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Lisbon, Portugal
The International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart will take place in 4-5 June 2020 (Thursday to Friday), at the Hydrographic Institute, in Lisbon, Portugal.
This will be the third Lisbon meeting dedicated to the History of Nautical Cartography. The first and second were held in 2016 and 2018, and were focused on the history of the medieval portolan chart. This time, the scope has been enlarged as to also include other periods and cartographic models.
The main objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the history of nautical cartography. In this third meeting the scope has been enlarged to include not only the genesis and evolution of the medieval portolan chart but also nautical charts in general. The proposed themes of the workshop are:
  • When, where, how and why the earliest nautical charts were constructed, and how they evolved over time;
  • The mutual influence between medieval portolan charts and traditional maps of European and non-European origin;
  • How the first latitude charts were constructed following the introduction of astronomical navigation, and how they evolved over time;
  • The use of pre-Mercator nautical charts at sea;
  • The role of multidisciplinary approaches to the research on old nautical charts: cartometric methods of analysis, numerical modelling, multispectral analysis, material characterization, carbon dating, etc;
  • Any other subject related to the history of nautical cartography, especially concerning pre-Mercator charts.
Venue: Hydrographic Institute, Rua das Trinas 49, 1249-093 Lisboa
Contact: Prof. Joaquim Alves Gaspar
URL: https://www.portmeeting.org/


Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organisation: The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 15th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) jointly with the 22nd Conference of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group - MAGIC on Challenges in Modern Map Librarianship in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 24-26 September 2020, in partnership with the Faculty of Geography, Babeş–Bolyai University.
Both Conferences follow a common working programme attended by all the participants, with thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects treated in the Conferences of the ICA Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2019-2023) and the MAGIC Aims focused on map and geoinformation curatorship and in map-librarianship.
URL: http://cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Cluj-Napoca2020/
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Venice, Italy
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle

Important notice. To allow the organisers to assess the potential interest this event arouses and continue their preparatory work, all those interested are requested to fill in a non committal form online. It does not engage anyone. Its sole purpose is to estimate the number of potential participants. The registration form is here. Please fill in before 6 June 2020.

In close collaboration with our Italian sister organization Roberto Almagià, the city of Venice has been selected as the venue for a conference to be held in October 2020. Venice is the city of many famous cartographers, such as Fra Mauro, Forlani, Bertelli, Gastaldi and Coronelli. collections. The two-day conference will focus on the interaction between cartographers of Italy and the Netherlands during the period 1550 to 1750, regarding exchanges, copying and pirating of maps, which took place extensively (and without shame).
The idea is to hold on Friday 16 October 2020 a full day of lectures in the prestigious Aula Magna of the Ateneo Veneto and on Saturday 17 October 2020 to make private visits to the famous Correr and Marcina Libraries. These both have very rich cartography collections and Marciana also the famous Fra Mauro map, which has been recently restored. These venues are all situated in the heart of Venice, on or close to the San Marco Square.
We have already received a confirmation for participation by several illustrious speakers for the conference and the preliminary programme is:
  • Vladimiro Valerio: Introduction
  • Marica Milanesi: Coronelli
  • Giorgio Mangani: Ortelius
  • Daria Perocco: Travelling in 16 and 17th centuries
  • Wouter Bracke: Dutch maps in 'Lafreri' atlasses
  • Pieter Martens: City views in mid-16th century
  • Hans Kok: Blaeu maps copied in Italy
On the evening before the conference, on Thursday 15 October 2020, an informal dinner will be organized in a typical restaurant for participants of the Brussels Map Circle only (estimated cost around EUR 35.00 pp). On Friday evening all participants to the conference will be invited to attend a very special evening on the island of Murano in the lagoon of Venice. Artistic glass blowing is their world-famous specialty and a demonstration and exhibit will be followed by cocktails and a gala dinner (estimated cost around EUR 100.00 pp). Transfers to the island by a private boat.
For the organisation a small team has been composed of Alex Smit, Emilio Moreschi, president of Almagià, and Prof. Vladimiro Valerio. Emilio lives part of the year in Venice and is very well introduced in different associations there. Many thanks to Prof. Vladimiro Valerio, who has volunteered to take care of the scientific coordination of the conference. Until recently he lectured at Venice University and is internationally recognised as a leading expert in Italian cartography. He is very well known in academic circles in Venice and lives there since many years.
Recommendations for the lodging of the participants in the vicinity of the location of the conference will be made in due time.


Hamburg, Germany
Organisation: Museum am Rothenbaum - Hanseatic Business Archive foundation/Hamburg Chamber of Commerce - Centre for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC)/Universität Hamburg
In the framework of our innovative interdisciplanry research project Coloured Maps we are organizing a workshop with a cross-cultural approach to discuss the material nature and meaning of colours on maps.
On the workshop we will discuss maps and colours, methods and discourses, dyes and analytrical approaches. We wil focus on European and Asian maps between 15th and 19th century.
Contact: Benjamin Vanderlinde
E-mail: benjamin.vanderlinde@hk24.de


Paris, France
Organisation: Comité Français de Cartographie (commission ‘histoire’) et Direction des bibliothèques et de la documentation du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Les jardins naturalistes, botanique et zoologique, partagent avec la cartographie la volonté de décrire le monde de manière à la fois exhaustive et ordonnée. Les échelles, les matériaux, les apparences de la représentation sont certes différents. Mais il s’agit bien, dans la carte comme dans le jardin, d’élaborer une image du monde qui puisse être lisible par tout un chacun. Cartes et jardins font partie de ce grand effort scientifique qui consiste à faire voir et faire comprendre le monde et ses espaces, naturels et humains.
La journée d’études organisée conjointement par la Commission Histoire du Comité Français de Cartographie et la Bibliothèque du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle se propose d’explorer les rapports qui se sont noués entre la cartographie et le jardin, notamment au Jardin des Plantes, du point de vue de l’acquisition, de l’organisation, de la représentation et de la diffusion des connaissances naturelles. La période étudiée pourra remonter aux origines médiévales de l’activité de collecte et de description du monde naturel, mais on insistera surtout sur les périodes modernes et contemporaines liées à l’institution du Jardin des Plantes et à son fonctionnement jusqu’à nos jours.
Deux directions sont à envisager : celle qui conduit du jardin vers le monde ; celle qui ramène, pour ainsi dire, le monde vers et dans le jardin. La cartographie est engagée à des titres et sous des formes multiples dans les opérations de description et de représentation des mondes naturels et humains. De la géologie à l’ethnographie, de la botanique à la zoologie : c’est l’ensemble du champ d’investigation ouvert aux naturalistes qui est devenu le théâtre de la mise en œuvre des opérations cartographiques. Il s’agirait alors, dans les contributions à cette Journée d’étude, d’analyser dans un premier temps les diverses façons dont les cartes, aux côtés des archives et autres documents de terrain, ont été mobilisées dans la construction des connaissances naturalistes. Les échelles, les supports matériels, les sémiologies, les modes d’écriture, mais aussi les usages, qui peuvent parfois différer du tout au tout, feront l’objet d’un intérêt particulier. Autrement dit : à quoi servent les cartes sur le terrain naturaliste et comment sont-elles conçues, fabriquées, utilisées, à quelles fins ?
Venue: Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
URL: https://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/244/files/2020[...]


Bucharest, Romania
The International Conference on the History of Cartography will be organised in Bucharest from 4 – 9 July 2021
The International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) is the only scholarly conference solely dedicated to advancing knowledge of the history of maps and mapmaking, regardless of geographical region, language, period or topic.
The conference promotes free and unfettered global cooperation and collaboration among cartographic scholars from any academic discipline, curators, collectors, dealers and institutions through illustrated lectures, presentations, exhibitions, and a social programme. In order to expand awareness of issues and resources, each conference is sponsored by leading educational and cultural institutions.
Venue: Central University Library ”Carol I”, Bucharest
E-mail: ichc2021@gmail.com
URL: https://ichc2021.com/


Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Organisation: El Comité Organizador de la 57 edición des Congreso Internacional de Americanistas (ICA 2021)
La representación de regiones fronterizas periféricas en la mirada hegemónica eurocéntrica como la Amazonia, la Patagonia, la Orinoquia, el Chaco, entre otras, ha pasado por formas de imaginación complejas de la otredad que implica su misma construcción periférica en relación a una centralidad narrativa que se asume privilegiada, así como por formas de clasificar y organizar sus naturalezas y gentes, lo cual a su vez se ha superpuesto con complejos procesos de fronterización que han definido, aveces de formas inestables, soberanías-imperiales-estatales en estas regiones. En esta propuesta de grupo temático queremos llamar a la reflexión a investigadores de diversas disciplinas sobre las formas de representación de estas regiones, privilegiando la representación a través de cartografías, para examinar tanto la relación de la construcción de dichas regiones con los diversos procesos de apropiación territorial del espacio material, como la expresión simbólica e iconográfica presente en las representaciones, tanto como las complejas redes de discursos, practicas y estrategias de diferentes actores asociados a la producción, distribución, reproducción e incluso recepción de estos materiales en diversos públicos que han logrado consolidar en los imaginarios sobre dichas regiones y sustentado las formas de apropiación, uso y explotación de éstas.
URL: https://ica2021.unicentro.br/en/