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New York, USA
Organisation: Stephanie Porras (Tulane University) and Aaron M. Hyman (Johns Hopkins University)
Porcelain, lacquerware, carved ivory, fantastical sea shells, aromatic spices: even just a list of goods portered from the East to the Dutch Republic evokes a multi-faceted and multi-sensorial history. Indeed, the last thirty years have seen a staggering amount of work on the material culture and artistic production enabled by the long-distance trade of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). With only a few notable exceptions, far less art historical attention has been paid to the activities of the Dutch West Indian Company, the WIC. Yet with footholds in North America, the Caribbean, South America, and the west coast of Africa, the company played a vital role in the shaping of the Americas and in the transatlantic traffic of raw materials (tobacco, pearls, sugar, gold), refined artistic products, and people (both willing settlers and enslaved laborers).
This session aims to begin the process of assembling and reassessing the visual and material corpus related to Dutch trading companies in the Americas and is part of a larger, multi-year project that aims to redress this historiographic imbalance between east and west. Papers are welcome that treat any facet of Dutch artistic culture as it was inspired by the Americas or took shape in these geographies. Potential topics include: botanical expeditions and illustrations, plantation architecture, the material culture of slavery, mapping and navigation (particularly of complex waterways), engineering projects, inter-imperial artistic influence (critical to zones of contact and piracy like the Caribbean), the collection of Americana in the Netherlands, the mobilization of artistic resources (pearls, shells, pigment, etc.).
URL: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2023/meetingapp.cgi/Session/11311


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Dr Bertie Mandelblatt (George S. Parker II '52 Curator of Maps and Prints, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html
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Bruges, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Visit in the context of the latest scientific investigations of the Pourbus map of the Brugse Vrije. The Brugse Vrije was a castellany in the county of Flanders, often called in English The Franc of Bruges.
Time schedule
  • 10.00 - Arrival of participants in Groeningemuseum, Dijver 12, Brugge
  • 10.30 - Lecture by Dr Jan Trachet (Ghent University). Context of the painted Pourbus map from the Brugse Vrije. Latest investigations on the painted map and other manuscript maps from Pourbus. Method of measurement and geometrical accuracy of the map. Modern investigations by georeferencing. Comparison between elements from the map with aerial photography, precision level measurements, archaeological fieldwork…
  • 12.00 - Visit of the Pieter Pourbus. Master of Maps exhibition, Groeningemuseum.
  • 13.00 - Lunch near the museum.
  • 15.00 - Visit of Gruuthusemuseum with viewing of the cartographic and iconographic maps and paintings of Bruges and surrounding area.
  • 16.00 - Visit in the City Hall on the first floor there is a new presentation of the evolution of the connection of Bruges with the sea. A model simulates the history of the region from Roman times to the present day. The change of the region before and after the creation of the Pourbus map is closely simulated.

Registration - Please register by mail before 1 March 2023 to pierre.dumolin@skynet.be and mention if you participate to the lunch. Individual payment on the spot.
Price - Lecture and visit to museums free for Members. Non-Members: EUR 10.00 payable in advance to The Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC) account number IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 BIC GKCCBEBB.
Language: English


Bruges, Belgium
Organisation: Cultuurbibliotheek Stock Laureyns
A lecture by Philippe De Maeyer.
De gevolgen van de Franse revolutie en de industriële revolutie hertekenden de West-Europese maatschappij.
Nieuwe economische modellen, sociale verhoudingen en behoeftes, creëerden ook nieuwe vragen naar inventarisaties. Als industriële grootmacht in het midden van de negentiende eeuw waren de uitdagingen in het huidige België dan ook des te groter. Thematische kaarten gebaseerd op betere topografische achtergronden boden een antwoord op de nieuwe vragen. De visualisatie op kaart kon daarbij gebruik maken van nieuwe reproductietechnieken, i.h.b. de kleurendruk.
Aan de hand van kaartreeksen uit de negentiende eeuw wordt deze cartografische revolutie voor België besproken.
Venue: Magdalenastraat 30, Brugge
Language: Dutch
Contact: Claude Anthierens
Telephone: +32 50 40 68 55
E-mail: info@cultuurbibliotheek.be
Time schedule: 20.00
Entry fee: EUR 5.00
Catalogue availability: n.a.
URL: https://www.cultuurbibliotheek.be/deelnemen


Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: Centre national d’histoire des sciences et Bibliothèque des Riches Claires
A lecture by Colin Dupont.
À sa fondation en 1882, l’Institut national de géographie, société privée, réunit d’éminentes figures des sphères politiques et financières belges, jusqu’au Roi Léopold II. En plein triomphe de la géographie (Driver, 2001), l’Institut publie de nombreux travaux (monographies, cartes, globes), édite un périodique et va même jusqu’à financer une expédition au Congo. L’exploration et les visées du Roi sur cette région constituent en effet un des centres d’intérêt de la société. L’histoire de la cartographie – emprunte de patriotisme – ou l’enseignement de la géographie en sont d’autres. À l’aide d’archives jusqu’à présent peu exploitées, cette conférence explore l’histoire de cet institut, témoin de l’imbrication entre géographie, capitalisme et politique dans notre pays.
Venue: Bibliothèque des Riches Claires, Rue des Riches Claires 24, Bruxelles
Language: French
Time schedule: 18.30 - 19.30
URL: https://www.astrolabium.be/spip.php?breve41


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Laura Lee Brott (PhD Candidate in Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Dr Leonardo Ariel Carrió Cataldi (CNRS Researcher, LARHRA, Lyon).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Peter Barber (formerly Map Library, British Library), Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at the Warburg Institute at 17.00 (admission free). Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. Enquiries: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk.
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission fee. Please register.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


Lisbon, Portugal
Organisation: The Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT)
This meeting aims to further the discussion opened in two previous workshops held in Lisbon in 2016 and 2018, and attended by leading experts on the History of Cartography.
Since the preceding workshops, considerable progress has been made on critical questions pertaining to the origins of European nautical cartography. The theme of this third workshop has been broadened to encompass a greater chronological and topical scope.
As in the previous editions, the workshop focuses on key issues surrounding the genesis and evolution of the medieval portolan chart. In addition, the meeting will emphasize new methods for the study of old nautical charts in general, including cartometric techniques of geometrical analysis and material examination.
This will also be the opportunity for sharing some results of the Medea-Chart Project, which officially ends in May 2023. ​
Venue: Instituto Hidrográfico, Lisbon
URL: https://www.portmeeting.org/


Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences and ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
The 21st century map image of continents beyond Europe is still decisively shaped by inherited aesthetics and content dating back to the turn from explorative to imperialist cartography. The symposium welcomes contributions (papers and posters) to analyse aspects of the imperialist Global North hegemony by investigating topographic mapping, hydrographic charting, and thematic mapping in personal, institutional, and regional case studies. The regional scope of the conference are overseas continents and seascapes within the time frame from about the Napoleonic wars to the European de-colonization in the mid-twentieth century (1940s to 1960s).
The symposium will be held in English only and organized as a hybrid event both face-to-face at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels and via Livestream.
Venue: Rue Ducale / Hertogstraat 1, Brussels
URL: https://history.icaci.org/brussels-2023/


Berlin, Germany
Organisation: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
A two-day Workshop (10-11 July 2023) for early career professionals (scholars, curators, archivists, and librarians) working in the history of cartography, will precede the Symposium. Hands-on activities led by four experts in the field may include work with the MPIWG’s collection of Chinese maps and discussions on developing digital humanities projects, as well as sessions focusing on the themes of color in map scholarship.
The Symposium (12 July 2023 keynote; 13-14 July 2023 sessions), focusing on Intersections in Map History, particularly welcomes proposals that connect to two themes that benefit from the research context and facilities of the MPIWG: “materiality” and cross-cultural research. The first theme calls attention to the importance of material attributes of maps, such as constraints that may be overlooked as scholars work increasingly with digitized sources. The second encourages dialogue and exchange between scholars working with comparable questions, sources or methodologies across different geographic spaces and contexts.
URL: https://ishmap.wordpress.com/ishmap-2023-berlin-symposium-an[...]


Berlin, Germany
Organisation: The International Coronelli-Society for the Study of Globes and the Map Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
In Berlin, the production of globes only began in the late eighteenth century, but developed into a very successful international production in the nineteenth century. The publishing houses of Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Schotte, Julius Heymann and - for the twentieth century - Columbus are particularly worthy of mention. This lively, but perhaps still somewhat under-researched publishing activity and the reopening of the Staatsbibliothek building Unter den Linden in 2021 are the reason to invite researchers of globe studies and all those interested to Berlin again after 25 years. The conference will take place in the Humboldt Hall of the Staatsbibliothek (Unter den Linden 8).
Two years ago, the Map Department was reunited in this building for the first time since the Second World War. The Map Department sees itself as one of the most active collections of cartographic works in Germany. While hardly any globes were included in the collection until the Second World War, it expanded thereafter to include significant objects (for example, the Sanuto brothers’ globe from the 1570s). Particularly in recent years, the focus of the collection has been on the Berlin production. Currently, the collection comprises about 280 globes produced up to the end of the Second World War. The Schnermann Collection, which comprises over 200 everyday objects of the twentieth century in the form of globes, also has a globe-relevant, if slightly curious, yet cultural-historical significance.
Venue: Humboldt Hall of the Staatsbibliothek (Unter den Linden 8), Berlin
Language: German and English
E-mail: vincenzo@coronelli.org
URL: https://coronellidotorg.wpcomstaging.com/symposien/


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.
URL: https://maltamapsociety.mt/imago-melitae-2024-41st-imcos-int[...]