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2015

Mondays January 5, 2015 - February 9, 2015 - Jena Kartographie zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft [Cartography Between Art and Science] is a series of lectures at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena hosted by Prof. Dr. Mirka Dickel (Department of Didactics of Geography) and Prof. Dr. Verena Krieger (Department of Art History). Lectures are held on Mondays 18:00-20:00 in Hörsaal 24, Uni-Hauptgebäude, Fürstengraben 1. The public is invited.
05.01.2015 Objektive Kartographien? Zum Wandel der Kartenwissenschaft um 1800, Dr. Andreas Christoph (FSU Jena, Wissenschaftsgeschichte)
12.01.2015 When Science meets Art: Wissenschaftliche Praktiken und ästhetische Prinzipien in der Kartographie des 19. Jahrhunderts, Prof. Dr. Iris Schröder (Uni Erfurt/Forschungszentrum Gotha, Globalgeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts)
19.01.2015 Kartengründe und -abgründe der Geographie, Dr. Barbara Zahnen (HU Berlin, Geographie)
26.01.2015 Raumbilder – Karten zwischen Topographie und Topologie, Prof. Dr. Stephan Günzel (BTK Berlin, Medientheorie)
02.02.2015 Wissen und Schönheit der Kartographie. Zu "Alexander von Humboldt's System der Isotherm-Kurven, in Merkator's Projektion", Prof. Dr. Robert Stockhammer (LMU München, Allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft)
09.02.2015 Kartographische und literarische Weltenränder in der Frühen Neuzeit, Prof. Dr. Jörg Dünne (Uni Erfurt, Romanistische Literaturwissenschaft)



January 13, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. Chet Van Duzer will discuss Water, Lawsuits, and Maps in Fourteenth-Century Mallorca, focusing on a large-format medieval local map, the “Pergami de la Siquia,” which shows the Siquia aqueduct in Palma de Mallorca made in 1344-1345. The map indicates the water rights of the people who lived along the aqueduct, and was used to settle disputes about those rights.



January 15, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London) will discuss The World Map in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities (c.1050): Mathematical Geography between Late Antiquity and Islam. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



January 15, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. JC McElveen, will present From Sea to Shining Sea: The Pacific Railroad Surveys. In the 1850s, just as the North and the South were about to split apart, a massive effort to link the East and the West by railroad got under way. The goal of the Pacific Railroad Surveys of the early and mid-1850s was to determine the best route for a transcontinental railroad, and the geographic, geologic, ethnographic, meteorological and other information collected during those efforts, and disseminated to the public, were invaluable in railroad construction and the post-Civil War settlement of the West. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



January 18, 2015 - Williamsburg Last year the Williamsburg Map Circle held a social event where individuals brought map items for others to see. We plan to do that again, so please mark your calendars to Hold the Date of Sunday late afternoon on January 18th. The location will be the Pflederers' home in Governors Land with details to follow. Additional information from Ted Edwards.



January 22, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. James Akerman will speak about Road Mapping on the Margins. The free automobile road map was among the most iconic and widely distributed genres of 20th-century cartography, produced by oil companies, automobile clubs or state authorities. At the margins of the road-map mainstream is an archive of road maps published by county and municipal authorities, roadside attractions and other local economic interests. Drawing on the Newberry Library’s unsurpassed collections as well some items from his own collection, Jim will help us explore the charms, and understand the politics and economics of some more ephemeral and less familiar guides to American highways and byways.



January 29, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY. Joe Gerlach (Jesus College, Oxford) will speak about Retracing the lines between mapping and geopolitics in Andean Latin America. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



January 31, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society again breaking with tradition will be holding our annual Collectors' Evening on a Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm. The idea is to give those people who are working a chance to join in and bring along a map of their choice for discussion and / or for identification. The Chair will once again be held by Francis Herbert. All members are welcome (and bring a friend!) and are reminded to bring along a map - as original or on a USB stick etc. (screen and projector are provided). The venue is also new: we have taken a room at the Civil Service Club, 1-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1AHJ. The nearest tube stations are Embankment or Charing Cross. Due to the rules of the Civil Service Club we DO need you to register for this event. Please email either our Secretary, David Dare, or the Vice-Chair, Valerie Newby, in advance.



February 5, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Robert Batchelor (Department of History, Georgia Southern University) will discuss Pacific Frontiers: The Selden Map and the Redefinition of East Asia in the Seventeenth Century. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



February 6-8, 2015 - Miami The Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street. Dealers from around the world exhibit and sell antique maps. Visitors are invited to bring in maps of their own for expert opinions and attend educational programs. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. Registration is available on-line. For information contact Hilda Masip, Map Fair Coordinator, at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.



February 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Dennis Downes will speak about Indigenous Navigations: Native American Trail Marker Trees. Indigenous peoples, including Native Americans, have always been consummate travelers, whose trade and social networks crossed the continent. Few are aware, however, of the various techniques used to mark routes, including bending tree saplings. These distinct and durable markers known as Trail Marker Trees are a natural navigational method that still exists today. Dennis Downes has traveled widely throughout the United States and Canada collaborating with Indigenous communities and learning about their involvement with these trees. In consultation with Native American experts and historians, Dennis has made it his lifelong dedication to identify, research, and protect these living landmarks. Richly illustrated with maps and numerous photographs of these distinctive markers, his talk raises awareness about Native American travels and navigational methods. Dennis will also be available to sign copies of his 2011 book “Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths through the Wilderness,” a groundbreaking work on this subject.



February 19-20, 2015 – Philadelphia A conference titled Paint over Print: Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period will be held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut Street. The goal of the conference is to bring together scholars and experienced authorities who have looked at several different aspects of handcolored books and printed maps from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Subjects to be addressed include the materials and techniques used in hand-coloring, the connoisseurship of hand-coloring, and how color alters the meaning of a printed work-how the addition of color represents an interpretation or reinterpretation of the work. We believe that the subject is one of strong intellectual interest that has not received the critical scholarly attention it deserves. We hope for a fruitful exchange of insights and ideas, and an event that will attract a wide audience including art historians, historians of the book, historians of cartography, special collections librarians, dealers in rare books and maps, and collectors. Additional information from the organizers Chet Van Duzer, Invited Research Scholar, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Box 1894, Providence, RI 02912; or Larry E. Tise, Distinguished Professor of History, Brewster 312-A, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.



February 19, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Rob Shenk, President of New Media, and Eric Benson, GIS Specialist, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon will discuss their new Washington’s World, an online map describing the life and history of George Washington. The web site is a modern version of the George Washington Atlas, published in 1932 for the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, and edited by Col. Lawrence Martin, Chief, Geography and Map Division. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



February 24, 2015 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Lt Cdr Dr John Ash (Scott Polar Research Institute) will speak about On polar maritime maps and charts. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



February 26, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Captain Richard Campbell RN (Hakluyt Society Volume Editor) and Peter Barber (British Library) will discuss An account so just and exact: Captain Narbrough’s voyage to South America 1669-71 and its cartographical significance. The Hakluyt Society sponsors this meeting. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



March 4-6, 2015 - Barcelona The Fourth International Workshop History of Iberian Cartography (WIHCI), like the previous meetings organized in Portugal, is an initiative whose main objective is the advancement of knowledge in the history of mapping. This time the theme is Cities, Regions and Oceans (XV-XX Centuries). The conference is organized by the Grup d’Estudis d’Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) of the University of Barcelona and the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC).



March 7, 2015 – Denver Trails to the Shining Mountains is a Saturday morning symposium co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Map Society and the Oregon-California Trails Association – Colorado Cherokee Trail Chapter. It will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Four Mile Historic Park, located conveniently at Four Mile House, 715 South Forest Street. The program will include four speakers:
Robert Lowdermilk, a Trustee of Four Mile Historic Park: Welcome Presentation.
Tom Noel: "The South Platte River Road." Tom Noel is Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Wesley A. Brown: "How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map." Wes Brown is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
Christopher Lane: "Maps of the Ways West." Chris Lane is the owner of Philadelphia Print Shop West in Denver, the appraiser of maps and prints on Antiques Roadshow, and the program director of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
The symposium is free to all current members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. RSVP: Camille Bradford at 303-460-9503.



March 7, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will have its Annual Show and Tell. Join us for a very special members-only event: once again at a beautiful, map-filled Manhattan apartment. Fortified by wine, treats, and each other's company, we'll settle in while 6 or 7 members give short (10 minutes) map-related presentations. If you'd like to attend, RSVP to Connie Brown: she will give you the address. Furthermore, let Connie know if you'd like to give a "show and tell"--first come, first served for presentations. Presenters may bring primary materials or a laptop--WiFi available. You don't have to share a map to attend--this is a great opportunity to socialize with other NYMS members and share interests. Not yet a member? RSVP anyway--bring a check to the event and become a member there.



March 12, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Katherine Parker (Department of History, University of Pittsburgh) will discuss A Tricky Passage: Navigating, Mapping, and Publishing Representations of Tierra del Fuego in the Long Eighteenth Century. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



March 14, 2015 - Oxford Mapping the history of Oxford: a day course at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, will be held from 9.30am - 4.45pm. This Day School, run in collaboration with the Oxford Preservation Trust will launch a new Historical Atlas of Oxford. It will feature a range of topics from the earliest history of Oxford to the development of the modern city and its suburbs and include consideration of the challenges and special insights that can be gained from a cartographical approach to historical study. If you have any questions about this course, please email or telephone +44(0)1865 270380. Registration is required and can be done on-line.



March 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Wesley Brown will speak about 1500: The Year of Seven Distinct World Views. Remarkably, there was one time in history, around 1500 AD, when eight very different types of maps were being produced. Although some were contemporary printings of ancient maps, all were being made to represent geographical information for contemporary use and study, not as ancient specimens but as contemporary ways to understand geography. They are 1) Greek and Roman maps, 2) maps of Claudius Ptolemy, 3) classical Islamic Maps, 4) Biblically based European maps, 5) portolan charts, 6) maps of European Renaissance, 7) Chinese maps 8) Asian Indian maps. The presenter will explain each of these forms of maps, their time of use, and show illustrations of original examples from his collection.



March 19, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Ralph Ehrenberg, Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress will present Mapping Mr. Madison's War: American Military Cartography during the War of 1812. In addition to being one of the lesser known conflicts in the early republic, little is known of the maps produced during the War of 1812. Drawing from the collections of the Library of Congress and the National Archives, Ralph will discuss the state of American military mapping at the start, and its growth during, the War of 1812. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



March 26-28, 2015 - Berlin The 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Unter den Linden 4. Elizabeth Ross, University of Florida, will have a session Early Modern Art and Cartography (1400-1600). How did the production and circulation of maps and cartographic texts in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries affect the visual arts, especially pictorial works (painted, printed, or woven)? These centuries saw the circulation of multiple mapping systems and cartographic texts in new and traditional formats through the printing trade as well as court and other elite patronage. European voyages generated new geographies (physical, cultural, economic, etc.) that were integrated into maps and works of visual art. How did cartographic culture and the visual arts overlap and inform each other?



April 11, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St; (212) 874-5210. Wendy Brawer of Green Map System will speak. She's an old friend of the map society.



April 16, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Antiquarian Map Acquisition and Sales: Panel Discussion with Eliane Dotson (Old World Auctions, Glen Allen, VA), Bill Stanley (Cartographic Associates, Fulton, MD) and Harry Newman (Old Print Shop, Washington, DC) The panel will informally discuss the growth of map collecting and the map trade. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



April 17-18, 2015 – Perth, Scotland Why not join members of the International Map Collectors' Society for a Spring Break in Scotland? We are planning a two-day trip based on the "Fair City" of Perth. The current plan is to arrive on the 16th and then spend the following day with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) to view their map collections and artifacts and to have a tour of their premises including the 16th century Fair Maid's House which has recently been restored. There will be a reception in their Shackleton Room, named after Sir Ernest Shackleton who was secretary of the RSGS in 1904. On Saturday, 18th April, we will travel by coach to the stunning fairy tale Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl, where there is a fine collection of 18th century estate maps by the surveyor James Stobie. We will also have a tour of rooms open to the public including the vast ballroom and Great Hall. There may also be time for a tour of the Hercules Garden with its view of Ben Nevis. On our return to Perth we will stop for tea at the small town of Dunkeld with its part-ruined cathedral, second-hand bookshop and Thomas Telford's famous bridge over the River Tay. Saturday evening we will gather for a farewell dinner and you will then be free to travel back to Edinburgh or elsewhere in Scotland on Sunday. A booking form will go out via e-mail in the New Year but if you like the idea in principle please contact the organiser, Valerie Newby at (0)1296 670001 so that we can get an idea of the numbers involved.



April 18, 2015 – Richmond The 2015 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lectures on the History of Cartography will be held at Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street. Among the speakers will be Susan Schulten (University of Denver). Call 804-692-3561 for additional information. Further details forthcoming.



April 23-24, 2015 - London The History of Geology Group is organising the Geological Society’s flagship William Smith Meeting 2015 to celebrate publication of the first geological map of a nation 200 years ago. The meeting will be held at Burlington House. William Smith (1769 –1839) was an English geologist who created the first nationwide geological map. In 1794, working as a surveyor on the construction for the Somerset Coal Canal, Smith recognised that each stratigraphic horizon contained a unique assemblage of fossils. This enabled him to work out the order of strata from the fossils they contained. From 1799 he mapped local strata, eventually creating the first geological map of England and Wales, published in 1815. During the conference we aim to visit Smith’s fossil and rock collections at the Natural History Museum, and to unveil a plaque on Smith’s London house. An evening celebratory dinner is also planned. On Saturday 25 April we will visit the Smith Archive at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Smith’s birthplace and the Smith Heritage Centre in Churchill village. For further information please e-mail: John Henry.



April 23, 2015 - Milwaukee The annual “Maps and America” lecture at the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, 2311 E. Hartford Avenue, features Stephen Hornsby speaking about Picturing the Wold: American Pictorial Maps, 1920-1970. Lecture is at 6:00 PM, reception at 5.30 PM.



April 29, 2015 – May 1, 2015 – Canberra The 43rd annual conference of the Australian & New Zealand Map Society has the theme The Power of Maps. It will be held in conjunction with The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia, and will be hosted by The National Library Of Australia. Additional information from Brendan Whyte at +61 2 6262 1192.



April 30, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Professor Stephen Daniels (School of Geography, University of Nottingham) will discuss Reforming Cartography: John Britton and The Topographical Survey of the Borough of St Marylebone (1834). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



May 2, 2015 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 1:30 PM at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St. Jefferson Moak will present A Harmony of Talents: The Philadelphia Map Publishing Industry in the 19th Century. This event is free to our members but direct reservation is required. Reserve your spot by calling 215-925-2688. Our long table lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.



May 5, 2015 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College) will speak about On eighteenth-century maps. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



May 7, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will have a TOSCA field trip to the Weston Library. Space limited on the field trip - for further details, please contact Nick Millea at 01865 287119.



May 9, 2015 - Hartford The New York Map Society will have a field trip to the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. We will meet there at 2:30 pm and Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics will show highlights of their considerable map collection.



May 14-17, 2015 - Kalamazoo, Michigan Laura Whatley (Kendall College of Art and Design) and Chet Van Duzer (John Carter Brown Library) are organizing two panels about maps at the International Congress on Medieval Studies which takes place at Western Michigan University. The panel topics are "Rethinking Medieval Maps I: The Unmapped, Marginalized and Fictitious" and "Rethinking Medieval Maps II: Evidence for the Use and Re-Use of Maps." Additional information from Laura Whatley or Chet Van Duzer.



May 14, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Richard Smith, M.A. (Retired businessman and IMCoS member) will discuss Getting Lost and Finding the Way. The Use, Mis-use and Non-use of Maps in the Peninsular War (1807–1814). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



May 14, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society Annual Dinner will be held at the Law Offices of Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. The featured speaker is Pam Scott, one of the leading architectural historians of Washington DC, who will present an illustrated lecture on Benjamin Latrobe: Architect and Surveyor of the United States Capital. More details on the Annual Diner to follow. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



May 14-15, 2015 – Washington This year’s annual meeting of the Philip Lee Phillips Society will be at the Library of Congress. The topic is Mapping of the Polar Region.



May 17-19, 2015 - Esslingen an Neckar, Germany The 10th International Atlas Day 2015 - Workshop and Weekend will be held at Salemer Pfleghof. Contact Reinhard Urbanke for additional information.



May 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Chet Van Duzer will speak about Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. No wonder that early cartographers felt the need to depict such creatures on their maps, whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation. Long a subject of fascination to collectors and map aficionados, these beasts are now, for the first time, getting the scholarly attention they deserve. Chet Van Duzer, a highly-regarded cartographic historian with books to his credit on Martin Waldseemüller and Johan Schöner, will cast a critical eye on the sea monsters that appear on early maps. His review begins with the earliest mappaemundi on which these monsters appear in the tenth century and continues to the end of the sixteenth century, highlighting the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.



May 19, 2015 - Pueblo, Colorado Dr. Ronald Gibbs will discuss On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution with the Rocky Mountain Map Society. During five critical months in late 1776 and very early 1777, the entire future of our country hung by a mere thread as George Washington and his Continental Army battled to preserve the American Revolution against the seemingly invincible British Redcoats and their Hessian mercenaries. You know the ultimate outcome—we won! But this lecture, featuring maps from Dr. Gibbs’ personal collection as well as great historic paintings, will bring the personalities and events of these critical times to life. Come hear about what really happened at Bunker Hill, the Battle of New York, and Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware. 7:00 PM in the Infozone Theater at the Rawlings Public Library, 100 East Abriendo Ave. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.



May 27-29, 2015 – Corfu The 10th Jubilee Commission's Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage will be held at Ionian University and Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece in the historical centre of Corfu. It is hosted by the History Department of the Ionian Univesrity, a Supporting Institution of the Commission in cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Cartographic Heritage Group. The Workshop is addressed to scholars, researchers, map-curators, map-collectors, map-librarians, administrators, digital industry/market operators and students coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds (humanistic, geo-political, social, artistic, scientific and engineering) whose work is either focused on or affined to cartographic heritage, an inportant component of cultural heritage.



May 28, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Diana Lange (Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig) will discuss Putting Tibet on the Map: A 19th Century Cartographic Depiction by a Local Artist. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



May 29-31, 2015 - York Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference to be held at King’s Manor. ‘Space’ and ‘Place’ are terms that have had a ‘renaissance’ within medieval scholarship in recent decades, becoming increasingly employed to describe the cultural and intellectual landscape of the Middle Ages. However, despite the widely recognised importance of these terms, of late, various factions of scholars have begun to debate whether one has primacy over the other in terms of its agency and usefulness in determining how we conceptualise and discuss the medieval world. While taking into account these vagaries, this conference will extend the conversation surrounding these terms and ideas, considering the extant visual and textual sources alongside the contemporary scholarly discussions of this milieu. Additional information from Heidi Stoner and Meg Boulton.



June 5, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner and Malcolm Young Lecture will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard.



June 6, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore.



June 6-7 2015 - London The London Map Fair is the largest antique map fair in Europe. It will be held Saturday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. It will be held at historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore. This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.



June 11, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington), will speak about From cosmopolitan exploration to colonial penetration: Germany and the colonial turn in the cartography of Africa. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



July 5-10, 2015 - London The International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015 will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers). Plenary speakers will include William Cronon (University of Wisconsin), Catherine Hall (UCL) and Simon Schaffer (Cambridge University). The Conference will include a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips within and beyond London.



July 6-9, 2015 – Leeds, England The twenty-second International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds University, and its special thematic strand is Reform and Renewal. After four very solid years of attendance and participation, the Mappings block of sessions has become a go-to component of the Congress. Additional information from Felicitas Schmieder or Dan Terkla.



July 8-11, 2015 - London For the first time since 1987 the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London. In addition to the paper sessions to be held at the Senate House of the University of London and the Conference Center of the British Library, the Annual Meeting will be complemented by excursions to the Royal Geographical Society, the Map Room of the British Library, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. A detailed program including information on scheduled excursions, online-registration, and recommended accommodation close-by the paper session locations will be published in due time on the Society’s website. Additional information from Imre Demhardt.



July 11, 2015 – Antwerp Meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM) and the Annual General Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) will be held. More details to come.



July 12-17, 2015 – Antwerp The 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be hosted by the City of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp. It is organized under the main heading Theatre of the World in Four Dimensions / Space-Time-Imagination-Spectacle. Inspiration was derived from the title of the very first modern atlas, which was published in 1570 by the Antwerp mapmaker Abraham Ortelius. For additional information contact Felix Archief, Oudeleeuwenrui 29, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel.: +32 3 338 94 11.



July 26-31, 2015 - Washington The Rare Book School offers a course From Manuscript to Woodblock: The Art and Science of Cartography from Ptolemy to the Age of Copernicus, 200-1550 CE to be taught by John Hessler at the Library of Congress. This course will introduce students to the earliest forms of cartography. We will examine in detail the construction methods of some of the masterpieces of Renaissance cartography, such as the 1507 and 1516 world maps by Martin Waldseemüller, and other examples of early cartography found in the Library of Congress. Students will look closely at the making of portolan charts and take full advantage of new analytical research on their make-up. In addition to close scrutiny of the maps themselves, class discussion and reading will consider medieval and early Renaissance theories of the earth and the relationship of cartography to contemporary developments in astronomy and navigation, as well as the social and cultural aspects of patronage and production. You can find out more about the course and information about how to apply online.



August 23-28, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro The 27th International Cartographic Conference and the 16th General Assembly of International Cartographic Association will take place at the SulAmérica Convention Center. Additional information from Congrex do Brasil.



September 15, 2015 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Camille Bradford will speak about William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his Later Years. William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the trails. From 1929 until his death, Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and paintings of historic western scenes. His iconic photographs have been reproduced in numerous books and magazines over the years. Camille Bradford is past president of the Colorado chapter of the Oregon- California Trail Association (OCTA) and an active member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. She is also the stepdaughter of Howard R. Driggs. This presentation will include photographs, correspondence, maps and movie clips from the Howard R. Driggs Collection at Southern Utah University. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.



September 23-26, 2015 – Dresden The 13th Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place in cooperation with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon. The symposium will address all aspects of the study of globes – especially the history of globes and globes in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as globe related instruments such as armillary spheres, planetaria, telluria and lunaria. Languages: German and English (no interpreters available). Tentative program:
23 September: afternoon: guided tour through Dresden; evening: informal gathering.
24 September: forenoon and afternoon: papers.
25 September: forenoon and afternoon: papers; evening: symposium dinner.
26 September: trip to Leipzig including the visit of the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde.
For further information please contact: International Coronelli Society, c/o Jan Mokre, Austrian National Library, Globe Museum, Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Vienna, Austria; Tel: +43 1 53410 298, Fax: +43 1 53410319.



October 19-21, 2015 – Cape Town The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium will have the theme 400 Years of cartography of travels to and in Southern Africa, from the Portuguese explorers (c. 1500) to the Boer War (c. 1900). It will be held at the Centre for the Book of the National Library of South Africa, 62 Queen Victoria Street. Presentations will include Early Charts of European travel to the Far East and Antarctic; The stars of Southern African cartography; Mauritius and the first accurate map in the Southern Hemisphere; David Livingstone’s maps of exploring the Zambezi River and beyond; Monomotapa, Myth, Money and Miniature Maps; A raconteur’s map of travels in Southern Africa; Mapping ’The Hitherto Unknown’; bitter rivalry in mapping the Cape of Good Hope. Additional information including contact information can be found on the website.


2016

Spring 2016 - Riga The Map & Geoinformation Curators Group will meet at the National Library of Latvia. Details to be announced.



October 6-9, 2016 – Arlington, Texas The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. Additional information from Ben Huseman.


2017

July 2-7, 2017 – Washington The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Additional information from Lynn Usery, Conference Director.



July 9-14, 2017 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - the 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be held at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and will be coordinated by Professor Junia Furtado. The proceedings will be in English. This is the first time that the conference, founded in 1964, will take place outside Europe and North America. Belo Horizonte is the capital city of Minas Gerais in south-eastern Brazil, and the country's third largest urban conglomerate after Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Its selection underlines the growing importance of the history of cartography in Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking Latin America. Further details will be made available in 2016.


Last Updated on December 18, 2014 by John W. Docktor