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Message from the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography (ICHC) Chair Imre Demhardt

We forward you the below message from the Commission Chair Imre Demhardt.
Dear Colleagues,
The international situation of Covid-19 remains fluid and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography sincerely hopes that all its members are making it safely through these challenging times.
While it is still not possible to reschedule our 8th International Symposium (, which was due to be held in Istanbul back in April, a pre-proceedings volume is planned to bridge the gap until we can meet again. Further information on the volume, which just has been accepted by Springer, will be shared.
There is another development of interest to our commission: Because the International Cartographic Association, which in Tokyo in 2019 celebrated its 60th anniversary, feels it is important to lay an institutional focus on the investigation and preservation of its history, the ICA Executive Committee in its most recent (virtual) meeting in June 2020 approved the new Working Group “History of ICA”. As stakeholder for our commission, the Executive Committee endorsed me as one of the members of this Working Group, which will be chaired by Igor Drecki. I hope to share more details with you once the set-up of this WG has been concluded. In the meantime however, it is reassuring that ICA recognizes the need to research and preserve its legacy. To get the ball rolling, I encourage you all to send me comments, questions, suggestions etc., which, if you agree, will go into the new Working Group.
Last but not least, many members of our commission also attend the bi-annual conferences of Imago Mundi. The deadline for submitting an abstract for their 29th conference, which at this point is planned to meet face-to-face in Bucharest in July 2021, is just a month away (October 5). For further details on the conference see the website:
Stay strong, take care and best regards
Imre Demhardt
Chair: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography

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