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Organisation: UrbanMetaMapping Research Consortium
The UrbanMetaMapping Research Consortium warmly invites you the third edition of our online, midday academic talks on issues connected to our research interests on mapping man-made and natural catastrophes, heritage, urban planning, and digital tools used for researching these.
Venue: Online
Time schedule: 11.00-12.00

London, UK
These lectures focus on the history of maps and mapping worldwide, from earliest times to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the social and cultural factors of the maps’ context, production, and use.
  • 16 November 2023 - Isabella Alexander (Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney) - Maps, Makers, and Markets in the Early 19th Century: A View from the Legal Archive
  • 7 December 2023 - Tom Simpson (Department of History, University of Warwick) - Maps that Made Climate Change, c.1800 to the Present Day
  • 25 January 2024 - Felix de Montety (Université Grenoble Alpes, France) - The Birth of the Isogloss: Remarks on the Problem of Language Borders in the History of Cartography
  • 22 February 2024 - Matthew Day (College of Arts, Humanities and Education, University of Derby) - For the Benefit of the Nation? Richard Hakluyt's Principall Navigations (1589, 1598–1600) and Its Readers. Hakluyt Society Speaker
  • 21 March 2024 - Catherine Gibson (Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia) - Mapmakers in Action: Drawing Borders in the Baltic, 1918–20
  • 25 April 2024 - Yvonne Lewis (Assistant National Curator (Libraries), The National Trust) - Marking the miles: some annotated maps in National Trust collections
Venue: Senate House, University of London
Language: English
Time schedule: 17.00 (London time)

Online (Cambridge), Online
  • 21 November 2023, 6.30pm (CET) - John Montague, American University of Sharjah (Associate Professor Architecture) - ‘Lines endowed with lawful force’: the maps and drawings of the Wide Streets Commissioners, Dublin, 1758–1851.
  • 20 February 2024, 7.30pm (CET) - Isabella Alexander, UTS Sydney - Controlling copying before copyright: a tale of three Britannias
  • 7 May 2024, 6.30pm (CET) - Jana C Schuster, Historic England & New York University - The cartographic commissions of John, 2nd Duke of Montagu (1690–1749)
Venue: Zoom
Language: English
Time schedule: 18.30 (Brussels) 19.30 on 20/02

Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Organisation: SteM
The Museum SteM Sint-Niklaas is organising a series of lectures on cartography. Below is the list of forthcoming events, with a link to the pages containing a description of each lecture and the opportunity to register:
Venue: MercatorMuseum - Zamanstraat 49, 9100 Sint-Niklaas
Language: Dutch
Time schedule: 20.00
Entry fee: Free

on line, France
Organisation: Archives départementales des Ardennes
Document of the month - Every month, the Archives départementales des Ardennes (France) invite you to discover an original archive document from their collections.
A town in the Ardennes with a military vocation - The cadastral map of Philippeville.
Faced with the capture of Mariembourg (now in Belgium, to the west of Givet and to the north of Rocroi) at the end of June 1554 by the army of Henry II, then King of France, the Emperor Charles V, who was his main rival at the time, decided to retaliate by erecting two fortresses in the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region, located further east: Charlemont and Philippeville.
On 25 September 1555, Prince William of Orange set his sights on a site in the Echerennes area, more specifically the town of Corbigny, not far from Mariembourg and the Givet plateau. At that time, the streets and ramparts that would become Philippeville were marked out.
Plan géométrique de la commune de Philippeville. Dressé par Vairin, géomètre en chef, et P. A. Deschamps, géomètre secondaire. 980 × 800 mm. (cote 3P999 11, partial view). By courtesy of Archives départementales des Ardennes.
Link to the full size image.

On 1 October 1555, work began on the fortress itself (the date is inscribed on the pediment of the Philippeville church door). The original plan was an irregular pentagon made up of five bastions with orillons, three straight curtain walls, two broken curtain walls and firing platforms. Armament and supplies were completed by December.
On 29 December 1555, the Prince of Orange wrote to Philippe II, King of Spain: "I have named this fort Philippeville, to be built at the advent of his reign".
The first garrisons of soldiers occupied the site in January 1556.
During the sixteenth century, many Italian engineers were employed by the Spanish and Dutch to build fortresses and new cities. It was a Fleming, Sébastien Van Noyen, who designed the layout of Philippeville.
Later, the town of Mariembourg reverted to Spain under the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis on 3 August 1559, rendering the fortress useless. Philippeville continued to exist as a military post, however, and was not raised to the rank of town until 1620.
Under the Pyrénées Treaty of 1659, Philippeville became French territory. This territory was then an enclave within the Spanish Netherlands, which was attached to the rest of the Kingdom of France via the commune of Givet. During this period, the engineer Vauban made a number of changes to the fortifications, accentuating their star shape. The attached map shows these modifications and those to the private dwellings, which were redeveloped at the end of the eighteenth century.
Finally, in 1815, the fortress was returned to the Netherlands, in what would become Belgium fifteen years later. The fortress convention of 14 December 1831 and the creation of a new defence system for the new country led to the demolition of the fortifications, which began in 1853 and was completed in 1856.

Montevideo, Uruguay
Organisation: Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad de la República (FHCE-Udelar); Museo Histórico Nacional-Uruguay (MHN-DNC-MEC); Escuela de Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional de San Martín (EH-UNSAM)
La temática central del Simposio, Historias de cartografías en Iberoamérica: mapear un campo de estudios, propone habilitar la reflexión teórico-metodológica sobre la historia de la cartografía y la cartografía histórica, así como celebrar la consolidación de un espacio académico que se ha ido forjando desde 2006 con la celebración bienal de encuentros de especialistas iberoamericanos dedicados al estudio de la producción y uso social de imágenes cartográficas en diferentes tiempos y espacios

Weimar, Germany
Weimar, a beacon of German classicism and an intellectual centre in the days of Goethe and Schiller, was an important location for map and atlas production for many years. Numerous cartographic and geographical institutions flourished from the middle of the 18th century to the last third of the 19th century, associated with names such as Friedrich Justin Bertuch, Johann Christian Mämpel, Carl Ferdinand Weiland and Heinrich Kiepert.
Language: German
Entry fee: 20€

Edinburgh and online, Scotland
Organisation: National Library of Scotland and University of Bristol
This seminar brings together researchers working on the premodern (medieval and early modern) histories of Scottish cartography, chorography, landscape, history, and literature. In a series of presentations, the seminar will discuss some of the following (and similar) questions:
  • what are the roles of the respective disciplines (mapping, chorography, landscape history, and literature) in the understanding of place and space in Scotland?
  • what is the relationship between the premodern visual record (maps) and texts?
  • what is the relationship between the (historical) lived experience of Scottish landscapes and their representations on maps and in other geographical texts and objects?
  • what impact did the literary imagination have on the nascent sciences of mapping and chorography, and vice versa?
Registration is needed.
Venue: National Library of Scotland's Causewayside Building
Language: English
Time schedule: 11.30-16.10 (Brussels)

Paris, France
Organisation: Bibliothèque nationale de France
The map curators will gather in Paris at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (site Richelieu) for a day long meeting leading up to the International Conference on the History of Cartography, with the support of the Comité français de cartographie.
Venue: Bibliothèque nationale de France, site Richelieu, Département des Cartes et plans, 5 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

Lyon, France
The Lyon Map Fair will be held on Wednesday, 3 July 2024, during the ICHC2024 conference in Lyon. The 15 national and international map dealers will offer for sale a large selection of old maps, atlases, globes, travel books, and prints.
Venue: University of Lyon/MILC - Maison Internationale des Langues et des Cultures. 35 rue Raulin - 69007 Lyon, France
Time schedule: 11.00
Brussels Map Circle event

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The Brussels Map Circle is pleased to announce its next excursion to Amsterdam, in conjunction with the Map Fair. The programme will follow.

Cartagena de Indias , Colombia
El Primer Simposio Colombiano de Historia de la Geografía y la Cartografía, a celebrarse en la ciudad de Cartagena de Indias entre el 11 y el 13 de septiembre de 2024, es una iniciativa de Razón Cartográfica: Red de Historia de las Geografías y Cartografías de Colombia, el Programa de Historia de la Universidad de Cartagena y el Programa de Geografía de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Sede La Paz).
El simposio responde al amplio desarrollo que han tenido los estudios en historia de la geografía, historia del pensamiento geográfico, historia de la cartografía, historia territorial y geografía histórica en las últimas décadas en el país. Se concibe como un espacio de encuentro para valorar el trabajo hecho, para compartir las investigaciones en curso y para reflexionar sobre el papel y el futuro de dichas áreas en Colombia.
Language: Spanish

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.

Bologna, Italy
Organisation: The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association
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 18th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in Bologna.

San Antonio, Texas, USA
Organisation: Society for the History of Discoveries

Frontiers and Borderlands of Exploration

Frontiers, where explorers, traders, and indigenous peoples encounter one another, expanding their geographic and socio-cultural understandings as well as political and economic relationships, is the theme of this year’s conference. The experience and the acquisition of knowledge between and by those crossing frontiers into unfamiliar territory as well as the transmission of this knowledge back to their homelands includes scholarly examinations of exploration, encounters, and resistance across colonial and exploratory frontiers globally.
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Our next annual conference on 7 December 2024 will focus on Spanish cartography. More information to follow.