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Roma, Italia
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica Roberto Almagià
Our Scientific Advisor, Wouter Bracke (Head of the Map Section of the Royal Library of Belgium) and currently also Head of the Academia in Rome, invites the Brussels Map Circle for a workshop on Lafreri (in the broad sense), in cooperation with our sister organisation in Italy, the Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica Roberto Almagià (
The programme consists of lectures in the morning and visits in the afternoon, to various map collections in the 'città eterna'.
Venue: Academia Belgica, Via Omero 8, 00197 Roma

Oxford, U.K.
Organisation: Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies
Nissan Seminar.
Dr Radu Leca, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Professor Ian Neary
Further Information
From its start in the 1980s the Institute has organised a series of Nissan Seminars in Japanese Studies. In the academic year 2015/16 they run on Friday evenings at 17.00 - 18.30 in the first (Michaelmas) and third (Trinity) terms, and on Thursdays at 14.00 in the second (Hilary) Term. We invite scholars based in the UK to present their most recent research. Members of the general public are welcome to attend.
Venue: Pavilion Room, 4th Floor, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College, Oxford Convenor
Time schedule: 17.00 - 18.30

London, U.K.
Organisation: 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).
Lecture by Jonathan Potter (Jonathan Potter Ltd)
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: Catherine Delano-Smith
Telephone: +44 20 8346 5112
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
Catalogue availability: n.a.

Aberystwyth, U.K.
Organisation: The National Library of Wales
'Shaping the Nation' will examine the role of maps in both depicting and creating the nation both as an entity on the ground and also as a perception in the minds of people.
Presentations by Keith Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast), Chris Fleet (National Library of Scotland), Yolande Hodson (Royal Collection at Windsor Castle), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Huw Thomas (National Library of Wales), Tom Pert (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales).
A day symposium to evaluate the role of maps in creating nations and national identity. An event hosted by the National Library of Wales in association with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Tickets available for free, morning and afternoon refreshments provided. For tickets phone: +44 1970 632 548 or visit:
Venue: The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU
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Lisbon, Portugal
Organisation: ISHMap in collaboration with the Centro Interuniversitario das Ciencias e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), University of Lisbon, and the Biblioteca National de Portugal (BNP)
The Third ISHMap symposium will be held on Friday, 3rd and Saturday, 4th June 2016 at the Auditório BNP, National Library of Portugal, Lisbon.
Local organizer: Thomas Horst (Trustee of ISHMap and Postdoc at the CIUHCT). Representatives of the local partners: Antonio Sanchez Martinez (CIUHCT), João Carlos García (University of Porto and CIUHCT) and Maria Joaquina Esteves Feijão (Curator of the Maps at the National Library of Portugal).
The Scientific committee responsible for the content of the programme is Thomas Horst (Chair), Antti Jakobson (ISHMap trustee, Finland), Júnia Ferreira Furtado (ISHMap trustee, Brazil), Mary Sponberg Pedley (ISHMap member, USA), Petra Svatek (ISHMap trustee, Austria) and Emmanuelle Vagnon (ISHMap trustee, France).
Venue: Auditório BNP, National Library of Portugal, Lisbon

Leuven, Belgium
Organisation: Provincie Vlaams-Brabant, Documentatiecentrum Vlaams-Brabant en Rijksarchief Leuven
In de voorjaarslezing 2016 staan cartografische bronnen centraal. Steeds meer ontgroeien historische kaarten het statuut van illustratiemateriaal. Ze vormen zelf het onderwerp van studie of een onmisbare bron in studies naar ontwikkeling van steden en landschappen, grondbezit en -gebruik, huizenreconstructie, etc.
Hun verhoogde toegankelijkheid en bruikbaarheid door digitalisering en geolocalisering biedt bovendien nieuwe mogelijkheden, ook bij publiekswerking en erfgoededucatie.
Geografen, historici en heemkundigen laten je kennis maken met de diversiteit aan historisch kaartmateriaal, het aanbod aan kaartencollecties en hun bruikbaarheid voor lokaal historisch onderzoek en publieksontsluiting.
  • 10.00 uur: onthaal met koffie/thee
  • 10.15 uur: welkomstwoord en toelichting collecties Documentatiecentrum Vlaams-Brabant en Rijksarchief Leuven - Nicolas Mazeure (Documentatiecentrum) en Eddy Put (Rijksarchief)
  • 10.30 uur: Historische evolutie van de cartografie en haar bruikbaarheid als bron voor (lokaal) historisch onderzoek - Philippe De Maeyer (UGent)
  • 11.30 uur: Aanbod en mogelijkheden van digitaal ontsloten kaartencollecties (Geopunt, Cartesius, Villaret, …) - Marc Carnier (RA Leuven)
  • 12.15 uur: broodjeslunch, met mogelijkheid tot inzage van en bezoek aan de collecties van het Documentatiecentrum Vlaams-Brabant en Rijksarchief Leuven
  • 13.30 uur: heemkundig forum
    • Landelijke nederzettingspatronen en urbane identificatie: de bijdrage van cartografische bronnen voor lokaal historisch onderzoek – Marcel Franssens (Koninklijke Geschied- en Oudheidkundige Kring van Halle)
    • Naar een historische reconstructie in 3D van de stad Leuven – Ramon Kenis (Leuvens Historisch Genootschap)
    • 'Een digitale wandeling naar middeleeuws Zoutleeuw'. Perspectieven voor de toeristische ontsluiting van historisch-cartografisch materiaal – Jelle Lisson (KU Leuven)
  • 15.00 uur: afsluiting met debat en vragenronde
Venue: Villerscollege, Vaartstraat 24
Contact: Nicolas Mazeure, dienst erfgoed provincie Vlaams-Brabant
Telephone: +32 16 26 76 77
Time schedule: 10.00 - 15.00

London, U.K.
Organisation: London Map Fair
The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe, established 1980 exhibits at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. A very large selection of Original Antique Maps will be available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th to the 20th century, covering all parts of the world.
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 (Entrance Exhibition Road)
Time schedule: Saturday 4 June 2016 : 12.00 to 19.00. Sunday 5 June 2016 : 10.00 to 18.00.
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Lisbon, Portugal
Organisation: Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon (CIUHCT) and the National Library of Portugal (BNP)
The objectives of the workshop are:
  • To assess the current state of knowledge and the range of opinion about the following aspects of research into the medieval portolan chart:
    • When, where, how and why were the earliest portolan charts constructed?
    • How did the portolan charts evolve over time?
    • Were the portolan charts used in marine navigation and, if so, how; if not, what was their likely function?
  • To clarify the role of cartometric analytical techniques in the study of portolan charts.
  • To bring any other method to bear on these problems, such as the analysis of inks and parchments, special lighting to detect marks of use and to decipher illegible elements, and any other relevant approaches.
Venue: Navy Museum (Museu de Marinha), Praça do Império,Lisbon
Entry fee: The event will be free of charges.

Lisbon, Portugal
Organisation: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
The German cardinal Nikolaus von Kues (Nicolaus Cusanus/Nicholas of Cusa, 1401–1464) is mostly known today for his elaborate philosophical work. His interesting life and voluminous opus is well documented (cf. Nicolai de Cusa opera omnia et auctoritate Academiae Litterarum Heidelbergensis ad codicum fidem edita and Acta Cusana): As one of the first proponents of Renaissance humanism Nicolaus was not only a key figure of the 15th century, with strong interest in theology, philosophy and canon law, but also in astronomy, mapmaking and particularly in cosmography. But what did the term 'cosmography' mean in those days?
And in what sense was the universe considered infinite? What about the intellectual and personal connections of Cusanus to the Iberian Peninsula, where scientific and technological knowledge was exchanged with the Holy Roman Empire? What role does Cusanus play in the history of science of the early modern period, on the eve of European Exploration to the Ocean world and its repercussions? And does his work already reflect the intellectual reception of the New World in Europe, which included also a spiritual expansion of the Christian world?
Our international workshop 'Universum Infinitum'. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–1464) to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration will try to give answers to some of these questions. In connection with this, the interdisciplinary conference will deal with a variety of aspects of the 15th and 16th centuries: contemporary cartography, cosmographical view of the world, humanistic thought of philosophical/theological works and natural history.
For this meeting we will bring together international scholars, who are all concerned with Nikolaus von Kues and his time in a broad sense. Our speakers are experts in various areas: philosophy, (church) history, history of discoveries, theology, natural sciences, mathematics, history of instruments, cartography, cosmography and astrology – the best asset for an interdisciplinary workshop.
The papers will be given in German, Portuguese, French or English; each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes, sufficient discussion time for the symposium participants is added. The international workshop is organized by Thomas Horst (Postdoc at the Interuniversitary Centre for the History of Science and Technology, CIUHCT, University of Lisbon) in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Harald Schwaetzer and Dr. Matthias Vollet (both: Kueser Akademie für Europäische Geistesgeschichte and Cusanus-Hochschule, Bernkastel-Kues/Germany). It will take place over two days (Friday and Saturday, morning and afternoon).
This International Workshop is open to all interested in the subject. Admission is free but, due to limited space, registration is required.
Venue: Auditório at the National Library of Portugal, Campo Grande 83, 1749-081 Lisbon

London, U.K.
Organisation: London Rare Books School
Institute of English Studies
Course Organisers: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke CB.
The aim in this course is to draw attention to some of the challenges facing the student of map history given the longevity and ubiquity of the mapping idea, from prehistory to the present, and the variety of format, function and context of maps at any one time. Sessions are designed to explore the fundamental principles of map history to provide a framework in which the details of any map from any period can be accommodated. Stress is laid on the relationship between word and image, and the role of maps in books, as a counterbalance to the traditional way of viewing maps in isolation. The key tenet remains, however, that of the indivisibility of maps as image, artefact and messenger.
Outcomes for Students / Reading List:
Application forms at
Venue: London Rare Books School, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Language: English

Norwich and London, U.K.
Organisation: the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture
28 June 2016
14.00 - Opening Remarks: Sir Hugh Cortazzi, Akira Hirano and Radu Leca
14.30 - Panel 1: The Conflation of World Views on Japanese Maps. Chair and Discussant: Richard Bowring. Max Moerman: The Actuality of Buddhist Maps of the World in the Early Modern Period. Angelo Cattaneo: Maps of Japan in the Nanban Century. Elke Papelitzky: The 1671 'Map of Myriad Countries'.

29 June 2016
10.00 - Panel 2: Regional and Urban Perspectives. Chair and Discussant: Peter Kornicki. Uesugi Kazuhiro: The Strategy of the Map Makers – Historical Geography of the Kyoto Maps in the Early Modern Era. Radu Leca: Maps of Kyushu on Ceramic Dishes in the Nineteenth Century. Richard Pegg: Mapping Edo in the mid-Nineteenth Century.

29 June 2016
13.30 - Panel 3: The Variety of Images of Japan. Chair and Discussant: Timon Screech. Miyoshi Tadayoshi: The Overseas Adventures of Ryūsen’s Map of Japan. Marcia Yonemoto: One ‘Country’ or Many? Pre-national Nomenclature in Tokugawa Japanese Maps. Jason Hubbard: Crossfertilization: Japanese and Western Interrelationship in the Early Mapping of Japan.
16.00 Concluding Discussion

30 June 2016, 14.00 - Viewing of a selection of Japanese maps, Map Room, British Library.

Prague, Czech Republic
The Historical Geography Research Centre, the Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague, the Section for Historical Geography and Environmental History of the Czech Geographical Society, and the Local Organizing Committee have the honor of inviting you to join the Central European Conference of Historical Geographers, which will be held in Prague, Czechia from August 31 to September 2, 2016.
The conference is held in the heart of Europe, the historical city Prague and is focused on the latest development and research in the field of historical geography. However, it is open to all historical geographers and scholars from related disciplines, such as history, geography, environmental history, landscape ecology, cultural anthropology, who share an interest in the Central European space.
Venue: Charles University, Faculty of Science, Albertov 6, 128 43, Praha 2
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Organisation: The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography together with the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management, the ICA Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues, and the Institute of Social Sciences 'Ivo Pilar'
The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography together with the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management, the ICA Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues, and the Institute of Social Sciences 'Ivo Pilar' (Zagreb, Croatia) would like to invite you to attend and/or consider submitting a presentation for their joint International Symposium on 'The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge'. This International Symposium will be held in Dubrovnik (Croatia), a medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Thursday 13 October and Friday 14 October 2016. The symposium and planned optional technical and social excursions on 15 and 16 October are open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in maps and the diverse aspects of the history of cartography.
The joint organizers invite contributions (papers and posters) on the dissemination of cartographic knowledge and the effectiveness thereof in diverse cartographic cultures and their related user groups around the globe. This includes the technological and conceptual aspects of cartographic production (maps, charts, globes, atlases, educational tools etc.), the usability of these techniques and the resulting products, as well as the conditions of the map trade as a changing network of private enterprises and official institutions, and the role of diverse audiences in the creation, circulation, consumption and ultimate preservation of knowledge.
Although the Symposium will primarily focus on these themes, submissions of high quality on endeavours in other fields of cartographic history will also be considered, as well as contributions on the sharing of cartographic knowledge during earlier centuries (pre 18th century), as they often formed the background for later important developments.

Cartographic and cultural heritages of Dubrovnik, which from the 14th century until 1808 was a regional rival of Venice as the Republic of Ragusa, will be explored by way of optional post-conference excursions.
Venue: Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik

Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Organisation: Cartography and Geographic Information Society
The Cartography and Geographic Information Society invites the world of cartography and GIS to come to Washington, DC, 2 to 7 July 2017 for the 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association. A fantastic conference is planned that will draw upon all the resources of the nation's capital. The National Galleries of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Library of Congress will all play a role in making this a great conference.