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Announcement of the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

Portolan Charts

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital announces the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 6–7 June 2016. The workshop is organized by the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon (CIUHCT) and the Navy Museum (Museu de Marinha).

Objectives

  • To assess the current state of knowledge and the range of opinion about the following aspects of research into the medieval portolan chart: When, where, how and why were the earliest portolan charts constructed?
  • How did the portolan charts evolve over time?
  • Were the portolan charts used in marine navigation and, if so, how; if not, what was their likely function?
  • To clarify the role of cartometric analytical techniques in the study of portolan charts.
  • To bring any other method to bear on these problems, such as the analysis of inks and parchments, special lighting to detect marks of use and to decipher illegible elements, and any other relevant approaches.

Organizing committee

 
The Call for Papers will be opened in October 2015. The programme will be published in March 2016.

Please find more information on the workshop website.

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