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Forthcoming meetings - a quick chronology (2018-2021)


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'



September 13-15 - Oxford. International symposium: ‘Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea’, jointly organised by the ICA's Commission on the History of Cartography and the Commission on Topographic Mapping, with the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford. Deadline for Call for Papers: 1 March 2018.

September 20-23 - Golden, Colorado. Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries,'Great Mountains of the American West', hosted by the Rocky Mountain Map Society and preceded by own their symposium, 'Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes'.

September 21-23 – The San Francisco Map Fair, in "the Lodge" at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St., with a series of three 40-minute lectures sponsored by the California Map Society.

October 4-6 - Arlington, Texas. The 11th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, at the University of Texas at Arlington Library; followed by the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society.

October 10-13 - Gotha. 21st conference of the Map and Geoinformation Curators group (MAGIC), (8-10 October), followed (11-13) by the 19th Kartographiehistorische Colloquium, at the Gotha Perthes Collection, University and Research Library Erfurt/Gotha.

October 14-17 - Manila [and Hong Kong]. 'Thirty-Sixth International Map Collectors' Society Symposium' [IMCoS], organised with The Philippine Map Collectors Society, plus an optional extension to Hong Kong (October 18-20).

October 25-26 - Cambridge, Mass. Symposium: 'Follow the map: reflecting on 200 years of the Harvard Map Collection'.

November 3 - Los Angeles. California Map Society, Southern California Meeting, in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

November 12-14 - Ponta Delgada (Azores). XVIII International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science: 'Atlantic Navigation'. Please send your submissions including an abstract of 200 words before July, 31, with a short CV, to arsnautica@gmail.com


February 1-3 - Miami. Annual Miami International Map Fair, at HistoryMiami.

February, 14-15 - Stanford, California. Conference: ‘Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University Libraries. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 April 2018.

May 9-12 - Kalamazoo, Michigan. 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Proposals are invited for 'Mappings' sessions on: 1) “Pictura et Scriptura on/and Medieval Maps; 2) “Skin and Ink: The Materiality of Medieval Maps and Their Codicological Analogs”; 3) “‘Build it and they [hopefully won’t] come’: Placement and Displacement on Medieval Maps” and 4) “Seeing What’s no Longer There: New Imaging Technologies and Medieval Maps”, organised by Felicitas Schmieder (felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de) and Dan Terkla (terkla(at)iwu.edu). Deadline for Call for Papers: 21 September 2018.

July 1-4 - Leeds. 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. 'Mappings' sessions, on the theme of 'Materialities', organised by Felicitas Schmieder (felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de) and Dan Terkla (terkla(at)iwu.edu). Deadline for Call for Papers: 21 September 2018.

July 13 - Leiden. Meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM). Details later from ed.dahl(at)sympatico.ca.

July 14-19 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The 28th International Conference on the History of Cartography. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 October 2018.

July 15-20 - Tokyo. 29th International Cartographic Conference.

September 2-7 - Bucharest. 12th Congress of South-East European Studies: 'Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South East Europe / Dynamiques politiques, sociales et religieuses dans le Sud-Est européen', including a panel: 'Cartographies of Southeast Europe / Entre la surveillance impériale et le regard local / Cartographies de l'Europe du Sud-Est', organised by Robert Born and Marian Coman for the Association Internationale d'Etudes du Sud-Est Européen. For further details see ISHMap-List. Deadline for Call for Papers: 20 September 2018.

October 3-5 {date not officially announced yet} - Zurich. XIV symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes.

October 10-12 - Stanford, California. The Second Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography, on Gender and Cartography.

November 7-9– Chicago. The 20th Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography, at the Newberry Library.


September 7-9 - Sydney. A history of cartography meeting is planned to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia. Maggie Patton, State Library of New South Wales, is the main organiser.


July 4-9 - Bucharest, Romania. The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC).

July 19-23 - Florence. (still subject to change (as at 19 July 2018)) The 30th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association.


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-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)
  • 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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