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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Organisation: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
The 27th International Conference of the International Cartographic Association will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23 to 30 August 2015. In order to foster local interest and provide delegates visiting Brazil with the opportunity to meet local colleagues, the
  • ICA Commission on Atlases
  • ICA WG on Toponymy, and
  • ICA Commission in the History of Cartography
will present a Joint two-day pre-conference Symposium on Atlases, Topography and the History of Cartography at the Brazilian Foundation of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro on 19-20 August 2015.

Dresden, Germany
Organisation: International Coronelli Society
The 13th Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place from 23 September to 26 September 2015 in cooperation with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden (Germany). Themes: all aspects of the study of globes– especially the history of globes and globes in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as globe related instruments such as armillary spheres, planetaria, telluria and lunaria.
Language: German and English
Telephone: +43 1 53410 298

Paris, France
Organisation: Librairie Loeb-Larocque
The 14th Paris Map & Travel book fair will take place on Saturday 7 November 2015.
A cocktail reception will be held open for visitors and participating dealers. The reception will feature a premium open bar. The reception starts at 19.30 and will last for one hour. This is a great opportunity to meet all of the dealers and clients in an unwind atmosphere. Please invite any client in town for this reception. Reservation is needed, but the participation is free of charge.
Afterward, dinner is arranged individually at one of the many delightful restaurants that the district has to offer.
Béatrice Loeb-Larocque / Pierre Joppen, Librairie Loeb-Larocque, 31 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris
Venue: Hotel Ambassador, 16 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Time schedule: 11.00 - 18.00
Catalogue availability: free catalog.

London, U.K.
Organisation: Warburg Institute
Lecture by Professor Kat Lecky (Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature, Department of English, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA).

Lectures 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). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm on selected Thursdays. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: +44 20 8346 5112
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Free entry.
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC)
The Ottoman Empire, so important in Europe's history, will no doubt allow us to show splendid cartographic specimen. Don't miss our Europalia contribution this year!

IMPORTANT - The date of the conference is 12 December 2015 and not 5 December 2015 as announced in Maps in History - Newsletter No 51 of January 2015.

Our Conference will take place in the framework of the Europalia festival devoted to Turkey ( In the next issue of 'Maps in History', we will give you an introduction to the cartography of the Ottoman Empire, so important in Europe's history.

Don't miss it: it will give you a foretaste of the Conference to come!

  • 9:45 Welcome by the president
  • 10.00 - 10.40 - General introduction: The history of Ottoman Cartography by Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kalpakli, Bilkent University, Ankara
  • 10.40 - 11.00 - Coffee break
  • 11.00 - 11.40 - Illustrated Ottoman Maps as Records of History by Prof. Dr. Günsel Renda, Koç University, Istanbul
  • 11.40 - 12.20 - Piri Reis and Mercator by Dr. Jan Parmentier, scientific advisor MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp
  • 12.20 - 14.00 - Lunch (aperitif, lunch and dessert) with coffee
  • 14.00 - 14.40 - Hispanic and Mediterranean sources of the Kitab-i Bahriye by Prof. Dejanirah Couto, École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), France
  • 14.40 - 15.20 - Humanist culture and diplomatic issues : French Ambassador Choiseul-Gouffier at the Ottoman Court, and the French cartography of the Straits and the Black Sea by Dr. Emmanuelle Vagnon, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
  • 15.20 – 15.30 - Short break
  • 15.30 - 16:10 - Beyond Kiepert: German mapmakers in the Ottoman Empire (1835 - 1895) by Dr. Ségolène Debarre, Centre d’Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques (CETOBaC), France

Lunch (optional) is being arranged in the Library’s cafeteria, with catering services. Price: about EUR 35.00.

Please register as from 1 September 2015.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.843693° N 4.355242° E
Language: English
Time schedule: 09.30 - 16.30
Entry fee: Admission is free for members, non-members pay EUR 10.00 at entrance.