The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul are preparing the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography that will take place in April, between 21st and 23rd of 2020 in Estambul.

This edition has called Mapping the Ottoman Realm: travelers, cartographers and archaeologists and it is opened to everyone that would have interest in cartography of ancient Ottoman countries between 16th and 20th centuries, although other periods are accepted. The simposium will focus on two main themes:

  • Cartography of Otoman countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.   
  • Cartography of archeological sites, environments or excavations of Ottoman Empire during 19th and 20th centuries.  

The deadline is November1st of 2019 and the acceptation will be notified on November, 30th. The formulary is required and it can be found here. Works will be published in History of Cartography series of Springer.

Any questions can be sent to:

The next 6th of June the conference Barcelona i la conquesta de Nàpols: El repte d'un canvi geopolític will take place in Barcelona. 

The conference is organized by the History of Barcelona Museum (MUHBA) and, among other things, our colleage Ramon Pujades will present the cartographic piece recently recover: a map of Italia of Bartolome Pareto made in 1457 in which appears the kingdom of Naples under the domination of Aragon and Catalonia. In these moments this mas can be seen in the exhibition Barcelona Mediterranean Capital (Presented here).

The entrance is free and it is recommended to reserve here. It is in the room Martí l'Humà at plaza del Rey.

The flyer can be downloaded here.

The next May, 29th at 17:00, the Belgian professor Stefaan Missine will present the book The Da Vinci Globe, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing the last autumn.

The presentation has been organised by the GEHC and it will take place at room 401 in Facultat de Geografia i Història of Barcelona University (Carrer Montalegre 6, Barcelona).

The act coincides with the conmemoración of the fifth century of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The sphere has been dated by the professor Missine as made in 1504. It has a diameter of 11,1 cm and is is composed by two halves of ostrich egg engraved and colored with detail. It presents informations about the discovered lands that was very new at that time. 

In the book, Missine describes the sphere and explains the reasons to attributed the sphere to the genius of Renaissance. 

The activity is free. Further information in This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In October, from 10th to 12th of 2019, the Second biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will take place at the David Rumsey Map Center in Stanford.

In this edition, the theme will be focused on the relationship between gender, sexuality and cartography. The most part of speakers are experts in maps and cartographic production and their presentations will include questions such as the draw of spatial distribution of masculinity in the French Vietnam, women in American history of cartography, gender of cartographic language in medieval texts, digital cartography of homosexual spaces and more.  

Further information here and the register is made here.

The GEHC has participated in the 14th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH), celebrated in Tesalonica in May, from 8th to 10th,  with two conferences:

  • ROSET R., C. MONTANER, D. BARROT: How to recover and preserve hybrid map series produced at the end of the 20th century.
  • NOBAJAS A.: Towards the systematic vectorisation of historical cartography. 

You can access to the abstracts here and we wait to be able to offer soon the competed texts in publications part.

In May, from 20th to 22nd the Symposium Produire la carte : représentations transfrontalières et interculturelles de l’Antiquité à nos jours will take place in Mulhouse (France) organised by Centre de recherches sur les économies, les sociétés, les arts et les techniques (CRESAT), linked to vUniversité de Haute-Alsace (UHA).

The conference has as goal to put foward a reflexion and debate about cartographic representation of transborder and intercultural cartographic representations. The reflection wants to be articulated in three axes: time ( Which was the compatibility of intercultural phenomena with cartographic works made along the history?), space (which are intercultural or transborder phenomena depending on the study areas, creation and broadcasting of maps?) and method (how and why to make up maps including these phenomena?)

The program is available (PDF).

The access to the symposium is free but it is necessary to be on list here before May, 15th. 

Further information here.

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) offers an exhibition about Le monde en Spheres, a travel from ancient origins of cosmological and astronomical model of concentric spheres until being a familiar object right now.

The narrative goes through the reception and evolution of theories and representations in the medieval period, from Arab world as well as Cristian conception. Finally, the Earth globe consolidates thanked to European trips, to art and science reenactment in Europe from 16th and 17th centuries, to scientific revolutions of Copernico and Newton and the birth of modern astrophysics. 

The exhibition presents about forty Earth globes together with a range of works that enlighten its production, uses and symbolism: archeological remains, coins, manuscripths or printed records, maps, engravings and pictures, contemporary works, etc.. 

The exhibition can be visited from April, 16th until July, 21st in the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand. Further information here.

Until September 29, 2019, you can visit, in the Saló del Tinell in Barcelona, the exhibition The medieval metamorphosis, XIII-XV centuries, from the project Barcelona Mediterranean Capital of the Museu d'Història de Barcelona (MUHBA).

Among the materials of the exhibition there are several cartographic pieces of interest:

  • The drawing of 1389 that represents the engraved stone that was in the Plaça del Blat and that showed the administrative distribution of Barcelona in four quarters.
  • Fragments of a map of Italy recently found showing the Kingdom of Naples under the Catalan-Aragonese domain, attributed to Bartolomeo Pareto (1457).
  • Portulan chart with the representation of the Mediterranean, Black Sea included, and the North-East Atlantic (Pietro Russo, 1508).

The room booklet can be consulted here (in Catalan).

Until June, 9th of 2019 the exhibition La mar de cartas: fondos cartográficos del MMC can be visited in the Naos room at the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico (MMC) in Santander.

It is a collection of 40 works from the reserve repository of the MMC. It contains original works of  Francisco Coello, Gerardus Mercator, Georg Braun and Tofiño, between other authors, and cover the maritime surroundings of the city form 16th century until now. e

The 8 Iberoamerican Symposium of History of Cartography (SIAHC) will take place in Barcelona in April 2020, 21-24th. The organizer will be the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) in collaboration with the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC).

The motto chosen for this occasion is El mapa como elemento de conexión cultural entre América y Europa. On it, it is thought to discuss about colonial maps, maps of scientific expedition or maps of independent territories as conductor theme to link the development and production of cartographic images in one side and another of Atlantic Ocean. 

The first call for papers is available (download of PDF). The deadline  to present abstracts until September, 30th. More details in the  website .