28th International Conference on the History of Cartography in Amsterdam, 14 – 19 July 2019

Call for papers

The International Conference of History of Cartography 2019 is organized and hosted by the Special Collections department of the University of Amsterdam and the Explokart Research Group, in close collaboration with Imago Mundi Ltd and with several Dutch academic institutions, museums and libraries. If you are not familiar with the nature of the International Conferences on the History of Cartography, please read the ICHC statements of purpose and scope.

The conference is entitled Old Maps, New Perspect­ives. Studying the History of Cartography in the 21st Century. Proposals for individual papers, special sessions, participatory workshops and poster presentations are welcome on various aspects of the history of cartography, listed in the following conference themes:

  1. The Production and Circulation of Maps in the Past Papers and sessions with reflections on key issues related to the production and circulation of maps, including the need for spatial data in society, evolutions in orientation and navigation practices, the materiality of maps, progress in land surveying, printing techniques, map publishing, etc.
  2. Multifunctional and Multimedia Maps Sessions in which the various uses (and users) of maps in the past will be analysed and juxtaposed: institutional, official, commercial, military, secret, instrumental (maps and civil engineering), ideologi­cal, private, commemorative, intellectual (maps in education and science), collectable (histories of map collecting), etc.
  3. Maps in the Digital World Primarily methodological sessions exploring the uses and values of digital techniques that enhance our understanding of maps and their role in past and present­ day societies, and examining maps from the past as sources in applied research, e.g. for training in digital mapping, demonstrating the possibilities of 3D applications, and providing access to maps for a wider audience.
  4. Maps and Water Sessions focusing on the production and use of maps of seas and rivers, both of which have featured importantly in the history of the Nether­ lands, including mapping in relation to discoveries and overseas trade, in marine navigation, and in aid of living below sea level (dike and polder maps, water management, land reclamation, irrigation works, etc.).
  5. Any other aspect of the history of cartography

Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday 15 October 2018. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal by Friday 18 January 2019. Please read carefully and follow the guidelines for submitting a proposal.

The full conference registration fee will be approxi­mately 350 euros, plus any optional charges for the farewell dinner and post­conference tour. Reduced fees (early bird, student, daily pass, accompanying persons) will be announced when the conference registration opens in November 2018. Young scholars are encouraged to apply for travel grants offered by the J.B. Harley Research Fellowships, Inc.

Please feel free to forward this call to anyone you think might be interested. We look forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam in July 2019.



Prof. Dr. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze / Marleen Smit MA Special Collections – University of Amsterdam

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