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Vatican City, Vatican
The Vatican Apostolic Library is happy to welcome visitors to its exhibition Tutti. Umanità in cammino. From Travel Cartography to Utopian and Allegorical Maps: the Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Pietro Ruffo, which will take place in the Library from 5 November 2021 to 25 February 2022.
Arising from the collaboration between the Roman artist Pietro Ruffo and the Vatican Apostolic Library, the exhibition winds its way through four sections. In the first part are four examples of celestial and terrestrial cartography according to Pietro Ruffo, while in the second one can admire three rare examples of cartography from among the treasures of the papal collection: a Chinese world map, an astronomical scroll from India, and five paper astrolabes from the sixteenth century.
Within the Exhibition Hall the real interaction between the artist and the Library’s collections occurs: there one can admire, side by side, many examples of how human beings have employed, and indeed still do employ, the principles of cartography to represent realities that have nothing to do with actual geography: dreams and utopias, inner feelings and movements, drawing from theological perspectives and making social criticisms.
Venue: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cortile Belvedere, 00120 Città del Vaticano

Trieste, Italy
GSR objectives
  • to analyse and represent global maritime connections
  • to understand globalisation as a function of overseas expansion and the connected voyages, explorations and transportations from the late-15th century to the beginning of the 20th century
  • collecting data from printed travel accounts and manuscript ship logbooks
  • building a relational online database to be accessed on the Web.
Venue: University of Trieste-Department of Humanities)
Contact: Guido Abbattista

Dublin, Ireland
Organisation: The Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
The Mediterranean islands have occupied, at least since antiquity, a central position within the political and economic imperatives of numerous civilizations. These military powers will establish various forms of maritime control over the Mediterranean space. From the Minoans to the Genoese and Venetian Thalassocracies, as well as the Ottoman Empire, the Mediterranean Sea became the scene of countless battles for control of its islands and surrounding waters (even still today). When thought as a separate entity, the island often refers to the idea of isolation, but it takes on a whole new meaning when it becomes plural: when we speak of the Mediterranean islands, we think of battles but also of commerce and cultural exchange. Likewise, the water that surrounds the islands can be both a vector of isolation and a way for communication. In the early modern period, cartographic representations of these islands, coveted by foreign powers but also inhabited by different cultures and religions, are still linked to power relations and are part of the attempts of different powers to assert their territorial legitimacy.
The question of the territorialization of the seas, which began in the 17th century with Hugo Grotius, already exists, however, through early modern cartographic representations, whether we speak of isolarii, nautical charts, Geographies or wall paintings. To control an island is also to control the surrounding waters: in the same way, to represent an island is also to represent the maritime space that surrounds it, whether it is empty, filled with hatching, figurative details or simply colored. What is the relationship between the island and the surrounding waters? Does the latter make it an enclosed place, a fortified wall, a place of exchange? What about the islands of the Indian Ocean, or those of the New Territories? Is this plural idea of the relationship between the island and the sea to be found in the representations of other maritime spaces at the same time?
Venue: The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Lima, Perú
Organisation: PUCP - Instituto Riva-Agüero - Faculdad de Letras y Ciensias Humanas
El Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (SIAHC) se ha constituido en un referente regional de reflexión crítica sobre los mapas y su historia. Desde el 2006, el SIAHC se viene organizando cada dos años, para estimular la interlocución académica regional sobre las relaciones entre cartografía, tecnología, cultura visual y poder. Los idiomas oficiales del evento han sido el castellano y el portugués y la inscripción al evento ha sido totalmente gratuita para todos los participantes y asistentes. Cada simposio ha contado con un Comité Organizador Local y el apoyo de un Comité Científico Internacional encabezado por los organizadores de los simposios anteriores.

Leeds, UK
Organisation: Dr Elisa Ramazzina (University of Oxford and Queen’s University Belfast); Professor Karen Pinto
Borders are difficult to define, yet they have tangible resonance at various levels. Their function is ambivalent as they allow both alienation and integration. In the Middle Ages the situation was even more intricate, so much so that there are scholars who even deny the existence of boundaries in this era. Nevertheless, the role of borders in shaping particular critical events, such as political-religious conflict, the development of national kingship and the spreading of disease, is undeniable. It is also evident how these events have, in turn shaped or modified such borders.