The next 17 November it will take place, in thel Service historique de la Défense (Castle of Vincennes), the journeys about the study of Faire la carte et restituer le paysage, made by the Comité français de cartographie (CFC) and the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC).

The journeys will center in two aspects:

          • The changes in topographic maps in the first decades of 19th century and  
          • the contribution of digital technologies to reconstruction of landscapes from old topographic maps

Both questions will be approached from the study of the French militar map of Barcelona of 1823-1827, titled Lever nivelé de la place de Barcelone, made at 1:10.000 scale and with contour lines. This map has been recently presented and studied by  GECH members (see reference)  who will participate in the journeys. 

Further information in CFC page.



From16 to 19 October, Dra. Carme Montaner, member of GEHC,will offer the course Historia de la cartografía: reflexión del pasado e información para el futuro in the Auditorium of Mora Institut, México, DF.

It will have four sessions, with the next titles: 

* Day 16 : Los primeros mapas de la cuenca amazónica peruana: la cartografía de los franciscanos de Santa Rosa de Ocopa (1760-1818). 

* Day 17 : Cartografía y excursionismo en la cordillera hispano-francesa de los Pirineos: una experiencia colaborativa de finales del siglo XIX y principios del siglo XX.

* Day 18 : El debate de la introducción de las curvas de nivel en la cartografía: el caso de Barcelona y el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del ejército francés (1823-1827). 

* Day 19 : Mapas para la guerra civil española (1936-1939). La captura de información y los proyectos cartográficos del ejército italiano. 

The attendance is free. More information in the página web.

Interesanting video about the closet with which Dionisio Casañal delivered in 1891 the urban cartography of Huesca.

We have obtained through the web about the exhibition Huesca, 1891-2016. El plano de Dionisio Casañal y las fotografías de Mariano Morlans that the Archive of Huesca Townhall manteins. 

Also you can visit our review about the exhibition, that counted with the GEHC collaboration.

A good example of historical cartography: an original representation roman roads in the form of underground diagram.  

Available in web of Sasha Trubetskoy by Microsiervos.

From 27 to 29 September 2017 the first International Workshop Trazar la línea. Teoría y práctica de las delimitaciones fronterizas luso-franco-españolas (1750-1936) will take place in Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Campus de Getafe, 14 building).

Among others, the GEHC members José Luis Urteaga, with the lecture El deslinde de la frontera del Protectorado español en Marruecos (1913-1935): crónica de un fracaso, and Joan Capdevila, with El deslinde frustrado de la frontera con Andorra: trabajos y consecuencias, will participate.

Besides the academic activity, during the workshop the cartographic exhibition Dibujando la línea (1864-2014): 150 años del Tratado de Límites entre España y Portugal will be presented at the hall of 14 building. It can be visited until 11th October.

Further information consulting the programme and the exhibition poster.

The next 20 June, at 10:00, our colleague Meritxell Gisbert i Traveria will defend her thesis Cartrografia i transformació del territori a Catalunya entre l'Antic règim i la Revolució liberal (ss. XVIII-XIX): el paper de la família Soler. This thesis has been developed thanks to an awarded grant to work with the GEHC in the frame of the project La cartografia urbana a Espanya (segles XVIII-XIX): el paper dels ajuntaments i el dels organismes militars.

The next morning, Wednesday 21 at 11:00, the professor Emanuela Casti, from Geography Department of Bergamo University, will make a seminar during 45 minutes with the title: Dalla carta topografica al mapping riflessivo: rappresentare la città.

Both events are free and will take place at Sala de Juntes de la Facultat de Geografia i Història of Barcelona University (location).

The next 17 June, from 17:00 to 18:00, Jean Marc Bessé, Gilles Tiberghien and Gilles Palsky will give in the French National Library the lecture Opérations cartographiques as part of the cycle Club des livres

The meeting will be cheer by Catherine Hofmann (épartement des Cartes et Plans of French National Library).  Opérations cartographiques will pretend to question the cogniscive scope, as well as the politics and the imaginary of cartographic operations that are based on the analysis of artistic, politic, economic, social and cultural practices. 

During the meeting we can see how everyone is affected by  cartography, as much as it is an area used by landscape professionals, geographers and artists; computer scientist and graphic designers; urban planners, architects and designers; hikers, cyclists, telephone operators, students, retirees, voters, consumers...The lecturers consider that the maps are around us and ourselves as they are elaborated by our practices and collective actions.  

For further information see official page of French National Library.

Now it is available the 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) schedule, that it will take place in  Belo Horizonte (Brasil) between 9 and 14 July, 2017.

The GEHC will participate through Carme Montaner, who will present the lecture Franciscan cartography of the Peruvian Amazon in the second half of the eighteenth century, and Bárbara Polo, with the poster Fortification projects in Burgos (Spain), 1834-1858.

Registration and further information in the official page of 27th ICHC.

The first circular of the 7th Ibero-American Symposium of History of Cartography is available. It will take place at  University of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) between 25 and 28 April, 2018.

Registration will be free and the official languages will be Spanish and Portuguese. 

Abstracts of papers proposals can be sent until July 25, 2017. 

New review of famous expedition that, between 1736 and 1744, the Science Academy of París propelled to measure a degree of Meridian near to the equator, specifically in the region of the Andes, in the Audience of Quito, the under Spanish control. 

The expedition was guided by Louis Godin and La Condomina and participated, by the Spanish Crown, Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa.

Bibliographic file:

SAFIER, Neil (2016): La medición del Nuevo Mundo. La ciencia de la Ilustración y América del Sur. Madrid: Marcial Pons (colección Ambos Mundos). 449 p. ISBN 978-84-15963-75-2

Translation of SAFIER, Neil (2008): Measuring the New World

Seen in  Nosolosig.