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).

The annual simposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) this year las by title Survey, State, Map.

It will take place in June, from 21 to 23 in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, at the University of Southern Maine.

The theme has any aspect of history of cartography. This year, organizers has asked for contributions focusing on at least two words of the title. Main themes will be, then, relate to theme cartography, census cartography, topographic cartography, border cartography, cadastral cartography... 

Now there is a programme draft in the simposium web.

In June, from 14 to 16 de, 2018, it will take place in the Centro El Teular (university headquarter of Cocentaina of Universiy of Alicante), the IX Colloquium of History of Geographical Thought organized by the Work Group of History of Geographical Thought of Spanish Geographers Association (AGE).

In this occasion, the motto is De la Geohistoria a la Geopolítica. La organización del territorio como reto geográfico, that pretends to claim the role of Geography as discipline in the discussion about the Spanish territorial model during this 40 years of autonomic state and the current democratic crisis.  

The colloquium has three axes:

  1. Territory and border: real territories-imagined territories-created territories-forgotten territories
  2. Options for a new postmaterial solidarity: cohesion and covenant culture
  3. Options for a new Spanish territorial model: possible methodologies


  • Enrollment: January, 8.
  • Reception of papers: April, 23.
  • Acceptation: May, 7
  • Enrollment with reduction: May, 11
  • End of enrollment: June, 1. 

 The first call for papers is available to download and the enrollment in the new published by AGE.

The organisers of the internacional simposium Mapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea makes a new call for papers  (see pdf here) to participate in with contributions (papers and posters) focus on research about cartography centrados en la of Africa, Asia, Oceanía and the Americas, related to exploration and imperial activity, cnot only 19 century, but 18 century and 20 century. 

Remember: the simposium will take place in the Weston Library of Oxford in September, from 13 to 15, and it is organised by the Comisión sobre Historia de la Cartografía of the Asociación Internacional de la Cartografia (ICA), the Comisión sobre Cartografía Topográfica, also of ICA, and the Bodleian Libraries of Oxford University.


  • March, 1 2018: contribution submission
  • March, 31 2018: acceptation

Further information in http://mappingempires.icaci.org/.