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Global maps, local agents: production and circulation of knowledge in cartographical projects during the first half of 20th Century–
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society
Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world.
- Raffaella Afferni, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli (ITA)
- Adrien Barbaresi, Austrian & Berlin-Brandenburg Academies of Sciences Vienna (AUT) / Berlin (DEU)
- Thomas Brogan, INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, Crete (GRC)
- Manuele Buono, Promoter srl, Pisa (ITA)
- Pilar Chias, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid (ESP)
- Jiří Drozda VUGTK Výzkumný Ústav Geodetický, Topografický a Kartografický Prague (CZE)
- Antonella Fresa, Promoter srl, Pisa (ITA)
- Mátyás Gede, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (HUN)
- Peter Jordan, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (AUT)
- Horst Kremers, CODATA-Germany, Berlin (DEU)
- Hedvika Kucharova, Strahov Library (Strahovská Knihovna), Prague (CZE)
- Alfred Lameli, Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas, Marburg (DEU)
- Maurizio Lana, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli (ITA)
- Ulf Preuß, Koordinierungsstelle Brandenburg-digital, Potsdam (DEU)
- Petr Pridal, Klokan Technologies GmbH, Unterageri (CHE)
- Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez, National Geographic Institute, Madrid (ESP)
- Kristina Skåden, Institutt for Kulturstudier, University of Oslo, Oslo (NOR)
- Zdenek Stachon, Masaryk University, Brno (CZE)
- Milan Talich, VUGTK Výzkumný Ústav Geodetický, Topografický a Kartografický, Prague (CZE)
- Francesca Tomasi, Dip. di Filologia Classica e Italianistica, Università di Bologna, Bologna (ITA)
- Vít Voženílek, Faculty of Sciences, Palacky University, Olomouc (CZE)
- Serena Sarah Weber, Instituto Geográfico Agustin Codazzi, Bogotá (COL)
Redworth, County Durham, U.K.
Entitled Maps for Changing Reality the conference will be held at the Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham from the 5 - 7 September 2017.
Expect a collection of excellent presentations, hands-on workshops, interesting debates, lightning talks and more.
Redworth, County Durham, U.K.
The MCG workshop theme will be:
- Digitisation and online availability
- Growing functionality and range of users
- Crowd sourcing
- Events for new audiences
- Marketing to new audiences
- Training using online applications
- Attracting and connecting with new audiences
An International Symposium on the History of Cartography on Mapping Asia. Cartographic Encounters between East and West–
Leiden, The Netherlands
The central theme of the conference is the mutual influence of Western and Asian cartographic traditions. The focus will be on where Western and Asian cartographic history meet. Geographically, the topics will be limited to South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia with special attention to India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.
Topics and questions which will be discussed are:
- What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map
- Asian cartographic traditions
- Asian toponomy and cartography
- Cartography and intercultural contact
- Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia
- Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries
- Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan
- and all papers of merit
- The Asian collections of the special collections are internationally famous.
- The Bodel Nijenhuis Collection has large numbers of historical VOC maps.
- The Indonesia collection has many maps of the 19th and 20th century and includes the collections from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV).
- The Siebold collection contains a lot of Japanese maps and the collection of the Sinology Institute holds several Chinese maps.
The power of maps to open up lands, seas, peoples, and the rest of the natural world to the questing gaze of the outsider has been a constant TOSCA theme. TOSCA seminars have also interrogated maps dating from before and after the Enlightenment but which shed light on phenomena and connections between them. TOSCA audiences have seen how – on the wall of the schoolroom, in the wartime operations room, in the hands of the traveller, in the mark-up room of the newspaper editor, in the cabinet of the scholar, or on the laptop of the engineer – maps shape our understanding of the world, ourselves, and our place in the world. Though TOSCA seminars have amply demonstrated that maps can be tools of the elite and powerful, they have also uncovered mapping undertaken by the ostensibly powerless, as revealing exercise in citizen science, and as a means for those with radical, subversive, or countercultural agendas to enlighten audiences about the nature of elites.
To celebrate 25 years of TOSCA's cartographic explorations an all day symposium and map display will be held in TOSCA's home, the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Presenters will join invited speakers Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, Peter Barber, formerly Head of Maps at the British Library, and Mike Parker, author of Map Addict.
We follow a chronological line, starting with the Portuguese explorers and their maps, with attention paid to some contemporary, non-Portuguese mapmakers. We then continue with the other European explorers and mapmakers who mapped the region. Given the importance of the Dutch both for the history of Indonesia and for that of mapmaking, two Dutch speakers will highlight this. They will start by sketching the general picture of the presence of Dutch mapmakers in Batavia, where the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie – the Dutch United East India Company) had its headquarters and then continue on a more pointed and controversial issue: that of the (supposed?) secrecy of the VOC maps.
Programme (to be confirmed)
- Short overview of Indonesian history (1580-1950) - Putting early cartography into perspective. By Hans D. Kok, retired KLM B-747 pilot and manager, Chairman IMCOS (London, UK)
- It is not our intention to go farther on from here. The Portuguese voyages to the Spice Islands and the first European maps and sketches of Southeast Asia, 1512-ca 1550. Our purpose is to present an overview of the Portuguese cartography of the Indonesian archipelago between the maps and sketches drawn by Francisco Rodrigues in the aftermath of the first Portuguese expedition to the Moluccas in 1511-12 and the 1554 world map by Lopo Homem. We will cross some references regarding coeval Spanish and French cartography, identifying the political and historical contexts of elaboration of each of these series of maps. By Francisco Roque de Oliveira, Centre for Geographical Studies, IGOT-Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
- How the search for the Spice Islands unrolled the map of the World. Providing a general overview of his book, The cartography of the East Indian Islands - Insulae Indiae Orientalis, the author will describe the importance of the search for the Spice Islands, the Holy Grail of the majority of the great Renaissance voyages of exploration, in opening up the world and promoting the mapping of the same. By David Parry, Soil Scientist, Environmental Development Consultant and Curator, Indonesia.
- Local exploration highlights in the days of the Dutch United East India Company (VOC). An overview from the exploration of the archipelago from Batavia, including the travels to Australia/New Zealand (Tasman) and Japan (Maarten Gerritsz. Vries), with some explanation about the map production of the Dutch East India Company (the VOC). By Hans D. Kok, retired KLM B-747 pilot and manager, chairman IMCOS (London, UK).
- Confidential or commercial? The conflicting interests within the Blaeu and Van Keulen mapmaker families. For two periods, the office of VOC mapmaker was in the hands of two well-known map publishing families: the Blaeus (1633-1705) and the Van Keulens (1743-1799). Although the VOC mapmakers had to swear secrecy, it is open to question to what extent VOC cartography was considered confidential. How did the Blaeu and Van Keulen families reconcile the role of official VOC mapmakers with their activities as commercial publishers? Was there a conflict of interest between their commercial activities and their commitment to the VOC? By Martijn Storms, Curator of maps and atlases, Leiden University Library, The Netherlands.
7mo Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (7 SIAHC)Cartografía e itinerarios: mapas, imágenes y memorias construidos en el trayecto–
- 25 de julio de 2017: Preinscripción on-line de ponentes y envío de resúmenes y propuestas de posters.
- 25 de noviembre de 2017: Anuncio de los resúmenes y los posters aceptados por el Comité Internacional.
- 25 Febrero de 2018: Entrega de ponencias en extenso: 25 - 28 de abril de 2018: 7 Simposio Ibero-Americano de Historia de la Cartografía, Quito, Ecuador.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands