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Sydney, Australia
Organisation: The State Library of New South Wales
Mapping the Pacific will examine the traditional wayfinding knowledge of the Pacific community, European exploration and the mapping of the Pacific from the early modern era through to the 19th century.
The conference is being hosted by the State Library of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Map Society and the Society for the History of Discoveries.
Venue: State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
Language: English
Contact: Maggie Patton
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Ghent, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
From Ghent to East India. In 1721, Michael de Febure from Ghent sets sail from the port of Ostend on a trade mission to East India. His diary will lead you on a most unexpected expedition.
You will experience the constant fear of privateers and pirates, explore the Cape Verde Islands and brave some severe storms. Along the way, you will discover the wonders of life at sea, before finally arriving at the Indian port of Surat, a melting-pot of cultures, smells, spices and exotic produce. While listening to the stories of Michael and his ship-mates, you will board a life-sized ship. Unique objects also bring the journey to life, from old nautical maps and model ships to exotic animals and exclusive discoveries from eighteenth century shipwrecks.
Entrance fee: EUR 10.00.
[18 January 2022 update]
Those registered for the exhibition will receive a commentary on the maps on display to prepare for the visit. The visit will be preceded by lunch at a local restaurant for those who wish to do so.
Venue: Sint-Pietersplein 9, 9000 Gent
Time schedule: 14.00-17.00
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Ghent, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
An Extraordinary General Meeting open only for Brussels Map Circle active members. A personal invitation to this meeting with the agenda and the possibility of proxy vote will be sent out to all Active Members by separate mail at least two weeks before the meeting.
Venue: Vrijzinnig Centrum Geuzenhuis vzw, Kantienberg 9, 9000 Gent
Time schedule: At 11.00

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.
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Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Annual General Meeting (AGM) open only for Brussels Map Circle active members. All members are encouraged to become Active Member by applying to the President at least three weeks before the meeting.
A personal invitation to this AGM with the agenda and the possibility of proxy vote will be sent out to all Active Members by separate mail at least two weeks before the meeting.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil
Time schedule: 10.00 - 11.45
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Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The MAPAF will be organised in close cooperation with the Maps and Plans Department of the Royal Library who will show some very interesting items from their collection. On the other hand, every participant is invited to bring along a map, object, book or anything else of cartographic interest of his own to be presented and discussed by the present fellow members.
Always an excellent occasion to learn more in a convivial atmosphere. If you have the intention to show an item of your collection, please let it know to the organising team.

  • Public transport: Central Station and metro station Central Station / Centraal Station / Gare Centrale.
  • Public parking: Interparking Albertine-Square.
  • 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: KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Time schedule: 14.00-16.00

Barcelona, Spain
Organisation: Universitat de Barcelona, GEHC
The Cartography History Study Group (Grup d’Estudis d’Història de la Cartografia, GEHC) is preparing, in collaboration with the Insititut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, a new colloquium with the title City and territory in Spanish cartography: a historical perspective. The event will be held on 9 and 10 June 2022.
The Cartography History Study Group has dealt with in previous colloquia the central theme of the history of urban cartography. The present colloquium is dedicated to one aspect of this cartography: that which relates the city to its nearby territory, in such a way that its field of study is broadened towards cartography at a regional level. It would try to analyse the cartographic production resulting from the relationships between the city and its territorial environment. Examples of this type of cartography would be communications maps (railways, roads ...), drinking water supply, sanitation, environmental planning (prevention of natural risks, protected areas ...), port and airport spaces, administrative districts of all kinds derived from the urban authority, strategic military with a wide territorial scope ...
As in previous colloquia, an attempt will be made to better understand the scope of this type of cartography, the causes that motivated it, the cartographers and institutions involved in its elaboration, as well as the cartographic techniques and language used. A knowledge that constitutes, in our opinion, an instrument of great interest for those geographers, architects, urban planners and historians interested both in the knowledge of the history of cartography and in that of the transformations of the landscape of cities and their surroundings.

Vienna, Austria
Organisation: Committee for the Study of Islam in Central Eurasia (ÖAW)
The summer school is designed to explore a range of scholarly approaches to the hermeneutics of records and the formation of archives on Islam in the territories of the former Russian Empire in the early modern and modern period. Here the term “archive” is used in a broad and all-encompassing sense, which includes all possible activities of record-keeping. The goal of this initiative is to draw attention on practices of information-gathering and knowledge production on the Muslim communities inhabiting the vast area encompassing Inner Asia, Siberia, Central Asia and the Caucasus from the fall of the Khanate of Kazan (1552) to the end of the Russian Empire. In addition, by bringing archival science into conversation with Russian and Islamic studies, the summer school promotes an extended reflection on the institutions and the individuals (archivists, historians, Orientalists, dragomans, and go-betweens of all walks of life) who played a significant role in the creation of the imperial repositories that today preserve records about Islam and Muslim communities in Central Eurasia.
By offering hands-on reading sessions and masterclasses, which are based on material in Russian, Church Slavonic, Eastern Turkic (Tatar and Chaghatay), and Ottoman Turkish, the summer school offers a wide range of activities to familiarize students with writing, documentary, and archival practices in Tsarist-ruled Central Eurasia. Reading sessions will offer ample room for practical exercises in the fields of palaeography and diplomatics. Special attention will be given to records crafted in Cyrillic handwriting (including skoropis) as well as in the Arabic script.
The ideal target of the summer school is a group of max. 10/12 graduate students.
The basic requirement is knowledge of Russian and one Turkic language and willingness to work with records in manuscript form.
Applicants are required to submit a CV, a motivation letter, and a letter of recommendation to paolo.sartori(at)
Venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

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.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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 16th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 22-24 September 2022, in partnership with the Faculty of Geography, Babeş–Bolyai University, supported by the MAGIC - Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.
The Programme will be organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the Conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2019-2023) and its Working Units.
Venue: Faculty of Geography, Babeş–Bolyai University, Str. Clinicilor 5-7, Cluj-Napoca 400006, Roumanie
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Venice, Italy
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
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 2022.
Save the date! More information will be available soon.