Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events


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2016

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 (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).



February 4-7, 2016 - Ninove, Belgium We are glad to announce a short but interesting exhibition in Ninove where two recently restored 17th century manuscript maps from the city archives are presented. Besides, maps of Van Deventer, Horenbault, Chamlay, Villaret, Frickx, Leclerc, Sanderus, Ferraris, Vandermaelen and Popp will be exhibited. The exhibit Kijk op de kaart [Look on the map] can be seen at Oud Stadhuis, Oudstrijdersplein 6 from 10 AM-5 PM. In addition to the exhibition, there is a supplementary program:
On Saturday, 11 AM Peter Beyls is demonstrating land surveying techniques.
On Sunday, 2-4 PM, three lectures are planned:
    2PM: Georges Vande Winkel on Villaret and Ferraris
    3PM: Etienne Mahieu on map restoration
    4PM: Caroline De Candt & Clement Herremans on map digitalisation



February 5, 2016 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at the Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin Street. Dr. Ron Grim, Curator of Maps at the Normal B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, will talk about these off-site maps hung at the Langham Hotel while guests taste Scotch. (Lecture is free, drinks are pay-as-consume.) Mark your calendar and watch for more information.



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. Guest speakers on Saturday are Julie Sweetkind Singer (Maps to the Masses: Content, Creation and Dissemination at Stanford) and Robert A. Leath (Cartography and Culture: Using Old Maps in New Ways). On Sunday speaker is Catherine L. Newell (Mapping the Imagination: Fantasy, Science, and Making Maps in the Human Brain). Registration is available on-line. For information contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), 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 6, 2016 - Lancaster The Regional Heritage Centre, Department of History, Lancaster University is sponsoring a study day from 09.30-15.50: Maps and the Landscape - distortion and reality. The discipline of historical geography is the study of the human, physical, fictional, theoretical, and "real" geographies of the past. A common theme is the ways in which understandings of a place or region have changed through time. This study day will consider maps as a key piece of evidence in this endeavour.



February 8, 2016 - Cambridge Dr Radu Leca (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures) will speak about Material Culture and Synthetic Worldviews on Late Eighteenth-century Japanese Maps as part of the East Asian Studies Seminar. Seminar is at 5:00pm in Rooms 8 & 9 in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, University of Cambridge. The proliferation of Western knowledge in Japan has often been analysed as a distinct field of ‘Dutch studies’ centred on Edo. However, until the beginning of the nineteenth-century it was undertaken by an informal network of scholars with varying skills, and occurred just as much in Nagasaki and Osaka. Their preoccupation with updated information was matched by their fascination with foreign material culture. For instance, in 1786 Katsuragawa Hoshu was translating Blaeu’s 1648 world map by affixing paper slips to the original, while his brother Morishima Churyo was recording stories about foreign lands while pasting foreign papers in his scrapbook. Such materials were fragmentary and their understanding required collaborative knowledge. Nevertheless, attempts were made to integrate them into a synthetic worldview. For example, whilst Nagakubo Sekisui’s 1788 world map was based on Matteo Ricci’s ‘outdated’ model, it was updated with recent political and scientific information. This was part of a larger phenomenon visible at all levels of society: the impact of the materiality of foreign objects on the geographical imaginary.



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 (gallery(at)gop.com.ph).



February 11, 2016 - Los Angeles Chet Van Duzer (The Lazarus Project, University of Mississippi) will give a talk titled New Light on Henricus Martellus's World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography from noon to 1 pm in room 1041 of the Public Affairs building, in the northeast part of the UCLA campus. The talk is open to the public and is sponsored by UCLA's Center for Digital Humanities.



February 11-12, 2016 - Parma The Department of Humanities, Arts, History and Society - University of Parma will have a seminar Officina cartografica: materiali per lo studio della cartografia. Additional information is available on-line.



February 12, 2016 - Los Angeles Chet Van Duzer (The Lazarus Project, University of Mississippi) will give a talk titled Monsters, Exploration, and Maps: The Oceans from Antiquity to 1600 from 3 to 4 pm in room 4302 of Rolfe Hall. The talk is open to the public and is sponsored by UCLA's Department of Spanish and Portuguese.



February 18, 2016 – 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. Richard Pegg will speak about A Chinese Map of the World (Wanguo yutu) in the Newberry Library Collection.



February 18, 2016 - New York The New York Map Society will have a field from 6:30 - 7:45 pm at Manhattan Borough President's Map Room, 19th Floor, The Municipal Building, 1 Centre St. Those of you lucky enough to have seen some of the original John Randel Farm Maps (1818-20), already know the beauty of these oversize manuscript maps. Having Manhattan's official topographer, Hector Rivera, give us a detailed overview of these maps alone would be worth a trip, but, as a special treat for New York Map Society members, Mr. Rivera also will show us the oversize hand-colored manuscript survey maps of Manhattan's waterfront, maps that literally pick up where Randle left off, created in 1823 by surveyor Daniel Ewen. These maps were never printed, have yet to be digitized, and exist only in six large folios in the Manhattan Map Room. Our field trip will close with a behind- he-scenes tour of the working and storage areas of the Map Room -- and a pop quiz by Mr. Rivera that will test members' knowledge of Manhattan. RSVP to Andrew Kapochunas (kapochunas(at)gmail.com) is mandatory: because our visit requires after-hours building access, your name(s) must be on a list at the security reception desk. Anyone not on the list -- any last- minute attendees -- will be turned away. If you think you might be able to attend, please RSVP.



February 18, 2016 - 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. John Rennie Short will talk about The National Atlas. This talks looks at the emergence of the modern national atlas in the late nineteenth century down to the present day and reflects the rise of the postcolonial, the newly independent and the recently reinvented. The talk considers a number of themes including, how the atlas depicts national landscapes, embodies national communities and condenses national debates. John Rennie Short is Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was a Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has held visiting appointments the Australian National University, Groningen University, Loughborough University; His research fellowships include the Vietor Fellowship at Yale University, the Dibner Fellowship at the Smithsonian, the Kono Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the American Philosophical Library. He is the author of 37 books and many papers in academic journals. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov) at 202-707-8548.



February 18, 2016 - Zürich The United Nations has proclaimed 2015-2016 as the “International Year of the Map” in order to promote maps and geographic information. As its contribution to the “International Year of the Map,” the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, will have a lecture in Hermann Escher Hall at 18.15 clock. Olivier Gygi, Dipl. Phys. ETH (Librarian and software developers) will speak about Time travel through old maps and panoramas - with smart phones and tablets.



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 Plans of London buildings drawn c.1450-1720. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476.



February 23, 2016 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. Lorraine Sherry will discuss Lithuania and the Baltic States: Welcome to NATO and the Euro Zone! After centuries of occupation by Russia, Prussia and Poland, the tiny nation of Lithuania – once the largest nation in Eastern Europe in the 14th century – finally gained her independence in 1991. But even after creating a stable democratic republic and a viable economic system, joining NATO and the European Union along with her sister Baltic States in 2004, and adopting the Euro in 2015, the threat of Russian aggression still looms large in the minds of her people. What makes this little country strategically located? What are its history, its culture, and its aspirations - and why should we care about it? RMMS Secretary, Lorraine Sherry, a third-generation Lithuanian-American, will explore some of these issues in her presentation. She will also bring along a few original maps from her personal collection. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net).



February 24, 2016 – Washington The Philip Lee Phillips Map Society, the Friends Group of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, will be hosting a lecture on the Crowd-sourced Mapping of North Korea at noon in the Mumford Room of the Madison Building, Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. North Korea is chief among the world’s most secretive societies. Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, has sought to cast light on the mysterious state. From 2006 to 2009, he employed Google Earth to create North Korea Uncovered, one of the most detailed maps of North Korea that has ever been available to the public. Mr. Melvin has gone on to help develop 38 North: DPRK Digital Atlas. The atlas depicts thousands of buildings, monuments, missile-storage facilities, mass graves, secret labor camps, palaces, restaurants, tourist sites, main roads of the country, and even includes the entrance to the country's subterranean nuclear test base, the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. Mr. Melvin’s project is unique and noteworthy for its extensive use of publicly available satellite imagery, along with other innovative forms of data collection, such as gathering information from persons who have visited or North Korea or from defectors, and tracking the publicly announced movements of former leader Kim Jong-Il and current leader Kim Jung-Eun to geo-locate buildings and facilities. According to Mr. Melvin, there are special train tracks that carry VIPs to oases of luxury in the impoverished nation. “Several elite compounds have private train stations. We can follow the railway lines through the security perimeters and into the elite compounds.” For more information, please contact Ryan Moore, Cartographic Specialist (rymo(at)@loc.gov) at 202-707-7779.



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 (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).



March 3, 2016 – Oxford The 23rd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Benjamin Olshin (University of the Arts, Philadelphia) will speak about Marco Polo and maps: the question of evidence. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



March 5, 2016 - Charlotte The William P. Cumming Map Society will meet at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Dowd Learning Room, 310 North Tryon St. Stephen R. Kelly, author of “The Boundary Hunters: Uncovering North Carolina’s Lost Borders” (The Atlantic) and “How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines” (New York Times), will discuss the historical background of the boundary between the two Carolinas, and the current status of the recent re-survey to determine its true location. Prior to Mr. Kelly’s presentation, Jay Lester, author of the North Carolina Map Blog, will give a brief introduction to the variety and frequently peculiar cartographic shapes of North Carolina. Shelia Bumgarner, librarian in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, will have a fascinating selection of 19th century regional maps available for viewing and study. Among these treasures are maps of local gold mines. The meeting room will be open 9:30am-1:00pm; lectures 10:30am-12noon; map viewing available prior to and following the lectures.



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 (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).



March 12, 2016 – Brussels The 2016 Brussels Map Circle Map Afternoon (MAPAF 2016) will take place in the Boardroom (Salle du Conseil/Raadzaal) of the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), Mont des Arts - Kunstberg, Boulevard de l’Empereur 2 - Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels. You are expected at 12.30 for a convivial drink & sandwich lunch. The MAPAF 2016 will end at 16.30. We kindly invite you to bring a map, an atlas, a globe, a cartographic instrument or an interesting book on cartography and to present it and talk about it during the MAPAF 2016. We are equally interested into antique maps as into ordinary or contemporary maps as there is always something interesting, even in the simplest maps or cartographic items. Registration for the MAPAF 2016 on our website is mandatory. The Brussels Map Circle 2016 Annual General Meeting will precede MAPAF 2016 at 10.00 – 12.00. Register on our website. Additional information from Jean-Christophe Staelens & Henri Godts at mapaf(at)bimcc.org.



March 12, 2016 – New York Join us for a special members-only event: New York Map Society board member and map collector Andrew Kapochunas will host our annual Show-and-Tell party at his map-filled apartment at 2:30 pm. Fortified by wine and appetizers, we’ll settle in while 6 or so members give short (10 minute) map-related presentations. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Connie Brown (connie(at)redstonestudios.com): she will provide you with Andrew's address and directions. Furthermore, let Connie know if you’d like to give a “Show-and-Tell” — first come, first serve for presentations. Presenters may bring primary materials or a laptop — WiFi is available. You don’t have to share a map to attend — this is a great opportunity to socialize with other NYMS members and learn about their interests.



March 14, 2016 - Edmonton The Edmonton Map Society's winter meeting will be held in the Lounge at Claridge House, 11027 87 Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the visitors lot, just west of the building. Our two presenters are: Ron Kelland, who could not present in November, will talk about the AB/BC Interprovincial Boundary Survey and First World War Commemorative Place Names. Jonathan Schaeffer will discuss the history of the discovery of the fabled North-west Passage through the (mis)information provided by maps. For many centuries, finding a navigable path through the Arctic labyrinth of islands proved to be a daunting (and expensive) challenge. Additional information from David L. Jones (david.jones(at)ualberta.ca).



March 17, 2016 – 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. Michael Quane will speak about In-car Navigation Systems: A 20-year Retrospective.



March 24, 2016 - 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. John Hessler will speak about Watching the Apocalypse: Using GIS and Social Media to Map Refugees. The dynamics of population movements during humanitarian disasters is one of the most complicated geospatial problems of the modern era. Refugee movement from wars, like the Syrian conflict, revolutions, such as those in the Middle East, and epidemics, like the Ebola spread in west Africa, require new mapping tools capable of representing time and handling of huge amounts of data derived from social media and cell-phones. This talk will showcase some of these new dynamic maps and discuss how these new cartographic tools and visualizations are being used in places like the US State Department, the United Nations and NGO’s like Flowminder and CartoDB to help track and model these kinds of mass migration and to help allocate disaster response efforts. John Hessler is Specialist in Modern Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov) at 202-707-8548.



March 25, 2016 - Williamsburg Members of the Williamsburg Map Circle are invited to gather in the Swem Library Special Collections section for an open house (5:30 - 7:30) showcasing unusual maps in the collection, with a presentation by Rob Rose and Peter Colwell on geo-referencing and other Geographic Information System projects and tools, followed by refreshments. Additional information from Ted Edwards (williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com).



March 29, 2016 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. John Lindemann will discuss Marie Tharp, Illustrator of a Paradigm. John Lindemann has been a professional geologist since his graduation from the Colorado School of Mines in the mid-1960’s. Marie Tharp’s 1977 image of the world’s ocean floor presented a view that earth scientists had never before seen – Earth with its oceans drained. Tharp’s image that evolved with plate tectonic thought provided the graphic synthesis that made plate tectonic theory the new reality. Her meticulous attention to detail, her tenacity of purpose, her geologic sense, and her artistic eye is made manifest by her near-iconic ocean floor image. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net).



April 1-2, 2016 - Corpus Christi The Spring 2016 Texas Map Society Meeting will be held at Texas A&M University. The topic will be Maps and Technology. Tours, presentations and speakers include: Private Group Tour of the Art Museum of South Texas, (A Surveying Dynasty and its Legacy: The Blucher Collection and its Digitization) Ann Hodges • Rick Smith • Audrey Garza; (Learning on the Job: Student Accomplishments and Experiences Digitizing the Blucher Collection) Son Nguyen • Lillian Reitz • Bryan Gillis; Visit to Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library; (A Surveyor’s Stories: Mapping South Texas) Ron Brister; (The Map That Bombed the Chinese Embassy) Walter (Walt) E. Wilson. Registration, details and updates will be soon be available online at the Texas Map Society web page. Registration deadline is March 27 at midnight. For questions about the program & local arrangements contact Ann Hodges (ann.hodges(at)tamucc.edu) at (361) 825-2301.



April 1-3, 2016 – Schwerte, Germany Every year since 2006, collectors have come together during the Atlas Tage [Atlas Days] to share their passion for atlases. The 11th International Atlas Days will mark the 200th anniversary of the launch of the subscription for “Stieler's Handatlas.” Additonal information from Jürgen Espenhorst (panverlag(at)t-online.de).



April 7-8, 2016 - Rome X Seminario di studi storico-cartografici Dalla mappa al GIS Il progetto del territorio nelle fonti d’archivio, organized by the Laboratorio geocartografico “Giuseppe Caraci” del Dipartimento di Studi umanistici dell’Università Roma Tre, in collaboration with the Centro Italiano per gli Studi Storico-Geografici. Deadline for Call for Papers: 6 March 2016.



April 9, 2016 – Wilmington, Delaware The Philadelphia Map Society will meet from 11AM-1 PM. The Society will view maps in the extensive collection of the Hagley Museum and Library, 298 Buck Rd. We have invited Lynn Catanese, Chief Curator of Library Collections, to be our guest for lunch nearby to follow. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman (philamapsociety(at)gmail.com).



April 12, 2016 – New York The New York Map Society will have a Tour of The New York Public Library Map Division: Current Projects and New Acquisitions, Schwarzman (Main) Building, 5th Ave. & 42nd St. at 6:30 - 7:45 pm. Join us -- by RSVP (attendance is limited to 25) to Connie Brown: connie(at)redstonestudios.com.



April 14-17, 2016 - Durham There will be an International Map Collectors' Society visit to the cathedral city of Durham. On Friday we will be visiting the cathedral and having a guided tour together with a visit to the new Open Treasures exhibition. We will also be privileged to visit the cathedral library to view some of their beautiful early printed, ecclesiastical and historically significant maps and atlases followed by lunch in the wood-panelled medieval Priors Hall, not normally open to the public. The following day we will visit the Durham County Record Office for a viewing of their maps and plans from the 18th and 19th centuries which showcase the county's industrial heritage and landed estates. Later in the afternoon we will go to St John's College, part of Durham University, to see some of the maps and views of the city and county belonging to two IMCoS members, Jenny Harvey and Ray Eddy. This will be followed by drinks and our group dinner in the Orangery of St John's College. Additional information online or from Valerie Newby (valerie.newby(at)btopenworld.com) or Jenny Harvey (jeh(at)harvey27.demon.co.uk).



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 (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).



April 14, 2016 - 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. Edward Papenfuse, former Archivist of the State of Maryland, will present Thomas Holdsworth Poppleton and the Surveyor's Map that Made Baltimore, placing it in the context of the work of his predecessors, including Dick Stephenson's Charles Varle, and explore his professional career in New York as well as Baltimore. Poppleton’s 1822 map is the most important map of Baltimore City ever produced (see www.loc.gov/item/77691538/ ) and was widely copied by Fielding Lucas and others. His map of Lower Manhattan (1817) is also highly regarded and remarkably accurate. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov) at 202-707-8548.



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. Speakers are Donald Hawkins (Alexandria, Virginia: In and Out of the District of Columbia, 1791-1865) and Dennis Gurtz (Iconic Maps of Washington D.C.). Special Exhibition of Alexandria, D.C./Virginia and Washington D.C. maps and views, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 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 20-22, 2016 - Riga The 11th Conference of the series Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage will run jointly with the 20th Conference of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group (MAGIC), The one who wants to last is the one who is willing to change”: old maps for new user profiles. The two conferences will be hosted by the National Library of Latvia.



April 21, 2016 – 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. Curtis Carroll will speak about The Life of H. M. “Harry” Gousha: The Single Most Important Person in the Free Road Map Era.



April 21, 2016 - Norwich Dr Radu Leca (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures) will speak about ‘Myriad Countries’: The Outside World on Historical Maps of Japan. This talk is part of the Third Thursday Lecture which is held at 6 pm in the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, 64 The Close. Admission free. All welcome. Places are limited and booking is essential. Historical maps offer a vivid record of previous generations’ mental landscapes. They can help us understand the nature and characteristics of other cultures’ knowledge of the world. This talk draws examples from the collection donated by Sir Hugh Cortazzi to SISJAC’s Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Library in order to answer the question: How was the outside world understood in early modern Japan? The focus is on two periods of dynamic changes in early modern worldviews: the second half of the seventeenth century, which witnessed the emergence of a playful urban print culture; and the turn of the nineteenth century, in which a renewed interest in foreign knowledge was coupled with threats of invasion. My analysis shows that the urban audience’s perception of the outside world was shaped by attempts to assemble a viable worldview through the maps’ visual persuasiveness. Maps thus emerged as contemporary tools for thinking about a continually changing perception of the Japanese archipelago among ‘myriad countries’.



April 23-24, 2016 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a Road rally from Chicago to Lake Geneva: Retracing the Route of H. Sargent Michaels’ 1905 Photographic Guide for Motorists.



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 (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).



April 28, 2016 - Milwaukee The 2016 Holzheimer “Maps and America” Lecture will be held at the American Geographical Society Library in the UWM Golda Meir Library building, third floor, east wing, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Mirela Altić, Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia, will present a talk on Jesuit missionaries as geographers and cartographers of the New World. This will be the 27th “Maps and America” lecture, supported by an endowment created by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer. A reception at 5:30 p.m. precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information or special needs, please call 414-229-6282 or email agsl(at)uwm.edu.



May 3, 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 Alexander Ogg (1811-65): surveyor, farmer and gold prospector, Aberdeenshire and New Zealand. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476.



May 3, 2016 – New York The New York Map Society and and the Grolier Club will sponsor a presentation by PJ Mode - Persuasive Maps. The meeting will be 6:30-7:45 pm at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street (Between Park & Madison). Additional information from Connie Brown: connie(at)redstonestudios.com.



May 4-8, 2016 - Rome The Brussels Map Circle has organised a rather exceptional ‘excursion’ for 2016: Roma! All details are not finalized, but this message is rather aimed at allowing you to note the date in your agenda and start booking airplanes and hotels. It will be a workshop-cum-visits on the theme of Lafreri: in the morning workshop and in the afternoon visits to collections and places connected to maps. Speakers will be Birte Rubach (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Karen De Coene (UGent), Vladimiro Valerio (IUAV), Francis Herbert (Royal Geographical Society), Emilio Moreschi (Associazione Almagià), Stefano Bifolco (Antiquarius) and Wouter Bracke (Academia Belgica). Four visits to cartographical artifacts are planned (also provisional information): the Vatican, Galleria delle carte geografiche en Terza loggia; Biblioteca centrale di Roma; Biblioteca Casanatense; Palazzo Farnese. The workshop will be held in the Academia Belgica, Via Omero 8, 00197 Rome. This is a joint-venture with our sister organisation in Italy, the Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica, ‘Roberto Almagià’. Don’t miss this unique occasion and go to this link to manifest your interest (without any further obligation yet).



May 9, 16, 23, June 6, 2016 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will sponsor “Map Month 2016” at at Denver Public Library with the theme of “Mythology on Maps.” These Illusions, Delusions and Confusions include themes such as sea monsters, mapmaking and mythmaking, a couple of bodies of water that never existed, and cartographic myths of the American West. All talks will take place in Conference Room B2 at 5:30 PM.
    
May 9: Joseph Nigg, Sea Monster of Olaus Magnus (1539 map)
    May 16: P.J. Mode, Mapmaking & mythmaking
    May 23: Don McGuirk, The Sea of the West
    May 23: Wes Brown, The Colorado lake that never was
    June 6: Chris Lane, Cartographic myths of the American West
Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net).



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 (Felicitas.Schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de) or Dan Terkla (terkla(at)iwu.edu).



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 (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).



May 13, 2016 – Washington The Philip Lee Phillips Map Society, the Friends Group of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, will be hosting a lecture at noon in the Mumford Room of the Madison Building, Library of Congress. Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, a Cuban architect and urban planner, professor and author of the books “Inside Cuba” and “Inside Havana”; will talk about 300 Years of Mapping Cuba. The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, please contact Ryan Moore, Cartographic Specialist (rymo(at)@loc.gov) at 202-707-7779.



May 13, 2016 - Washington The Washington Map Society will have its Annual Dinner. Speaker and location to be announced. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov) at 202-707-8548.



May 18, 2016 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 5:45 PM at the Philadelphia Police Department Mapping and Analysis Unit. Michael Urciuoli will speak on their latest mapping technology. A long-table dinner will follow. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman (philamapsociety(at)gmail.com).



May 19, 2016 – 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. Amanda Murphyao will speak about Peoples of the Edge”: Map Cartoons of Newfoundland, 1948-1949.



May 19, 2016 – Oxford The 23rd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY. Richard Powell (School of Geography, Oxford) will speak about Oxford and cosmopolitan science in Greenland, 1920-1940. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



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. The Annual General Meeting of ISHMap will take place on Friday, 3rd June 2016 after the papers of the first day. Additional details will be posted on the website.



June 3, 2016 – London The International Map Collectors' Society annual dinner will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HU. 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 (david.dare1(at)btopenworld.com) or the Vice-Chair, Valerie Newby (valerie.newby(at)btopenworld.com) in advance.



June 4, 2016 – London The International Map Collectors' Society annual general meeting will be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) at 1 Kensington Gore.



June 4-5, 2016 - London The annual London Map Fair will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore.



June 6-7, 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 (alvesgaspar(at)netcabo.pt) (University of Lisbon), Tony Campbell (formerly British Library), and Evangelos Livieratos (International Cartographic Association).



June 16, 2016 – Libertyville, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will meet at the MacLean Collection. Joe Deo will speak about Surveys of the Upper Peninsula.



June 17-18, 2016 – Lisbon Universum Infinitum. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration is the theme of a meeting in the National Library of Portugal. Cooperation partners of this conference will be the „Kueser Akademie für Europäische Geistesgeschichte“ and the „Cusanus-Hochschule“ (both: Bernkastel-Kues, Germany). Additional information from Thomas Horst at thomashorst(at)gmx.net.



June 20-24, 2016 - London The next course on the History of Maps and Mapping organised by Catherine Delano Smith and Sarah Tyacke will be at the London Rare Books School, University of London. The course is limited to 12 participants. The aim in this course is to draw attention to some of the challenges facing the student of map history given the longevity and ubiquity of the mapping idea, from prehistory to the present, and the variety of format, function and context of maps at any one time. Sessions are designed to explore the fundamental principles of map history to provide a framework in which the details of any map from any period can be accommodated. Stress is laid on the relationship between word and image, and the role of maps in books, as a counterbalance to the traditional way of viewing maps in isolation. The key tenet remains, however, that of the indivisibility of maps as image, artefact and messenger.



June 24-26, 2016 – Portland, Maine Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is pleased to announce a three-day Manuscript Map Workshop with Connie Brown, of Redstone Studios. The workshop will be held in the Sam E. Cohen Center, OML’s classroom on the University of Southern Maine Portland campus. The workshop is limited to ten participants. Registration fee is $650, which includes all the materials and tools needed for the project. Also included in your fee is continental breakfast and lunch daily.



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 (Felicitas.Schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de) or Dan Terkla (terkla(at)iwu.edu) for additional information.



September 14-17, 2016 – Vienna The 18th Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at the University of Vienna. Additional information from Petra Svatek (petra.svatek(at)univie.ac.at).



September 20, 2016 – New York The New York Map Society will meet 6:30 - 7:45 pm at Auditorium, Schwarzman (Main) Building, New York Public Library, 5th Ave. & 42nd St. John Roman, author of "The Art of Illustrated Maps," will discuss his book. Additional information from Connie Brown: connie(at)redstonestudios.com.



September/October, 2016 - Baku, Azerbaijan Caspian From Past to Future, an International Caspian Sea Congress, organized by the Caspian Strategy Institute/Turkey (HASEN) in conjunction with the Institute of History, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The working language of the congress is English, but there will be simultaneous translation into Azerbaijani, Turkish and Russian. The themes include 'Toponomy of Port Cities in the Caspian Sea Region' and 'Historical Maps of the Caspian Sea'.



September 22-25, 2016 – Newport, Rhode Island The fall 2016 annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries will meet in Newport, Rhode Island. Our theme: The Mariner's Life: At Home, Abroad, and At Sea. A featured part of the conference will be the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and its work locating British ships, including Cook's bark Endeavour, lost off the Rhode Island coast during the Revolutionary War.



October 6-7, 2016 – Washington Washington Facts or Fictions: Debating the Mysteries of Early Modern Science and Cartography – A Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Waldseemüller's 1516 Carta Marina will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, and will consist of two days of talks, the morning of the first focusing on some of the most mysterious scientific questions of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, including maps like the Vinland and the Rossi Map with Ship, with the afternoon looking at new scholarship on the Carta Marina and its broad cultural context. The Schoner Sammelband, which contained both Waldseemuller’s 1507 and 1516 Map as well as globe gores by Johannes Schoner and the earliest printed star-chart by Albrecht Durer was recently donated to the Library by Madison Council member Jay Kislak, who purchased the Carta Marina and Sammelband after the LoC removed the 1507 World map from the Schoner portfolio. The Library, late in 2015, completed the acquisition, from the Prince of Wolfegg, of the final missing piece which was the Durer chart, thus bringing back together in the Library’s collections the entire contents of the Sammelband as it was bound together by Johannes Schoner in Nuremburg circa 1517. The second day will feature an amazing multi-media presentation put together by the Galileo Museum in Florence on all aspects of Waldseemuller’s life, his context and the cartography he and his associates produced. The conference will also feature an evening keynote lecture. This is the 2016 Annual Jay I. Kislak Lecture on the History of the Early Americas and will be delivered this year by best-selling author and historian of science Dava Sobel (of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter fame). Her lecture will focus on the early history of celestial cartography, which is also the subject of her new book which will be released the week of the lecture. In the past this annual lecture has featured many best-selling authors and intellectuals like Charles Mann, Jarod Diamond, Michael Coe and MacArthur Fellow David Stuart. The conference itself combines both the Kislak Lecture and a celebration of the acquisition project that led to the Waldseemuller/Schoner materials all being brought back together and is meant to be multi-disciplinary and will not only include cartographic historians but also historians of early science, philosophy and literature, all of whom will be giving talks and contextualizing some of the most profound cartographic mysteries of the early modern period. The sponsorship for the conference is coming from the Jay I. Kislak Family Foundation and the Gray Family Memorial Fund. Speakers will include world renowned historians Kirsten Seaver on the Vinland Map, Ben Olshin of the Rossi Map with Ship and Marc Polo, Chet van Duzer and Don McGurck on the Carta Marina, and Joaquim Alves Gaspar on Portolan Charts, Stephanie Wood on the Puebla-Tlaxcala contrived maps and manuscripts, as well a special presentation by the Library of Congress’ Conservation Division on the science behind the preservation and encasement of the Waldseemuller maps. Contact John Hessler, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, at jhes(at)loc.gov.



October 13-14, 2016 - Dubrovnik, Croatia The subject of the 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography will be The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge: Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation. Three International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commissions (History of Cartography; Map Production & Geoinformation Management; Use, User & Usability Issues) and the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar” (Zagreb, Croatia) invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters for a joint conference in Dubrovnik, the medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symposium and planned optional excursions are open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography. The Call for Papers can be found at the conference website, including information on registration, programme, transportation and accommodation. Questions regarding the conference and call for papers can be send to: Dr. Mirela Altic at mirela.altic(at)gmail.com.



October 14-15, 2016 – St. Louis The Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies is the longest running annual conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. It is organized by Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections. This years conference will have a session Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps. This session focuses on manuscripts of travel and accounts of places and geographies intended for practical use: perhaps as guidance for a journey; descriptions of topography and marvels, or as travel accounts of pilgrimage, mission, exploration, and commercial or diplomatic expeditions.



October 17-18, 2016 - Albi, France À l’échelle du monde. La carte, objet culturel, social et politique, de l'Antiquité à nos jours [On the scale of the world. Maps: a cultural, social and political object from Antiquity to the present day] is a symposium organized around the Mappa Mundi Albi (eighth century), and will be held at Centre Universitaire Jean-François Champollion - Place de Verdun. This symposium will compare the views of historians and geographers on the cultural practices, political and social mapping at the world scale. The first day will be devoted to the uses and meaning of representations of the world (world maps, world maps, globes, atlases) in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second day will focus on modern and contemporary mapping and relevance across the world at the age of globalization. Additional information from Sandrine Victor (colloquemappamundi(at)lists.univ-jfc.fr).



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.



November 10-12, 2016 – Arlington, Texas The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. The theme is Profiles in Cartography: Selected Mapmakers and Their Maps of the Southwestern Borderlands. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society. Additional information from Ben Huseman (huseman(at)exchange.uta.edu).



November 15, 2016 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. Chet Van Duzer will speak about New Light on Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral imaging and Early Cartography. Mr. Van Duzer will explain why he felt that the Martellus map was an excellent candidate for multispectral images, show some of the results, and give an account of the place of the Martellus map in late 15th and early 16th century cartography. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net).


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 (info(at)icc2017.org), 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 (infoichc2017(at)gmail.com), Rua Antônio de Albuquerque, 1032 apt. 41, Belo Horizonte | Minas Gerais, Brazil CEP 30.112-011; phone (5531) 3227-7616.


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2019

July 1-5, 2019 - Tokyo The 29th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.




Last Updated on February 4, 2016 by John W. Docktor (jdocktor(at)cyberia.com)