The next Thursday 24, it will take place the talk De l’expérimentation visuelle à la réalisation graphique : les archives du laboratoire de cartographie de Jacques Bertin, 1954-2000, that the curators Nadine Gastaldi y Emmanuelle Giry (Archives nationales) and the researcher Anne-Lyse Renon (LIAS - IMM) (EHESS/CNRS UMR 8178) will present.

It will be at 6:00 P.M at the  Institut national du Patrimoine (auditorium de la Galerie Colbert – 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris).

There, they will talk about the main contributions of Jacques Bertin to science and the cartographic production in the second half of 20th, and the public can know in first hand the archives conserved in the laboratory of cartography that Bertin directed and was opened between 1957 and 2000.

Further information in INP.

From May, 16 to September, 3 of 2018 it will take place, in the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet (París), the exhibition Le monde vu d’Asie.

It is an exhibition of cartography that relates the visitaron of the world and its history from the Asiatic point of view. 

Despite the different traditions, there are common traces that led to cosmographic constructions, peregrination routes, itineraries od discoveries, huge imperial deeds, urban projects and colonial expansions. All cultural phenomena and social practices that define Asia placed, yesterday as well as today, in the center of the world.

Publication of Pierre Singaravélou i Fabrice Argounès (2018): Le monde vu d'Asie. Une histoire cartographique (link) has been made.

Further information here.

Twittered by Fabrice Argounès @fabricea.

Enrique d’Almonte (1858 – 1917) was a very famous cartographer and civil geographer. 

He made some of the best maps of Spanish colonies thanks to its ability for mesure and cartographic draw in bad situations and with few material, and its qualities as explorer, someone interested in aspects like linguistic, geology, botanic, ectnography, etc.His work embraces cartography from Philippines, Guinea Ecuatorial and the Spanish Sahara.

Now we can know him thanks to the article published in Scripta Nova by José Antonio Rodríguez Esteban and Alicia Campos Serrano, both of them from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

You will find an abstract in GeocritiQ, where we have discovered it. 

Also it is interesting review his work at the bibliographic data portal of National Library of Spain (link).

Bárbara Polo Martín, GEHC member, has just presented her new book Juan Ponce de León through the sources in the journey about editorial novelties that took place at the Geography and History Faculty of Barcelona University.

In this book about the famous explorer of 16th century, first governor of Puerto Rico and discoverer of Florida, the author deepens in his life through different sources, including cartography of that time.  

Wonderful, funny and didactic example of a cartographic object that is an animated map: the division of Hungary kingdom after the Trianon Treaty of 1920.

By @crouchrarebooks

The maps are, among other things, a way of expression that overcomes everything following the communication of geographic information. It has been used as way of propaganda, critic, sarcastic goals or even for describing non geographic concepts as love. In the imagen appears simbolically, as a stronghold, the resistance to a lovely party (link toMatthaeus Seutter map, 1730 inside the  Persuasive Maps collection).

A wonderful source of this kind of cartography is the collection of the American lawyer PJ Mode, that contains 800 maps called Persuasive cartography, but also it could be calificaste as Retoric cartography, suggestive cartography, etc..The collection is conserved at  Cornell University and it is available on Internet (link).

The theme is developed in the Verne of El País supplement.

It is well known that mathematics are essencial for cartography. Less known the contribution of this last one to the mathematic development.  

An interesting example is the postulation of the Graph theory made by Leonhard Euler in 1735, when he faced to the problem of the seven bridges of Königsberg (currently Kaliningrad): how visit every district of the city without crossing more than once each bridge and coming back to the starting point. 

Inhabitants of the Prussian city debated this as an entertainment during their Sunday walks. Euler, however, was interested in the problem because he observed similarities to the theory called geometry situs, introduced by Leibnitz. From debating the problem, a general theory was developed. It was the first application of what today is known as topology: show that it can not be crossed each bridge once. 

See in My Mappy Place. It is well developed in Mathematical Association of America.

Illustrarion is from the original work of Euler: Solutio problematis ad geometriam situs pertinentis (1735).

The Work Group of public Spanish-Portuguese map libraries (Ibercarto) will make a meeting in the Faculdade de Ciências de l'Universidade do Porto in November 2018, from 15 to 17.

The motto is Cartography: knowledge source and knowledge instrument.

It will be structured in different blocks:

  • Technical treatment of new cartographic resources 
  • Practices and instruments of access to archives and university map libraries
  • Preserve and conservation of cartographic resources 
  • Diffusion of information from productor perspective 
  • Cartography as science: the role of map libraries 
  • Treatment of thematic cartography in map libraries: the case of geologic maps 
  • Digital cartography
  • Historical cartography
  • Other technical, social and historical aspects of cartography and the management of cartographic floors d

There is a call for papers for presenting proposals  until June 2018, 30.

Further information in the website.

It is just available the programming of the Second International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts that will take place in the Instituto Hidrográfico of Lisbon on June,  7th and 8th.

The meeting is organised by the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) and it will focus on different aspects of the research about medieval portolans: current state of knowledge about the map making of the first one, about its evolution and role as help in navigation. Also, questions will be made such as the use of cartometric analysis techniques and others that help to the study of this cartography.

The access is free but it requieres enrolment here.

The David Rumsey Map Center, of Stanford University, is preparing the meeting Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900 that will take place in February, 14 and 15 of 2019.

The David Rumsey invites to participate with presentations that focus on authors and maps that propose alternative representations of the reality, based on social or personal imaginary, local level as well as global level.

Presentations must have specific maps, made between 1500 and 1900. Possible themes of exploration include utopias and distopias,  power projections and territorial reclamations, future or past alternative maps, territories not represented, monsters and magic places, etc. 

Papers will be sent before June, 1st of 2018 and they have to have an abstract of 300 words, high quality images and a curriculum vitae.

Més informació aquí o al Call for Papers (PDF).