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. 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.

The International Committee for the History of Nautical Science is pleased to announce the 19th edition of the International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science (IRHNS XIX) that will finally be held, after a postponement caused by the COVID-19 crisis, in Seville between March 1 and 5, 2021, coordinated by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide y el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

The IRHNS focus on technical aspects of navigation, particularly on the history of navigation technologies and techniques, maritime cartography and shipbuilding between the 15th and 18th centuries. In addition, its field of analysis has been extended to the cultural history of navigation, underwater archaeology and the study of naval organisation, teachings and policies, as well as biographical, artistic or literary aspects related to the world of ships, ocean routes and their protagonists during the Modern Age.

The title for this edition is: Magallanes, Elcano, las circunnavegaciones y grandes exploraciones oceánicas (siglos XV-XX).

Proposals for participation may be written in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese and will be sent as attachments in an email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for receipt of proposals is extended until November 30, 2020. Abstracts will be evaluated by peers and the acceptance notification will be sent before December 15, 2020.

Participation in the congress is free. A selection of the papers, after review and adaptation by the authors, will be published in an academic book, under a double-blind peer review system.

All information and news about the congress will be available at

Until October 30, you can visit the 300 aniversario de la Real y Militar Academia de Matemáticas de Barcelona exhibition organised by the Centro de Historia y Cultura Militar Pirenaico, attached to the spanish Army.

 The exhibition traces the history of the Academia, founded in 1720, and contains reproductions of collections from the Archivo General Militar de Segovia and original collections from the Academia that are now in the Biblioteca Histórico Militar de Barcelona.

It is complemented by the projection of the commemorative video "Ingenieros, Militares y Sabios".

The exhibition is in the cloister of the Gobierno Militar of Barcelona (carrer Portal, 5) and is free to access. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Saturday (both inclusive).

In addition, during October, a series of conferences related to the Academia, military engineers and their work is scheduled. For more information, see the information leaflet.


The next edition of the International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) is underway, organized by Imago Mundi Ltd. in collaboration with the National Museum of Maps and Old Books in Bucharest and the University of Bucharest. It will take place on July 4-9, 2021 and is titled Conflict and Cartography.

The deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers, special sessions, participatory workshops and poster presentations has been opened. This year, the conference themes are:

  • Imperial and Anti-Imperial Cartographies
  • Frontier Cartographies
  • Cartographies of Nostalgia and Imagination
  • Cartographies of Difference and Map Consumption
  • Any other aspect of the history of cartography

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, October 5, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal before January 25, 2021.

For more information visit


The 8th Ibero-American Symposium on the History of Cartography (8th SIAHC) will be held, on second call and through a virtual platform, on October 21 and 22, 2020. The advance of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the presencial symposium that It had to be held in Barcelona last April and that has led us to organise it virtually.

The communications already accepted at the end of 2019 and that responded to the call on the subject -The map as an element of cultural connection between America and Europe-  will be presented.

Once the availability of the speakers has been confirmed, the final program and the communication channel to be used will be announced.

Registration - free of charge - will be essential to be able to access the different virtual sessions of the symposium.

Registrations must be made here before October 20.