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online, UK
Organisation: The International Map Collectors' Society
A lecture by Paula van Gestel.
She will present aspects of her research for a cartobibliography on Dutch wall maps which she has been compiling with Günter Schilder since 2010. In addition to setting out their defining characteristics, manner of construction, sources, geographic and decorative content and the historical context, she will also discuss several prominent publishers of wall maps, the commercial environment, and issues of privileges and commissions.
Time schedule: 20.00 – 21.30 CEST

online, USA
Organisation: The Washington Map Society
A lecture by Leah Thomas, Assistant Professor of English, Virginia State University, and Editor, The Portolan.
Comparing contemporaneous maps of the southeastern United States with John Marrant’s narrative mapping in his A narrative of the Lord's wonderful dealings with John Marrant, a black: (now going to preach the gospel in Nova-Scotia) born in New-York, in North-America (London, 1785) offers insight into his location and travel especially among the Cherokee and their networks.
Taken into captivity by the Cherokee, Marrant is saved by the Chief’s daughter, echoing John Smith’s The generall historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles : together with The true travels, adventures and observations, and A sea grammar (1624) during a pivotal moment in the colonial contest in the Southeast. Living among the Cherokee for approximately two years, Marrant hunted and traveled with them. His narrative mapping reflects the mapping in the 1720s deerskin maps attributed to the Catawba and Chickasaw that may have been of Cherokee origin.
Marrant’s travel with the Cherokee during the 1760s reveals emergent settler tensions with the Cherokee from their friendship with the British and negotiations with South Carolina Governor Francis Nicholson in the 1720s to their removal in the 1830s.
Via Zoom.
Language: English
Time schedule: 19.00 ET / 18.00 CT / 17.00 MT / 16.00 PT

online, USA
Organisation: David Rumsey Map Center
A lecture by Anton Thomas
Join artist/cartographer Anton Thomas for a talk about his newest project Wild World, a hand-illustrated map of Earth's natural geography and animals. He will discuss the origins of the project, drawing techniques, and many other challenges - from choosing a projection to deciding on animals.
Time schedule: 15.00 - 16.30 PDT

online, UK
Organisation: The International Map Collectors' Society
A lecture by Wes Brown.
In 1768 Mexican Jesuit priest Don José Antonio de Alzate y Ramirez created a large manuscript map of New Spain (defined at the time as those portions of North America controlled by Spain) which, in a bold move, he sent to the French Royal Academy of Sciences hoping that the learned society would publish it. For centuries, Spain had guarded its geographic knowledge about the New World and rarely allowed information to be published. Alzate’s outrageous breech of protocol resulted in the publication of the only printed map of New Spain using Spanish information in the eighteenth century. The map is rich with new geographic information of the area which would become the western United States. This presentation describes this extraordinary map in the context of the limited knowledge of that region of America at the time.
Time schedule: 20.00 – 21.30 CEST

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.

Tournai, Belgium
Le 11e Congrès de l’Association des Cercles francophones d’histoire et d’archéologie de Belgique, qui est aussi le 58e Congrès de la Fédération des Cercles d’archéologie et d’histoire de Belgique, doit avoir lieu à Tournai du 19 au 22 août 2021.
Les séances de travail sont réparties en 11 sections dans lesquelles vont être présentées quelque 215 communications. La circulaire n° 5 en a fourni la liste. Le tome 1er des Actes est actuellement sous presse ; vous serez ultérieurement tenu informé de sa publication, ainsi que de sa diffusion par le comité d’organisation.
Among the topics discussed at the congress are:
  • Aurélien Lacroix, Les franchissements de la Sambre belge : établissement d’une base de données cartographiques
  • Olivier Latteur, La pierre Brunehaut d’Hollain vue par les antiquaires et cartographes modernes : impact paysager, recherches érudites et souci de préservation (1600-1800)
  • Catherine Broué, Cartes et récits de l’exploration du Mississippi : un parcours curieux
  • Robin Moens, Au secours, la cartographie ! Une aide pour une meilleure compréhension de la géographie nobiliaire au Moyen Âge. L’exemple des seigneurs d’Audenarde, 1050-1300
Venue: IFAPME, rue Paul Pastur, 2, 7500 Tournai
Language: French

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.

online, Lisbon, Portugal
Organisation: Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT)​
The main objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the history of nautical cartography. In this third meeting the scope has been enlarged to include not only the genesis and evolution of the medieval portolan chart but also nautical charts in general. The proposed themes of the workshop are:
  • When, where, how and why the earliest nautical charts were constructed, and how they evolved over time;
  • The mutual influence between medieval portolan charts and traditional maps of European and non- European origin;
  • How the first latitude charts were constructed following the introduction of astronomical navigation, and how they evolved over time;
  • The use of pre-Mercator nautical charts at sea;
  • The role of multidisciplinary approaches to the research on old nautical charts: cartometric methods of analysis, numerical modelling, multispectral analysis, material characterization, carbon dating, etc.;
  • Any other subject related to the history of nautical cartography, especially concerning pre-Mercator charts.
Online via Zoom or a mixed format will be considered. ​
Venue: Instituto Hidrográfico Marinha Portuguesa
Rua das Trinas, 49
1249-093 Lisboa
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.

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.

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