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International news and events

Compiled by the Members of the Brussels Map Circle, Wulf Bodenstein and Pierre Parmentier

Events

2014 Seoul International Symposium of International Map Collectors’ Society - Peace on Maps in East Asia
21 - 24 October 2014
Seoul, Korea
Organisation: IMCoS, Organizing Committee of 32nd International Symposium IMCoS, The National Library of Korea, The Korean Research Association of Old Maps, Pusan National University
The Symposium will try to demonstrate the qualities of vitality and peacefulness expressed in traditional East Asian maps. Additionally, there will be a map fair, a tour with old maps and excursions before and after symposium (Panmunjon, Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju).
Programme
  • Tuesday 21 October, 16.00 - 20.30: Registration and Welcome party
  • Wednesday 22 October, 09.30 - 17:30: Paper Session and visit to Museum and Map Archives - (Gyujanggak Archives in Seoul National University and other Map Archives)
  • Thursday 23 October, 09.30 - 17.30: Paper Session and visit to Museum and Map Archives - (Map Archives in National Library of Korea and National Museum)
  • Friday 24 October, 09.30 - 20.30: Paper Session and visit to Museum and Map Archives - (Map Archives of Seoul History Museum and Palace), Farewell Party
Language: English (with simultaneous interpretation)
Fee: USD 750.00.
Venue: National Library of Korea
Contact: info@2014imcos.com
URI: http://www.2014imcos.com/
The Society for the History of Discoveries - Fifty-fifth Annual Meeting
30 October – 2 November 2014
Austin, USA
Organisation: The Society for the History of Discoveries
URI: http://www.sochistdisc.org/
Un abbé, un duc et une paire de globes : la passion du savoir au XVIIIe siècle
4 November 2014
Paris, France
Organisation: BnF.
Cycle des conférences du quadrilatère - Chefs-d’oeuvre de la BnF et de l’INHA
Conférence by Catherine Hofmann, conservateur en chef au département des Cartes et plans, BnF, and Anthony Turner, historien des sciences.
Une paire de globes imprimés, céleste et terrestre La Bibliothèque nationale de France a acquis en 2010 une paire de globes imprimés, céleste et terrestre, dressés par l’abbé Jean-Antoine Nollet en 1728 et acquise en 1733 par Alexandre, cinquième duc de la Rochefoucauld, l’un des ‘grands seigneurs’ du royaume. La conférence se propose de mettre en lumière la spécificité de ces globes qui inaugurent la brillante carrière de l’abbé Nollet, fabricant d’instruments scientifiques et grand vulgarisateur des sciences dans les milieux aristocratiques, mais aussi de cerner leur place au sein de la bibliothèque et de la collection d’objets scientifiques rassemblée par le duc de La Rochefoucauld dans son château de La Roche-Guyon.
Venue: Auditorium de la Galerie Colbert, 6 rue des Petits-Champs ou 2, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris
Language: French
Telephone +33 (0)1 47 03 89 00
At 18.15. Free access.
URI: http://www.inha.fr/fr/agenda/parcourir-par-annee/en-2014/novembre-2014/un-abbe-un-duc-et-une-paire-de-globes-la-passion-du-savoir.html
13th Paris Map & Travel book fair
8 November 2014
Paris, France
Opening hours 11.00 - 18.00
Venue: Hotel Ambassador, 16 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
URI: http://www.map-fair.com/
Cartographic Intrigue and Curiosity: The Story of MI9’s Escape and Evasion Mapping Programme on Silk in World War II
20 November 2014
London
Lecture by Barbara Bond (Pro-Chancellor, Plymouth University).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
Early-modern maps in mirror image
25 November 2014
Cambridge, U.K.
Organisation: Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014-2015
Conference by Professor Paul Harvey (University of Durham)
Venue: Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3AP
Language: English
More details: All are welcome
At 17.30.
URI: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/camsem1415.html
International symposium 'Cartography in Times of War and Peace'
2 – 6 December 2014
Ghent and Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC asbl/vzw)
The symposium will consist of three events, each hosted by one of the contributing partners and is open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the history of cartography and map production.
  • ICA (International Cartographic Association) Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business | The Commission will host a symposium on the influence of war on map production techniques.
    When? Tuesday (afternoon) and Wednesday 2 and 3 December 2014
    Where? Ghent University Congress Centre 'Het Pand'
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  • ICA (International Cartographic Association) Commission on the History of Cartography | The Commission’s 5th International Symposium will primarily focus on Military Cartography in commemoration of the First World War (1914-1918), also known as the 'Great War'. With 2014 being the centenary of the outbreak of the War, and the conference venue situated so close to the actual war zone of 1914-1918, contributions on the effect of war on military cartography are encouraged. Contributions on the mapping which was done during other late 19th and 20th century wars such as the Boer War (1899-1902), the Second World War (1936-1945), the Vietnam War (1960-1973), the Falklands War (1982), and the Balkan War of the 1990s will also be welcome. Although the Symposium will primarily focus on Military Cartography, submissions on cartographic endeavours in other fields of cartography during the 19th and 20th centuries will also be considered, as well as cartographic activities during earlier centuries, as they often formed the background for later important developments.
    When? Thursday and Friday (morning) 4 and 5 December 2014
    Where? Ghent University Congress Centre 'Het Pand'
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  • Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC asbl/vzw) | The Brussels Map Circle will host its annual International Conference, themed 'Mapping in times of war – military cartography through the ages up to World War  I'
    Programme
    • Cartography during sieges of cities in the 16th and 17th century: Northern France and the Low Countries by Prof. Piet Lombaerde, Universiteit Antwerpen
    • The map as war correspondent. Maps and news prints from 16th century Italy, by Dr. Karen De Coene, researcher at the Geography Department of Universiteit Gent
    • The remains of the portfolio with personal maps of Vauban in Lille by Prof. Philippe Bragard, Université catholique de Louvain
    • The work of the French military engineers in the 18th century by Dr. Emilie d'Orgeix, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
    • Men, Maps, Myths - The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers by Prof. Imre Demhardt, University of Texas at Arlington
    When? Saturday 6 December 2014
    Where? Brussels
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Fixed programme of lectures.

Registration will open in March 2014. At that time it will be possible to register for each event individually or for the entire joint symposium through the online registration system.

During the conference there will be several optional social events. Already planned are a conference dinner and visits to Ghent University’s Museum of Science, the Mercator Museum in Sint-Niklaas and the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.

Language: English
(Re)Producing the North. Space, Knowledge, and Maps - Workshop
5 – 7 December 2014
Berlin, Germany
Organisation: The Department for Northern European Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin (DNES), and The Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo (IAKH), in cooperation with the Map Collection of the State Library in Berlin.
URI: http://www.ni.hu-berlin.de/konf/maps/workshop_html
Les globes de l'abbé Nollet (1728) : place et originalité de travaux cartographiques peu connus.
17 December 2014
Paris, France
Organisation: Séminaire d'histoire de l'astronomie, Observatoire de Paris
Description: Conférence par Catherine Hofmann, Bibliothèque nationale de France, départment des Cartes et Plans.
Venue: Salle de l'Atelier, Observatoire de Paris, 77, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris.
Language: French
E-mail Jean.Eisenstaedt@obspm.fr
At 14.00.
URI: http://syrte.obspm.fr/histoire/semin1_histoire.php
The World Map in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities (c. 1050): Mathematical Geography between Late Antiquity and Islam
15 January 2015
London
Lecture by Dr Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
Pacific Frontiers: The Selden Map and the Redefinition of East Asia in the Seventeenth Century
5 February 2015
London
Lecture by Dr Robert Batchelor (Department of History, Georgia Southern University).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
Un trésor patrimonial de l’Observatoire de Paris : le journal  d’observations de Jean-Dominique Cassini
11 February 2015
Paris, France
Organisation: Séminaire d'histoire de l'astronomie, Observatoire de Paris
Description: Conférence par Guy Picolet, chercheur associé au Centre Alexandre-Koyré
Venue: Salle de l'Atelier, Observatoire de Paris, 77, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris.
Language: French
E-mail Jean.Eisenstaedt@obspm.fr
At 14.00.
URI: http://syrte.obspm.fr/histoire/semin1_histoire.php
On polar maritime maps and charts
24 February 2015
Cambridge, U.K.
Organisation: Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014-2015 : Outline Programme
Conference by Lt Cdr Dr John Ash (Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge)
Venue: Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3AP
Language: English
More details: All are welcome
At 17.30.
URI: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/camsem1415.html
An account so just and exact: Captain Narbrough’s voyage to South America 1669-71 and its cartographical significance
26 February 2015
London
Lecture by Captain Richard Campbell RN (Hakluyt Society Volume Editor) and Peter Barber (British Library).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
A Tricky Passage: Navigating, Mapping, and Publishing Representations of Tierra del Fuego in the Long Eighteenth Century
12 March 2015
London
Lecture by Katherine Parker (Department of History, University of Pittsburgh).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
Reforming Cartography: John Britton and The Topographical Survey of the Borough of St Marylebone (1834)
30 April 2015
London
Lecture by Professor Stephen Daniels (School of Geography, University of Nottingham).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
On eighteenth-century maps
5 May 2015
Cambridge, U.K.
Organisation: Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014-2015 : Outline Programme
Conference by Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College, Cambridge)
Venue: Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3AP
Language: English
More details: All are welcome
At 17.30.
URI: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/camsem1415.html
Getting Lost and Finding the Way. The Use, Mis-use and Non-use of Maps in the Peninsular War (1807–1814)
14 May 2015
London
Lecture by Richard Smith, M.A. (Retired businessman and IMCoS member).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
10th International Workshop 'Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage'
27 - 29 May 2015
Corfu, Greece
Organisation: ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage
Venue: Ionian University Aula Magna, Ionian Academy and Historical Archives of Corfu / General State Archives of Greece, Corfu
URI: http://xeee.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Corfu_2015.htm
Putting Tibet on the Map: A 19th Century Cartographic Depiction by a Local Artist
28 May 2015
London
Lecture by Dr Diana Lange (Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig).
Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: telephone +44 20 8346 5112, e-mail info@tonycampbell.info
At 17.00 h. Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URI: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
Society for the History of Discoveries - 56th Annual Meeting
8 - 11 July 2015
London, United Kingdom
For the first time since 1987 the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London, United Kingdom. The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present - the explorers and the explored. Fields of specialization thus include the history of European expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial settlement, biography, and bibliography.
URI: http://www.sochistdisc.org/
26th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC)
12 - 17 July 2015
Antwerp, Belgium
To be organised by the city of Antwerp in cooperation with the University of Antwerp, Imago Mundi and the Brussels Map Circle.
Main theme: Theatre of the World in Four Dimensions.
Contact: Joost Depuydt, FelixArchief / City Archives Antwerp, e-mail info@ichc2015.be.
URI: http://www.ichc2015.be

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Brussel Deze Week (BDW)
BDW is a weekly city newspaper that focuses on the Dutch speaking audience in Brussels. The newspaper reports on the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the city. Weekly newspaper issued on Thursday, along with the cultural magazine Agenda where articles are published in English, French and Dutch. Both publications are available (via subscription) free in Brussels and are also distributed through dozens of displays scattered throughout the city.
Recently, copies of ancient maps have been published on a double page format:
  • Dépôt de la Guerre, Carte topographique de la Belgique, 1/20 000, Sheet XXXI - Uccle, 1865. Link: http://issuu.com/brusselnieuws.be/docs/binder_bdw1446/21?e=1909715/9727401 (in 16 October 2014 issue)
  • Belgian cadastre, Réduction des plans cadastraux, Commune de Jette, 1/20 000, 1847. Link: http://issuu.com/brusselnieuws.be/docs/binder_bdw1445/21?e=1909715/9633651 (in 9 October 2014 issue)
  • Jacob van Deventer, Brussels, after 1550. Link: http://issuu.com/brusselnieuws.be/docs/binder_bdw1444/9?e=1909715/9539170 (in 2 October 2014 issue)
  • Posted on 19 October 2014
    Histoire intellectuelle et sociale de la cartographie - Séminaire organisé du 1er octobre 2014 - 21 janvier 2015 par Henri Desbois (Paris-X), Éric Guichard (Enssib) et Isabelle Lefort (Lyon-2), Enssib, Lyon-Villeurbanne
    Read more on http://barthes.enssib.fr/cours/seminaire-histoire-cartographie/.
    Posted on 29 September 2014
    Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography
    The programme for the 2014-15 Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography can be found at http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/camsem1415.html (to which the full titles of the talks will be added in due course), where a printable poster is also available.
    Posted on 29 September 2014
    Uncovering hidden text on a 500-year-old map that guided Columbus
    The 1491 Martellus map. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
    Read more about the subject on http://www.wired.com/2014/09/martellus-map/.
    Posted on 29 September 2014
    The Portolan issue 90 published
    The Portolan, issue 90, Fall 2014
    Read more on http://www.washmapsociety.org/TPJ2.htm.
    Posted on 29 September 2014
    The city of Barcelona has acquired a fragment (31.2 x 20.0 cm) of a portolan chart attributed by Ramón Pujades to Guillem Soler and tentatively dated ca. 1375.
    Read more on http://www.abc.es/agencias/noticia.asp?noticia=1661707.
    Posted on 29 September 2014
    Historic meeting of two famous map collectors in Valetta
    On Friday 19 September at 10.30 h two world-famous antique map collectors met at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta’s capital. They were 90 year old Dr. Albert Ganado, whose Malta map collection was exchanged with the Malta Government for his 1571 house, and 80 year old Glen McLaughlin, whose collection of California As An Island Maps was recently part sold/part donated to Stanford University, California for the enjoyment of the general public. Both collectors took over 50 years to form their collections.
    Left to right: Rod Lyon, Glen McLaughlin, Albert Ganado and Bernadine Scicluna. Photo J. Schiro
    During the visit, Ganado showed Mclaughlin several siege maps of Malta and explained in his usual erudite and flowing manner the various states and editions which were published in connection with the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. They narrated several episodes and anecdotes on how they had acquired certain maps in their prospective collections. Then McLaughlin was shown a map of America by Jean de Beauvais published in Paris in 1788 and it was his turn to fill all those who attended the meeting with his wisdom on America in general and California in particular, and how it was the Jesuit Rev. Eusebio Kino who finally ended the myth of California as an island.
    The truly enjoyable meeting ended with the presentation of two Malta Map Society publications, German Malta Maps and The Early Maltese Cartographers, by Dr Albert Ganado who is the Society’s president, to Glen McLaughlin followed by a drink at the Osborne Hotel which is the oldest hotel in the capital city of Valletta.
    Posted on 24 September 2014
    The History of Cartography Project receives major funding from the National Science Foundation
    The History of Cartography Project, in the UW–Madison Geography Department, has received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Beginning September 2014, the funding will facilitate editorial preparation of Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, Volume Five of the award-winning reference book series The History of Cartography. The six-volume History provides a comprehensive account of the development of mapping as a cultural and scientific endeavor across all periods and human cultures. The University of Chicago Press publishes the series in print, e-book, and free online editions.
    Each volume is a distinctive and monumental undertaking. The NSF-funded Cartography in the Nineteenth Century explores the social and cultural foundations of the development of modern cartographic science. By the end of the five-year grant, editor Roger Kain (University of London), coeditors Imre Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington) and Carla Lois (Universidad de Buenos Aires), and about 200 authors will have prepared the manuscript of a massive interpretive encyclopedia with one-million words, 480 entries, and more than 1,000 illustrations.
    UW Senior Scientist Dr. Matthew Edney serves as the principal investigator for the NSF award and, as director of the History of Cartography Project, provides intellectual oversight for the series. He explains, “the intellectual merit of this NSF-funded research rests on the distinctive character of mapping activities in the 1800s. This is when the modern concept of cartography as the science of the measurement of the world first originated and when the character of modern spatial rationality was established.”
    With its unique approach, Cartography in the Nineteenth Century stands to make significant contributions to the understanding of contemporary cartography and geography, and indeed to science generally. It fosters recognition and further study of topics including the:
    • analysis of international connections and cooperation,
    • adoption of Western mapping practices in non-Western societies,
    • increasing role of civil and military authorities in spatial data collection and use,
    • rise of mass cartographic literacy, and
    • democratization of map use.
    The project also explores how innovations in mapmaking impacted scientific measurement, statistics, and expectations for accuracy. New ways of looking at, thinking about, and depicting space revolutionized fields like biology, geology, anthropology, and epidemiology.
    This original research and the availability of Cartography in the Nineteenth Century as a publically accessible reference resource will not only help us learn about the development of modern cartography, they will expand how we understand and think about our past. Such broad social implications and the intellectual merit of the volume’s innovative approach led NSF’s external reviewers and program officers to recommend the project for this highly competitive award.
    While the NSF grant will go a long way toward advancing work on Volume Five, the History of Cartography Project is also seeking private support. The Project hopes to raise $120,000 from private donors over the next two years. This would not only provide direct support for work on the series, it would also encourage another federal sponsor—the National Endowment for the Humanities—to provide matching funds as part of a pending proposal.
    From MadGeogNews, News from the UW-Madison Geography Department
    URI: http://geography.wisc.edu/madgeognews/ and http://www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/
    Posted on 16 August 2014
    New publication: Samuel Humes, Belgium: Long United, Long Divided
    Belgium - Long United Long Divided
    Our longstanding member Sam Humes, former director of Boston University’s Brussels campus, had frequently animated our Map Evenings with some cartographic master pieces from his collection before returning to the US. He has now written a book about the country he lived in for many years.
    According to a press release, Wilfried Martens, former Prime Minister of Belgium, hailed this book 'as a brilliant insight into the age-long history of Belgium, telling us how the linguistic and cultural divide determines the outlook of our country to this day … The objectivity with which this work is steeped makes it particularly worthwhile reading for Belgians.' And others, one would imagine. Its map cover promises some fine details about the history of cartography.
    Published by London-based Hurst publishers, the book will be launched officially on 23 October 2014 at 19.00 by the English Bookshop Waterstones on their premises in Brussels, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71-75 (telephone +32 2 219 27 08). Everybody is welcome.
    Posted on 2 August 2014
    Call for papers
    The City of Antwerp, in collaboration with the University of Antwerp and Imago Mundi Ltd, is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC 2015) to be held in Antwerp (Belgium), 12-17 July 2015.
    ICHC 2015 is being organized by the City of Antwerp, in collaboration with the University of Antwerp and Imago Mundi Ltd.
    Proposals are welcome on all aspects of the history of cartography, listed in the conference themes.
    Abstracts should be submitted no later than Wednesday 15 October 2014.
    URI: http://www.ichc2015.be/en/conference-themes/.
    Posted on 16 June 2014
    ICA Commission on the History of Cartography - 5th International Symposium, University of Ghent, Belgium

    Received from Prof. Elri Liebenberg, International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on the History of Cartography

    Dear Colleague

    This is a further reminder of the Joint International Symposium of

    • the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography,
    • the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, and
    • the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC asbl/vzw)
    which will take place from 2 to 6 December 2014 in Ghent and Brussels in Belgium.

    Attached please find our Third Circular and Call for Papers.

    Please note that the closing date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to 20 June 2014.

    Regards

    Prof. Elri C Liebenberg
    Chair: International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on the History of Cartography
    Professor Emeritus, University of South Africa.
    Postal address: P O Box 36345, Menlo Park 0102, Pretoria, South Africa.

    Telephone: +27 12 361 1987
    Mobile: +27 82 683 2239
    E-mail: elri@worldonline.co.za

    Posted on 15 May 2014
    Leading historian of cartography, Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, was awarded the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Bartholomew Globe award at an event in Perth Concert Hall on Monday 24th March 2014
    Dr Catherine Delano-Smith is a leading geographer and historian of cartography and has done a great deal over the course of more than thirty years to deepen and widen research in the history of cartography, within the UK and across the world, becoming a lynchpin of the cartography community. Dr Delano-Smith was presented with the award in recognition of her contribution to the study of cartography by the Society’s President, Professor Iain Stewart. Dr Delano-Smith has been one of the foremost activists behind the resurgence of the critical history of cartography, not only in her own works which have been many and influential, but also in her promotion of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap), in her support of a bespoke and well-respected lecture series of lectures at the Warburg and, vitally, in her role as the editor of Imago Mundi, the world’s leading journal for the history of cartography. She has taken an eclectic approach to researching early maps, covering prehistoric maps, map signs on early printed maps, and the relationship between maps and their users. She is particularly interested in the connection between the map image and social changes in learning and education. The Bartholomew Globe has been awarded by the RSGS since 2000. The first recipient was John C. Bartholomew and awardees include the National Library of Scotland’s Chris Fleet and RSGS Collections and Information Convenor Margaret Wilkes. Notice by Fraser Shand of RSGS. With the help of Sarah Tyacke.
    Posted on 5 April 2014
    Journées d'études "Clio en cartes 2" - Appel à communications
    Clio en cartes 2 - Y a-t-il des cartes impossibles ?
    17 novembre 2014
    La richesse des communications et des débats de "Clio en cartes 1", organisé par l’Atlas historique de l’Alsace en ligne le 18 novembre 2013, invite à poursuivre le travail méthodologique de croisement entre sciences humaines et cartographie, autour d’une question provocatrice: y a-t-il des cartes impossibles ? En effet, certaines thématiques semblent inadaptées, voire rebelles, à toute traduction cartographique : les phénomènes de contact et d’interactions humaines, culturels, politiques, ou économiques, ne se perçoivent pas spontanément dans un espace simple défini par des points ou des lignes, mais sont souvent emboîtés, et perçus selon un jeu d’échelle variable.
    Les problèmes se posent déjà en amont, au moment de la constitution d’un corpus de données, qui peut être lacunaire, pléthorique, multi-critères, etc. : comment traduire cartographiquement ces particularités que sont l’inégale répartition de la documentation, les espaces non documentés ou sur-documentés, ou documentés selon un seul critère ou plusieurs  ?
    Ils se complexifient quand il s’agit d’inscrire les phénomènes eux-mêmes sur une carte. Sa construction ne peut être mécanique, elle met en jeu, dans le choix des modes de représentation, des opérations intellectuelles qui confèrent à la carte une fonction heuristique : elle devient un outil de vérification ou de prospection, révélant parfois des rapports spatiaux invisibles autrement. De ce va-et-vient entre espaces abstraits et traduction visuelle, peut-on attendre une meilleure appréhension des phénomènes ? Le message délivré par la carte fait-il rebondir la recherche ?
    Toutes les périodes historiques ont leurs cartes "impossibles" et la journée d’études "Clio en cartes 2" accueillera également toutes les disciplines.
    Vos propositions sont à envoyer avant le 15 septembre 2014 à odile.kammerer@evhr.net
    Posted on 20 March 2014

    E x h i b i t i o n s

    L’isola che non c’e’… - Alla ricerca dell’isola scomparsa dell’Arcipelago Toscano
    3 – 18 October 2014
    Roma, Italia
    Organisation: Galleria ArteMare
    Lo scrittore Daniele Busetto espone la cartografia antica che lungo 130 anni, dal 1589 al 1720, riportava l’ottava isola dell’arcipelago toscano, chiamata Zanara, tra Giglio e Giannutri, in una zona conosciuta come “Secca della Vedova” e tristemente ricordata come un piccolo triangolo delle Bermude, dove nel tempo si sono verificati incidenti e naufragi. Il naufragio della Costa Concordia e le sue coordinate geografiche hanno riportato alla luce la storia dell’isola che non c’è della Toscana.
    Venue: Via dell’Acqua Traversa, 247, Roma
    Imago calabriae. La Regione nelle antiche carte geografiche: esposizione delle carte originali dal '500 al '700
    9 – 23 October 2014
    Soriano Calabro (VV), Italia
    Una mostra che consente un affascinante viaggio alla scoperta dell’immagine della Calabria antica attraverso le carte geografiche a stampa dal '500 al '700, tratte dalla collezione del Gabinetto delle Stampe e dei Disegni calabresi della Biblioteca Calabrese di Soriano Calabro (in provincia di Vibo Valentia).
    Venue: Palazzetto della Cultura - Galleria 'Corrado Alvaro' - Piazza G.M. Ferrari, 1
    Ancient Maps of Europe: A Journey
    23 Octobre – 14 November 2014
    Brussels, Belgium
    Organisation: The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
    Travel through the history of European nations and peoples with this unique exhibition of around 50 maps and books dating from the 4th to the 20th Century.
    The exhibition starts in the Roman Empire, with the rare Tabula Militaris Itineraria Theodosiana or Tabula Peutingeriana, which describes the whole known world in the time of Emperor Constantine.
    Through maps from different centuries, we see both the development of Europe and the development of cartography, which evolves into a science with its own particular symbolic language. The shared European history that we find in these maps sheds a light on the progress of European nations and peoples up to the present day.
    This unique Italian collection has travelled to Brussels in honour of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
    Venue: Willy Brandt Building, Rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60, 1047 Brussels
    More details:
    Hours of opening: Monday 13.00 to 18.00, Tuesday - Friday 9.00 to 18.00, Saturday - Sunday 10.00 to 18.00.
    Admission is free of charge.
    Catalogue available: not known.
    URI: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/visits/parlamentarium.html;jsessionid=092B97F376037E3A6E9742ED55D77E63
    Le matrici cartografiche dell’Officina Topografica di Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni
    27 October – 28 November 2014
    Firenze, Italia
    Organisation: IGMI
    Exhibition on copperplates engraved between 1788 and 1814 in the Officina Topografica of Naples, directed by Rizzi Zannoni. In the Istituto Geografico Militare is preserved the richest (both in quality and quantity) collection of engraved coppers and stones for cartographical reproduction.
    Venue: Istituto Geografico Militare, Biblioteca Attilio Mori. Via C. Battisti, 10/12 - 50122 Firenze
    Contact: Telephone : +39 552 73 21.
    Travelling and books
    3 April – 30 May 2015
    Brussels, Belgium
    Organisation: Société Royale des bibliophiles et iconophiles de Belgique
    Venue: Chapelle de Nassau , Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels
    If it is not a specific cartographic exhibition, the public will surely find some treasures connected with the vast subject.
    Entry is free.
    Lafreri - Italiaanse cartografie in de Renaissance [Lafreri - Italian cartography in the Renaissance]
    13 November 2014 – 31 July 2015
    Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
    Organisation: Stedelijke Musea van Sint-Niklaas, Mercatormuseum
    Venue: Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49, 9100 Sint-Niklaas (entrance Zwijgershoek)
    More details: n.a.
    Catalogue available: yes
    URI: n.a.
    Exploring the Early Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection
    Indefinite exhibition
    Washington, USA
    Exploring the Early Americas features selections from the more than 3000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress.
    This ongoing exhibition has three major themes: Pre-Contact America; Explorations and Encounters; and Aftermath of the Encounter. Like the Jay I. Kislak Collection itself, the exhibition provides glimpses into the complex and fascinating past of the Americas. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native American and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The last theme explores the profound growth of knowledge, particularly in natural history and geography, resulting from the encounters. This section includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere.
    This installation begins the public's direct and permanent access to a remarkable private collection and the collection's full availability for research and scholarly exploration. Throughout the exhibition, interactive presentations enable visitors to learn directly from the artifacts, books, documents, paintings, and maps.
    Northwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.
    Monday - Saturday, 10.00 h to 17.00 h.
    URI: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/exploring-the-early-americas/