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London, U.K.
Organisation: Royal Geographical Society
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, at the junction of Kensington Gore and Exhibition Road in Kensington, London SW7 2AR, and Imperial College London, further down Exhibition Road.

Berlin, Germany
Organisation: CODATA-Germany the German National Committee for CODATA, Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science (ICSU)
Preserving, Knowledge Generation, and Enabling Permanent Access to Cultural Heritage
Program Committee
  • 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)
Venue: Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: EUGEO (Association of Geographical Societies in Europe)
EUGEO, the Association of Geographical Societies in Europe, organises every two years a major international scientific congress, bringing together geographers from all over the world.
Venue: Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique - Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Redworth, County Durham, U.K.
Organisation: British Cartographic Society - Society of Cartographers
The BCS/SoC Conference is coming and we have been busy planning some exciting changes and new programme format.
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.
Venue: Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham

Redworth, County Durham, U.K.
Organisation: Map Curators' Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society
The Map Curators' Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop in County Durham on Tuesday 5 September 2017.
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
Venue: Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham
Contact: Ann Sutherland

Selce, Croatia
Organisation: Croatian Cartographic Society and the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb
By organizing this conference the Croatian Cartographic Society and the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb wish to contribute to the development of geoinformatics, cartography, geography and associated fields with special emphasis on geodiversity. A wide range of themes offered and renowned invited lecturers guarantee interesting lectures and a contemporary approach.
The 13th International Conference on Geoheritage, Geoinformation and Cartography will be held at Selce, Croatia, 7-9 September 2017. Located in a picturesque bay on the northeastern edge of the Kvarner Bay, 40 km south of Rijeka on one of the naturally most beautiful parts of the Adriatic coast and the Mediterranean, 13th International Conference on Geoheritage, Geoinformation and Cartography will exhibit an exciting scientific program, with prominent Keynotes, Workshops and Map Exhibition, as well as interesting Guided tour.
Venue: Hotel Marina, Emila Antića 73, 51266 Selce

Leiden, The Netherlands
Organisation: Leiden University Libraries and The Commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Leiden University Libraries and The Commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) kindly invites you to attend the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West on 15-16 September 2017.
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
During the symposium Leiden University Library will expose several exhibitions.
  • 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.
Venue: University Library (Main library and Humanities), Vossiuszaal (2nd floor, Zuidhal), Witte Singel 27, 2311 BG Leiden
Language: English
Contact: Martijn Storms

Oxford, UK
In twenty-five years of lectures and field trips TOSCA has called attention to the enlightening power of maps. The series has shown how maps were co-opted into Enlightenment projects as tools for rational enquiry and the implementation of 'improvements'. We have seen maps as part of Enlightenment science – used by individuals, institutions, and governments to understand, demarcate, control, codify information about, and change the lands under their jurisdiction.
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.
Contact: Nick Millea

Paris, France
Organisation: Librairie Loeb-Larocque
16th Paris Map Fair is expanding! This year the Fair will include a good selection of scientific instrument and globe dealers. It should be a valuable addition to the fair and it will attract new customers both for map and instrument dealers.
Venue: Hôtel Ambassador, 16 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Time schedule: 11.00 - 18.00
Entry fee: Free
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Once more the Conference will take place in the framework of the multicultural festival Europalia, which is devoted, this year, to Indonesia. At this conference, you will hear speakers who will paint a broad overview of the mapping of Indonesia from the 16th century on: the European nations involved and their motifs, the most important mapmakers and the most iconic maps. The speakers greatly reflect these nations: Portuguese, Dutch and British (but Indonesia-based).
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.
Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Typus. Ortelius A., 1598.
From Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Ghedrukt voor Abraham Ortelius. Anno MDXCVIII.

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.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts | Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.84347° N 4.35682° E
Language: English
Time schedule: 09.30 - 16.00
Entry fee: Admission is free for members, non-members pay EUR 10.00 at entrance.

Quito, Ecuador
Organisation: Universidad San Francisco de Quito
El 7mo Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (7 SIAHC) Cartografía e itinerarios: mapas, imágenes y memorias construidos en el trayecto se realizará los días 25, 26, 27 y 28 de abril del 2018 en la Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Ecuador.
Siguiendo con la tradición de los Simposios anteriores los idiomas oficiales del evento serán portugués y castellano, y la inscripción será gratuita para todos los ponentes y asistentes.
Fechas importantes:
  • 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.
Venue: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
Contact: Sabrina Guerra Moscoso
Entry fee: Free.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Board of Imago Mundi Ltd and the Explokart Research Group of the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam have great pleasure in announcing that the 28th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 14-19 July 2019.