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. 

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).