On 30 September 2021 the ICA Commission is organizing the online workshop Coordinating Cartographic Collections, in conjunction with the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography (University of Texas at Arlington) and the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society.

The ICA Workshop, due to the varying international Covid19 situation and travel restrictions, will be an ONLINE EVENT. The 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures & Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society, however, are planned as a HYBRID CONFERENCE from 1 to 3 October 2021 (in-person attendance and online streaming). Presenters and registered participants of the ICA Workshop will get FREE online access to this conference as well.

All three connected events are exploring the incredibly diverse cosmos of maps in collections. The ICA Workshop invites personal and institutional case studies / best practice examples on the following topics (though other contributions will be considered as well):

  • collecting (trade and collector)
  • cataloguing
  • preserving
  • presenting (physical and digital)
  • access / user perspectives
  • managing (back office)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 July 2021

Notification of acceptance: 13 August 2021

Guidance on abstracts: min.200 words – max.500 words, add a brief biographical note

Inquiries and submissions should be directed to:

Prof. Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (Chair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography)
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona and the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the publication Vistes panoràmiques, cartes militars i plànols urbanístics a Barcelona del segle XVI al XIX, coordinated by Ramon Grau and Carme Montaner.

The presentation will be made by Ramon Grau, historian and co-editor of the publication.

At the event, a representation of the cartographic collections of the two institutions will be shown.

It will take place on February 18 at 6:00 p.m. and can be followed through the Microsoft Teams platform: connection link


Meritxell Gisbert Traveria, member of the GEHC, tells his thesis, entitled Cartografia i transformació del territori a Catalunya entre l’Antic Règim i la Revolució liberal (ss. XVIII-XIX): el paper de la família Soler, in this talk from the past 28 January 2021, which was organised by the Societat Catalana de Geografia.

The thesis was read on June 20, 2017. It aims to demonstrate how, from the middle of the 18th century, cartography became an increasingly important instrument in the growing transformation process that the Catalan territory was experiencing (use of natural resources, reforms of the administrative and judicial map, reform of the fiscal system and planning of urban space). This he achieves from the study of the cartographic work of the Soler family, a lineage from Barcelona of housemasters and architects, from the middle of the 18th century to the middle of the following century.

The Medea-chart research project announces the publication of a series of weekly outreach articles entitled Chart of the Week.

Every Thursday, a new chart, atlas or relevant actor on the History of Nautical Cartography, from Middle Ages to Early Modern times, will be featured at the Medea-Chart website and social media. 

The Medea-chart research project team invites you all to suggest articles, comments, suggestions and participation with your expertise. If any of you would like to contribute, the team most welcomes you to discuss it with them. The team considers this an opportunity to share with the wider public this amazing collection of charts and atlases.

Medea-Chart: The Medieval and Early Modern Nautical Chart: Birth, Evolution and Use is a research project on the History of Nautical Cartography, funded by the European Research Council. It was awarded to Dr Joaquim Alves Gaspar on September 2016 and will take place between June 2017 and May 2022 from the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) located at the University of Lisbon Faculty of Sciences​.

The main purpose of this project is to solve a series of crucial questions that have eluded the historians of cartography for a very long time, pertaining to the birth, technical evolution and use of nautical charts during the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. This goal is to be accomplished using innovative techniques – cartometric analysis, numerical modelling and the examination of the manuscript charts with multispectral analysis – which will complement the traditional methods of historical research. 

Social Media Presence: Facebook Medea-Chart Project

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA) invites proposals for papers for its 2021 online conference on women and maps.

Mapping, and closely linked professions such as surveying, exploration, navigation, hydrography, and printing, have conventionally been associated with men: as makers, patrons, users, and interpreters.  Sometimes those assumptions reflect reality, but sometimes they do not.  This conference explores the place of women and the feminine in maps and mapping, with no chronological or geographical bounds, and a broad understanding of 'maps'.  

Themes include but are not limited to:

  • Maps by women:  these include named makers, working in the field and the workshop, plus the unacknowledged female helpers of the men whose name is normally associated with the maps.
  • Maps depicting real women: these may be women patrons depicted by their names or arms, or perhaps absent and relegated to cartographic 'silence', to use Brian Harley's term.
  • Maps depicting women as icons or emblems:  women are depicted as muses, virtues, monstrous types, 'exotic' people, or nations, such as Britannia.  All convey messages about gender.
  • Maps depicting land and sea as gendered: caricature maps represent landscape, nations, peoples, or seas as gendered, while the toponyms chosen for inclusion reveal a gendered imprint on the earth.
  • Maps for women: special maps for the domestic sphere or for the education of small children, and maps directed to women as consumers of leisure or commodities can reveal the place of women and changing constructs of the feminine and the domestic.
  • Maps' paratexts and women: discovering women in map title pages, covers, marginalia, makers' names.  Does their marginal place on the page reinforce their social position or enable subversion?
  • Gendered images of maps:  works of art using maps, plans charts, and globes to reinforce or subvert gender stereotypes.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute research papers.  Early career and independent researchers along with established scholars from all disciplines are warmly invited to apply.    

Send an abstract of 200 words together with a 50-word biography to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 18 January 2020.

A selection of papers from TOSCA's 2017 will be published in a special issue of the Cartographic Journal (2020).  TOSCA is in discussion with the editor of the Cartographic Journal about a similar special issue from the conference on women in cartography.

Elizabeth Baigent and Nick Millea, TOSCA convenors, School of Geography / Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

The next edition of the International Congress of Geography, the 34th International Geographical Congress, will be held in Istanbul, from August 16 to 20, 2021, with the main theme "Geography: Bridging the Continents".

The main topics for this edition are:

  • Globalization vs localization
  • Climate change
  • Migrations and conflicts
  • Earth and disasters
  • Studies on Eurasia and the Middle East
  • Anthropocene

The deadline for submitting papers ends on January 11, 2021. They must be written in English and a summary of 300 words maximum is required. Acceptances are scheduled to be notified on February 8. More information here.

More information on the congress website. You can also download the second flyer here.

The seminar Représentation de l'espace: Moyen Âge - Époque moderne coordinated by George Tolias, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), this year will be dedicated to the cartography of insurgent Greece and the creation of the modern Greek state, of which the bicentennial (1821-2021) will be celebrated.

The seminar will be held by video-conference every other Thursday, starting on November 19, 2020, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Paris time.

You can download the program here.

More information on this web page.

The Sociedad Geográfica Española (SGE) with the collaboration of the Asociación Española de Geografía (AGE) announce the First LiteraTerra Prize for geographical literary essay, which was born with the purpose of stimulating and recognising non-fiction literary creation inspired by the territory and the landscape, through the distinction and publication of unpublished original works. They are intended to promote knowledge of the Earth in all its facets, to raise awareness about the processes that take place there and about the need to preserve and respect it, as well as to recognise the value of geography as a scientific discipline responsible for its study.

The winning work will be awarded € 2,000 and will be published by geoPlaneta, a label specialised in geography and travel from Grupo Planeta.

The award is for unpublished works, originally written in Spanish, with a length of a minimum of 250,000 characters with space and a maximum of 350,000, approximately.

The deadline for submission of works ends on April 25, 2021.

More details on the SGE website.

The Harley Fellowships –the only ones of their kind in Europe– provide support for those working on the history of cartography, from any discipline, doing research in historical map collections in the United Kingdom. Awards range up to £2000.

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, you are reminded that you are responsible for checking your own country’s and the UK government’s travel advice, making your own travel and accommodation arrangements and ensuring that the collections you wish to consult will be open during your visit. For UK-based research you should check local and UK government guidance regularly, as well as that of the institution/organisation in which you are intending to work. The Trustees will consider extending the award for a period longer than 2020–21 if it becomes necessary because of restrictions arising from COVID-19.

http://www.maphistory.info/application.html provides all the necessary information and answers many frequently asked questions. Please indicate in your application if you are a postgraduate or an early career researcher within five years of completion of your PhD. It would be helpful if you could say where you saw this notice.

Email applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 November 2020.

Until May 6, 2021, the digital exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, organised by the Leventhal Map & Education Center of the Boston Public Library, will be accessible.

The exhibition examines the many ways in which maps and data can "bend the lines", distort reality. It starts from the fact that maps generate the illusion of showing the world as it is. But maps and data visualisations do not communicate totally objective truths, they always lack some perspective or approach related to their production. They are social objects whose meaning and power are related to the written and symbolic language they use and whose authority is determined by the institutions involved and the contexts in which they circulate.

In addition to the exhibition, it is worth highlighting the talks that are taking place (see calendar) and that are published here.