It is just available the programming of the Second International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts that will take place in the Instituto Hidrográfico of Lisbon on June,  7th and 8th.

The meeting is organised by the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) and it will focus on different aspects of the research about medieval portolans: current state of knowledge about the map making of the first one, about its evolution and role as help in navigation. Also, questions will be made such as the use of cartometric analysis techniques and others that help to the study of this cartography.

The access is free but it requieres enrolment here.

The David Rumsey Map Center, of Stanford University, is preparing the meeting Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900 that will take place in February, 14 and 15 of 2019.

The David Rumsey invites to participate with presentations that focus on authors and maps that propose alternative representations of the reality, based on social or personal imaginary, local level as well as global level.

Presentations must have specific maps, made between 1500 and 1900. Possible themes of exploration include utopias and distopias,  power projections and territorial reclamations, future or past alternative maps, territories not represented, monsters and magic places, etc. 

Papers will be sent before June, 1st of 2018 and they have to have an abstract of 300 words, high quality images and a curriculum vitae.

Més informació aquí o al Call for Papers (PDF).

The annual simposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) this year las by title Survey, State, Map.

It will take place in June, from 21 to 23 in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, at the University of Southern Maine.

The theme has any aspect of history of cartography. This year, organizers has asked for contributions focusing on at least two words of the title. Main themes will be, then, relate to theme cartography, census cartography, topographic cartography, border cartography, cadastral cartography... 

Now there is a programme draft in the simposium web.

In June, from 14 to 16 de, 2018, it will take place in the Centro El Teular (university headquarter of Cocentaina of Universiy of Alicante), the IX Colloquium of History of Geographical Thought organized by the Work Group of History of Geographical Thought of Spanish Geographers Association (AGE).

In this occasion, the motto is De la Geohistoria a la Geopolítica. La organización del territorio como reto geográfico, that pretends to claim the role of Geography as discipline in the discussion about the Spanish territorial model during this 40 years of autonomic state and the current democratic crisis.  

The colloquium has three axes:

  1. Territory and border: real territories-imagined territories-created territories-forgotten territories
  2. Options for a new postmaterial solidarity: cohesion and covenant culture
  3. Options for a new Spanish territorial model: possible methodologies


  • Enrollment: January, 8.
  • Reception of papers: April, 23.
  • Acceptation: May, 7
  • Enrollment with reduction: May, 11
  • End of enrollment: June, 1. 

 The first call for papers is available to download and the enrollment in the new published by AGE.

The organisers of the internacional simposium Mapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea makes a new call for papers  (see pdf here) to participate in with contributions (papers and posters) focus on research about cartography centrados en la of Africa, Asia, Oceanía and the Americas, related to exploration and imperial activity, cnot only 19 century, but 18 century and 20 century. 

Remember: the simposium will take place in the Weston Library of Oxford in September, from 13 to 15, and it is organised by the Comisión sobre Historia de la Cartografía of the Asociación Internacional de la Cartografia (ICA), the Comisión sobre Cartografía Topográfica, also of ICA, and the Bodleian Libraries of Oxford University.


  • March, 1 2018: contribution submission
  • March, 31 2018: acceptation

Further information in

February 2018, from 27 to 28 it will have place in the Instituto de Estudios Canarios (IECAN) the seminar Edad Media, Atlántico e insularidad atlántica: nuevas perspectivas.

There it will reflect about the knowledge and perception of the Atlantic before the discovery of America and ancient cartography will be one of the sources to work with.

Further information in triptych.

The next week starts a new course of Seminari d'Història de Barcelona organized periodically  by the Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona.

This edition is called L’enigmàtic Sanpere i Miquel: errors i encerts d’un afany positivista and it will use as axis the work of Salvador Sanpere i Miquel (1840-1915).

It is necessary to remark that it will have a session of ancient cartography of the city.  

The activity is directed to people interested in enjoying the critical reading of history texts, in beginning a work about original sources and sharing their own experiences as historians.  

The course will be made by the historian Ramon Grau i Fernández and it will take place every Wednesday from 19 to 20:30. Further information here.

The map collections of the Cambridge University Library have more than a million of references of the world from 15th.  

It also makes a range of activities with the aim of knowing better the library, its contain and the world of ancient cartography.The next months you can find:  

  • Landscapes Below exhibition dedicated to history of geological cartography, opens until March, 29.
  • Seminars about history of cartography. The next, with the title título Michael Alexander Gage and the mapping of Liverpool, 1828–1836, will be made by Paul Laxton on February, 27. The next will be Eric´s Wolever on May, 1 with the title The cardinal points and the structure of geographical knowledge in the early twelfth century.
  • The organised visit in the Collectors’ Evening will be directed by thel Map Collectors’ Society (IMCoS) on April, 12 and 13. Also, attendants can visit, among different places, the Polar Museum and Whipple Museum.

The Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) has published the Recueil des Plans du Roussillon, de Catalogne, des Chasteaux, Villages, Eglises, Chapelles & Maisons, a compendium of city maps, towns and fortifications made up by the French Army during the War of succession, collected by Jacques Pennier in 1719 under the form of atlas. 

The publication contains the work L'atles de Pennier i les seves aportacions a la cartografia de Catalunya de principis del segle XVIII wroten by M. Carme Montaner, member of GEHC.

You can read the published new by ICGC and buy it in webshop.

The HGIS de las Indias project is a system of historic and geographic data of colonial America of 18th. 

It is based on web services and it is opened to everyone that wants to use the recopile data as well as to add news. For example, at this moment, there is a petition to share demographic data (see the call for it here).

A part of the services is the consult of georeferrenced ancient maps that can be consulted in a visualizer, which allows the superposition and comparison among maps and data. 

The project is funded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and conducted by Dr. Werner Stangl (Universität Graz).