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Bucharest, Romania
Organisation: Association internationale d'études du sud-est européen
The Association internationale d'études du sud-est européen is happy to invite you to the 12th Congress of South-East European Studies, taking place in Bucharest, from 2 to 7 of September 2019. One of the conference panels, organized by Robert Born (Leipzig) and Marian Coman (Bucharest), is dedicated to the cartographic history of south-eastern Europe.
Cartography was an instrumental tool in devising and disseminating the concept of South-Eastern Europe, both amongst the Westerners and Easterners. Turkey in Europe, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the countries behind the Iron Countries, the EU's newcomers were constructs of cultural geography that successively reinforced and reshaped the idea of a different, second class Europe, as the Other to the West. The colonial view modeled the local gaze, as the 19th and the 20th century national cartographies emerged as an alternative to the imperial discourses.
Nevertheless, the Western cartography remained the yardstick against which maps were judged, for both those who advocated modernization and for those who promoted autochthonism.

Zurich and St. Gallen, Switzerland
Organisation: International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes in cooperation with the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum), the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (library of the abbey of St Gallen) and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich Chris Chris 10:3
The 14th Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place from 2 to 5 October 2019 in cooperation with the Swiss National Museum, the Abbey Library of St. Gallen and the Zurich Central Library in the National Museum Zurich.
For the first time, the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes is organizing a conference on globe studies in Switzerland. The conference venue is the new auditorium of the Landesmuseum Zürich (National Museum Zurich). Along with St. Gallen, the city of Zurich surprises with a few still relatively unknown objects of significance for globe research and/or the history of technology. The venue is located opposite the central railway station, near the historical old city. The transport hub has good links to international networks, with the airport conveniently reachable by train in fifteen minutes.
In addition to the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum) and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Central Library – the cantonal, city and university library of Zurich), the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (Abbey Library of St. Gallen) has also been involved in organizing the conference. All three institutions have interesting objects that will be presented to conference participants during exclusive tours: the St. Gallen Globe (1576), a celestial globe by Jost Bürgi (1594) from St. Gallen, and a globe-goblet by Abraham Gessner (after 1600) from Zurich at the National Museum. The replica of the St. Gallen Globe (2009), which was produced following the ten-year-long dispute about cultural goods between St. Gallen and Zurich, will be shown along with the famous plan of the abbey in St. Gallen (c. 825) during an excursion to the Abbey District in St. Gallen (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site).
During the conference, the Zurich Central Library is presenting the special exhibition Kosmos in der Kammer, in which the production of globes in the sixteenth century is interpreted as the essence of stately art chamber collections. Central to the exhibition are a newly discovered pair of Mercator globes (1541/1551), a three-meter-high long-case astronomical clock from 1648 (heliocentric) by Michael Zingg from Zurich, a sundial ‘camouflaged’ as a signet ring of 1525, which belonged to the reformer Heinrich Bullinger, and another globe-goblet by Abraham Gessner (c. 1600).
Preliminary program
  • 2 October: registration 'Early Birds', guided tour through Zurich, informal gathering in the restaurant Commihalle, Stampfenbachstrasse 8 (near National Museum, each person pays for him- or herself)
  • 3 October: papers globe related guided tour through the permanent exhibition of the National Museum Zurich (exclusive preview of the newly designed exhibition area) visit to the exhibition Kosmos in der Kammer in the Zurich Central Library
  • 4 October: papers visit to the exhibition World Picture / Welt-Bild at the ETH Zurich symposium dinner
  • 5 October: trip to St. Gallen, visit to the St. Gallen globe (replica) and the famous St Gall Abbey plan in the abbey library
Language: German and English (no dubbing)
Telephone: +43 1 53410 / 298

Philadelphia, USA
Organisation: The American Philosophical Society Library
An international and interdisciplinary conference investigating the power of maps and the politics of drawing borders.
This three-day conference will be held in conjunction with the APS Museum’s exhibit, Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic, which traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic to show the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities.
While the exhibit and conference are focused in particular on the early American republic, it will include topics like:
  • The forms of power expressed by maps and through the process of mapmaking in the Atlantic World
  • The politics of borders as symbols of conflict, contestation, negotiation, and peace during the American Revolution
  • The role of maps in state-building efforts and in constructing a sense of nationhood during the early national period, while also serving as a means of disempowerment and exclusion
  • The varied uses of maps as diplomatic tools, as legal documents, as works of art, as assertions of sovereignty, and in other ways during the Age of Atlantic Revolutions
  • The different forms of cartographic knowledge that existed in colonial and revolutionary North America
  • The labor, skills, technologies, and publications used in the creation and dissemination of maps in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • The various ways maps were read in the early republic and are interpreted today by scholars and others
  • The role of maps and other cartographic tools in enabling or hindering scientific expeditions, and the ways in which new scientific thinking shaped maps and mapmaking in the Enlightenment.
Brussels Map Circle event

Tervuren, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Provisional programme
  • 10.00 – 10.30 - Welcome visitors with coffee
  • 10.30 – 12.30 - Lectures by Prof. Em. Elri Liebenberg and Prof. Dr. Imre Demhardt - Both these distinguished academics, long-term members of our Circle, will bring a broad introduction to the mapping of this fascinating continent.
  • 12.30 – 14.30 - Lunch in the Museum Bistro (optional and paying)
  • 14.30 – 17.00 - Presentation of a selection of maps from the collection of the Museum by Wulf Bodenstein (volunteer curator of this collection, author of Kaarten van Afrika / Cartes géographiques d’Afrique, 2017) - This viewing of the maps will take place in alternating groups, to ensure good visibility of the maps to all. While waiting their turn to see the maps, participants are free to visit the newly refurbished museum at their leisure, as they will be given a free entrance ticket to the museum for the day.
Venue: Royal Museum for Central Africa / Africa Museum, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium
Time schedule: 10.00 - 17.00

Barcelona, Spain
Organisation: Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya
El mapa como elemento de conexión cultural entre América y Europa
Se pretende abordar la historia de la cartografía iberoamericana, entendiendo el mapa como un elemento de conexión cultural entre América y Europa. Los mapas coloniales, los mapas de las expediciones científicas o los mapas de los territorios independientes comparten historia, técnica y usos. En el simposio proponemos analizar estos hilos que tejen una historia común de la cartografía iberoamericana:
  • De la cartografía colonial a la cartografía científica: el mapa como demostración de apropiación territorial.
  • Las aportaciones autóctonas al conocimiento geográfico del territorio americano y su plasmación en la cartografía.
  • Los mapas misionales entre la subordinación colonial, la obediencia eclesiástica y el descubrimiento del territorio.
  • Modelos, influencias y diferencias en la cartografía urbana a ambos lados del Atlántico.
  • La imagen de América en la cartografía publicada en Europa y la imagen de Europa en la cartografía publicada en América.
  • La influencia del uso de las tecnologías en el estudio de los mapas antiguos: de la accesibilidad de los catálogos a la georreferenciación y vectorización de mapas.

Los idiomas oficiales del Simposio son el castellano y el portugués.

Istanbul, Turkey
Organisation: The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul
The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20th centuries.
The symposium will focus on two main themes:
  1. Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa
    • Ottoman cartography (maps and charts, city and cadastral plans, thematic maps)
    • Foreign cartography of Ottoman countries
    • Geodesy and surveying methods developed under Ottoman rule and by foreign cartographers working in these areas
    • The impact of the military on the development of cartography
    • Cartographic collections in the former Ottoman countries and around the world
  2. Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    • Technical and conceptual development of archaeological cartography, from the earliest site plans to the introduction of GIS and 3D reconstructions
    • Dichotomy between accurate cartographic representation and archaeological interpretation when mapping manmade artefacts, features and landscapes
    • Relationship between cartography, archaeology and the military
Venue: Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square