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Online (Miami), USA
Organisation: University of Miami Special Collections
Featuring Kate Hunter, Senior Specialist, Daniel Crouch Rare Books in conversation with Arthur Dunkelman, Curator, Jay I. Kislak Collection
Hunter will share stories about three maps. The first is a map of Western Australia, where she grew up. The second is a Dutch East India Company [VOC] 18th-century chart of the Indian Ocean on vellum that helped the company establish a trade route that netted a fortune. Lastly, she will look at a silver punch bowl whose upside-down surface includes an engraved map that is an early rendering of Captain James Cook's first voyage (1769–1770).
Register here to attend online.
Language: English
Time schedule: 19:30 CET

Kyoto and Online, Japan
Over the past 30 years, historians have reconceptualized the history of political space. We now recognize that discrete, exacting borders are largely a creation of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, not a timeless or natural phenomenon. Our historical maps, however, do not reflect this new understanding, and draw all borders as clear, exact lines. In Japan’s kuniezu, for example, long stretches of provincial borders are described as undetermined. How can we accurately map vague borders? Relying on quantitative methods, this paper engages with that question as both a conceptual and a practical problem for digital mapping.
Speaker: Mark Ravina (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Richard Pegg (MacLean Collection)
  • D. Max Moerman (Columbia University)
  • Mario Cams (University of Oslo)
  • Elke Papelitzky (KU Leuven)
For online attendance, registration before 7 June through these form.
Venue: Seminar Room 1, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Language: English
Time schedule: 8:00-10:00 CET

London, UK
The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe, established 1980.
We exhibit at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. A very large selection of Original Antique Maps will be available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th C. to the 20th C., covering all parts of the world and priced to suit all pockets.
Venue: Royal Geographical Society
Entry fee: Free

London, UK
Organisation: Emily Mann (Bartlett School of Architecture) & Stephen Whiteman (The Courtauld)
Despite the attentions of cultural historians since the 1980s, maps still tend to escape close and critical study as fundamentally visual and material forms of communication, with histories of cartography remaining predominantly disconnected from these dimensions of the subject matter. This two-day symposium addresses this interdisciplinary challenge from a diverse range of perspectives that foreground such questions as: how do maps operate as representations, and how do culturally situated understandings of space shape how they are created, seen and read? How does the study of maps within specific historical or cultural contexts connect to broader issues in visual/material history? In what ways are coloniality and/or indigeneity made visible/material in maps? How can art-historical approaches inform other disciplinary analyses and uses of maps? Invited speakers will offer new perspectives through studies of cartographic objects from around the world, from early modern India, Iran, and China to the Atlantic world and contemporary South Africa.
Free, but registration needed
Venue: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, London WC1X 9EW
Language: English
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Many old maps are as much works of art as tools for getting from one place to another, and one of the most engaging artistic embellishments of these maps are the decorative frames called cartouches, which often surround the map’s title and other details. Cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. Although they are one of the most visually engaging elements on maps, and despite the fact that it is often through the decoration of the cartouche that the cartographer speaks most directly to the viewer, revealing his or her interests or prejudices, there is no detailed study of them, no discussion of their earliest history or development, and no attempt to interpret the symbolism of a large number of them together. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine some of their sources, and explain their symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail.
Lecture by Chet Van Duzer (University of Rochester, USA)
  • Please register: Marie-Anne Dage, Brussels Map Circle Secretary,
  • No entrance fee for Members.
  • Entrance fee for non-Members: EUR 5.00.
  • 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: Map Room of KBR (Royal Library of Belgium)
Language: English
Contact: Marie-Anne Dage
Time schedule: 15.00

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.

Stanford and online, USA
Organisation: California Map Society
Join the California Map Society for their August 19, 2023 conference, which will take place at the David Rumsey Map Center and online. You can register for the event here.
Speaker topics and speakers at the conference include:
  • Update on Rumsey Map Center projects, David Rumsey
  • Visualizing Place Exhibit at UC Berkeley, Jose Adrian Barragan-Alvarez
  • Apple Maps & Indigenous Boundaries, Brad Harried & James Irwin
  • Maps & Power, Chet Van Duzer
  • Collaborative Map Exploration with Pixeum, Tom Paper & Ron Gibbs
  • 17th-20th Century Dutch Canal Engineering Maps, Brynn Kramer
  • SFO Museum and Wayfinding App, Aaron Cope
  • Segmented Cities: Inter-group Conflict & Coexistence, Arjun Maheshwari
  • The San Francisco Scale Model, Gray Brechin
  • Open Historical Map, Jeff Meter & Minh Nguyen
Venue: David Rumsey Map Center and online
Language: English
Time schedule: 19:30 CET

Minneapoli, USA
Organisation: Society for History of Discoveries
The James Ford Bell Library, with its extensive collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and archival collections, documenting the history and impact of trade and cultural exchange before the nineteenth century, offers an ideal venue to host the 2023 Society for History of Discoveries conference. This year’s conference locale aligns with the global breadth of the Society’s mission by supporting research into expeditions, biographies, cartography, cultural interaction, technologies of travel, and myriad other aspects of geographic discovery. With its expansive resources, the Bell Library, and other University of Minnesota library collections, offers members of the Society and presenters an ideal opportunity to conduct research prior to and after the conference. The rich and fascinating collections embolden the inspiration for our conference.
Venue: James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota

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

Paris, France
Organisation: Commission Histoire du Comité Français de Cartographie
Par-delà les études classiques sur la place spécifique de la cartographie dans l’histoire des savoirs scientifiques, et les analyses répétées sur les engagements de la cartographie (et des cartographes) dans diverses opérations politiques, il est nécessaire d’envisager les relations de la cartographie avec les arts et les artistes ainsi que ses formes d’implication dans les cultures visuelles des sociétés modernes et contemporaines. Les recherches sur ce sujet sont déjà nombreuses, et fructueuses, et ont permis d’établir de façon décisive les multiples niveaux et formes d’interaction entre les mondes de la cartographie et les mondes de l’art.
Venue: Institut national d'histoire de l'art

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.