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Leiden, The Netherlands
Organisation: Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden
A selection was taken from some six hundred maps and plans on Ukraine, which belong to the Bodel Nijenhuis Collection and the Steegh/Teunissen Collection of Leiden University Libraries. Thirty maps on the history of the second largest country in Europe will be presented in six paragraphs. Each starts with a number of maps, with corresponding captions, and finishes with a short commentary that hopefully sheds some light on the present war of Russia against Ukraine.
The authors of the exhibition are Martijn Storms and Harrie Teunissen.
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(online) Leuven, Belgium
When the first galleons crossed the Pacific in the sixteenth century, new routes of exchange started to be formed, connecting Asia and the Americas. These networks also brought about new impulses in the history of mapmaking. Galleons and other vessels surveyed the waters, lands, and coastlines along their routes, and the resulting knowledge was then adapted in ports on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Thereupon, this new or revised knowledge circulated further and affected regions and mapmakers that were not directly connected to transpacific navigation. Mapmakers adapted information on navigation and coast lines, and added, removed, or revised islands, harbours, or other specifications. Exchanges also had a profound effect on port cities themselves, an effect that we can observe, for example, in city maps, which mark trading posts, ships, or quarters for foreigners. Individual maps could be captured from ships or be passed on as gifts along these routes, and these artefacts themselves can tell a story of exchange across the Pacific World and beyond.
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) opens 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: Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil, Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts / Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Time schedule: 10.00 - 11.45
Brussels Map Circle event

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 of Belgium 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: Map Room / Cartes et Plans / Kaarten en Plannen, 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.

Durham, UK
Organisation: Jana Hunter (University of Oxford) and Christian Drury (Durham University)
Travel was central to shaping identity in Europe between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. Representations of place, as well as personal, cultural and institutional connections, informed and structured travel at this time. Travellers within Europe and from outside shaped an understanding of what Europe was and is in a global, imperial context. As Kate Hill has put it, under the influence of technological and colonial change, spaces, narratives themselves, and cultural encounters all took on a greater measure of flux as the nineteenth century progressed. The provisional nature of the modern categories of home and away were forged in the nineteenth century.
Venue: University of Durham

Chicago, USA
Organisation: The Newberry Library
A 2022 Summer Institute at the Newberry Library
The Newberry Library is pleased to announce Mapping the Early Modern World, a four-week summer institute for higher education faculty from 18 July through 12 August 2022. The institute will be held on site at the library, situated on the near north side of Chicago. The interdisciplinary institute will be co-organized by the Newberry’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and its Center for Renaissance Studies. Dr. James Akerman (Director of the Smith Center) and Dr. Lia Markey (Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies) will co-direct the institute. The institute’s 25 participants will pursue a program of seminars, workshops, discussion, and research exploring interdisciplinary approaches to the study of maps in connection with the global intellectual, cultural, and geographical transformations of the world between 1400 and 1700. The course of reading and discussion will consider five major “theaters” in which the production and use of maps operated: the world, the city, the land, the sea, and the skies. The co-directors have invited eight accomplished guest faculty from a broad range of humanities fields to lead seminar sessions and research workshops. In addition to these sessions, each participant will pursue a research project utilizing the Newberry’s renowned collections of early modern maps and other humanities resources.

Berlin, Germany
The 20th Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium, initially planned to take place in Basel from 14 to 17 September this year, has had to be rescheduled and will be held at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin from 31 August to 3 September. The final programme and registration forms will be posted on by end of April. In case personal participation should not be possible due to new Corona restrictions, the event will be virtual using on-line techniques.
Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Vienna, Austria
The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK) and British (BCS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to invite you to the European Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2022, 19-21 September 2022 at TU Wien, Austria.
The aim is to bring together Cartographers and those working in related disciplines to offer a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects.
The conference builds upon the successful EuroCarto 2015 and EuroCarto 2020 and takes the ICA initiative on fostering regional cartographic conferences on board.
Venue: TU Wien

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

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France
Organisation: Association pour le Développement du Festival International de Géographie
Fondé en 1990, le Festival International de Géographie est aujourd’hui l’un des festivals les plus importants du Grand Est.
Depuis plus de 30 ans, chaque début d’automne, cet évènement fête la géographie et accueille plus de 40  000 personnes. Son objectif : faire connaitre la géographie, moins considérée que l’histoire, et partager avec le public et les curieux avides de connaissances et de savoirs. Le pari était osé … il est gagné ! Saint-Dié-des-Vosges est devenue le rendez-vous des géographes, professionnels et amateurs. Un lieu d’ouverture sur le monde, une grande université à ciel ouvert pour tous et par tous !
Pour rester au cœur de l’actualité, le Festival s’articule chaque année autour d’une thématique et d’un pays invité. Pendant trois jours, les débats se font entre scientifiques, écrivains et artistes. Un bouillonnement intellectuel, culturel, littéraire et gastronomique.
Brussels Map Circle event

Venice, Italy
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to cancel the planned trip to Venice of October this year. A visit to the Gotha Perthes Collection is in preparation.
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.

Erkner, Germany
Organisation: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)
Wars end… But when does the postwar era end? asked Klaus Naumann (1999). One could also ask when does it begin and what does it precisely mean. Recent academic works have shown that the plans for post-war reconstruction can be traced back well before the first buildings were ever damaged, at least in some cases. Furthermore, the end of a conflict did not always mean the end of demolitions, the destruction of the urban fabric continued sometimes in peace times. Existing redevelopment plans were sometimes revisited. The exact nature of such continuities in situation of regime change needs further exploration. Equally important, different actors shaping visions of post-conflict cities and their connections should be analysed further. Finally, whereas the fate of capitals and other dominant cities have been studied in detailed, the secondary cities have received noticeably less scholarly attention.
Building on the knowledge gathered from academic literature as well as from the first UrbanMetaMapping conference Cartographies of Catastrophes in Bamberg (2021) this conference will examine mapping of post-conflict cities from the nineteenth century until the present day in different geographic settings. Firstly, we want to focus particularly on the question of continuities and ruptures relating to urban planning in those cases when end of conflict coincided with a change of socio-political regime. Secondly, we want to move away from the iconic cities, capitals in particular, and focus instead on less known case studies. We are therefore particularly interested in mapping of peripheral cities and their experience of post-conflict periods.

Berlin, Germany
Organisation: The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography is holding its 9th (Biannual) International Symposium on the History of Cartography on October 24-26, 2022, at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (State Library in Berlin), Germany. The topic is: “The Surveying Turn in Cartography: Revolutionizing Maps & Charts in the 18th and 19th Centuries”.
Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Erfurt, Germany
Organisation: Centre for Transcultural Studies and the Gotha Perthes Collection, Erfurt University
This conference will explore cartography and the construction and contestation of territoriality in Asia from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. In particular we seek to answer the question of how ideas of territoriality were cartographically produced, circulated and interpreted within Asia and between Europe and Asia.
The conference is part of the project Cartographies of Africa and Asia (1800–1945). A Project for the Digitization of Maps of the Perthes Collection Gotha (KarAfAs). KarAfAs is a co-authored endeavour of the Centre for Transcultural Studies at Gotha and the Perthes Collection of the Gotha Research Library, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. By digitising the maps of the Perthes collection in Gotha, we intend to inspire future projects which see questions of territoriality and spatiality in a fresh light, utilising the source material held at the Perthes Collection. Participants will be invited to a tour of the highlights of the collection’s cartographic material on Asia.
Venue: Centre for Transcultural Studies, Gotha Research Campus, Erfurt University, Germany
Language: English

(online) Erfurt, Germany
Organisation: Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien / Sammlung Perthes
Im Rahmen des Forschungsseminars Mappings: Historische Wissensforschung und neue Kartographiegeschichte spricht Frances O‘Morchoe (Oxford/Gotha) zum Thema Mapping South East Asia: Situating Perthes Cartography in a Global Historical Perspective.

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.