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Delft, The Netherlands
Organisation: Werkgroep voor de geschiedenis van de Kartografie
The Dutch 'Werkgroep voor de geschiedenis van de Kartografie' is organizing a Study Session in Delft, dedicated to the Map of the City, made by Dirck van Bleyswijck (published in 1678). This map is also the object of the current exhibition in Delft, as mentioned on our website: 'Delft op de Kaert'.
Venue: Prinsenkwartier van Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Sint Agathaplein 4, Delft
Language: Dutch
Time schedule: 13.00 - 16.15
Entry fee: EUR 15.00

Antwerpen, Belgium
Organisation: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience
Conference by Piet Lombaerde
Over de oudste stadsplannen van Antwerpen en nieuwe inzichten in de geschiedenis van de stad.
Recentelijk werd de ‘oudste’ stadsplattegrond van Antwerpen herontdekt en vakkundig gerestaureerd. Dit unieke document, dat een waar palimpsest is, wordt tijdens deze lezing opnieuw geïnterpreteerd aan de hand van een vergelijkende studie met andere nog bewaarde oude stadsplannen en op basis van nieuwe vondsten, die tijdens de restauratie aan het licht kwamen. Heel wat vragen en problemen kwamen naar voor, zowel op het gebied van de voorstelling van gebouwen en versterkingswerken op het plan, als wat de relatie betreft met andere oude plannen en projecten, die in het stadsarchief van Antwerpen nog steeds bewaard worden. Er wordt getracht om een inhoudelijke samenhang tussen deze oudste stadsplannen te reconstrueren en zo tot eventueel nieuwe inzichten te komen in een stuk geschiedenis van de stad Antwerpen.
Piet Lombaerde (1948) is burgerlijk ingenieur architect (1973) en doctor in de stedenbouw en ruimtelijke ordening (1982) van de KU Leuven. Emeritus hoogleraar en thans gastprofessor aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Zijn specialisatie is de geschiedenis van architectuur- en stedenbouwtheorie, geschiedenis van de vestingbouw (16de tot 19de eeuw), geschiedenis van de tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur (16de-17de eeuw). Zijn onderzoek richt zich vooral op de studie van de iconografie en cartografie als hulpbronnen voor de stadsgeschiedenis. Hij is series editor, samen met prof. Krista De Jonge, van de internationale reeks ‘Architectura Moderna’, uitgegeven door Brepols Publishers.
Venue: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4, 2000 Antwerpen
Language: Dutch
Time schedule: 11.00 - 13.00
Entry fee: EUR 5.00 / EUR 2.50

London, U.K.
Organisation: Society for the History of Discoveries
For the first time since 1987 the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London, United Kingdom. The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present - the explorers and the explored. Fields of specialization thus include the history of European expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial settlement, biography, and bibliography.

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.
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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 fore taste of the Conference to come! Draft programme
  1. Morning
  2. General introduction by Prof Dr Günsel Renda Koç University, Istanbul
  3. Piri Reis and Mercator by Jan Parmentier, MAS, Antwerp
  4. Hispanic and Mediterranean sources of the Kitab-i Bahriye by Dr Dejanirah Couto, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris
  5. Afternoon
  6. Kâtip Çelebi and Cartography in the Ottoman Empire
  7. Humanist culture and diplomatic issues by French Ambassador Choiseul-Gouffier at the Ottoman Court, and the French cartography of the Straits and the Black Sea by Emmanuelle Vagnon, Université Paris 1
  8. Beyond Kiepert: German mapmakers in the Ottoman Empire (1835-1895) by Ségolène Debarre, Université Paris 1
Lunch 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.