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May 27, June 1, 3, 2020 – Charlottesville (Online) The history of the earliest contact between the peoples of Europe and the Indigenous cultures of the Americas produced some of the most historically important and rare pieces of cartography ever created. The Nahuatl and Mixtec cultures of Mexico made maps unlike those of Europeans, and used a complex combination of hieroglyphs, iconography, and land measurement to produce beautiful examples of cartography that are at once histories, legal documents, and ethnobotanical records. This series of three seminars will introduce participants to the materials, language, and the artists who made three of the most important of these cartographic histories to survive from the sixteenth century—the Oztoticpac Lands Map, the Codex Quetzalecatzin, and the Huexotzinco Codex—all of which are in the collections of the Library of Congress. John Hessler will discuss Searching for a Lost World: A Curator’s Look at Indigenous Mapping in the Early Americas (1500–1575) in a 3 part Zoom Webinar Series, 7–7:45pm, EST. Each session will consist of a 30-minute lecture followed by15 minutes for Q&A. Everyone is welcome to attend: to register, click here. Your registration will be automatically accepted. You will receive an email reminder the day before each session in the series. The day of the series, we will send you the Zoom URL and password. Please direct any questions to Rare Book School Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28, 2020 – Hartford The Connecticut Map Society field trip is canceled.
May 28, 2020 – Oxford The 27th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography meeting scheduled for today has been canceled.
May 29-30, 2020 - Houston The Texas Map Society 2020 Spring Meeting has been canceled.
June 3, 2020 - Boston (Online) - The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library will have a series of live "Curator Conversations" from 1-2 PM. Twisted Data: Gerrymandering, GIS, and Visual Information features Curator Garrett Dash Nelson talking with Alasdair Rae, Professorial Fellow in Urban Studies and Planning at The University of Sheffield (UK), who created a chart of gerrymandered congressional districts. The event will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please RSVP to receive a link sent to your email.
June 4-5, 2020- Lisbon Following careful consideration of the rapidly changing coronavirus pandemic, we’ve decided to postpone the international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart for Spring 2021 (March/April).
June 4-7, 2020 - London The RAI/RGS conference “Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past Present and Future” is canceled.
June 4, 2020 – Washington (Online) The Washington Map Society is 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. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the meeting. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM eastern time. Andrew Rhodes, winner of the 2019 Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize, will present his Ristow Prize essay, The Geographic President: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Used Maps to Make and Communicate Strategy. (See the cover story in "The Portolan" issue 107 (Spring 2020)). He will summarize the key points of his paper, illustrated with historical maps and photographs, and discuss some of the other cartographic history of the FDR administration. Andrew will also discuss how the FDR example relates to other research, including his recent article in Texas National Security Review, "Thinking in Space: The Role of Geography in National Security Decision-Making."
June 5, 2020 – London The International Map Collectors' Society 40th Anniversary Dinner has been canceled.
June 5, 2020 – Stanford (Online) The David Rumsey Map Center is closed but our events are being moved to an online format. Peter Hiller, the Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator, has been enamored with the art of Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora (1876-1947) since he came upon Mora’s cartes (maps) in the mid 1990's - to the extent of having recently written an extensive biography about Jo published in October 2019 by the Book Club of California. Peter Hiller on Jo Mora: Pictorial Maps and Beyond will be presented today. Please note that this talk will be live, and held online via Zoom. The schedule is as follows: 3:00pm - Zoom opens; 3:15-4:15pm - Talk by Peter Hiller, followed by Q&A. This talk is free and open to the public, but requires pre-registration so we can send a Zoom link. Please register here.
June 6-7, 2020 - London The London Map Fair has been canceled.
June 7, 2020 – Hartford The Connecticut Map Society meeting is canceled.
June 10, 2020 - Boston (Online) - The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library will have a series of live "Curator Conversations" from 1-2 PM. Persuasive Cartography features Curator Garrett Dash Nelson who welcomes guest Judith Tyner, Professor Emerita of Geography at California State University, Long Beach. Tyner coined the term that gives this segment its title; she will discuss how maps are used to influence opinions and beliefs. The event will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please RSVP to receive a link sent to your email.
June 12-13, 2020 - São Paulo, Brazil (Online) The Trustees of the International Society for the History of the Map invite you to the ISHMap biennial symposium to be held virtually with keynote speaker Dr. Jaguaribe. Program schedule; with time in New York, São Paulo, London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Mexico City, Paris, and Berlin; is on-line. To register to attend the conference click here. Deadline for attendee registration (guaranteed link to online meeting): June 4, 2020. Additional information from Dr. Carla Lois at ishmap.secretary(at)gmail.com.
June 13, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society meeting is canceled.
June 17, 2020 - Boston (Online) - The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library will have a series of live "Curator Conversations" from 1-2 PM. What You See Is What You Get - Or Is It? features Curator Garrett Dash Nelson who leads a lively discussion with map collector and researcher PJ Mode, whose love for old and unusual maps of the world led to a fascination with unconventional maps whose purpose is not fact-based, but more persuasive. The event will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please RSVP to receive a link sent to your email.
June 18, 2020 – Lake Forest, Illinois The Chicago Map Society field trip to the MacLean Collection has been canceled.
July 1, 2020 – Washington (Online) The Washington Map Society is 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. Join Kris Butler as she talks about Late 19th Century Drink Maps of the UK: A Virtual Journey and Beer Tasting. We will go on a virtual road trip across the UK in search of drink maps and historic beer styles. These lovely maps, created by temperance groups, were meant to shock people by showing in a flash the abundance of places to obtain alcohol in their towns. All of the maps have text on them encouraging people to take action- usually by pressuring local magistrates to stop renewing the annually granted liquor licenses. And they’re beautiful! In addition to seeing the maps and learning about a few historic beer styles, you’ll hear tales of unexpected adventures in tiny archives and grand libraries alike – including lost maps, missing librarians, hidden text, and surprise encounters. After you register, you’ll receive the zoom link, password, and a beer list so you can taste along during class. Three historic beer styles will be discussed, but the beers you purchase don’t have to be exact.
July 6-9, 2020 – Leeds It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel this year’s 7th International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus
July 16-17, 2020 - London A two-day interdisciplinary conference Mapping Space | Mapping Time | Mapping Texts has been canceled.
September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney Sadly the International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium at the State Library of New South Wales has also fallen to the Covid-19 shutdown, and is now postponed to August 2021.
September 10-12, 2020 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium has been postponed until next year.
September 11-12, 2020 - 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. Registration opens for members of the Frank L. Horton Society on February 4th and for the general public on February 11th.
September 20-22, 2020 - Vienna The Central European Cartographic Conference, EuroCarto 2020, will be held together with the 68th German Cartography Congress at the University of Vienna. The organization is jointly carried out by the German Society of Cartography (DGfK), the Austrian Cartographic Commission in the Austrian Geographic Society (ÖKK), the Swiss Society of Cartography (SGK), the University of Vienna, and endorsed by the International Cartographic Association. The conference is also recognized as an ICA Regional Cartographic Conference and will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to exchange knowledge related to cartography.
September 25-27, 2020 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map & Print Fair will take place in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street. The 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.
October 1-3, 2020 - 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 7-9, 2020 - Seville The International Committee for the History of Nautical Science is pleased to announce the upcoming international conference on Magellan, Elcano and the circumnavigations. The conference will be hosted by the Pablo de Olavide University and the Spanish National Research Council. On occasion of the fifth centenary of the first circumnavigation of the world, 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. Additional information from <irhns.sevilla(at)gmail.com>.
October 16-17, 2020 - Venice The Brussels Map Circle and the Italian old map collectors association Roberto Almagià will have a joint meeting. The conference would focus on the interaction between cartographers of Italy and the Netherlands during the period 1550 to 1750, regarding exchanges, copying and pirating, which took place extensively (and without shame). The idea is to combine lectures and visits to famous libraries. Further details to be announced.
November 5-6, 2020 - Hamburg In the framework of our innovative interdisciplinary research project “Coloured Maps” we are organizing a workshop with a cross-cultural approach to discuss the material nature and meaning of colours on maps. In the workshop Maps and Colours we will discuss methods and discourses, dyes and analytical approaches. We will focus on European and Asian maps between 15th and 19th century. More detailed information will follow in January 2020. So, please save the date! – If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Diana Lange (Asian maps) <diana.lange(at)hu-berlin.de>, Benjamin van der Linde (European maps; general information) <Benjamin.vanderLinde(at)hk24.de>, or Peter Zietlow (natural science) <peter.zietlow(at)uni-hamburg.de>.
November 12-15, 2020 - New Orleans Join us in the Celebration of our 60th Anniversary at Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting in 2020! The 2020 SHD Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Williams Research Center, which is part of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Consisting of the museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. As usual, the SHD meeting is planned as a three-day event, consisting of opening reception on Thursday evening followed by conference program on Friday and Saturday. There will be a one day trip (optional) on Sunday. Theme is New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta: Cultural Crossroads.
November 12, 2020 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina The Moravian Archives Lunchtime Lecture Series presents Christian Reuter: Moravian GIS Mapper for Forsyth County, by Dr. Rod Meyer, former Director, Historic Bethabara Park. This lecture will be from 12:15-1:00pm in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall in the Archie K. Davis Center (Moravian Archives), 457 S Church St.
January 15-16, 2021 - Paris The annual conference of the Société d'études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles has adopted the theme Cartes et cartographie dans le monde anglophone aux 17e et 18e siècles.
March/April 2021 – Lisbon The international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart, postponed from 2020, will take place at the Hydrographic Institute. This will be the third Lisbon meeting dedicated to the History of Nautical Cartography. The first and second were held in 2016 and 2018, and were focused on the history of the medieval portolan chart. This time, the scope has been enlarged as to also include other periods and cartographic models. Additional information from Joaquim Alves Gaspar <alvesgasparj(at)gmail.com>.
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.
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 will be War and Post-War Cartographies. In accordance with the fragmented history of this corner of Europe, the purpose of this theme is to investigate the intricate links between military conflicts, politics and mapping, and the significance of these links for the history of cartography. Additional information from Christina Toma at <ichc2021(at)gmail.com> or <office(at)muzeulhartilor.ro>
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.
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>.
Autumn, 2021 – Brussels The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held in conjunction with the Royal Library.
Autumn, 2022 – Texas The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced.
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.