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Barcelona, Spain
Organisation: Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya
El mapa como elemento de conexión cultural entre América y Europa
Se pretende abordar la historia de la cartografía iberoamericana, entendiendo el mapa como un elemento de conexión cultural entre América y Europa. Los mapas coloniales, los mapas de las expediciones científicas o los mapas de los territorios independientes comparten historia, técnica y usos. En el simposio proponemos analizar estos hilos que tejen una historia común de la cartografía iberoamericana:
  1. De la cartografía colonial a la cartografía científica: el mapa como demostración de apropiación territorial.
  2. Las aportaciones autóctonas al conocimiento geográfico del territorio americano y su plasmación en la cartografía.
  3. Los mapas misionales entre la subordinación colonial, la obediencia eclesiástica y el descubrimiento del territorio.
  4. Modelos, influencias y diferencias en la cartografía urbana a ambos lados del Atlántico.
  5. La imagen de América en la cartografía publicada en Europa y la imagen de Europa en la cartografía publicada en América.
  6. La influencia del uso de las tecnologías en el estudio de los mapas antiguos: de la accesibilidad de los catálogos a la georreferenciación y vectorización de mapas.

Los idiomas oficiales del Simposio son el castellano y el portugués.

Istanbul, Turkey
Organisation: The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul
The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20th centuries.
The symposium will focus on two main themes:
  1. Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa
    • Ottoman cartography (maps and charts, city and cadastral plans, thematic maps)
    • Foreign cartography of Ottoman countries
    • Geodesy and surveying methods developed under Ottoman rule and by foreign cartographers working in these areas
    • The impact of the military on the development of cartography
    • Cartographic collections in the former Ottoman countries and around the world
  2. Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    • Technical and conceptual development of archaeological cartography, from the earliest site plans to the introduction of GIS and 3D reconstructions
    • Dichotomy between accurate cartographic representation and archaeological interpretation when mapping manmade artefacts, features and landscapes
    • Relationship between cartography, archaeology and the military
Venue: Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square

London, UK
Organisation: The Warburg Institute
A lecture by Dr Jacob Gestman Geradts (Early Modern History, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium).
Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Meetings are usually held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 17.00 on selected Thursdays. Admission is free (please reserve below), and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: Tony Campbell For the series archives and more information on the history of cartography see:
Time schedule: 17.00
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle in joint collaboration with the KBR (Royal Library of Belgium)
This lecture is the result of an interdisciplinary, historical-geographical doctoral research about the origin of the city of Ghent by Frank Gelaude, geologist. As there is hardly any information to be found in the archives, historical maps such as Deventer (1560), Braun & Hogenberg (1575), Brismalle (1780), as well as the famous painting of the Panoramic View of Ghent (1534) were used, in combination with geological, topographical and hydrographical maps.
View of the Braamgatenstuw (a weir), with urban watermill on the river Scheldt. Print by Wynantz, anno 1820-23, Stadsarchief Gent.

The evolution of the landscape of Ghent appeared to be more complicated than was generally accepted. The town of Gent originated in a riverlandscape, near the confluence of the rivers Leie and Schelde and close to a Tertiary outlier the ‘Blandijnberg’. The oldest portus of Ghent was built in a coversand area, the ‘Zandberg’, formed by wind.
In the 12th and 13th centuries a complex and multifunctional system was constructed: hydraulic engineering works which enabled the citizens of Ghent to control the natural watercourses and the waterlevel in a radical way.
However, a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering and a perfect illustration of Ghent’s economic power and prosperity was the building of the canal the ‘Lieve’. Linking Gent to the North Sea, it was built between 1251 to 1269 and was 46.5 km long, all the way to Damme.
In recent years waterways in urban planning and heritage have regained appreciation. This study can be an inspiration for preserving, restoring and rehabilitating the waterways as well as their embankments.
Venue: Map Room (level -2), KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Mont des Arts / Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Language: English
Time schedule: 17.30
Entry fee: Free entrance.

Aberystwyth, UK
Organisation: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
The Wales Map Symposium 2020, held by the National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales in association with the Historic Towns Trust, will focus on how towns and cities have been mapped through time and how this can help us to understand the history and processes of urban growth. Speakers to include Professor Keith Lilley, Mr John Moore and Professor Helen Fulton.
To coincide with the symposium there will also be a display of specially selected items.
Admission by ticket: £20 (including morning & afternoon refreshments and buffet lunch). For further information and to book your ticket, please visit:
Venue: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3BU
Language: Bilingual event. Simultaneous translation provided.
Time schedule: 9.30 - 16.30
Entry fee: GBP 20.00

Lisbon, Portugal
The International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart will take place in 4-5 June 2020 (Thursday to Friday), at the Hydrographic Institute, in Lisbon, Portugal.
This will be the third Lisbon meeting dedicated to the History of Nautical Cartography. The first and second were held in 2016 and 2018, and were focused on the history of the medieval portolan chart. This time, the scope has been enlarged as to also include other periods and cartographic models.
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.
Venue: Hydrographic Institute, Rua das Trinas 49, 1249-093 Lisboa
Contact: Prof. Joaquim Alves Gaspar

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organisation: The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
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 15th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) jointly with the 22nd Conference of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group - MAGIC on Challenges in Modern Map Librarianship in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 24-26 September 2020, in partnership with the Faculty of Geography, Babeş–Bolyai University.
Both Conferences follow a common working programme attended by all the participants, with thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects treated in the Conferences of the ICA Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2019-2023) and the MAGIC Aims focused on map and geoinformation curatorship and in map-librarianship.
Brussels Map Circle event

Venice, Italy
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
During the past months, the Management and Members of the Brussels Map Circle and the Italian old map collectors association Roberto Almagià have received with much interest and enthusiasm the proposal of our Member Alex Smit to organise again a joint meeting. Many of our Members still remember the excellent joint meeting organised by Wouter Bracke in Rome in May 2016 (see Maps in History No 56). This idea came up first when Alex Smit accompanied a small Italian delegation to our 20th anniversary meeting in Antwerp in December 2018 (Maps in History No 63).
After several meetings to evaluate various options, the city of Venice was selected as the venue for a conference to be held in October 2020. Venice is the city of many famous cartographers, such as Fra Mauro, Forlani, Bertelli, Gastaldi and Coronelli. The libraries such as Marciana, Correr, Querini, or the Universities and State archives have very interesting map collections. The conference would focus on the interaction between cartographers of Italy and the Netherlands during the period 1550 to 1750, regarding exchanges, copying and pirating, which took place extensively (and without shame). The idea is to combine lectures and visits to famous libraries.
For the organisation a small team has been composed of the president of Roberto Almagià, Emilio Moreschi, Prof. Vladimiro Valerio and Alex Smit. Emilio Moreschi lives part of the year in Venice and is very well introduced in different associations there. Many thanks to Prof. Vladimiro Valerio, who has volunteered to take care of the scientific aspects of the conference. Until recently he lectured at Venice University and is internationally recognised as a leading expert in Italian history of cartography. He is very well known in academic circles in Venice and lives there since many years.
Participants in the Mapping Africa conference in December 2019 will recall that, when presenting the Venice project, Alex Smit hoped that it could be hosted in the beautiful conference facility with rooms of the CINI Foundation on the Isola San Giorgio. Unfortunately this will not be possible. The Circle is investigating other potential conference facilities in the centre of Venice. The recent frequent flooding of Venice, which created widespread damage, is making things more difficult.
The Circle will make recommendations to organise the participants’ lodging in the vicinity. This will be announced on our website, by e-mail and in the next issue of Maps in History.

Hamburg, Germany
Organisation: Museum am Rothenbaum - Hanseatic Business Archive foundation/Hamburg Chamber of Commerce - Centre for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC)/Universität Hamburg
In the framework of our innovative interdisciplanry research project Coloured Maps we are organizing a workshop with a cross-cultural approach to discuss the material nature and meaning of colours on maps.
On the workshop we will discuss maps and colours, methods and discourses, dyes and analytrical approaches. We wil focus on European and Asian maps between 15th and 19th century.
Contact: Benjamin Vanderlinde

Paris, France
Organisation: Comité Français de Cartographie (commission ‘histoire’) et Direction des bibliothèques et de la documentation du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Les jardins naturalistes, botanique et zoologique, partagent avec la cartographie la volonté de décrire le monde de manière à la fois exhaustive et ordonnée. Les échelles, les matériaux, les apparences de la représentation sont certes différents. Mais il s’agit bien, dans la carte comme dans le jardin, d’élaborer une image du monde qui puisse être lisible par tout un chacun. Cartes et jardins font partie de ce grand effort scientifique qui consiste à faire voir et faire comprendre le monde et ses espaces, naturels et humains.
La journée d’études organisée conjointement par la Commission Histoire du Comité Français de Cartographie et la Bibliothèque du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle se propose d’explorer les rapports qui se sont noués entre la cartographie et le jardin, notamment au Jardin des Plantes, du point de vue de l’acquisition, de l’organisation, de la représentation et de la diffusion des connaissances naturelles. La période étudiée pourra remonter aux origines médiévales de l’activité de collecte et de description du monde naturel, mais on insistera surtout sur les périodes modernes et contemporaines liées à l’institution du Jardin des Plantes et à son fonctionnement jusqu’à nos jours.
Deux directions sont à envisager : celle qui conduit du jardin vers le monde ; celle qui ramène, pour ainsi dire, le monde vers et dans le jardin. La cartographie est engagée à des titres et sous des formes multiples dans les opérations de description et de représentation des mondes naturels et humains. De la géologie à l’ethnographie, de la botanique à la zoologie : c’est l’ensemble du champ d’investigation ouvert aux naturalistes qui est devenu le théâtre de la mise en œuvre des opérations cartographiques. Il s’agirait alors, dans les contributions à cette Journée d’étude, d’analyser dans un premier temps les diverses façons dont les cartes, aux côtés des archives et autres documents de terrain, ont été mobilisées dans la construction des connaissances naturalistes. Les échelles, les supports matériels, les sémiologies, les modes d’écriture, mais aussi les usages, qui peuvent parfois différer du tout au tout, feront l’objet d’un intérêt particulier. Autrement dit : à quoi servent les cartes sur le terrain naturaliste et comment sont-elles conçues, fabriquées, utilisées, à quelles fins ?
Venue: Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

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