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online, USA
Organisation: California Map Society
  • 9.00 | Welcome by President Ron Gibbs and Vice President Courtney Spikes
  • 9.10 | Medieval Understanding of the World by Professor Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania, trustee of the New Chaucer Society and Director of the International Piers Plowman Society. Presentation followed by Q&A.
  • 10.00 | Indigenous Floridians in the Time Before Memory by Professor Andrew Frank, Florida State University, author of Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves and the Founding of Miami (2017). Presentation followed by Q&A.
  • 10.50 | Break
  • 11.00 | Breaking the Third Wall: Going Beyond Traditional Hillshade by Sean Conway, Orthoimagery Technical Expert, transforming vintage maps into stunning three-dimensional relief by meticulously rendering elevation data with new technologies. Presentation followed by Q&A.
  • 11.50 | Closing
Time schedule: 9.00 - 12.15 Pacific Time

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

Moscow, Russian Federation
Organisation: The International Research Laboratory “Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective”
The Russian Federation today consists of over 80 federal units (sub”ekty federatsii), including republics, kraia, autonomous okrugs, oblasts, and so forth. Each of these forms of territorial organization has its own standing and place within the state hierarchy. But this represents just the most basic level of the state’s territorial organization. Each of these units in turn forms part of larger conglomerations or groupings of territories, such as federal or military districts, economic macroregions, or archbishoprics, as well as less determinate political-cultural entities such as the North, the South, Siberia, the Volga Region, and so forth, all of which occupy their own distinct niches within official and popular conceptions of the national area. The variety of these spatial formations and the different ways of “reading” Russian territory that they represent appear all the more striking when one considers the complex historical legacies that inform them. Even past spatial forms that are no longer visible today nonetheless remain deeply resonant and influential.
None of these ways of representing territory, past or present, is autonomous. Instead, each plays a role and has its assigned place within structures of meaning. As such, they reflect the reality that Russian space, like the territory of all states, is organized according to a range of hierarchies that together define the socio-political, economic, and cultural ordering of the state. It’s worth noting that the very understanding of region as a territorial entity is itself fundamentally relational. Put differently, no region can exist on its own. Every region is the product of likenesses, contrasts, and/or connections, real or imagined, with at least one other region. In a basic sense, there can be no North without a South, no center without a periphery. Europe would not be Europe without Asia, and so on.
Building from this conceptual foundation, our conference aims to explore the history of how different definitions of territory and the relations between them emerged and developed within Russian space over the preceding three centuries, taking into account the shifting effects of political and economic power as well as cultural values that defined this long period. We are especially interested in examining the factors that influenced how and why a given region might be seen to be higher or lower or of greater or lesser importance within the different imperial and national hierarchies that characterized Russian space during the imperial and Soviet eras, tracing the dynamics that shaped how these various hierarchies formed, evolved, changed, or, conversely, endured across time even through periods of otherwise momentous political and cultural-historical transformation.
Venue: Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Language: Russian and English
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 International Symposium.
The 38th IMCoS International 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.

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

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

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.