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Forthcoming meetings - a quick chronology (2021-2024)


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 past events in the present year, right click and select 'View [page] source'



October 6-8 - Lisbon [Online - postponed from June 2020]. International Workshop: 'On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart' - the third Lisbon meeting dedicated to the History of Nautical Cartography. Organised by Medea-Chart.

October 11-13 - Moscow. Hierarchies of Territory: Precedence and Interrelationship between Regions in Russian Space, 1700-1991.

October 11-14 - Brussels. 38th International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS): 'Mapping the World, the Belgian contribution', at the Royal Library. Hosted by the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) and the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC).

October 19-21 - [Virtual meeting] William Smith Virtual Meeting 2021: Geological Mapping - of our world and others (including a talk by Joshua Nall on early maps of Mars).

October 20-22 - Stanford, California. 3rd biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography: 'Indigenous Mapping', at the Rumsey Map Center.

October 26-29. Virtual annual conference: Western Association of Map Libraries. The potential presentation topics include 'Historical maps and cartography'. Deadline for Call for Papers: 13 August 2021.


November 19-20 - New Orleans [Now confirmed as an online meeting]. Society for the History of Discoveries: AGM and annual conference: 'Changing Tides: Native Americans, Europeans and Africans on the Gulf Coast', at the Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 August 2021 (extended).

November 23 - Bamberg, Germany (Hybrid meeting): Cartographies of Catastrophes, with the aim 'to problematise cartographies of catastrophes from the 19th century until the present time in the global context', Bamberg University.

November 26 - Regensburg, Germany. Workshop: 'Drawing the Line: Border Commissions in Eastern Europe, 1699–1921'


December - [Online]. A workshop of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography (prior to the ICA Conference), 'Mapping the Ottoman Realm' [replacing the postponed Istanbul symposium from April 2020]

December 14-18 - Florence [Postponed from 19-23 July 2021; whether online or in-person is under review]. The 30th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, at the Palazzo Congressi & Palazzo Affari.


?? Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 16th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH), in partnership with the Faculty of Geography, Babes–Bolyai University.

February-March - Sydney. [Onsite and streamed online: postponed until February-March 2022]. International conference: Mapping the Pacific, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia. Hosted by the State Library of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, the Society for the History of Discoveries, and the International Map Collectors Society (whose 38th International Symposium this is). [Postponed from 7-9 September 2020 and 25-26 August 2021.]

Febrary 28-4 March - Stanford. Workshop: Under-Mapped Spaces: New Methods and Tools for Critical Storytelling with Maps, an intensive, student-designed workshop for emerging scholars, at Stanford University, co-hosted by the David Rumsey Map Center and Stanford Geospatial Center, and Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections. Deadline for applications: 12 November 2021.

March 30-2 April - Dublin. Annual meeeting of the Renaissance Society of America, with a special session organized by Anna Perreault, 'Representing Islands and Water in Early Modern Cartography'. Deadline for Call for Papers: 9 (or 13?) August 2021.

April 18-21- Lima. [To be held virtually - possible switch to a hybrid format to be confirmed.] IX Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía 'Cartografías Iberoamericanas en un mundo globalizado', at the Riva-Agüero Institute and the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 November 2021.

May 10-11 - Montevideo, Uruguay. Workshop of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap), for advanced students, junior researchers and early career professionals, followed by a Conference. Application is open through October 31, 2021.

May 19-22 - [Online Workshop]. 'Mapping Practices and Transpacific Transfers of Geographic Knowledge, Sixteenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries', organized in the context of the ERC-funded project “TRANSPACIFIC: The Structure and Impact of Trans-Pacific Trade, 16th to 18th Centuries: The Manila Galleon Trade Beyond Silver and Silks” (ERC-2018-AdG, 833143). Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 November 2021.

July 4-7 - Leeds, England. International Medieval Congress: Conflict and Integration: Crossing Medieval Borders. Deadline for Call for Papers: 5 September 2021.

July 4-8 - Bucharest, Romania. [Postponed from July 2021]. The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC), 'Conflict and Cartography'.

September 14-17 - Basel, Switzerland. [Postponed from 2020 and 2021]. 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium, Kollegiengebäude der Universität. The existing programme will probably need to be adjusted only slightly, so there will probably be no new Call for Papers. Detailed planning will resume in March 2022.

October 5-8 - Arlington, Texas. 39th International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS)

October 21-22 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina. [Postponed from 17-18 September 2021] A conference: 'Cartography & Culture: Mapping the Early American South', with a focus on 'Mapping and Migration', at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.


July (week of the 10th) - Berlin. VIIth symposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), on the theme 'Intersections'. The co-hosts are Diana Lange and Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann. The Call for Papers will open in mid-2022.

July 2-8 - Lyon, France. [Postponed to 2024]. The 30th International Conference on the History of Cartography, at the Université de Lyon 3 Jean Moulin.

August 13-18 - Cape Town. The 19th General Assembly and the 31st International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association.

August 22-24. Helsinki. 40th International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS)


June-July Lyon, France. [Postponed from 2023]. The 30th International Conference on the History of Cartography.


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)
  • Conference Alerts: Academic Conferences Worldwide
  • Gateway for Historical Geographical-Information-Systems (GIS) in history, for Historical Cartography and for Historical Geography (his-GIS.net)
  • Transnational, Cross-regional and Global Connections (a German site which, inter alia, posts conference 'Announcements'; it is related to H-Soz-u-Kult and Clio-Online)
  • H-Maps
  • 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'
  • H-Soz-u-Kult. 'Termine' [deadlines] (a German calendar site)
  • Maps-L
  • 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 (just adjust the year).

    Other ways of publicising a conference:

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