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Herebelow a message from the ICHC 2021 local organizing team.

Dear Mr. [...],

I’m writing you on behalf of the ICHC 2021 Bucharest organizing team with a kind request. As the pandemic has disrupted most of the traditional channels for academic interaction, we are worried that our CfP has not reached all those interested. Therefore, we kindly ask you to help us disseminate the information to all scholars that share an interest in the history of cartography (especially to those who don’t regularly use H-Map, Facebook, Twitter or similar).

The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be taking place in Bucharest, from the 4th to the 9th of July. The conference is entitled ‘Conflict and Cartography’ and the deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, the 5th of October 2020. All further details are available on the conference website:

Thank you for all you help and best wishes,

The ICHC 2021 local organizing team

For further details see here.

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Numerous sessions of the ISHMap 2020 symposium, held online 12 - 13 June 2020, are now available for viewing here. The next issue of Maps in History will include a review of this symposium.

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An article posted on 13 August 2020 by Matthew Edney on his blog entitled Mapping as Process - A blog on the study of mapping processes: production, circulation, and consumption.

It’s time to end a confusing prescription good only for academic gate-keeping. Some years ago, I was in a meeting with a group of colleagues, most of them map historians of long standing, and all good friends (of mine and of each other). In the middle of some discussion, the one younger colleague in the room referred to our field of study as “historical cartography.” Immediately, all the rest of us shared a knowing look and re-asserted our communal superiority. None of us said anything to correct the speaker—that would have been too embarrassing. Rather, we sat secure and self-satisfied that we knew the proper term for the field: “the history of cartography.” To refer to the field as “historical cartography” meant that our young colleague was either intellectually conservative or unable to get with the line with several decades of conceptual change and debate (not the case) or a complete newb.

Read the full text here

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Our Member, Vice-President and Editor of Maps in History, Jean-Louis Renteux, has just published an article entitled Les premières cartes détaillées du Hainaut français [The first detailed maps of French Hainaut].
You will find a complete inventory (on 50 pages) of the cartographic work of French engineers in the territories newly conquered by Louis XIV at the beginning of the 18th century.
These very detailed maps (scale of at least 1:30 000) provide historians with an accurate picture of the landscapes in the vicinity of Valenciennes, Mons, Maubeuge, Avesnes, etc., 300 years ago.
The article appeared in the latest issue of the bulletin of the Commission Historique du Nord which is available from the CHN secretariat (22 rue Saint Bernard, Lille or, EUR 25.00 + postage).

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Here are some newly available records in the the Catalog for your research and discovery:
Published Maps, 1947 - 2015, Records of the Central Intelligence Agency
This series consists of published maps (2975 items) of most countries and world regions. Included are base and briefing base maps; maps depicting terrain, sociological, transportation, political, and economic features; maps depicting administrative, military, and treaty boundaries; maps of urban areas; and maps showing ethnic distributions or narcotics trade routes. Also included are thematic maps, charts, graphs, and organization charts relating to various topics of the Cold War, including the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and the Vietnam War.
See: the catalog

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The archival, records and data landscape in the 21st century is changing public expectations, how we do our work, what constitutes credible evidence and how we protect our holdings. Our profession (data and information managers, document managers and archivists) can provides opportunities to ensure we deliver benefits to citizens and Knowledge Societies. What means to us Empowering Knowledge Societies?
​How do we better explain and advocate for the essential role played by archivists and information professionals in the Knowledge Societies of the 21st century? From paper to digital, how are you Empowering Knowledge Societies with your work? Let’s challenge what people think we do! Help us tell the world what archives in the Knowledge Societies are about!
From Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2020, in light of the health crisis that the world is going through, the International Archives Week will adapt and respect lockdown measures!
Web site:

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  • Looks at Books
    • When artists drew maps
    • Cartography and Power in the 16th century. Jacques de Deventer's Atlas
    • Islamic Maps
    • Johann George Schreiber (1676-1750) – Copper plate engraver and atlas publisher in Leipzig Geography
    • The Massif des Écrins: History of a cartography, from Antiquity till the dawn of the 20th century military atlases (17th-18th centuries)
    • Mare Nostrum - Printed nautical cartography of the Mediterranean Sea by Bifolco
  • History and Cartography
    • A very special map of HAYNAUT by Naudin (ca 1709–1728)
    • The rediscovery of some map fragments on copper plates in the Brussels Chalcography
  • The Brussels Map Circle
    • Activity Report 2019
    • 2020 Programme
  • News
    • Maps in History is now famous in Cazères
    • Obituaries of Monique Pelletier & Lisete Danckaert
    • In Memoriam Peter Meurer
    • Maps of Malta taking shape

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This is the title of a series of several episodes, each of which features websites that offer digitized images of old maps. Many of them are already included in our pages. But the episodes mention some characteristics specific to each site such as the periods and geographical areas considered, the access mode, the number of files. It has been prepared by Atelier Ideas & Research (AIR), a non-profit social promotion association, made up of young researchers, which deals with social sciences and humanities. All the information you will find on the site is free.
You will find links to the various episodes on one of our Links page.

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