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Invitation to Pre-ICC Workshop on Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their jointly organised workshop held before the 29th International Cartographic Conference on 15 July 2019.

Location: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Room Uranus

Programme

The workshop programme is provisional and might be subject to change. Check the workshop website for updates.

  • 10:00–10:15 Walk in with coffee/tea
  • 10:15–10:30 Opening address by the organizers 

Session I – Eastern Cartographic Practices and their Echo in the West

  • 10:30–11:05 World image of early modern Japan, Professor Hirotada Kawamura
  • 11:05–11:40 Early modern maps of Japan as sources of Western cartography of East Asia during the 18th and 19th century, Professor Shigeru Kobayashi
  • 11:40–12:15 Early Chinese Bronze Ritual Vessel Cartography: How Trees, Mounds, Spirals, and Ponds Were Used to Document Early China’s Landscape, Bruce Jones

12:15–13:30 Lunch break (on your own)

Session II – From Tradition to Modernity: Diverse Cartographic Cultures in India

  • 13:30–14:05 Cartographic history of India: Mapping India from the early modern ages till 20th century, Ankita Medhi
  • 14:05–14:40 The role of cartography in tiger conservation of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India, Bhanwar Vishvendra Raj Singh

14:40–15:00 Coffee break

Session III – Between the Old and The New World: A Cartographic Encounter

  • 15:00–15:35 How East and West Cartographic Studies Influenced the Most Important 16th Century Ottoman Cartographer of Piri Reis and His World Maps, Aytaç Yürükçü
  • 15:35–16.05 Jesuit View of Americas: A Cultural Encounter in the New World, Mirela Altić
  • 16:05–16:15 Closing remarks

 

Map Exhibitions

Two exhibitions concerned with the history of cartography are being held during the ICC in Tokyo. The first is an exhibit at the National Diet Library (NDL) located in the central part of Tokyo. On display are seven sets of maps which were selected from the collection of NDL as notable examples of Japanese early modern maps. Second is a special exhibition of maps of Japan by Sekisui Nagakubo (1717-1801) focusing on the role of his maps in the transition of the Western geographical image of Japan when they were brought to Europe. The exhibit is being held at the Koga Historical Museum, Koga City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Both exhibitions are announced on the ICC homepage as Technical Visits on Wednesday 17 July as T-Course B. For more information on the exhibitions see http://www.icc2019.org/technical_visits.html

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/tokyo-2019

Save the Date & Call for Papers for the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm

On 21-23 April 2020 the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul will jointly host the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography. The venue will be the Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square.

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Since its massive expansion under Sultans Selim I (1512-20) and Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-66), the Ottoman Empire extended from the Algerian shores to Georgia in the Caucasus and from Hungary in the heart of Europe to Yemen on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Albeit in a long decline thereafter, the core of this multi-cultural conglomerate survived into the early 20th century, before it finally disintegrated after World War I. Throughout these five centuries, the Ottomans deeply influenced these heterogeneous countries with at times closer or looser ties to the metropolis Constantinople, leaving a multi-faceted cartographic legacy behind.

The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20th centuries. The symposium will focus on two main themes:

1) “Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa”

  • Ottoman cartography (maps and charts, city and cadastral plans, thematic maps)
  • Foreign cartography of Ottoman countries
  • Geodesy and surveying methods developed under Ottoman rule and by foreign cartographers working in these areas
  • The impact of the military on the development of cartography
  • Cartographic collections in the former Ottoman countries and around the world

2) “Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries”

  • Technical and conceptual development of archaeological cartography, from the earliest site plans to the introduction of GIS and 3D reconstructions
  • Dichotomy between “accurate” cartographic representation and archaeological interpretation when mapping manmade artefacts, features and landscapes
  • Relationship between cartography, archaeology and the military

The venue of the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography will be the Library of the German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul in the heart of the city next to Taksim Square. To explore the city and its cartographic heritage, optional technical and social tours are planned.

Submission guidelines

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 November 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2019

All submissions must be sent electronically via the online submission system on the conference website. Please find all details here.

As with previous international symposia the organizers plan to publish accepted and presented papers and posters in the ICA series “History of Cartography” by Springer (Heidelberg et al.).

Questions regarding submissions can be addressed to:

The event is jointly organized by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Department Istanbul. For more information on the symposium and for the submission of abstracts please visit history.icaci.org/istanbul-2020.

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Announcement of the Pre-ICC Workshop on Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their joint international preconference workshop: Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other. The workshop will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, on 15 July 2019. The workshop is open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography and topographic mapping.

The joint organizers invite papers on both western and eastern cartographic practice from a historical perspective, from the early modern era until the early 20th century. Themes include how each of these cartographic traditions developed over time, how they understood and mapped their own space but also how they mapped and saw Others, and how these diverse cartographic cultures and practices around the globe contributed to the dissemination of geographic knowledge.

Although the Symposium will primarily focus on these themes, submissions of high quality on endeavors in other fields of cartographic history and topographic mapping will also be considered.

Venue

The intended venue is the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, located in the beautiful Tokyo bay area. The Museum is equipped with an excellent space for our conference sessions, map exhibition and technical exhibition. The conference venue is surrounded by more than 3 000 hotel rooms within walking distance.

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (25 min + 5 min for questions and discussion). These need to reach the organisers by 30 March 2019. You can submit your abstract here.

Registration

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography and topographic mapping but requires participants to register. Registration will be open until the available seating is allocated and is free of charge. Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main ICC conference to be able to attend the workshop. You can register for the workshop here.

Contact

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to:

  • Mirela Altic – Vice-Chair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: mirela.altic(at)gmail.com
  • Alexander Kent – Chair ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping: alexander.kent(at)canterbury.ac.uk

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/tokyo-2019

Invitation to workshop Controlling the Waters: Seas, Lakes and Rivers on Historic Maps and Charts

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It is a tradition that the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) jointly organize a pre-ICHC event. For the 28th ICHC they have teamed up with the Map Collection of Utrecht University and will together host a workshop focusing on the cartography of water.

  • Date: 12 July 2019
  • Place: Utrecht University, University Library, Boothzaal and Map Collection, The Netherlands

Fresh and salt waters are a key lifeline for all civilizations but at the same time can also threaten human habitats. Over the centuries, people have ventured out to navigate and explore the waters, while also putting systems in place to manage and control them. This has resulted in numerous categories of water-related maps such as portolan charts, maritime and river cartography, hydrographic surveys, VOC charts, polder maps etc. The workshop will offer a forum to discuss this rich variety in cartographic heritage.

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (25 minutes plus Q&A) focusing on the human interaction with water from a historical perspective.

  • Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: December 2018

You can submit your abstract here.

Registration

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography but requires participants to register. Registration will be open until the available seating is allocated and will be free of charge.

For more information on the workshop please visit history.icaci.org/utrecht-2019

2nd Call for Papers for the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping Empires Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea

You still have until 1 March to submit an abstract for the international symposium Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea, which will be held from 13–15 September 2018 in Oxford (UK) and is jointly organised by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford.

Besides its scientific programme, the symposium will also include a nice array of social events, namely an ice-breaker reception, a maps and rare books exhibit and reception at Christ Church Library, a guided tour of Oxford, a conference dinner and a full-day visit to nearby Blenheim Palace.

For more information please visit the symposium website at mappingempires.icaci.org.

Invitation to the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping Empires Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford are happy to invite you to their joint international symposium Mapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. This is already the 7th event in a series of two-yearly symposia on the History of Cartography.

  • Date: 13–15 September 2018
  • Place: Weston Library, Oxford, UK

To explore the city, its surroundings and its cartographic heritage, optional technical and social tours are planned.

Call for Contributions

The organizers invite contributions (papers and posters) investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and  led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today.

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2018

As with previous international symposia the organizers plan to publish accepted and presented papers and posters in the ICA series “History of Cartography” by Springer (Heidelberg et al.); for the recently published Proceedings of the previous 6th International Symposium held in Dubrovnik in October 2016 please see www.springer.com/us/book/9783319615141

For more information on the symposium and for the submission of abstracts please visit mappingempires.icaci.org

Call for Articles: “A Terrible Mother Of Invention” – Cartographic Progress during World War I (1914-18)

To commemorate the centenary of the end of what then was called the ‘Great War to end all wars’ (H.G. Wells 1914) from a cartographical perspective, the International Journal of Cartography (IJoC) has invited the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography to guest edit a special issue to appear in November 2018.

The emphasis of the special issue will be on how the first truly global and industrialized war helped to emerge new ways to capture survey data, speed up processing and printing and, last but not least, introducing significant map series. For that focus on technologies and resulting cartographic products, maps on diplomacy and propaganda are intentionally outside the scope of the special issue.

Alongside already solicited contributions the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography does invite expressions of interest by way of submitting brief abstracts on two categories of articles:

  • Overview papers of national scope (about 10-16 pages in print according to the IJoC guidelines on the manuscript) and
  • Papers on special topics (about 4-8 pages in print) either with a regional focus (e.g. the Gallipoli Campaign) or a topical focus (e.g. emergence of aeronautical charts).

For overview papers of national scope special consideration will be given to the following national cartographies of war:

  • United Kingdom (Western Front and other theatres of war)
  • France (Western Front and other theatres of war)
  • Russia (Eastern Europe and Caucasus Front)
  • Italy
  • Japan

To conceptualize a contribution please note that each page in the special issue equals about 700 words, will be printed in full color and that thus a half page size figure takes up about 350 words.

Abstracts should be up to 500 words, plus a brief biographical notice. Abstracts (and subsequently accepted articles) should be written in English.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts: October 17, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance for the Special Issue: October 31, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of manuscript, incl. all attachments (figures): March 31, 2018

All questions and submissions should be sent electronically to the guest editor: Prof. Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (Chair of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography)

An overview over the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshops

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Many ICA commissions use the days before the ICC conference for dedicated workshops on their fields of research. This year, the following workshops will take place:

Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Different Fields – One Cartography

Supporting sustainable development with geoinformation management and modern maps: things you hardly consider

Workshop on Maps & Emotions

Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Standards, Open Source and Open Data for Geospatial (SDI-Open 2017)

Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory & Standardization in Map Projections

  • Date: July 2
  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Involved commission: Map Projections

Disaster Management, Big Data, Services and Cartographic Representation

Preserving Map Production Methodology Information

Invitation to the ICA Pre-Conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

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In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2–7 July 2017 (http://icc2017.org/), the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division and the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases would like to invite you to attend their joint pre-conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases.

The workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC (USA), from Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June 2017.

Call for Papers

  • Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2017

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on any topic of merit addressing at least one of the subjects of the partnering ICA Commissions. The abstracts should be between 200 and 500 words long, written in English and provided as a Word file using this template. A brief biographical note should also be provided at the end of the abstract. Each author, either as sole author or co-author, may only submit one paper proposal; each paper has to be an original contribution that has not been published or presented before.

All submissions must be sent electronically via the online submission system. When submitting, authors will also be asked to indicate their interest to write a full paper after the conference which – if enough authors are interested – will be published in a dedicated conference volume.

Please find more information and updates on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017

Invitation to the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West

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Leiden University Libraries and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography kindly invite you to attend the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West on 15–16 September 2017 in Leiden, Netherlands.

The central theme of the conference is the mutual influence of Western and Asian cartographic traditions. The focus will be on where Western and Asian cartographic history meet. Geographically, the topics will be limited to South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia with special attention to India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

  • Topics and questions which will be discussed are:
  • What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map
  • Asian cartographic traditions
  • Asian toponomy and cartography
  • Cartography and intercultural contact
  • Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia
  • Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan
  • and all papers of merit

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During the symposium Leiden University Library will expose several exhibitions. The Asian collections of the special collections are internationally famous. The Bodel Nijenhuis Collection has large numbers of historical VOC maps. The Indonesia collection has many maps of the 19th and 20th century and includes the collections from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The Siebold collection contains a lot of Japanese maps and the collection of the Sinology Institute holds several Chinese maps.

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The symposium is held within the framework of the Leiden Asia Year. Throughout 2017, Leiden will be the leading center for Asia in terms of research, teaching, collections and expertise. The Leiden Asia Year 2017 was prompted by the building of the Asian Library on the roof of the University Library. The Asian Library will be opened on 14 September 2017. Participants are kindly invited to attend the opening of the Asian Library, the day before the symposium starts.

Fore more information, please consult the workshop website: blogs.library.leiden.edu/mappingasia

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