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.

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and decided to create the ICA Working Group on the History of ICA with the intention of documenting the activity carried out by the organisation since its foundation and preserving the documentation it has generated. More information about the group's work topic here.

The group has started by compiling all the minutes of the ICA meetings and is asking the cartographic community for help to find some that are missing:

  • 5th General Assembly held in Moscow in 1976 
  • 7th General Assembly held in Perth in 1984
  • 8th General Assembly held in Morelia in 1987
  • 9th General Assembly held in Bournemouth in 1991

If someone has them, they can be sent by writing to the president of the group This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On September 2, a GEHC representation visited the exhibition Mapes, País, Futur by the hand of our colleague Carme Montaner, who is the organiser.

We already gave news of this exhibition when it started. The centenary of the exhibition organised by the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya in 1919 is commemorated. Many of the maps are the same as those on that occasion. The objective of the exhibition was to provide the cartographic documentation that would facilitate the drawing of a new territorial division of Catalonia into regions, called comarques. You can download the catalogue prepared by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya here.

The exhibition closes on September 13. It has had a journey marked by the health emergency that we are suffering this year: with the confinement it had to be closed until July and then it had to adapt to the new situation, especially in its final part, which refers to the most recent technological developments applied to collect and display geographic information, and that it used many interactive components.

With this visit, the GEHC launches the new course.

In the latest issue of the periodical publication Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia, a series of texts compiled by Francesc Nadal, coordinator of the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC), has been published in the Notes i Documentació section, with the title Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors a Catalunya (segles XVIII-XIX).

This work presents, in a more extensive and detailed way than on the website, the Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors de Catalunya (segles XVIII-XIX) that the GEHC launched in mid-February (see news) . Surveying in Catalonia during the 19th century is discussed to focus later on how the development of the Diccionari has been carried out, which "... proporciona informació sobre 249 mapes parcel·laris municipals corresponents a 185 municipis catalans diferents, aixecats, entre 1849 i 1897, per un petit exèrcit format per 74 agrimensors."

In the same publication you will also find two more pieces signed by members of the GEHC:

Created by Richard Tilney-Bassett (YouTube channel). Seen in The Map Room.

The fourth volume of The History of Cartography collection is now on sale. The index is available at The University of Chicago Press Books.

This 1920 page volume with over four hundred encyclopedic entries has been edited by Mattew H. Edney and Mary Sponberg Pedley.

It's dedicated to cartography during the illustration era, offering: "... an overview of the cartographic practices of Europeans, Russians and Ottomans, both at home and in overseas territories, from 1650 to 1800".

GEHC members have contributed the following entries:

Joan Capdevila Subirana:

  • Boundary Surveying in Spain (p. 212-213)

Francesc Nadal Piqué:

  • Administrative Cartography in Spain (p. 78-82)
  • Topographical Surveying in Spain (p. 1482-1485)

Vicenç M. Rosselló Verger:

  • López de Vargas Machuca, Tomás (p. 750-752)

Let's remember that volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 can be downloaded for free here.

The next annual meeting of the Société d’études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles will be held at the Université Paris-Diderot on January 15 and 16, 2021, and the theme will be Maps and Mapping in English-speaking Countries in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

The organisers have made a call for papers that can be downloaded here in French.

The deadline for submitting proposals ends on June 20, must be in French or English, must consist of about 300 words and a short curriculum vitae and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.