From January 30 to April 19, 2020, the exhibition Mapes, país, futur: centenari de l'exposició cartogràfica Catalana (1919) [Maps, country, future: centenary of the Catalan cartographic exhibition (1919)] can be visited at the Museu d'Història de Catalunya. 

The centenary of the exhibition organized by the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya in 1919 is commemorated. Many of the maps are the same as those exhibited. On that occasion, the objective was to provide cartographic documentation that would facilitate the drawing of a new territorial division of Catalonia in regions called comarques.

In addition to the edition of a catalog of the exhibition (download PDF), a series of conferences has been organized to be held at the same headquarters of the museum and which will be preceded by a guided tour of the exhibition:

  • Natural risks and cartography (February 5, 6pm)
  • Geological heritage (February 19, 6pm)
  • Territorial delimitation and cartography (March 4, 6pm)
  • New ways of observing the Earth (March 18, 6pm)
  • Digital cartographic information resources for hikers (April 1, 6pm)
  • Discovery of the territory. Hiking and orientation: tools (April 15, 6pm)

For more information you can visit the website of the exhibition, which has been organized by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) in collaboration with the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya (CEC), the Museu d'Història de Catalunya (MHC) and with the sponsorship of Hitachi.

Next Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., the posthumous book by Tomàs Vidal: Enciclopèdia de Menorca. Tom vint-i-unè. Cartografia històrica will be presented at the Pi i Sunyer Room of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (Carme, 47, Barcelona) as an act in memory of GEHC member Tomàs Vidal (1941-2019).

They will intervene:

Vicenç M. Rosselló i Verger, member of the GEHC and honorary professor of the University of Valencia;

Francesc Nadal Piqué, member of the GEHC and professor of Human Geography of the University of Barcelona; and

Miquel Àngel Casasnovas Camps, president of the Fundació Enciclopèdia de Menorca.

Within the documentary series Guardianes del Patrimonio  produced by RTVE, we want to highlight this episode broadcast by La2 on January 18, 2020.

It deals about the theft of, among other documents, two world maps extracted from two incunabula of Ptolemy's work in August 2007.

The documents were recovered, with some damage, and the culprits were identified.

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) organizes, in collaboration with the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, a conference to discuss the state of the art in automatic vectorization of old maps, with particular emphasis on the use of free and open source solutions.

The Workshop Automatic vectorisation of historical maps will take place in Budapest on March 13, 2020.

All submitted works will be published online and a selection will be in a special issue of e-Perimetron.

Registration is free until February 25 by filling out this questionnaire.

The Fuller projection, or Dymaxion Map, can also be a great Christmas ornament. Seen in The Map Room and made by John Nelson.

Until February 21, the exhibition Latitude: Persuasive Cartography can be visited at the Carl A. Kroch Library at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York).

It is a collection of "persuasive" maps, that is, of maps designed primarily to influence opinions and beliefs instead of communicating geographic information. They use various tools and strategies (unusual projections and range of colors, partial selections of information, imaginative illustrations, allegories, satires and even intentional deceptions) to advance a particular cause or point of view.

Cartography is exposed from the 17th century to the present. Many of the works focus on historical perspectives on issues that are still relevant today, as is the case with immigration policy and gerrymandering strategies. Others seek to promote social change, the promotion of products and places or send notices about imaginary futures.

You can appreciate it by going around the virtual exhibition.

Until March 8, 2020, the Talking Maps exhibition can be visited at the Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford).

From the funds of the institution, this exhibition brings together a selection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps of different cultures and in different formats, as well as fascinating war maps, fictional maps and even imaginary maps.

It explores how maps are not mere transparent and objective scientific objects of communication, nor are they instruments at the service of ideological approaches, but proposals about the world that help people understand who they are describing where they are.

More information on Weston Library blog.

Every map tells a story. The exhibition shows how maps are creative objects that establish conversations between the people who made them and the individuals and communities that use them.

(Jerry Brotton, co-curator of Talking Maps)

In the year 2019 marks the fifth centenary of the start of the naval expedition initially led by the Portuguese navigator in the service of the Spanish Crown, Fernando de Magallanes, with the purpose of opening a new route to the Spice Islands. The trip ended three years later, on September 6, 1522, under the command of Juan Sebastián de Elcano, seaman of Guetaria (Guipúzcoa).

For the commemoration, which is considered an event of special public interest, the National Commission for the commemoration of the V Centenary of the first round-the-world expedition of Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano has been created and has been launched an ambitious program of activities that can be consulted on the V centenary website.

Cartography plays a central role in most of the activities, among which the following exhibitions can be highlighted:

  • «El viaje más largo» [The longest trip] in the Archivo General de Indias (Sevilla)
  • «Fuimos los Primeros. Magallanes, Elcano y la Vuelta al Mundo» [We were the first. Magellan, Elcano and Around the Round-the-world] in the Museo Naval (Madrid)
  • Exposition «Una vuelta al mundo en la BNE» [A roun-the-world in the BNE] in the Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid)

The Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), University of Lisbon, announces the celebration of the third conference on the history of nautical cartography On the origin and evolution of the nautical chart, which will be held at the Instituto Hidrográfico from Lisbon on June 4 and 5, 2020.

On this occasion the scope has been enlarged to include not only the genesis and evolution of the medieval portolan chart but also nautical charts in general. More information on the subject here.

Until December 31, 2019 work proposals are accepted, which must be exclusively in English. More instructions here.

In the 3rd session of the 1st cycle Dialogues between literature and science: the measurement and representation of the world, we will talk about the figure of the cartographer and navigator Juan de la Cosa (Santoña, between 1450 and 1460-Turbaco, 1510), known for having participated in seven of the first trips to America and for having drawn the oldest map of the American continent that is preserved.

He had a leading role in the first and second voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Antilles and in 1499 he participated as a senior pilot in the Alonso de Ojeda expedition to the coasts of the South American continent. On his return to Andalusia he drew his famous world map and shortly after he embarked again towards the Indies, this time with Rodrigo de Bastidas. In the following years he alternated trips to America under his own command with special commissions from the Crown, including a mission as a spy in Lisbon and a participation in the Junta de Pilotos of Burgos of 1508. In 1509 he undertook what would be his last expedition to take possession of the coasts of present-day Colombia. La Cosa died in an armed confrontation with indigenous people before being able to serve as chief sheriff of Urabá (excerpt from Wikipedia).

María Antonia Colomar is a retired historian and facultative of the Archivo General de Indias, of which she was deputy director. 2017 National Prize of the Spanish Geographical Society for their contributions to the history of cartography. Among other topics, he has been interested in the relationship between Juan de la Cosa and the Casa de Contratación.

Javier Tazón is a novelist and author of a tetralogy about the sailor and cartographer of Santoña, Juan de la Cosa: El cartógrafo de la reina (Memorias de Juan de la Cosa) (2010), Las rutas del Norte (2011), El mapa perdido (2014) and La estela del cartógrafo (2017).

The dialogue will be moderated by the GEHC member Carme Montaner.

The session will take place next Wednesday, November 20, at 7:00 pm, at the Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Palacio de los Virreyes; Carrer dels Comtes, 2; Barcelona).

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