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online, Paris, France
Organisation: École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)
Conférences 2020-2021 animées par George Tolias, EPHE.
Le séminaire Représentation de l’espace : Moyen Âge – Époque moderne animé par George Tolias, directeur d’Études à l’École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), sera dédié cette année à la cartographie de la Grèce insurgée et à la création de l’État grec moderne, dont on célèbre le bicentenaire (1821-2021).
Le séminaire aura lieu par visioconférence un jeudi sur deux, à partir du 19 novembre 2020, entre 11.00 et 14.00 h, heure de Paris, sur la plateforme GoToMeeting(*) de l’EPHE.
  • Jeudi 19 novembre 2020 - Politique, érudition, nationalisme et savoir faire 1775-1832
  • Jeudi 3 décembre 2020 - Archéologie et la Question de l’Orient. Les missions de 1775-1800
  • Jeudi 17 décembre 2020 - Anacharsiset Rhigas (1788-1811)
  • Jeudi 14 janvier 2021 - Antiquaires, architecteset topographes1790-1820
  • Jeudi 28 janvier 2021 - Pouqueville et Barbié du Bocage
  • Jeudi 11 février 2021 - L’espace revendiqué : les définitions grecques
  • Jeudi 4 mars 2021 - Champs de bataille et des villes assiégées
  • Jeudi 18 mars 2021 - Les cartes de la Grèce du colonel Lapie et de Franz von Weiss, 1821-1829
  • Jeudi 1er avril 2021 - Expédition scientifique de Morée : section des sciences Physiques, 1829-1832
  • Jeudi 15 avril 2021 - Expédition scientifique de Morée : section de sculpture et architecture, 1829-1832
  • Jeudi 13 mai 2021 - Expédition de Morée : les topographes militaires, 1829-1852
  • Jeudi 27 mai 2021 - Conclusions

(*) The GoToMeeting desktop app is available on Mac and Windows only! Unsupported on Linux!
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Language: French

(online), Rome, Italy
Organisation: Bibliotheca Hertziana Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
The workshop aims at extending the research horizons developed in the last years around the cartographic image, to deepen the methodologies of the so called cartographic turn and revise its categories of analysis in a transmedial perspective.
In the last decades, the reassertion of space as the gravitational centre of cultural enquiry and the consequent recognition of the constructed nature of spatial imaginaries, has contributed to the intensification of a real cartographic turn in the human and social sciences. In this context, the map emerges as a complex semantic structure that fruitfully travels across different media and visual grammars, translated from one cultural form to another. An attitude to hybridization with other media which today shows all its importance in the light of the new image formats emerging from the use of digital and interactive technologies. Following this line of enquiry, the workshop aims at extending the research horizons developed in the last years around the cartographic image, to deepen the methodologies of the so called cartographic turn and revise its categories of analysis in a transmedial perspective.

online, London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A course by Alessandro Scafi (Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History).
The aim of this course is to explore how maps have served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds from around 1200 to 1700. The focus is on the iconographic character of maps and the complex relation between art and science that is found in mapmaking throughout history. The students will be introduced to a wide range of images from different time periods and made for a variety of purposes, with the intent of drawing together art history, literature, philosophy and visual culture. Theoretical issues will be approached concerning, for example, the association of word and image, the definition of maps and their difference from views and diagrams, but the background and purpose of individual examples will be also discussed. These include medieval world maps produced as independent artifacts or drawn as book illustrations, mural map cycles of the Italian Renaissance, early modern prints made to identify and describe lands mentioned in the Bible. The course will investigate the creative and projective power of maps and their value as historical testimonies. Mnemonic and allegorical maps will be also approached.
The course will be taught across five x two hour classes online via the Zoom platform. Each session will have time for discussion. Reading lists will be made available to registered students.
Time schedule: 15.00 - 17.00 UTC

online, Washington, USA
Organisation: Washington Map Society with the Chicago Map Society
A lecture by James Akerman, Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library, Chicago
For the past several decades, the Newberry Library has been collecting travel brochures advertising tourist attractions, points of interest, and other localities of potential interest to leisure travelers. Most of the library’s extensive holdings of these materials (numbering at least 100 000 items) are North American in origin and date from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries. In this presentation, Akerman will introduce us to this collection, by focusing on approximately 20 examples, offering a preliminary methodology for describing and drawing meaning from these ubiquitous yet widely disregarded sources at the intersection between mapping, cultural geography, and the history of travel and tourism. The presentation will consider three areas: (1) the physical relationship of the maps to the other elements of the brochure; (2) the authorship, design, and content of the maps; and (3) questions of meaning and interpretation. These are by no means an exhaustive list of what might be drawn from these objects but are offered as a starting point for conversation and further study.
Time schedule: 19.00 ET / 18.00 CT / 17:00 MT / 16:00 PT

online, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy
Organisation: Roberta Biasillo (MWF RSCAS), Maria Vittoria Comacchi (MWF HEC), Lavinia Maddaluno (MWF HEC)
The 1990s mobility turn in the social sciences and the 2015-2016 migration crisis have increasingly brought to the fore the issues of displacement, travel, and immigration, which are part of society. Mobility patterns have affected geopolitical dynamics and shaped social, geographical, environmental settings, as well as processes in developing knowledge in significant and multifarious ways.
Announced by the European University Institute, Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies, Max Weber Multidisciplinary Research Workshop.

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.

Kyoto, Japan
Organisation: The International Institute for Asian Studies
The Silk Road has emerged as one of the key geocultural and geostrategic concepts of the 21st century. Built around narratives of maritime and overland trade and exchange connecting Asia with Africa and Europe, Silk Road discourses are rewriting histories, remapping futures. In the age of Belt and Road, they now operate as platforms for international trade, diplomacy, infrastructure development and statecraft.
The ascendancy of the Silk Road in international affairs means it is also fast gaining currency across academic disciplines, migrating outwards from Archaeology, Asian Studies and History into International Relations, Political Geography, Religious Studies, Public Health and Urban Studies, to name a few. Such developments raise important questions about how to interrogate and locate the Silk Roads, conceptually and empirically.
In China’s worldview the Silk Roads serve as both ‘shared heritage’ and ‘shared destiny’. So what does the idea of ‘reviving’ them for the 21st century tell us about global futures? How are we to read the Health Silk Road as a platform for COVID-19 medical cooperation across Asia and beyond? What’s really at stake in the Digital Silk Roads? And is the push for Silk Road narratives finally putting Asia at the centre of global history?
In exploring such themes, this panel takes the Silk Road as a topic of critical investigation. It addresses the urgent need to take Silk Road discourses seriously, interrogating the work they do crafting both pasts and futures around certain themes, ideologies and structural relations.

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 consider the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s Pacific voyage and the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s extraordinary exploration and mapping of the Pacific, 1769 - 1779.
The conference will be open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, curators and everyone with an interest in maps.
This conference is planned as a three-day event, commencing with an opening reception on the Wednesday 25 August 2021 at the State Library of New South Wales. Partners
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.
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

(online), Arlington, USA
Organisation: ICA Commission
On 30 September 2021 the ICA Commission is organizing the online workshop Coordinating Cartographic Collections, in conjunction with the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography (University of Texas at Arlington) and the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society.
The ICA Workshop, due to the varying international Covid19 situation and travel restrictions, will be an ONLINE EVENT. The 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures & Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society, however, are planned as a HYBRID CONFERENCE from 1 to 3 October 2021 (in-person attendance and online streaming). Presenters and registered participants of the ICA Workshop will get FREE online access to this conference as well.

Arlington, USA
Organisation: University of Texas
When Virginia Garrett donated her extensive personal collection of maps, geography textbooks, and atlases to UTA in 1997, a special endowment was established to promote its use by inviting scholars to speak on topics relating to the history of cartography. As a result, every other year since 1998, the UTA Libraries have hosted the Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography along with a special exhibit drawn primarily from Mrs. Garrett's collection.
The 12th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography were slated for October 2020. In light of the current circumstances, the Garrett Lectures have been postponed to 30 September - 2 October 2021. This will be a joint meeting with the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography. The theme is Coordinating Cartographic Collections with an emphasis on map collectors and collections. A field trip is to the Amon Carter Museum Conservation Lab is a small group pre-conference option. Programming is not yet finalized, but the current line-up of speakers include Jack Franke, Imre Demhardt, Gerald Saxon, Barry Ruderman, and Leah McCurdy.
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) and the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC)
In October 2021 the Royal Library of Belgium and the Brussels Map Circle will host the 38th IMCoS Symposium.
The 38th IMCoS Symposium will highlight the early Belgian contributions to the development of cartography worldwide, such as the introduction of triangulation techniques (Frisius, van Deventer), first world atlases (Ortelius, Mercator) and the first navigation map in Mercator projection.
This Symposium is planned as a three-day event, commencing with an opening reception on the evening of 11 October 2021 at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), comprising speaker presentations at the KBR and visits to collections/institutions holding remarkable map collections: the State Archives of Belgium, the Art & History Museum and the Royal Army Museum. An official dinner will close the conference on 14 October 2021.
Further details on the dedicated website. Further details on the dedicated website.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), Mont des Arts 28, 1000 Brussels
Language: English
Time schedule: 9.00 - 17.00
Entry fee: See website.