Two web sources very recomendable to be updated about the main editorial novelties directed to people interested in history of cartography, between two:  

  • The blog The Map Room maintains a list of books, basically in English, organised by months of 2017 in this web, the most part of them with a comment of the author of the blog, in Jonathan Crowe.
  • In the Spanish area we must highlight the GEO books section of the blog Nosolosig. All comments and the most part of them can be downloaded.  

The next meeting edition of experts in digital manipulation of cartographic heritage , la 13th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH), will tale place inMadrid in April 2018, from 18 to 20.

The place will be the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) with the colaboración of the Sociedad Española de Cartografía, Fotogrametría y Teledetección (SECFT).

Some dates to take into account:

  • January 2018, 15: deadline of proposals
  • January 2018, 20: Acceptation of proposals
  • March 2018, 10: deadline to send completed articles. 

Theme and further information in the website.

We propose you for this autumn five exhibitions of ancient cartography: 

Guadalquivir. Mapas y Relatos de un Río. Imagen y Mirada

The General Archive of Indias (Sevilla) welcomes this exhibition, that it takes places because of the 90th anniversary of  the Hydrographic Confederation of Hidrográfica del Guadalquivir, from October, 10 to March, 18. 

It is complemented with a virtual exhibition of ExpoBus.

Catalunya als mapes dels segles XVII i XVIII

Exhibition room of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Biblioteca de Comunicació i Hemeroteca General) from October, 23 to December, 15.

The exhibitions makes a chronological travel for the representations of the territory of Catalonia and Barcelona from a selection of maps and views from the Martí Gelabertó Collection of ancient maps of Cartoteca General, created with the donation of the historian Martí Gelabertó.

Cartografías de lo desconocido. Mapas en la BNE

The Spanish National Library (Sala Recoletos, Madrid) shows, from November, 3 to January, 28, a exhibition of more than 200 works of invaluable value about the ancient cartographic world.  

It offers also a serie of videos and a gallery of images.

Ecúmene: La evolución de la imagen del Mundo

The National Geogrpahic (Casa del Mapa, Madrid) shows until April, 6 of 2018, a chronological serie of cartographic documents that ilustrarte the changes, through 2.500 years, about the world image. 

You can download the exhibition catalog. A lot of images are in the 2018 calendar of the IGN.

La Cartografía en la Guerra Civil española. Colección de la Universitat de València
Virtual exhibition of Universitat de València with a show of the collection of its Civil War cartoteca.

It has just published the presented works in the 6° Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (6siahc) that took place in Santiago de Chile in April, 19, 20 and 21, 2016.

The volume has the title "Memorias del 6º Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía. Del mundo al mapa y del mapa al mundo: objetos, escalas e imaginarios del territorio".

It has compiled by Alejandra Vega Palma and published by the Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

It has 582 pages and it can be download here.

Visit Nosolosig.

It is offered a fellowship to do the PhD in History of Cartography in the framework of the European project “MEDEA-CHART: The Medieval and Early-Modern Nautical Chart: Birth, Evolution and Use”. The work place will be in the Faculdade de Ciências de la Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), but it will require frequently to visit national archives as well as international. 

It is required: 

  1. Experience in historical research, especially in the domains of history of science, history of cartography and history of navigation.  
  2. Knowledge of portuguese. 
  3. Knowledge of other romanic languages, even latin.  
  4. Knowledge of programation. 

The fellowship will start February, 1st 2018 or as soon as possible after this day. 

You can apply until November, 26th 2017. 

Further information in this web or about MEDEA-CHART this link.

From September 13 to 15 of 2018 it will take place in the Weston Library of Oxford, the international simposiumMapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea organized by the Comissió sobre Història de la Cartografia of International Cartographic  Association (ICA), the Comissió sobre Cartografia Topogràfica, of the ICA too, and the Bodleian Libraries of Oxford University.

Now it is opened the deadline to present contributions (papers and posters) focus on the research about cartografía de África, Asia, Oceanía and America cartography, link to exploration and imperialist activity during, but not only, the 19th century (it is means from middle 18th to middle 20th).  The ascend of european hegemony was developed at the same time of scientific progress that made possible the evolution of topographic maps, hydrographic charts and thematic maps. These colonial cartographies generated a rich heritage of maps that continue influencing in the style and ways of creating current maps. 

Important data:

  • March, 1 of 2018: lend of deadline
  • March, 30 of 2018: accepted papers and posters

Further information in

The organization of 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers, that will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from July, 16 to 20 of 2018, has announced the deadlined extended in two areas:

  • It could be presented papers and sessions until October, 28.
  • It could be presented posters until November, 11.

In order to register, you can go directly to the web.

Te organization offers help to pay the assistance. Further information here.


Contributions are welcome on any aspect of historical geography, including focused empirical, theorical and historiographical contributions to historical geography and related fields including history of cartography, history of science and environment history.   

The Harley fellowships-the only in this type in Europe-consists in a help for working in the area of history of cartography from the old map collections existing in United Kingdom.  

The help could be until four weeks (normally of 400 libres per week). The are though for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers until five years of work. 

Data limit to present the candidature is the next November, 1.

Further information in the website or in the candidature.

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.