Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events


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2015

September 1, 8, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 2015 - Charlottesville Joel Kovarsky will be teaching The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations again for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia on six Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. This course is intended as an overview of the history of cartography, with a general focus on the printed map. There will be discussion of the overlapping appeals for art, history, politics, and geography, coupled with the fundamental importance of maps for society and the building and maintenance of nations. The bulk of the material discussed will be pre-20th century. Four of the six 1.5 hour sessions will be held at the Jefferson Library (Monticello) and two sessions at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia (to see some of their specific holdings). There will some focus on Virginia material. All sessions will provide the opportunity to see examples of original maps. Additional information from Joel Kovarsky.



September 2, 2015 – Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society executive committee meeting will be held at the Malta Historical Society Headquarters at 41 Lion Street at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.



September 8, 2015 – Boston Rebels, Redcoats, & Revolutionary Maps is the topic of a meeting in the Abbey Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. 5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 pm Talk. Richard Brown, co-author of "Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783" (W.W. Norton, 2015) and a member of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s Board of Directors, speaks about maps reflecting Boston’s role during the Revolutionary War period. Ronald Grim, Leventhal Map Center curator and co-author of the "We Are One" exhibition catalog, discusses the mapping of America’s new geography during the first two decades following independence. This program is presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and Boston Map Society.



September 8, 2015 – York The Map Curators’ Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop at the Park Inn by Radisson. The MCG workshop theme will be New maps for old: repurposing and reusing map collections for digital users. Additional information from the MCG Convener, Ann Sutherland or Paula Williams, Curator, Map, Mountaineering and Polar collections, National Library of Scotland Map Library.



September 8-10, 2015 – York The 2015 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers joint conference, Mapping Together will take place at the Park Inn by Radisson.



September 12, 2015 – Boston R.A. Salvatore speaks about world building and how geography and maps play a role in fantasy literature. Lecture is 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street.



September 12-13, 2015 - Lemgo, Germany Verein Freundeskreis für Cartographica will meet at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake, Schloßstraße 18. We will have our annual meeting and tour the exhibition Weltvermesser – Das Goldene Zeitalter der Kartographie [World surveyor - The Golden Age Cartography].



September 12, 2015 - Sarnen, Switzerland Recently a 200 year old manuscript map depicting central Switzerland was discovered in the Historisches Museum Obwalden. Vermessungskarte 1805 by Joachim Eugen Müller The map shows the Alps from Berner Oberland to Vorarlberg. This unique manuscript map is the subject of a meeting to be held at 10.00 at Historisches Museum Obwalden. Additional information on line or from Martin Rickenbacher.



September 13, 2015 - San Francisco The next Bay Area Map Group Meeting, California Map Society, will be held at Phil Simon’s home from 2:00PM to 5:00PM for members to present their favorite maps and to see Phil’s wonderful collection. Please register on-line if you plan to attend and the meeting details will be emailed to you. If you need additional information, please email.



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 15, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the South Court Auditorium of New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Talk by author Michael Benson on his new book Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time. A survey of about 4,000 years of attempts to represent the universe in graphic form, whether in manuscripts, paintings, prints, books or broadsheets, all the way up to 21st-century supercomputer simulations of galaxy groups in flux and sunspots in bloom. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas.



September 16, 17, 19, 2015 - California Michael Blanding is the first distinguished speaker of the California Map Society. He will be talking about his well received book, "The Map Thief." It describes the career of E. Forbes Smiley, a highly regarded international map dealer by day and thief by night. Register now online here for your chosen location:
La Jolla, Map and Atlas Museum, September 16th at 5:30
Stanford University, Green Library, Bender Room, Fifth Floor, September 17th at 4:30
LA Central Library, Los Angeles Downtown Library, September 19th at 1:00
Don't miss this insightful view into international art theft.



September 17, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Benjamin Olshin will speak about The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps.



September 17, 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. Dr. Petra Svatek (Department of History, University of Vienna, Austria) will be speaking on Geography – Geology – Medicine – Archaeology: Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900. The presentation will focus on thematic maps produced by geographers, geologists, physicians and archaeologists of the University of Vienna and other Viennese scientific institutions between 1848 and 1900. The first boom of thematic cartography set in around 1850, when several scientific institutions and professorships were established and right from the beginning made the production of thematic maps part and parcel of their work and research activities. But how was the interplay with politics, the development of specific methods and was the map-production organized in an interdisciplinary fashion by involving numerous scientists from many different institutions and fields of study? The Library of Congress’ Hauslaub-Liechtenstein Collection provides a glimpse into 19th century thematic cartography and will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



September 18, 2015 – Washington The U. S. Board On Geographic Names invites you to celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a one-day symposium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on geographic names: Traditions and Transitions. It will be followed by an open house and special exhibit from the U. S. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Symposium will be held in Mumford Room, 6th Floor, Library of Congress Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Douglas.R.Caldwell.



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.



September 24, 2014 – Dresden The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the conference rooms of the Residenzschloss, Taschenberg 2.



September 25, 2015 - London The Mapping of Cyprus 1485-1885 is the title of a lecture by Ashley Baynton-Williams outlining and illustrating the evolution of the mapping of Cyprus. From late medieval times to the first years of the British period, he describes the landmarks, and low points, the people and the events that shaped the mapping of the island of Cyprus over four centuries. Lecture is at 18:15 - 19:15 in Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road. There is no charge for the lecture, but please register in advance.



September 26, 2015 - Oxford The University of Oxford is sponsoring a one day course Maps and Mapping. Topics covered will include; an introduction to map projections and their use in mapping the Earth and heavens, the history of maps and mapping, the development of geographical information systems and the impact of the Internet. Enroll on-line to secure your place on this course now. If you have any questions about this course, please email or telephone +44(0)1865 270368.



October 3, 2015 – Arlington, Texas The Texas Map Society fall meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington Library. More information to come. Additional information from Ben Huseman.



October 3, 2015 – Brussels The 77th meeting of The Brussels Map Circle Executive Committee will take place at 10.00.



October 5, 2015 – Boston Peter Barber (British Library) will address the Boston Map Society in the Abbey Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. at 6 PM. He will be speaking about The Colonies in Context: The Place of North America in King George’s World View.



October 10, 2015 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina The William P. Cumming Map Society will meet at the Wilson Library on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Coffee will be available at about 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. The schedule is as follows:
10 am – America's First 'Coloring Book': Theodor de Bry's 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot's Briefe & True Report from the New-Found Land of Virginia by Larry Tise
11 am – Deed Books as Maps: Origins of the 1770 Collett-Churton Map, by Mark Chilton
12 noon- Lunch (likely box lunch available for pre-purchase)
1 pm – Carolina Comparative Cartography – Mouzon and Others, by Jay Lester
2 pm – Event ends.
Before the conference, and/or during lunch, you are invited to view the exhibit, “Chronicles of Empire: Spain in the Americas,” where De Bry volumes and fine cartographic materials will be on display. The most convenient option for lunch, if it can be arranged, would be to purchase a box lunch to be provided at the Wilson Library. If you desire this option, contact John Blythe at the Wilson Library to express your interest. Other options include various on campus facilities, some very close to the Wilson Library. Restaurants on Franklin Street are another option, though the relatively short lunch break may render that option less viable. Additional information from Jay Lester.



October 15, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Special Collections at the Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Dr. Rebecca Lowery will speak about They’re Not Just Pirate Maps!.



October 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. 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 and its growth during the War of 1812. The Library of Congress Lewis and Clark Collection and other examples of early American military mapping will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



October 17, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will have a field trip to tour the Grolier Club’s exhibition Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll's Masterpiece, which includes four maps commissioned by the curator by New York Map Society Vice President Constance Brown. Then we head to tour the Argosy Book Store’s extensive map holdings, one of the most extensive collections of antique maps and prints in New York City, with many thousands of pre-20th century materials. We first meet at 1:30pm at the Grolier Club at 47 E 60th St. Later in the day we will travel to Argosy Book Store at 116 East 59th Street (Between Park & Lexington). Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas.



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 Taj Cape Town, Cnr Wale Street & St Georges. 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.



October 20, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore 100 years of USGS topographic maps in ArcGIS Online, a web based platform that allows for the viewing and exploration of these maps at a variety of scales and with a variety of tools. These tools include “swiping” the maps to compare maps of the same area made during different years to analyze land use and land cover change over time, combining them with satellite imagery and thematic layers such as ecoregions and geology, embedding these maps in web pages, and adding audio, video, photographs, and other multimedia in a “storymapping” environment. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.



October 21, 2015 – Boston John Roman, Boston-based map illustrator and graduate of New England School of Art & Design, will address the Boston Map Society in the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. at 6 pm. There will be a reception at 5:30 pm. He will discuss The Art of Illustrated Maps. He correlates not-to-scale-maps as the “the creative nonfiction of cartography” and reveals how and why the human mind accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps.



October 23-25, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago International Map Fair fair will be held at the Loyola University Museum of Art at 820 N. Michigan Avenue in their main exhibit hall. The fair will begin with a Friday evening preview night (with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar). The preview night will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The fair will open to the general public Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The fair will also consist of 4 lectures, a sponsored exhibit from the MacLean Collection, and two tours of the Newberry Library Map Collection. Tickets are free to those who register for the fair before July 1st. After that, they will be $10 for the weekend.



October 31, 2015 – Los Angeles The fall meeting of the California Map Society will be held 9:30 to 5:00 at the Los Angeles Central Library. Please register for the meeting on-line.



November 2, 2015 – Oxford The Bodleian Library will have a symposium Mr Gough’s ‘curious map’ of Britain: Old image, New Techniques. A team of specialists will report on the application of modern imaging technology to disentangle the Gough map’s complexities and understand its creation and function. Convened by Catherine Delano-Smith and Nick Millea. Speakers include Peter Barber, Andrew Beeby, Christopher Clarkson, P.D.A. Harvey, David Howell, Adam Lowe, Nigel Saul, Bill Shannon, Marinita Stiglitz, Christopher Whittick and James Willoughby. Weston Library, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 9 am – 5.15 pm. For details and Registration see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/gough-map-symposium.



November 7, 2015 – Paris The14th Paris Map-Fair will be held 11.00 – 18.00 at Hotel Ambassador, 16, Bd Haussmann. A pre-Map-Fair cocktail reception will be held Friday November 6th at 7.30PM in Salle Mogador, Hotel Ambassador. A cocktail reception will be held open for visitors and participating dealers. The reception will feature a premium open bar and light hors d' oeuvres. Reservation is needed for the cocktail reception.



November 10-12, 2015 - Vienna The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to invite you to the 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography (EuroCarto 2015) which will take place in Vienna University of Technology, Main Building, Karlsplatz 13. The symposium will have a focus on Europe. We aim at bringing together cartographers and those working in related disciplines with the goal of offering a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects. We would like to especially encourage those working in and with modern cartography to share their contemporary developments, research and results.



November 11, 2015 – Manila The next quarterly meeting of the Philippine Map Collectors Society will be held at 6PM. Venue to be announced. Additional details from Rudolf Lietz.



November 12, 2015 – Boston Alice Hudson, Curator of Women in Cartography and former Chief of Map Collection at the New York Public Library, talks about Celebrating Women in Cartography. She will speak about women in the world of mapping, bringing their stories, and most importantly, their maps to light. Program presented in association with the Boston Map Society in the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. at 6 pm. There will be a reception at 5:30 pm.



November 14, 2015 - Boston The New York Map Society will have a field trip to the Boston Public Library, to see the exhibition Women in Cartography. Details to follow. Curated by Alice Hudson, New York Map Society Board member and former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and, Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago. Included in the exhibition is a map of New York's Hudson River by Connie Brown, New York Map Society Vice President/Events Coordinator. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas.



November 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Paul Petraitis will speak about Land Agent James Rees and the Early Mapping of Cook County.



November 19, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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 Kat Lecky (Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature, Department of English, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA) will discuss Ordinary Radicals: Archiving English Renaissance Pocket Maps. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



November 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. Chas Langelan, WMS board member and retired land surveyor, will present Surveyor-Soldier Henry B. Looker - Visionary Government Reformer. More than a century ago, Henry B. Looker helped shape our modern Washington DC. His expert hand still guides surveyors, engineers and government officials to this day - but few realize it. Everywhere one looks across the Washington region, quaint historic 1890s neighborhoods are by him. A West Pointer who unexpectedly became official District of Columbia Surveyor, Looker in nine action-packed years transformed land-use practices in the Nation's Capital and brought Washington DC out of the 1800s into the roaring 20th Century. His many innovations and insightful reforms are still followed by DC's government today. And in the midst of it all, he volunteered to fight a 'splendid little war' for his country - against Spain in 1898. It cost him his life . . . but not from a bullet. [On display will be Library of Congress plats by Henry B. Looker and maps showing Washington DC's development in the late 1800s and early 1900s] For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



November 20, 2015 - La Courneuve, France On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, which deliberated on the reorganization of Europe after the Napoleonic wars, the Comité Français de Cartographie proposes a one-day symposium about the role of cartography related to peace treaties, from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century. La Cartographie des Traites (XVE-XXE Siecle) will be held at Archives diplomatiques, 3, rue Suzanne Masson. Additional information from Catherine Hofmann.



November 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. Professor Michael Heffernan (University of Nottingham) will speak about The Map That Would Save Europe’: The Tariff Walls Map and the Politics of Cartographic Display Between the Wars. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



December 3, 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. Dr. Jay Lester, author of the William P. Cummings Map Society’s North Carolina Map Blog, will present Maps and Map makers of North Carolina. Dr. Lester, one of the current recognized authorities on maps of the Tarheel State will discuss some of his favorite – and not so favorite - maps of the state. Selected examples from the Library of Congress’s collection of North Carolina maps will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



December 12, 2015 - Brussels The Brussels Map Circle International Conference is about Mapping the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire, so important in Europe’s history, will no doubt allow us to show splendid cartographic specimens. Don’t miss our Europalia contribution this year! Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels from 09.30 - 16.30. Language: English. Please register before 30 November. Additional information from info@bimcc.org.



December 17, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. The members of the Society will celebrate Annual Holiday Gala and Show and Tell.



December 17, 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. Matthew Gilmore author of several local area history publications; editor of H-DC; and author of the Washington DC History Resources blog will present The Real Plan of the District of Columbia: The 1893-1908 Map of the Permanent System of Highways. Overshadowed by L’Enfant and McMillan, the Map became DC’s 20th century ‘Master Plan’ for developing rural Washington County, north of Florida Avenue between 1850 and 1880. The map can be seen as “Second L’Enfant Plan, for the Rest of DC.” Various editions of the Map from the collections of Library of Congress will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.


2016

January 14, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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. Nydia Pineda De Avila (PhD Candidate, Queen Mary, University of London) will discuss Experiencing Lunar Maps: Collections in England, France and Spain, 1638–c.1700. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



January 21 - 23, 2016 - Katowice, Poland Fictional Maps International Conference 2016 will be held at CINiBA Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library, Bankowa Street 11a. The conference language shall be English. Mapping the imaginary has always been a challenge for world-building and storytelling alike. Map of the fictional world subverts the very essence of an actual cartography: it represents a territory that cannot be discovered or traversed in a non-fictional realm and yet it delivers much more than a usual map: a promise of the journey into unknown. Keynote speaker is STEFAN EKMAN (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), author of the book "Here Be Dragons. Exploring Fantasy Maps & Settings" (Wesleyan UP 2013). Contact fictionalmaps@gmail.com for additional information.



February 4, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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 Kevin Sheehan (Librarian & independent scholar, Durham University)will discuss Construction and Reconstruction: Investigating How Portolan Maps Were Produced by Reproducing a Fifteenth-Century Chart of the Mediterranean. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



February 5-7, 2016 - 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 6, 2016 – Brussels The 78th meeting of The Brussels Map Circle Executive Committee will take place at 10.00.



February 10, 2016 – Manila The next quarterly meeting of the Philippine Map Collectors Society will be held at 6PM. Venue to be announced. Additional details from Rudolf Lietz.



February 23, 2016 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Dorian Gerhold (London) will speak about London building plans c.1450–1720. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



February 25, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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. Major Tony Keeley (Royal School of Military Survey, Thatcham, Berkshire) will discuss Cartography in the Sands: Mapping Oman at 1:100,000 and Fixing the Position of the Kuria Muria Islands in 1984. This meeting is sponsored by the Hakluyt Society. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



March 10, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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 Isabelle Avila (Lecturer, University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France) will discuss Mental Maps of the World in Great Britain and France, 1870-1914. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



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



April 8-10, 2016 – Williamsburg A symposium is tentatively planned for these dates at Colonial Williamsburg in conjunction with their exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence; an exhibition that commemorates the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act.



April 14, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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 Pnina Arad (Research Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) will discuss Cultural Landscape in Early Modern Jewish and Christian Maps of the Holy Land. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



April 16, 2016 – Brussels The 79th meeting of The Brussels Map Circle Executive Committee will take place at 10.00.



April 16, 2016 - Richmond The 2016 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lectures on the History of Cartography will be held at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad St. Tentative speakers are Donald Hawkins and Dennis Gurtz. Maps will be on display from the collections of the Library of Virginia beginning at 11 am. Lectures begin at 1pm. Lectures and exhibition free. Free parking available under the Library. Call 804-692-3561 for additional information.



April 20-22, 2016 - Santiago, Chile 6° Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía, Del mundo al mapa y del mapa al mundo: objetos, escalas e imaginarios del territorio, at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Católica de Chile. For further details click here.



April 28, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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 Elodie Duché (Alan Pearsall Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London) will discuss Cartography and Captivity during the Napoleonic Conflicts, 1803-1815. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



May 2016 - Washington Facts or Fictions: Debating the Mysteries of Early Modern Cartography / A Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Waldseemuller’s 1516 Carta Marina is the subject of a conference to be held at the Library of Congress. Exact dates of the conference to-be-announced. The conference will consist of two days of talks, the first focusing on some of the most mysterious maps of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. Many of these maps were at a time thought lost, only later to re-discovered in monasteries, libraries and private collections throughout Europe. Others, like the Vinland Map and the one time “classified” Rossi Map with Ship, still stir scholarly controversy and have at one time or another captivated the public imagination. These maps, and the unique stories or their creation, loss and re-discovery, form the historical and cartographic context for the 1901 re-discovery of Waldseemuller’s two masterpieces, the 1507 and 1516 world maps, the only surviving copies of which are part of the collections at the Library of Congress. The second day will turn to the equally mysterious Schoner Sammelband, the book that contained not only Waldseemuller’s great maps, but also some of the most important globes and star-charts of the period. Questions like, “How did these maps survive, lost for some 350 years in the attic of a small German castle, and what made Waldseemuller, an unknown cleric in a small and out of the way mountain village, think of creating such stunning works of the mapmaker’s art?,” will be discussed and debated as new information regarding the history of iconic maps is presented by a new generation of scholars interested in these centuries old questions. Additional information from John Hessler.



May 4, 2016 – 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 Douglas Lockhart (formerly University of Keele) will speak about About Alexander Ogg, Scottish nineteenth-century land surveyor. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



May 12-15, 2016 - Kalamazoo, Michigan The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place at Western Michigan University. There will be a panel about Defining Otherness on Medieval Maps. Additional information from the panel organizers Laura Whatley or Chet Van Duzer. There will be three additional panels about Roman Heritage of Medieval Maps, Mapping Space and Time, and Medieval Maps, their Makers, and Uses. Information about these panels can be obtained from panel organizers Felicitas Schmieder or Dan Terkla.



May 12, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth 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. Jonathan Potter (Jonathan Potter Ltd) will discuss Paid to do a Hobby: A Map Dealer's Reflections on the Last Forty-five Years. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



June 3-4, 2016 – Lisbon The third ISHMap Symposium, Encounters and Translations: Mapping and Writing the Waters of the World, is organized by Trustee Dr. Thomas Horst in cooperation with the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology. It will be held at the National Library Of Portugal. Additional details will be posted on the website.



June 5-6, 2016 – Lisbon The Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon and the National Library of Portugal announce the first international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts. Its aim is to bring together the researchers interested in the subject in order to access the current state of knowledge and possibilities for future research. The workshop is organized by Joaquim Alves Gaspar (University of Lisbon), Tony Campbell (formerly British Library), and Evangelos Livieratos (International Cartographic Association).



July 4-7, 2016 – Leeds The Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, will again have an International Medieval Congresses. Its special thematic strand is “Food, Feast & Famine.” There will be a component about “Mappings.” Contact the organizers Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla for additional information.



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.



October 24-26, 2016 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will host the International Map Collectors' Society meeting at the Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Additional details to be announced.



October 27-29, 2016 – Chicago The 50th Anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures will be celebrated at the Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Additional details to be announced.



October 29-30, 2016 – Chicago The Chicago Map Fair will be held. Time and place to be announced.


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. Conference theme will be The Cartographic Challenge of the New. 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 contact ICHC-2017, Rua Antônio de Albuquerque, 1032 apt. 41, Belo Horizonte | Minas Gerais, Brazil CEP 30.112-011; phone (5531) 3227-7616.


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