The GEHC has participated in the 14th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH), celebrated in Tesalonica in May, from 8th to 10th,  with two conferences:

  • ROSET R., C. MONTANER, D. BARROT: How to recover and preserve hybrid map series produced at the end of the 20th century.
  • NOBAJAS A.: Towards the systematic vectorisation of historical cartography. 

You can access to the abstracts here and we wait to be able to offer soon the competed texts in publications part.

In May, from 20th to 22nd the Symposium Produire la carte : représentations transfrontalières et interculturelles de l’Antiquité à nos jours will take place in Mulhouse (France) organised by Centre de recherches sur les économies, les sociétés, les arts et les techniques (CRESAT), linked to vUniversité de Haute-Alsace (UHA).

The conference has as goal to put foward a reflexion and debate about cartographic representation of transborder and intercultural cartographic representations. The reflection wants to be articulated in three axes: time ( Which was the compatibility of intercultural phenomena with cartographic works made along the history?), space (which are intercultural or transborder phenomena depending on the study areas, creation and broadcasting of maps?) and method (how and why to make up maps including these phenomena?)

The program is available (PDF).

The access to the symposium is free but it is necessary to be on list here before May, 15th. 

Further information here.

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.