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Forthcoming meetings - a quick chronology (2015-2017)


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)


September 1-October 13 - Charlottesville. a 6-week course by Joel Kovarsky, 'The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations', at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Virginia.

September 12-13 - Lemgo, Germany. Annual meeting of the Verein Freundeskreis für Cartographica, at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake.

September 18 - Washington, D.C. Symposium at the Library of Congress, Traditions and Transitions, celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

September 23-26. Dresden. 13th Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes, in cooperation with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 March 2015.

September 26 - Oxford. One-day course on Maps and Mapping at the University of Oxford (including sections on history).

October 3 - Arlington. Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society, at the University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Oxford 10 - Chapel Hill. Meeting of the William P. Cumming Map Society, at the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina.

October 19-21 - Cape Town. International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society, '400 Years of cartography of travels to and in Southern Africa, from the Portuguese explorers (c. 1500) to the Boer War (c. 1900)', at the Centre for the Book, National Library of South Africa. Deadline for Call for Papers: 5 September 2014.

October 23-25 – Chicago. The 'Chicago International Map Fair', at the Loyola University Museum of Art, including four lectures.

November 2 - Oxford. Symposium, 'Mr Gough’s "curious map" of Britain: old image, new techniques', Weston Library, Bodleian Library.

November 13-14 - Hull. Hakluyt Society conference, Maritime Trade, Travel and Cultural Encounter in the 18th and 19th Centuries, at the University of Hull’s Maritime Historical Studies Centre and Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 August 2015.

November 19-20 - La Courneuve, France. Journée d'étude, 'La cartographie des traités (XVe-XXe siècle)', organized by the Commission ‘Histoire’ du Comité Français de Cartographie (CFC) and the Archives diplomatiques. Deadline for Call for Papers: 25 May 2015.

December 12 - Brussels. The Brussels Map Circle, International Conference: 'Mapping the Ottoman Empire', at the Royal Library, part of the Europalia events.


January 21-23 - Katowice, Poland. Fictional Maps International Conference, at the University of Silesia’s Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library. Deadline for Call for Papers: 30 October 2015.

February 5-7 - Miami. Annual Miami International Map Fair, at HistoryMiami.

April 1-3 - Williamsburg, Virginia. A symposium is tentatively planned by Colonial Williamsburg in conjunction with the exhibition 'We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence', commemorating the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act.

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.

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 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 12-15 - Kalamazoo, Michigan. A panel, Defining Otherness on Medieval Maps, to be convened by Chet Van Duzer and Laura Whatley, at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Deadline for Call for Papers: 18 September 2015.

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.

June 5-6 - Lisbon. 'On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts', the first international workshop on the subject, organized in conjunction with the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal.

October 6-9 – Arlington, Texas. The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. Additional information from Ben Huseman: huseman@exchange.uta.edu

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.]

October 31 - Los Angeles. Meeting of the California Map Society, at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library.


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.


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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