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Leiden, The Netherlands
Organisation: Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden
A selection was taken from some six hundred maps and plans on Ukraine, which belong to the Bodel Nijenhuis Collection and the Steegh/Teunissen Collection of Leiden University Libraries. Thirty maps on the history of the second largest country in Europe will be presented in six paragraphs. Each starts with a number of maps, with corresponding captions, and finishes with a short commentary that hopefully sheds some light on the present war of Russia against Ukraine.
The authors of the exhibition are Martijn Storms and Harrie Teunissen.
Read more.
Everyone will make up their own mind about the usability of the website. But the quality and resolution of the images are excellent.
URL: https://webpresentations.universiteitleiden.nl/s/borderlands[...]


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Dr Danielle Gravon (Director of Exhibitions, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Adjunct Faculty, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London).
Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


Valetta, Malta
Organisation: Malta Map Society
A lecture by Hans D. Kok.
Venue: National Library of Malta
Time schedule: 18.00


Erfurt, Germany
Organisation: Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien / Sammlung Perthes
Im Rahmen des Forschungsseminars Mappings: Historische Wissensforschung und neue Kartographiegeschichte spricht Frances O‘Morchoe (Oxford/Gotha) zum Thema Mapping South East Asia: Situating Perthes Cartography in a Global Historical Perspective.
Online.
URL: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/universitaet/aktuelles/veranstaltu[...]


Hamburg, Germany
Organisation: Diana Lange (Universität Hamburg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (CNRS Paris, MPIWG Berlin)
The aim of this workshop is to discuss some methodological approaches to developing a clearly articulated typology of East Asian maps, which is still missing.
The extant research literature tends to distinguish between two major mapping traditions: ‘Western and scientific’ (i.e. based on advanced techniques of cartographic survey) and ‘Chinese and traditional’ (i.e. stemming from autochtonous cartography). The major drawback of this distinction is that it ignores the multifarious character of the Chinese cartographic tradition, which has at least two major sub-traditions. Following the pioneering studies of the recognised American-Taiwanese geographer Hsu Mei-ling 徐美玲 (1932–2009), Cordell Yee, author of the latest reference study of the history of Chinese cartography (1994), labelled them as ‘analytical/mathematical’ versus ‘descriptive’. The tentative character of these distinctions calls attention to the urgent necessity to clarify the criteria of classifying East Asian maps.
We propose to re-evaluate these distinctions and to consider other classifications of East Asian maps in the context of the global history of cartography. In particular, we would like to further develop the approach initiated by Joseph Needham and Wang Ling 王鈴 (1959), who systematically investigated Chinese maps in comparison with other cartographical traditions. This global approach has since been pushed back by a tendency to narrow specialisation in map studies; in the case of East Asian maps, the complexity of sinographic writing reinforces this tendency to take isolated views.
Diversity of cartographic traditions is not unique to East Asia. For instance, the history of European cartography distinguishes between mappaemundi relying on the Biblical conceptions of terrestrial space, and two incompatible traditions of ‘scientific cartography’ – maps rooted in Ptolemaic geography and early modern nautical charts (Gaspar Alves and Leitão, 2019). The interesting difference between East Asian and European cartography is that while mappaemundi and the early modern charts gradually left the cartographic scene, pre-modern types of East Asian maps continued to be produced and reproduced well up to the twentieth century.
URL: https://networks.h-net.org/node/4879599/discussions/11584044[...]
Brussels Map Circle event


Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The fertile territory of the Republic of Ukraine, between forest and steppe, has been part of many empires, from the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century to the Russian Empire in the twentieth century. This borderland, as it is often defined, will be the subject op three papers by specialists of Ukrainian mapping.
Die Ukraine Land u. Volk. Simon Schropp'sche Landkarte - Handlung. Berlin. By courtesy of Rick Smit.

Volodymyr Dmyterko is an Ukrainian physicist, publisher and bookseller based in Lviv and Cracow. He is specialised in Ukraine's cartographic history, especially of Guillaume Vasseur de Beauplan, the Norman engineer who drew the first modern maps of Ukraine in the first half of the seventeenth century.
Harrie Teunissen together with John Steegh from Dordrecht donated their entire collection of maps, city plans and atlases, circa 17 000 map sheets and 2 300 atlases and travel guides, to Leiden University Libraries. It formed the basis of the online exhibition Borderlands - Ukraine in historical maps. Harrie was a scientific assistant at the University of Amsterdam and a cultural and religious historian of Judaism and Islam.
Finally, Rick Smit is an expert of Justus Perthes’ atlases, maps and publications, 1817-1952 and has worked on thematic maps of geopolitics and ethnography in Europe (1848-1933).
Please register for this exclusive event via the Registration form.
Programme
  • 9.30 Coffee
  • 10.00 Welcome address
  • 10.15 Collecting old maps of Ukraine by Volodymyr Dmyterko
  • 11.00 Ethnographic and political mapping of Ukraine just before, during and immediately after World War I by Rick Smit
  • 11.45 Break
  • 12.15 Borderlands, Ukraine in historical maps by Harrie Teunissen
  • 13.00 Closing speech
Practical
  • Public transport: Central Station and metro station Central Station / Centraal Station / Gare Centrale.
  • Public parking: Interparking Albertine-Square.
  • No entrance fee for Members.
  • Entrance fee for non-Members: EUR 10.00.
  • Fees are to be prepaid on our bank account before the MAPAF: IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 BIC GKCCBEBB. No cash payments during the event please.
Venue: Panorama Room, KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Time schedule: 9.30-13.00
Entry fee: Free for Members. EUR 10.00 for non-Members.


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Šima Krtalic (PhD candidate in the History and Philosophy of Sciences and researcher in the MEDEA-Chart ERC project, University of Lisbon).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


Washington, USA
Organisation: Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress
This virtual orientation will provide an introduction to the maps housed at the Library of Congress, with a special focus on the maps that delineate the boundaries of Afghanistan and its neighboring territories during the Great Game.
Join us as we provide an overview of select maps of Afghanistan, and a brief demonstration on how to find and download these valuable resources. A Q&A session with map librarians will follow the presentation and demonstration.
URL: https://www.loc.gov/item/event-406981/geography-and-map-virt[...]


Bornem, Belgium
Organisation: Econopolis Economic Encounter
A masterclass in Geopolitics from Tim Marshall.
Tim Marshall is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, best known for his reporting of Foreign News and International Diplomacy. He is the former Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News.
  • What are the geopolitical hotspots today, and what are underestimated hotspots for tomorrow?
  • How could the conflict in Ukraine come to a peaceful end, or not?
  • Iran, Turkey and S-Arabia: regional powers that are a threat or an opportunity for Europe?
Venue: Lodderstraat 16, 2880 Bornem
URL: https://econopolis.net/


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Drs Anne-Rieke van Schaik (Research assistant, Explokart Research Program, University of Amsterdam).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


New York, USA
Organisation: Stephanie Porras (Tulane University) and Aaron M. Hyman (Johns Hopkins University)
Porcelain, lacquerware, carved ivory, fantastical sea shells, aromatic spices: even just a list of goods portered from the East to the Dutch Republic evokes a multi-faceted and multi-sensorial history. Indeed, the last thirty years have seen a staggering amount of work on the material culture and artistic production enabled by the long-distance trade of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). With only a few notable exceptions, far less art historical attention has been paid to the activities of the Dutch West Indian Company, the WIC. Yet with footholds in North America, the Caribbean, South America, and the west coast of Africa, the company played a vital role in the shaping of the Americas and in the transatlantic traffic of raw materials (tobacco, pearls, sugar, gold), refined artistic products, and people (both willing settlers and enslaved laborers).
This session aims to begin the process of assembling and reassessing the visual and material corpus related to Dutch trading companies in the Americas and is part of a larger, multi-year project that aims to redress this historiographic imbalance between east and west. Papers are welcome that treat any facet of Dutch artistic culture as it was inspired by the Americas or took shape in these geographies. Potential topics include: botanical expeditions and illustrations, plantation architecture, the material culture of slavery, mapping and navigation (particularly of complex waterways), engineering projects, inter-imperial artistic influence (critical to zones of contact and piracy like the Caribbean), the collection of Americana in the Netherlands, the mobilization of artistic resources (pearls, shells, pigment, etc.).


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Dr Bertie Mandelblatt (George S. Parker II '52 Curator of Maps and Prints, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Laura Lee Brott (PhD Candidate in Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Dr Leonardo Ariel Carrió Cataldi (CNRS Researcher, LARHRA, Lyon).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


Berlin, Germany
Organisation: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
A two-day Workshop (10-11 July 2023) for early career professionals (scholars, curators, archivists, and librarians) working in the history of cartography, will precede the Symposium. Hands-on activities led by four experts in the field may include work with the MPIWG’s collection of Chinese maps and discussions on developing digital humanities projects, as well as sessions focusing on the themes of color in map scholarship.
The Symposium (12 July 2023 keynote; 13-14 July 2023 sessions), focusing on Intersections in Map History, particularly welcomes proposals that connect to two themes that benefit from the research context and facilities of the MPIWG: “materiality” and cross-cultural research. The first theme calls attention to the importance of material attributes of maps, such as constraints that may be overlooked as scholars work increasingly with digitized sources. The second encourages dialogue and exchange between scholars working with comparable questions, sources or methodologies across different geographic spaces and contexts.
URL: https://ishmap.wordpress.com/ishmap-2023-berlin-symposium-an[...]


Berlin, Germany
Organisation: The International Coronelli-Society for the Study of Globes and the Map Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
In Berlin, the production of globes only began in the late eighteenth century, but developed into a very successful international production in the nineteenth century. The publishing houses of Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Schotte, Julius Heymann and - for the twentieth century - Columbus are particularly worthy of mention. This lively, but perhaps still somewhat under-researched publishing activity and the reopening of the Staatsbibliothek building Unter den Linden in 2021 are the reason to invite researchers of globe studies and all those interested to Berlin again after 25 years. The conference will take place in the Humboldt Hall of the Staatsbibliothek (Unter den Linden 8).
Two years ago, the Map Department was reunited in this building for the first time since the Second World War. The Map Department sees itself as one of the most active collections of cartographic works in Germany. While hardly any globes were included in the collection until the Second World War, it expanded thereafter to include significant objects (for example, the Sanuto brothers’ globe from the 1570s). Particularly in recent years, the focus of the collection has been on the Berlin production. Currently, the collection comprises about 280 globes produced up to the end of the Second World War. The Schnermann Collection, which comprises over 200 everyday objects of the twentieth century in the form of globes, also has a globe-relevant, if slightly curious, yet cultural-historical significance.
Venue: Humboldt Hall of the Staatsbibliothek (Unter den Linden 8), Berlin
Language: German and English
E-mail: vincenzo@coronelli.org
URL: https://coronellidotorg.wpcomstaging.com/symposien/


Valetta, Malta
Organisation: The Malta Map Society
The Malta Map Society has been honoured to host the 41st International IMCoS Symposium in Malta. This will be the second time that the Society will be hosting the IMCoS International Symposium which was last held in Malta in 2011. The Symposium which will be named Imago Melitae 2024: 41st IMCoS International Symposium is scheduled for 16 – 19 October 2024.
Six lectures by well-known figures in the cartographical world will be given along with visits to the National Library, MUZA, and Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta, the Maritime Museum and the Inquisitors Palace in Vittoriosa and the National and Ecclesiastical Archives in Rabat and Mdina.
URL: https://maltamapsociety.mt/imago-melitae-2024-41st-imcos-int[...]