The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) offers an exhibition about Le monde en Spheres, a travel from ancient origins of cosmological and astronomical model of concentric spheres until being a familiar object right now.

The narrative goes through the reception and evolution of theories and representations in the medieval period, from Arab world as well as Cristian conception. Finally, the Earth globe consolidates thanked to European trips, to art and science reenactment in Europe from 16th and 17th centuries, to scientific revolutions of Copernico and Newton and the birth of modern astrophysics. 

The exhibition presents about forty Earth globes together with a range of works that enlighten its production, uses and symbolism: archeological remains, coins, manuscripths or printed records, maps, engravings and pictures, contemporary works, etc.. 

The exhibition can be visited from April, 16th until July, 21st in the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand. Further information here.

Until September 29, 2019, you can visit, in the Saló del Tinell in Barcelona, the exhibition The medieval metamorphosis, XIII-XV centuries, from the project Barcelona Mediterranean Capital of the Museu d'Història de Barcelona (MUHBA).

Among the materials of the exhibition there are several cartographic pieces of interest:

  • The drawing of 1389 that represents the engraved stone that was in the Plaça del Blat and that showed the administrative distribution of Barcelona in four quarters.
  • Fragments of a map of Italy recently found showing the Kingdom of Naples under the Catalan-Aragonese domain, attributed to Bartolomeo Pareto (1457).
  • Portulan chart with the representation of the Mediterranean, Black Sea included, and the North-East Atlantic (Pietro Russo, 1508).

The room booklet can be consulted here (in Catalan).

Until June, 9th of 2019 the exhibition La mar de cartas: fondos cartográficos del MMC can be visited in the Naos room at the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico (MMC) in Santander.

It is a collection of 40 works from the reserve repository of the MMC. It contains original works of  Francisco Coello, Gerardus Mercator, Georg Braun and Tofiño, between other authors, and cover the maritime surroundings of the city form 16th century until now. e

The 8 Iberoamerican Symposium of History of Cartography (SIAHC) will take place in Barcelona in April 2020, 21-24th. The organizer will be the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) in collaboration with the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC).

The motto chosen for this occasion is El mapa como elemento de conexión cultural entre América y Europa. On it, it is thought to discuss about colonial maps, maps of scientific expedition or maps of independent territories as conductor theme to link the development and production of cartographic images in one side and another of Atlantic Ocean. 

The first call for papers is available (download of PDF). The deadline  to present abstracts until September, 30th. More details in the  website .

The next April, 4th at 18 h., at the Sala Gran de la Facultat de Geografia i Història of Barcelona University, an In Memoriam event for our colleague Tomàs Vidal Benito will take place. On it, some friends and colleagues will take part in order to help us to remember the figure, life and works of our friend. 

The VIII Colombian-Mexican Symposium of Geographical Research: Geographical Knowledge of Global South (VIII-SCMIG) will have place in Bogota, Colombia, from October, 10th to October, 12th tendrá lugar en Bogotá, Colombia, 2019.

In this edition three thematic lines have been proposed :

  1. Territorial retreat: Contemporary perspectives of cartographic thought  
  2. Change the regard: geographical knowledge from latinoamericano peripheries s
  3. Geography and risk 

The thematic axis  I will treat the relationships between territory, knowledge and cartographic documents from a geographical, political, cultural and heritage dimension.  

The deadline to be accepted is the next April, 1st. The way to participate and more details are in the first call for papers  (PDF).

The Biblioteca Virtual de Defensa has just released a new website about cartography of Cuba, which contains more than 5300 maps, plans and interesting files kept, mostly, at the Archivo General Militar de Madrid. Moreover, there are contributions from the Archivo Cartográfico y de Estudios Geográficos del Centro Geográfico del Ejército and from the Archivo del Museo Naval.

Most of this cartography was made by the Militar Engineer Corps between 18th and 19th centuries.  

All cartography can be downloaded with high resolution and the catalog files contain descriptions of their content and resources to surf by authors and subjects. 

On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the geographer and member of the Study Group on the History of Cartography (GEHC) Tomàs Vidal Bendito (Maó, 1941) died in Palma de Mallorca.

Disciple of the geographers Jean Bisson and Joan Vilà-Valentí, he completed his undergraduate thesis on the evolution of agriculture and rural property on the island of Menorca and the doctoral thesis on the depopulation of the countryside of Catalonia. He received his doctorate in 1974 at the Universitat de Barcelona.

He was professor of human geography at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Universitat de Barcelona. He was a founding member of the Institut Menorquí d'Estudis, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fundació Enciclopèdia de Menorca and a member of the Societat Catalana de Geografia. Specialist in population geography, he published numerous works on migratory movements, demographic transition and demographic analysis techniques. He also cultivated the field of thematic cartography creating and directing the Atlas Socioeconòmic de Catalunya (Barcelona, ​​1980-1981). During the last years he participated, as a member of the GEHC, in several research projects on the history of cartography, focusing his research on the territorial evolution of the island of Menorca and, especially, in the history of his cartographic image. A story about which he has left us a posthumous work, which we hope to see published as soon as possible.

The American Philosophical Society (APS) invites to academics from all domains to present proposals of presentations for an international and interdisciplinar conference that will focus on the power of maps and the politics of border establishment. 

The event has the title The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders and it will take place in Philadelphia, October, 10th to 12th.

The deadline to present proposals is the next March, 15th (see the announcement here and download the CFP here). The chosen people will be announced in May and they will receive help to attend to the conference. 

The conference will coincide with the exhibition Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic, that will focus on North-American cartography between 18th century and 1816 and its impact in the first construction of United States.