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Forthcoming meetings - a quick chronology (2016-2019)


For further details of the events listed summarily below, for map society meetings, for individual talks,
and for past events, see John Docktor's Calendar

Deadlines in the history of cartography   |  Posting conference details (for organisers)

For information from previous years (from 2006) link to: < http://www.maphistory.info/confplanarchive**.html > (replacing the asterisks with the last two digits of the year in question)
For earlier events in the present year, right click and select 'View [page] source'


April 19-22 - Stanford, California. Opening of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, with two days of talks.

April 20-22 - Santiago, Chile. 6° Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (6SIAHC), “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. See, for further details, here. Extended deadline for Call for Papers: 31 August 2015.

April 20-22 - Riga, Latvia. 11th Conference of the series Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage; to 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. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 January 2016.

April 22-24 - San Francisco. A symposium 'Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth', University of San Francisco – McLaren Conference Center.

May 4-8 - Rome. The Brussels Map Circle has organized an excursion, in conjunction with the Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica, ‘Roberto Almagià’, with a workshop at the Academia Belgica. Go to this LINK to express interest.

May 6 - London. 'Transforming Topography', organised by the British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Deadline for Call for Papers: 30 September 2015.

May 9-June 6 - Denver. 'Map Month 2016: Illusions, Delusions and Confusions', five talks sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Map Society.

May 12-15 - Kalamazoo, Michigan. Three panels on Mappings: 'The Roman Heritage of Medieval Maps', 'Mapping Space and Time' and 'Medieval Maps, their Makers, and Uses', to be convened by Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla, at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 September 2015.

May 27 - Aberystwyth. Symposium: Shaping the Nation ('to evaluate the role of maps in creating nations and national identity'), at the National Library of Wales in association with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

June 3-4 - Lisbon. 'Encounter and Translation: Mapping and Writing the Seas of the World', 3rd International symposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap), organized in conjunction with the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 December 2015.

June 4 - San Francisco. Spring meeting of the California Map Society, in San Francisco Public Library.

June 6-7 [NB. Date altered] - Lisbon. 'On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts', in the Museu de Marinha: the first international workshop on the subject, organized by the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT). Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 December 2015.

June 17-18 - Lisbon. 'Universum Infinitum. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration', at the National Library, in collaboration with the Kueser Akademie für Europäische Geistesgeschichte and the Cusanus-Hochschule (both in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany). Additional information from: thomashorst@gmx.net.

June 20-24 - London. 'A History of Maps and Mapping', a one-week, intensive course - part of the London Rare Books School (LRBS) - run by Catherine Delano Smith and Sarah Tyacke with invited specialists.

June 24-6 - Portland, Maine. Three-day 'Manuscript Map Workshop', with Connie Brown, at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education.

June 28-30 - Norwich (& London). Conference about the maps of Japan: Isles of Gold Revisited: New Approaches to the Study of Early Modern Maps, at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) and the British Library.

July 4-7 - Leeds. 23rd International Medieval Congress, International Medieval Congress, sessions on 'Mappings' - 'Medieval World Maps Beyond Geography' and 'Representing Spices, Towns, and Roads on Regional Maps' - to be organised by Felicitas Schmieder & Dan Terkla. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 September 2015.

July 11 - August 12 - Chicago. Mapping, Text, and Travel, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty, at the Newberry Library, led by James Akerman and Jordana Dym.

August 31-September 2 - Prague. Central European Conference of Historical Geographers (suggested topics include 'Central Europe on old and historical maps'), organised by the Historical Geography Research Centre, the Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague, and the Section for Historical Geography and Environmental History of the Czech Geographical Society. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 March 2016.

September 7-9 - Wollongong, New South Wales. The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, Encircled by sea: mapping coastal communities of Australia and New Zealand. Deadline for Call for Papers: 4 May 2016.

September 14-17 - Vienna. 18. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium. Additional information from: petra.svatek(at)univie.ac.at.

September 22-25 - Newport, Rhode Island. Annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries, 'The Mariner's Life: at Home, Abroad, and at Sea'.

September/October - 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'.] Deadline for Call for Papers: 11 February 2016.

October 6-7 - Washington, D.C. The Kislak Foundation and the Gray Foundation will sponsor an International Conference at the Library of Congress: 'Facts or Fictions: Debating the Mysteries of Early Modern Cartography - A Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Waldseemüller’s 1516 Carta Marina'. Further details HERE. Contact John Hessler: jhes(at)loc.gov

October 13-14 - Dubrovnik, Croatia. 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge: Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation, organized by three ICA Commissions (History of Cartography; Map Production & Geoinformation Management; Use, User & Usability Issues) and the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar” (Zagreb, Croatia). Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 February 2016.

October 14-15 - St Louis. 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies [Including a session 'Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps']. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 March 2016.

October 17-18 - Albi, France. Conference, 'À l’échelle du monde. La carte, objet culturel, social et politique, de l'Antiquité à nos jours' [On the Scale of the World. Map as cultural, social and political object from Antiquity to the present day]. (Related to the study and exhibition of the famous VIIIth century Mappamundi of Albi, at the Centre Universitaire Jean­François Champollion.)   Deadline for Call for Papers: extended to 1 February 2016.

October 24-30 - Chicago. The Chicago Map Society will play host to a major series of events - a conference celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures , the International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society, and the Chicago Map Fair. [Details to follow.]

November 10-12 - Arlington, Texas. 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography: 'Profiles in Cartography: Selected Mapmakers and Their Maps of the Southwestern Borderlands', University of Texas at Arlington. Held in conjunction with the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society. Additional information from Ben Huseman: huseman(at)exchange.uta.edu. [NB. This was originaly announced as 6-9 October.]

December 10 - Brussels. International conference of the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC): 'Instruments and Globes', at the Royal Library.


February 3-5 - Miami. Annual Miami International Map Fair, at HistoryMiami.

July 2-7 - Washington, D.C. The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

July 9-14 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography.

September 15-16 - Leiden. International symposium, 'Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West', at Leiden University Library, jointly hosted by the International Cartographic Association’s Commission on the History of Cartography. For information contact Martijn Storms: m.storms(at)library.leidenuniv.nl



February 2-4 - Miami. Annual Miami International Map Fair, at HistoryMiami.


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


Posting conference details (for organisers)

Those who organise conferences, seminars or symposiums are advised to post details to:-

  • AllConferences.com
  • AttendConferences
  • Calenda (a French site for the social sciences run by Revues.org, but including events outside France as well)
  • Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature des Voyages (CRLV)
  • Conference Alerts: Academic Conferences Worldwide
  • DIGMAP 'Relevant Events' (focusing more on current map and library conferences)
  • Early Modern England Source (submission forms)
  • Gateway for Historical Geographical-Information-Systems (GIS) in history, for Historical Cartography and for Historical Geography (his-GIS.net)
  • History.transnational (a German site which, inter alia, posts conference announcements - see Deadlines; it is related to H-Soz-u-Kult and Clio-Online)
  • H-Net announcement. See also the H-Net Discussion Logs Search (which can be searched for all or specific lists, and for a range of dates)
  • H-Net 'call for papers'
  • HoBo Events (conferences, book fairs, lectures and seminars in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh & elsewhere)
  • H-Soz-u- Kult. 'Termine' [deadlines] (a German calendar site)
  • PapersInvited ('World's largest listing of Calls for Papers')
  • ResearchBib.Com ('Research Events' - managed from Tokyo)
  • If you need to select a date and day of the week some years ahead, consult one of the online perpetual calendars, such as Calendar Date.

    Other ways of publicising a conference:

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