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Bogotá, Colombia
Organisation: Instituto Amazónico de Investigaciones – IMANI de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Amazonia, con apoyo de la Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, el Centro Cultural Leticia del Banco de la República de Colombia, la Red Razón Cartográfica, el Laborator
Course on “Amazonia Cartográfica: tierras calientes, paraísos ignotos, y discursos geográficos”.
Los invitamos a participar del curso de extensión Amazonia Cartográfica: tierras calientes, paraísos ignotos, y discursos geográficos, organizado por el Instituto Amazónico de Investigaciones – IMANI de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Amazonia, con apoyo de la Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, el Centro Cultural Leticia del Banco de la República de Colombia, la Red Razón Cartográfica, el Laboratorio Digital de Arquitectura y Urbanismo y el Grupo de Estudios Transfronterizos.
La transmisión de la sesión se hará a través de Facebook live [] y Youtube [].
Todos los jueves de 2020 a 16:00 a 18:00 (UTC-05).
Free. Upon registration at this address.
Organizado por Grupo de Estudios Transfronterizos e Razón Cartográfica
Time schedule: Thursdays between 16:00 and 18:00 (UTC-5)
Entry fee: Free.

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.
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Venice, Italy
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Important notice [updated on 2020-07-21]
The latest evolution of the Covid-19 situation has forced the persons in charge of organising the joint meeting in Venice of Almagià and the Brussels Map Circle to finally abandon this project for 2020. We sincerely regret this, but the risks and difficulties were too considerable, despite all our best efforts. We keep hoping that in a not too distant future this event will be able to take place eventually. We hope our Members can understand this decision.
The Brussels Map Circle wishes to thank all the persons who invested their time and goodwill into this project, in particular Alex Smit, Emilio Moreschi and Vladimiro Valerio and the speakers who had already consented to come: Pieter Martens, Marica Milanesi, Daria Perocco, Hans Kok, Giorgio Mangani and Wouter Bracke.

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, Deutschland
Organisation: Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) and the Mineralogical Museum/Center of Natural History (CeNak) and the Museum am Rothenbaum, Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK)
Maps and Colours (2018-2021) is a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and pursued by the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) and the Mineralogical Museum/Center of Natural History (CeNak) as part of Universität Hamburg, the Hanseatic Business Foundation Archive with the Library of Commerce, and the Museum am Rothenbaum, Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK). The project examines maps of East Asian and European origin drawn, dyed, and coloured by hand between the 15th and 20th century with a particular focus on the colours and colourants used for their production. In doing so, the project pursues a multidisciplinary approach to provide novel insights into research areas that have been neglected thus far. These range from the origin, composition, and processing of colour pigments to their function, use, and associated meaning in order to re-trace historical trade routes and to illuminate questions pertaining to regionally specific print traditions, processes, and innovations. Particularly the material analysis of the colours and dyes breaks new ground for the study of coloured maps and prints. This research is carried out through predominantly non-invasive methods, including but not limited to microscopy, chemical analysis, and multispectral imaging.
Virtual lectures via Zoom, Tuesdays 16.00 - 18.00.

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

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

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

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.