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online, USA
Organisation: David Rumsey Map Center
The third biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will focus on the theme of Indigenous mapping. The conference, to be held digitally, is hosted by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries, which sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. It is sponsored and co-organized by Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc., whose shop is located on the ancestral land of the Kumeyaay peoples.
Entry fee: Free.

Paris, France
Organisation: Librairie Loeb-Larocque and Le Zograscope
Specialist antique scientific instruments dealers as Tesseract, Antony Turner, Iris Globes, Wunderkammer, Ugo Padovan and Le Zograscope will be showing a fine selection of globes, surveying and other scientific instruments.
Librairie LeBail, Loeb-Larocque, Daniel Crouch, Gonzalo Fernández Pontes Libros y Mapas antiguos are only some of the 40 dealers who will be showing atlases, maps, town views and travel books from all parts of the world.
The map dealers Barry Ruderman, Neatline Antique maps, RD Rare Books and Maps and Geographicus from the USA, Vetus Carta from Canada and TMecca from South Korea are our non European participants much adding to the international character of the fair.
Venue: Hotel Ambassador, 16 Bd Haussmann - 75009 Paris
Telephone: +33 1 84 88 45 86
Time schedule: 11.00 - 18.00

(online) Warwick, UK
Organisation: The Hakluyt Society, the Global History and Culture Centre (GHCC) at the University of Warwick, and Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs)
The close links between travel and European colonialism have long been acknowledged. Since the early modern period, forms of global travel and exploration have often produced and reflected unequal structures of power: between those who chose to travel and those forced to, those who claimed lands and those whose lands were claimed, and those whose voices were amplified and others whose voices were erased. Post-colonial, feminist, and other critiques have exposed the inequalities inherent in the history of travel, whilst increased attention to women travellers and travel writing in Arabic, Persian, Chinese and other languages is changing the ways in which this history is written. Nonetheless, for reasons of institutional culture and the availability and accessibility of sources, the academic study of travel remains largely skewed towards the accounts and perspectives of European men from a small number of former imperial nations.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Organisation: The Society for the History of Discoveries
The Gulf Coast of the southern United States, has been an area of intense human activity for millennia. Native Americans hunted and fished, developed agriculture and produced works of art in this region as early as 11 000 BCE. Vast trade networks stretched across the land and water. Europeans entered the scene in the sixteenth century with destructive expeditions led by Panfilo de Narváez and Hernando De Soto. Enslaved Africans were also brought to Spanish Florida in the sixteenth century. The Gulf Coast saw increased exploration and settlement; cultural exchange and exploitation – indeed, the ensuing centuries brought intensified and continuous change. This fascinating region offers the inspiration for our conference.
Venue: Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection

Bamberg, Germany
Organisation: UrbanMetaMapping Research Consortium, (sub-project) at the Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies (KDWT) in Bamberg, in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)
Conflicts and catastrophes impacted cities worldwide throughout history and recently at various scales. The impact of the destruction of cities is documented globally and yet not fully analysed comparatively and from a long-term perspective. The development of new technologies facilitates the documentation of such damage, as well as preparation for the transformation and recovery of the cities. Urban damage cartography plays a fundamental role in communicating and negotiating losses and future visions of affected cities. Maps aim to track and foresee urban changes, yet they cannot compete with a fast-changing reality. Maps that depict war or natural related changes to the city could become obsolete in a short period. These can be read as a brief snapshot in a continuous changing environment. Due to this quick historization, damage cartography is situated at the interface of current documentation practice and historical geography, providing information as much about conditions before and after human-made or natural disasters, as about active changes made to the built urban fabric after catastrophes.
Existing historical sources of urban damage cartography for various cities generated during and after wars and conflicts have been identified and researched, such as those affected during the Second World War in Europe (Austria, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom). Building on this knowledge, this conference aims to problematise cartographies of catastrophes from the 19th century until the present time in the global context, from wide interdisciplinary perspectives. By focusing on damage maps from past and recent conflicts and catastrophes, this conference interrogates whether maps just show past conditions, or do they foresee and predetermine future conditions?
Venue: Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies (KDWT), Bamberg, Germany

Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Organisation: Luminita Gatejel, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg; Stephan Rindlisbacher, Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Drawing borders is as difficult, as each individual case is exceptional. In our workshop, we explore the emergence of the borders that separated Eastern European empires and states over the centuries and shaped the daily life of those living in these regions.
The workshop will take place on-line on 26 November 2021.
Contact: Stephan Rindlisbacher

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.