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Forthcoming meetings - a quick chronology (2014-2017)


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)


April 26 - Edinburgh. Mapping the Nation: representations of Scotland, 1200-2000: a KE event for history & literature teachers in Scottish schools, at the National Museum of Scotland, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

May 8 - Kalamazoo. Two sessions: No. 31 'Mapping with and without Cartography' and No. 99 'Mapping the Liquid Element: Water in Medieval Cartography', at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.

May 9-11 - Braunschweig and Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The 9th International Atlas Days.

May 10 - 'Mapping the Heavens': annual Northern California Conference of the California Map Society, at NASA Ames Research Center.

May 15-16 - Washington, D.C. Annual conference of the Philip Lee Phillips Society, 'From Terra to Terabytes: the History of 20th Century Cartography and Beyond', at the Library of Congress.

June 12 - Paris. Journée d’études organised by the Commission ‘Histoire’ du Comité Français de Cartographie, '1914-1918. La guerre en cartes', at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (François Mitterrand) - in connection with the exhibition "Eté 14: les derniers jours de l'ancien monde". Deadline for Call for Papers: 30 November 2013.

June 13 - Paris. Second Symposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap), 'Mapping Conflicts, Conflicts in Maps', at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Richelieu), in cooperation with the Comité Français de Cartographie. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 December 2013.

June 23-27 - 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.

July 2 - Birmingham. SCOLMA - UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa, annual conference 'African Trajectories: Travel and the Archive'. One of the suggested themes is 'Mapping and geographies of travel'. Deadline for Call for Papers: 22 April 2014.

July 6-10 - Norfolk Island, Australia. Conference of the International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement, 'Charting and Mapping the Pacific Paradise of the Pitcairners', at the Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel.

July 7-10 - Leeds. 'Mappings' session at the International Medieval Congress focussing on “Empire” or "Maps and/as Diagrams”. Deadline for Call for Papers: 12 September 2013.

July 14-August 15 - Chicago. An NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty at the Newberry Library, 'Mapping Nature across the Americas'. Deadline for Applications: 4 March 2014.

August 26-9 - London. A proposed session at the RGS-IBG 2014 Annual International Conference, Geographies of the Ancient City: Lessons to Learn from Diachronic Comparisons. Convenor: Benjamin N. Vis (University of Leeds). Deadline for Call for Papers: 3 February 2014.

September 3-6 - Lisbon. 'Cities Without Maps: Reconstructing Early Urban Morphologies and Appropriations of Space in Portuguese Colonial Cities', part of the 12th International Conference on Urban History: Cities in Europe, Cities in the World [EAUH 2014]. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 October 2013.

September 4-5 - Budapest. 9th international workshop of the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage. Deadline for Call for Papers: 1 May 2014.

September 8-9 - London. International symposium, 'Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100-1600', at Queen Mary, University of London. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Deadline for Call for Papers: 21 February 2014.

September 18-19 - Philadelphia. Conference, 'Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period', Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

September 24-27 - Bogotá, Colombia. The 5th Ibero-American Symposium on the History of Cartography (5siahc), 'Dibujar y pintar el mundo: Arte, cartografía y política', organised by the Universidad de los Andes & Razón Cartográfica. Deadline for Call for Papers: 29 November 2013.

October 9-11 - Eichstätt, Germany. 17. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium, in collaboration with the chair for Ancient History of the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Contact: markus.heinz(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de.

October 10-12 - Chicago. 2nd annual Chicago International Map Fair, at Loyola University Museum of Art (including 'a six part educational series with lectures by some of the antiquarian scholars of the Chicago Map Society and Loyola University').

October 16-17 – Arlington, Texas. The 9th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, 'The Price of Manifest Destiny: Wars in the American Southwest, 1819-1865', a joint meeting with the Texas Map Society and the Rocky Mountain Map Society, followed by a Map Fair in Dallas (18-19 October).

October 21-4 - Seoul, South Korea. International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society.

October 25 - Richmond. A symposium at the Library of Virginia, with Martin Bruckner (U of Delaware) and Max Edelson (UVA) speaking on 'geographical concepts in the early days of the republic'.

October 30-November 2 - Austin, Texas. The Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries, at the Texas History Museum. Deadline for Call for Papers: 11 April 2014.

November 17 - Mulhouse. Journées d'études "Clio en cartes 2", 'Y a-t-il des cartes impossibles?', Université de Haute Alsace / Atlas historique d’Alsace (CRESAT-UHA Fonderie). Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 September 2014.

December 2-6 - Ghent & Brussels. Joint symposium of the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Brussels Map Circle, 'Cartography in Times of War and Peace’. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 May 2014.


April 23-25 April - London. William Smith Meeting 2015 – 200 Years of Smith’s Map, History of Geology Group of the Geological Society of London. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 August 2014.

July 8-10 - London. The Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries.

July 12-17 - Antwerp, Belgium. 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography

Autumn - Cape Town. International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society.

October 11-13 - London. Vinland Map Symposium, coordinated by Jørgen D. Siemonsen, Chair of the VMS Steering Committee, Copenhagen, in association with the Hakluyt Society, London, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.



July [early] - Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 27th 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)
  • 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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