moulin.



Autumn, 2023 – Helsinki The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced.


Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>