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2014

October 8-10, 2014 - Erfurt and Gotha
Spacetime of the Imperial,an international conference hosted by the Erfurt Spatio-Temporal Studies Group, includies session on 10 October in Gotha, Cartographies of the Imperial Age. For full details see web page.



October 9-11, 2014 - Eichstätt The 17. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held in collaboration with the chair for Ancient History of the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Registration is required. Contact Dr. Markus Heinz, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Kartenabteilung, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin; Tel.: 030 / 266-435500, Fax: 030 / 266-335401.



October 10-12, 2014 - Chicago The 2nd annual Chicago International Map Fair will be held at Loyola University Museum of Art, 111 E. Pearson, just steps from Michigan Ave. The fair will begin with a Friday evening cocktail party & Preview Night featuring a premium open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Hours are 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday & 10:00 - 4:00 Sunday. Aside from browsing the antique maps, the fair will also feature a six part educational series with lectures by some of the antiquarian scholars of the Chicago Map Society and Loyola University. On Saturday, the Newberry Library will offer two tours of their historic building and world renown antique map collection. Tickets for the cocktail party, entrance to the map fair, and tour of the Newberry Library can be purchased on-line.



October 14, 2014 - London The October 2014 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the ABA Educational Trust will be given by Tim Bryars and Tom Harper. Tim Bryars is a well-known mapseller, with premises in London’s Cecil Court, while Tom Harper is a curator at the legendary Map Library at the British Library. Their book, A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps, is scheduled to be published in September 2014. The seminar will be held from 6.00 to 7.30 pm at University of London’s Senate House, Malet Street.



October 16, 2014 – Boston Michael Blanding, author of Map Thief, the recent biography of E. Forbes Smiley; will be the speaker at Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. Smiley is a convicted American art thief. His knowledge, charm and charitable activities gained him the trust of several librarians and, in some cases, unsupervised access to their collections. He was found guilty in 2006 of stealing 97 rare maps. This talk is part of Boston Public Library Author Talk Series.



October 16-17, 2014 – Arlington, Texas The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 9th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography on the theme The Price of Manifest Destiny: Wars in the American Southwest, 1819-1865. This will include a joint meeting with the Texas Map Society and the Rocky Mountain Map Society. Immediately following that, on Saturday, October 18th, and Sunday, the 19th there will be a Map Fair in The Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas. Additional information from Ben Huseman, Cartographic Archivist, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Box 19497, 702 Planetarium Place, Arlington, TX 76019-0497; Phone: 817 272-0633.



October 17-19, 2014 – Athens The Sylvia Ioannou Foundation will host the Second International Conference on the Greek World in Travel Accounts and Maps. The focus will be Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th – 19th Centuries. The thematic sections are (1) Topoi of Piracy; (2) Scale and Character of Commerce Raiding; (3) Politics and Legitimacy; (4) Piracy and the State; and (5) Images of Piracy. The venue will be the Museum of Cycladic Art.



October 18-19, 2014 – Dallas The Map Fair of the West will be held at The Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane. Map exhibitors and dealers from across the U.S. and around the world will be in Dallas displaying and selling maps during the Map Fair. For additional information contact Ben Huseman.



October 18, 2014 – New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St. Hear author Michael Blanding discuss his book “The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps.” E. Forbes Smiley III sent the map world reeling when he was arrested in 2005 on the Yale University Campus with stolen maps from the Beinecke Rare Book Library. That was the tip of the iceberg: he’d stolen maps from some of the country’s most esteemed institutions. Books will be available to purchase. Additional information from Michael Dorn.



October 19, 2014 - Milwaukee The Wisconsin Map Society will meet at 2 PM at the American Geographical Society Library, Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Caroline Rose will discuss Creating a 3D Magnetic Relief Map of Lake Mendota. Reception with light refreshments precedes the program at 1:30.



October 21-24, 2014 – Seoul The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium is titled Maps, Voyage to the East Asia. It will be held at the National Library of Korea and coordinated by The Korean Research Association of Old Maps. During the symposium, we will be pleased to offer a general viewing of map collections, such as in Map Library of Korea, Royal Books Archives ( Kyujanggak), National Museum and Seoul Historical Museum. There will be pre and post-symposium tours. The Seoul Map Fair will be held 22-24 October 9:30AM – 12:00PM in the International Conference Hall, the National Library of Korea. Several European and Korean map dealers will present European and Korean printed and manuscript maps, atlases, globes and prints.



October 22, 2014 – Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, noon time book talk will feature Michael Blanding, author of the recent biography of E. Forbes Smiley. Smiley is a convicted American art thief. His knowledge, charm and charitable activities gained him the trust of several librarians and, in some cases, unsupervised access to their collections. He was found guilty in 2006 of stealing 97 rare maps.



October 23, 2014 – 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. Michael Blanding, author of The Map Thief, the recent biography of E. Forbes Smiley; will be the speaker. Smiley is a convicted American art thief. His knowledge, charm and charitable activities gained him the trust of several librarians and, in some cases, unsupervised access to their collections. He was found guilty in 2006 of stealing 97 rare maps. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



October 23, 2014 – Williamsburg Our next Williamsburg Map Circle program meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Jamestown-Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing -- where we have often met in the past. Phil Evans is an attorney in Durham, NC. Before law school he worked as a ranger at the Fort Raleigh National Park. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about Sir Walter Raleigh’s settlements along the coast of what is now North Carolina in the 1580’s. Phil is also the president of the First Colony Foundation, whose mission is the discovery of new information about the settlements, especially the one that has become known as the Lost Colony. The program will feature four maps: (1) the watercolor John White map with recent news about it, (2) the 1590 De Bry map, (3) the 1608 Zuniga map now in Spain, and (4) the 1657 Comberford map. Focus will be on how Raleigh’s Roanoke voyages helped create these maps and how they may assist in searches for the Lost Colony. Additional information from Ted Edwards.



October 25, 2014 – Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, will sponsor a map exhibition and symposium. The map exhibition will be opening at 11 A.M. and the lectures will start at 1:00 P.M. The speakers will include Martin Bruckner (U of Delaware) talking about Reading Maps in the Age of the American Revolution and Max Edelson (UVA) talking about Reading Atlases from Both Sides of the American Revolution. Maps will be on display from the collection of the Library of Virginia. Free parking available under the Library. Lunch available at Library’s café. Lectures and exhibition free; to assist with participant planning, RSVP to Jennifer Blessman 804-692-3561.



Mondays October 27, 2014 - 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.
27.10.2014 - Einführung: Kartographie als Zeichensystem. Kunstgeschichte und Geographie im Dialog, Prof. Dr. Mirka Dickel (FSU Jena, Geographie)/Prof. Dr. Verena Krieger (FSU Jena, Kunstgeschichte)
03.11.2014 "In Ymagine mundi Roma habet forma leonis". Das kartographische Bild von Rom im Kontext der Universalgeschichte von Paolino Minorita, Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky (UdK Berlin, Kunstgeschichte)
10.11.2014 Im Visier der Landvermesser. Maßstäbliche Raumentwürfe in der Landschaftsmalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gehring (Uni Trier, Kunstgeschichte)
17.11.2014 Der Gothaer Kartenstil zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst, Dr. Petra Weigel (Uni Erfurt/Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Geschichte/Kunstgeschichte)
24.11.2014 Aufbruch ins Anderswo. Zur Öffnung des Feldes durch Kartographie, Prof. Dr. Mirka Dickel (FSU Jena, Didaktik der Geographie)
01.12.2014 Territorialität konfigurieren: Die Internationale Weltkarte (IWK) im 20. Jahrhundert, Prof. Dr. Ute Schneider (Uni Duisburg-Essen, Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte)
08.12.2014 Kartographie als Thema und Medium der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Prof. Dr. Verena Krieger (FSU Jena, Kunstgeschichte)
15.12.2014 Meine Karten der Welt, Prof. Stephan Huber (Bayerische Akademie der bildenden Künste München, Bildende Kunst)
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)



October 28, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will have its first annual "Young Scholar's" Lecture in Sturm Hall, Room 286, on the Denver University campus. The lecture will be at 6:00 PM. Joshua Marcotte will present Culture, Contact and the Agency of Appropriation in a 1741 Map of Nagasaki. Mr. Marcotte was the 2013 winner of the Society for the History of Discoveries Essay Contest for his scholarly article on this rare 1741 map of Nagasaki. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He is currently enrolled in a Ph. D. program in the History Department and the Center for Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include Portuguese-Japanese relations and the history of cartography in Japan. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.



October 30 - November 2, 2014 – Austin, Texas The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting at the Texas State History Museum. Discounted hotel rooms at the Double Tree can be booked on-line. Additional information from Imre Demhardt.



November 4, 2014 -- Stanford, California Chet Van Duzer will give a talk titled To Praise, and Yet to Modify: The Renaissance Reception of Ptolemy’s Geography at 4:15 pm at Green Library on the Stanford University campus, in the Information Center Classroom. The talk will be lavishly illustrated, and is free and open to all. It is part of the Stanford University Libraries’ Series on Paleography and Manuscript Studies, and is Co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.



November 8, 2014 – New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St. Richard Pegg, Director and Curator of Asian Art for the esteemed MacLean Collection in Chicago, will discuss his new book, “”Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps.” Dr. Pegg will discuss, among other topics, “the relationships between text and image in East Asian map-making during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” See these beautiful maps and learn the history behind them. Books will be available to purchase. Dr. Pegg’s appearance at the NYMS will be his first since headlining the International Maps Collectors Society (IMCoS) symposium in Seoul, Korea a few weeks earlier in October. Additional information from Michael Dorn.



November 8, 2014 - Paris The 13th edition of the Paris Map-fair will be held 11.00 - 18.00 in Hotel Ambassador, 16 Bd Haussmann, in the heart of Paris, just 2 minutes from the famous Opera Garnier and the major department stores, also located near Montmartre and the Louvre museum. There will be a Pre-Mapfair cocktail reception 7.30PM on November 7. Reservations can be made online.



November 10, 2014 – London Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and art critic, discusses his new Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies: a book of explorations of mapping by contributors including Yoko Ono, Mona Hatoum, Tim Berners-Lee, Gilbert and George, and Damien Hirst; while British Library Maps curator Tom Harper and map specialist Tim Bryars also introduce A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps. Lecture is from 18.30 – 20.00 in the Conference Centre, British Library. Booking can be done on line.



November 13, 2014 – 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. Pat O’Neill, author, “… To Harass and Annoy the Enemy.”, a history of the relatively unknown War of 1812, will discuss his research on maps related to the British attack and American defense of Washington, DC. Mr. O’Neill is professional archaeologist, historian, and the author of two other works, “Mount Vernon,” (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press, 2003) and “Virginia Presidential Homes” (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press, 2010). For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



November 17, 2014 - Mulhouse, France A conference Clio en cartes 2 will be held at Université de Haute-Alsace. Additional information from Odile Kammerer.



November 20, 2014 – 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. Barbara Bond (Pro-Chancellor, Plymouth University) will discuss Cartographic Intrigue and Curiosity: The Story of MI9’s Escape and Evasion Mapping Programme on Silk in World War II. 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.



November 21, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Jake Coolidge will discuss Past Practices, Contemporary Applications: A Digital Cartographer’s Experiments in Hand-Drawn Mapping. An independent Chicago cartographer and CMS member, Jake will reflect upon his recent experiences drawing large, geographically complex regions by hand, a practice that brings into sharp relief the many decisions at the core of the cartographer’s craft—generalization and abstraction, label placement, the symbolization of features, among others—in an era where geographic information systems can automate many of these tasks and obscure the process from the map designer. Jake uses hand-drawn mapmaking to reconnect with these processes in a tangible way, while invoking pre-digital maps made in the mid-twentieth century, both venerable (for example, the landform maps by Erwin Raisz and the globe-view maps of Richard Edes Harrison) and whimsical (such as the maps of Middle Earth by Christopher Tolkien and the Turzak and Chapman map of Chicago). The historical maps that have provided inspiration as well as guided Jake’s design decisions and (still-evolving) techniques will be discussed.



November 25, 2014 – 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 Paul Harvey (University of Durham) will speak about Early-modern maps in mirror image. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



December 2, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Dr. Ronald Gibbs will speak about On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.



December 2-6, 2014 – Ghent and Brussels, Belgium The ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, and the Brussels Map Circle are organizing a joint international symposium entitled Cartography in Times of War and Peace. The symposium will consist of three events focusing on military cartography, each hosted by one of the contributing partners.



December 5-7, 2014 – Berlin (Re)Producing the North Space, Knowledge, and Maps is the title of the workshop for the research project “Negotiating Space, Arranging the Land.” This is the second workshop of the multidisciplinary, international network of researchers interested in the cultural and historical importance of mapping in the Nordic Countries. It continues the first meeting in Oslo, December 2012, now focusing on how maps were used to categorize space and nature, to represent topographies and landscapes, on interpreting maps as a social construction. This time, we will ask how maps and cartographic practices (re)produced, challenged and changed the knowledge of Europe´s Northern periphery. How did term and concept of the North change along with the development of maps? Which effects had increasing knowledge on the design of maps? How did maps draw the line between knowledge and nescience – and, as may be the case, to what extent did the North symbolize unknown space? Additional information from Prof. Dr. Ralph Tuchtenhagen, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.



December 6, 2014 – Brussels The Annual International Conference of the Brussels Map Circle will be held at the Royal Library of Belgium, Keizerslaan / Boulevard de l’Empereur 4, from 09.30 to 16.30. The conference title is Mapping in times of war – Military cartography through the ages up to World War I. Please register online.



December 6, 2014 – New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St. John Hessler of the Library of Congress, Royal Geographical Society, and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his new book, “Christopher Columbus’ Book of Privileges 1502: The Claiming of a New World”, co-written with Chet Van Duzer and Daniel De Simone. This is a facsimile edition of the Washington Codex, a manuscript cartulary brought together by Columbus containing all the charters and privileges granted him in his four voyages, along with essays by Hessler, Van Duzer, and De Simone. Additional information from Michael Dorn.



December 11, 2014 – 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. Joel Kovarsky, author, “The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision” (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2014) will discuss his new book and insights on Thomas Jefferson’s cartographic associations. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.



December 12, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Dr. Ron Gibbs will present On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution. Ron may bring one or more antique maps from his personal collection to illustrate his talk.



December 17, 2014 - Paris The National Library of France in 2010 acquired a pair of prints, and celestial and terrestrial globes prepared by Father Jean-Antoine Nollet in 1728. The items came from the collections of Alexander La Rochefoucauld (Castle of La Roche Guyon). The conference, Les globes de l'abbé Nollet (1728) : place et originalité de travaux cartographiques peu connus, aims to highlight the specificity of these globes in the career of Abbe Nollet who is known as a manufacturer of scientific instruments, but not as a cartographer. The seminar will be held at 14.00 at Salle de l'Atelier, Observatoire de Paris, 77, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau. Additional information from Jean Eisenstaedt.



December 18, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. for its Annual Holiday Gala and Members Show-and-Tell. Continuing our tradition of a December “Member’s Night,” you are invited to bring and speak about an item in your personal collection. In the past, we’ve enjoyed hearing about maps, atlases, globes, and cartifacts old, new, borrowed, and blue (yes, we have seen blueprints). You will be given five minutes to talk about your item, will be able to display it on an easel or table, and can use our projector if that will help. We’ll also have an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure. To facilitate bringing items into (and getting them OUT of!) The Newberry, please email Maisie O’Malley by December 17th with details about your item.


2015

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 22, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Meeting details to be announced.



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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14-15, 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 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.



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.



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 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.



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.



October 19-21, 2015 – Cape Town The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium will be held at the Centre for the Book of the National Library of South Africa, 62 Queen Victoria Street. The venue is adjacent to the Company Gardens, which were established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company. The Gardens are also the site of the National Library, Museum and Art Gallery and close to the historical Slave Lodge Museum and National Parliament. The provisional theme of the symposium is The cartography of travel to and in southern Africa: 1500 - 1900. A symposium website will be available from October 2014.


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 October 24, 2014 by John W. Docktor