On July, 12th of 2019, it will take place at the University of Utrecht the workshop Controlling the Waters: Seas, Lakes and Rivers on Historic Maps and Charts.

The theme will focus on the representation of cartographic heritage, from marine masses to river network; may be with the aim of managing them or risk, or in order to navigate them, to explore, etc...With the running of time, numerous categories have emerged related to these aspects: portolan charts, maritim and river cartography, etc,. The workshop will be a good opportunity to talk about them. 

Interested people in it can present abstract about 400 words until November, 30th of 2018 here.

Further information in thewebsite.

Harley grants consist of a help for working in the area of history of cartography from the collections of ancient maps that exist in United Kingdom. 

The grant can arrive to 2.000,00 €. The deadline to present the proposals is the next November, 1st.

Moreover, for the period 2018-2020 it is announced an additional grant promoved by the el Historical Geography Research Group from Royal Geographical Society. Candidates must be Ph.D students or recent doctors (no more than 5 years after having obtained the Ph.D).

Further information in the website.

Until October, 5th, public can visit the exhibition Aragón en el mapa: la imagen de Aragón a través de la cartografía (Siglos XV-XXI) in the Zaragoza Museum.

It is organized by the Geographical Institute of Aragón (IGEAR) and it is a set of around 70 maps of different times of the Aragon Autonomous Comunity. The idea is appreciated the evolution of territorial representation of Aragón from 15th century to nowadays. 

Among the main works, it must be highlighted the Map of the Kingdom of Aragón, of Juan Bautista Labaña, a charge of the Deputation of the Kingdom of Aragón, made between 1610 and 1615 and engraved in Madrid at the end of 1619 in six copper plates. 

The Newberry Library opens its annual announcement of grants for research in two modalities:  

  • Postdoctoral grants of long duration in order to be among 4 and 9 months. The amount is 4200$ per month. These grants are thought to promote individual academic research and a quality intelectual exchange though the active participation in the grant program. The deadline is November, 1st. 
  • Short duration grants  (1-2 months) directed to new doctors, candidates to docto and other titles of completaron of studies. The grant is 2500$ per month. These grants support the individual academic research based on the consultation of the Newberry Library. It is restricted to people who live and work outside of the metropolitan area of Chicago. The deadline is December, 15th.  

 Further information in the website.

The GEHC participates in the Fourth Conference of the history of cartography of Barcelona

Dates: 17 - 18 october 2018

Place: Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona.

   Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 1

   08002 Barcelona

Organized by Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona and Institut Catogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya

Collaborated by Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC)

In the last resolution of funds for projects of research by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, the GEHC has obtained funds to develop, between 2018 and 2021, the project CSO2017-87080-P Ciudad y territorio en la cartografía española: una perspectiva histórica.

This will be the eighth project financed from the beginning of the group in 1997.

Further information in our page about projects.

International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) 2019 is organized and hosted by the Special Collections department of the University of Amsterdam and the Explokart Research Group, in close collaboration with Imago Mundi Ltd and with several Dutch academic institutions, museums and libraries.

The conference is entitled Old Maps, New Perspect­ives. Studying the History of Cartography in the 21st Century.

The period has been opened to present proposals for individual works, special sessions, participatory workshops and poster presentations. On this occasion, the themes of the conference are:

  1. The Production and Circulation of Maps in the Past
  2. Multifunctional and Multimedia Maps
  3. Maps in the Digital World
  4. Maps and Water
  5. Any other aspect of the history of cartography

Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday 15 October 2018. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal by Friday 18 January 2019.

For more information, you can download the Call for Papers in PDF or visit www.ichc2019.amsterdam.

The next June, 20th and 21st the colloquium   TERRITOIRES, RÉGIONS, ROYAUMES : Le développement d’une cartographie locale et régionale dans l’Occident latin et le monde arabe (Xe-XVe siècle) will take place in Tours (Francia).

It is organised by the  Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CERS) and directed by Nathalie Bouloux (CESR), Jean-Charles Ducène (EPHE) and Stéphane Boissellier (CESCM).

The simposium will be dedicated to the cartographic representation of the territory and, in general terms, to the cartography of regional and local spaces that appeared in the 10th century in the arabic-muslim world and from 12th in the latin part. This type of cartography will have a relevant development in the lats two centuries of Middle Age.  

The goal of this conference will be the study of this cartography, its birth, forms and uses in these two different worlds.

Here could be downloaded the programme and here the poster of the event.  

The web Atlas of Barcelona is an interesting example of how take a catalogue thought to be in only in paper to digital world. 

Specifically, the work is the collection of old cartographic engravings of the city of Barcelona, made and edited by Ramon Soley and distributed by Editorial Mediterrània in two volumes in 1998:

Soley, Ramon (1998): Atles de Barcelona, 2 vol. Barcelona, Editorial Mediterrània

The web edition is very complex, has a nice design, neat, and takes advantage from potential of media.  es muy completa, tiene un diseño agradable, bien cuidado, y aprovecha el potencial del medium. The maps can be reached through three different index: numeric, onomastic and typological. Also, it is offered an estructure of twelve series of maps that allow illustrate historical moments seen by the city and reflected in the engravings, as well as representations or elements characteristics of the city.  

Moreover, the authors of the web are open, and invite to add external contributions that allow the improvement and complexion of the cartographic representation impressed of Barcelona until 1900. 

Story Maps are a new web resource that combines maps with different information, allowing compound a classic narration, chronologically ordered, with cartographic suppor. 

In this case, we have used it for a narrative genre with a high level of geographic content: diaries, books or travel chronicle.  

Two members of the GEHC, Luis Urteaga and Joan Capdevila, with the expert guide of João Garcia, have travelled the Portuguese border with Spain in the part of Galicia, showing interest for the militar part, border fortress; as well as civil part, the border outline. You can see the StoryMap in this link.

As you can observe in the last picture, ancient cartography has been also easily used. 

 StoryMap and Instamaps apps have been used, developed by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya. Cartographic data is from   OpenStreetMap. All resources are free. Todos estos recursos son gratuitos y de libre acceso.