From Tuesday 30 May till Wednesday 31 May 2023 the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences will jointly host an international conference on colonial cartography. This will be organized as a hybrid event, both face-to-face at the Palace of the Academies in the centre of Brussels and via livestream.
The 21st century map image of continents beyond Europe is still decisively shaped by inherited aesthetics and content dating back to the turn from explorative to imperialist cartography. The symposium welcomes contributions (papers and posters) to analyse aspects of the imperialist Global North hegemony by investigating topographic mapping, hydrographic charting, and thematic mapping in personal, institutional, and regional case studies. The regional scope of the conference are overseas continents and seascapes within the time frame from about the Napoleonic wars to the European de-colonization in the mid-twentieth century (1940s to 1960s).
Programme & Registration
A provisional list of accepted oral and poster presentations can be found here.
Please visit history.icaci.org/brussels-2023 for more details and the link to the registration page. The early bird registration deadline is 5 May.
The conference’s scientific programme of lectures will take place all day on Tuesday 30 May and on Wednesday morning 31 May. Optional free tours are planned both on the afternoon of Wednesday 31 May, visiting the map collection of the AfricaMuseum, as well as on the morning of Thursday 1 June, for a visit to the Map room of the Royal Library of Belgium, themed “Not just Congo. Belgian colonial mapping in the 19th and 20th centuries”.
We hope to see many of you there!
Secretary ICA Commission on the History of Cartography