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Survey, State, Map - 2018   ISHMap   Symposium

14–16 June 2018

Preliminary Invitation

Organized by ISHMap in cooperation with the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
University of Southern Maine, Portland, Me., USA

We invite proposals for the 2018 conference of the International Society for the History of the Map, to be held at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, 14–16 June 2018.

We welcome proposals for presentations or posters on any topic in map history, i.e., on any aspect of the production, circulation, consumption, and curation of early maps. But we especially seek proposals that address two or more of the conference’s three keywords. Preferred topics would therefore include histories of thematic maps and mapping, territorial (topographical) mapping, boundary mapping, cadastral mapping, and so on.

Please note that we consider an early map to be any map no longer used for its intended purpose, so that the scope of map history can embrace the recent as well as distant past.

Please note:

• the formal CFP will be issued in October 2017

• the deadline for proposal submission will be 15 January 2018

• or more information, please go to or




Symposium participants in front of the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon (photo by Z. Török)

2016  ISHMap Symposium
'Encounters and Translations:
Mapping and Writing the Waters of the World'

Friday, 3rd and Saturday, 4th June 2016, Auditório, National Library of Portugal, Lisbon


Organized in cooperation with the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT)
and the National Library of Portugal 

Local Organizing Committee

Thomas Horst, Chair (Trustee and Postdoc at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology [CIUHCT], University of Lisbon)
Antonio Sánchez Martínez (CIUHCT, University of Lisbon)
João Carlos García (University of Porto and CIUHCT, University of Lisbon)
Maria Joaquina Esteves Feijão (Curator of the Maps at the National Library of Portugal)

Scientific Committee
Antti Jakobson (Trustee, Finland),
Júnia Ferreira Furtado (Trustee, Brazil),
Mary Sponberg Pedley (ISHMap member, USA)
Petra Svatek (Trustee, Austria)
Emmanuelle Vagnon (Trustee, France)

The programme is now online! Download here...
...or read it online below! By clicking the title of each of the papers you can read its abstract.

The ISHMap symposium will be followed by the First International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts, which will take place in the Navy Museum in Lisbon on 6‑7 June 2016. For more information see


Download the 2016 ISHMap Symposium Leaflet here!

Download the 2016 ISHMap Symposium Practical arrangement doc here!
(or read it online below)


Friday, 3rd June 2016

09:30–10:15               Opening Session with Sarah Tyacke (Chair of ISHMap), Thomas Horst (Local Organizer and trustee of ISHMap) and keynote by Henrique Leitão: Moving beyond borders: from the history of cartography to the history of science

10:1511:15               Session 1: Indigenous Cartography (Chair: Thomas Horst)

                                    Kathryn Marie Hudson: Changing Tides: Cartographic Depictions of Water as Reflections of Cultural Change in Ancient Mexico

                                    Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann: Islands as Mountains standing out from the Sea: The Case of Kunlun Islands in Chinese Cartography

11:1511:30               Break

11:3013:00               Session 2: Encounters and translations in overseas Cartography (Chair: Petra Svatek)

                                    Iris Kantor: Cartographic Representations of the South Atlantic in the luso-brazilian cartography: cartographers and spatial dynamics in the slave trade XVIII–XIX

                                    Tarik Tansu Yiğit: Mapping the “Eastern Frontier”: American Explorers around the African Waters during 1870s

                                    Ana Roque: Surveying and Mapping Lands and Waters in Mozambique in late 19th century

13:0014:30               Lunchbreak

14:3016:00               Session 3: Cartography of Rivers (Chair: Zsolt TÖRÖK)

                                    Gonçalo Matos Ramos – André Oliveira-Leitão – Luís Ribeiro Gonçalves: The Muluya River as a millennia-old frontier: representations of the Algarve and the construction of geographic knowledge (14th–16th centuries)

                                    Blythe Alice Raviola: «Come dimostra il congiunto disegno»: Sketches, drawings and maps of the Po river in Early Modern Italy

                                    David Ramírez Palacios: Rafael Reyes and the Putumayo or Içá River: Amazon explorations, cartography and diplomacy (1874–1909)

16:0016:45               Break (with the possibility to see cartographic treasures of the BNP)

16:4518:00               ISHMap Annual General Meeting


Saturday, 4th June 2016

09:3010:30               Session 4: Nautical Charts and the Cartography of the Ocean                                     (Chair: Emmanuelle Vagnon)

                                    Gregory C. McIntosh – Joaquim Alves Gaspar: The Kunstmann III Chart of the Atlantic Ocean: The Oldest Known Chart of Latitudes?

                                    Joaquim Alves Gaspar – Henrique Leitão: Luís Teixeira, c. 1585: the earliest known extant chart with isogonic lines

10:3011:00               Break

11:0012:30               Session 5: Cartography of coastlines (Chair: Catherine DELANO-SMITH)

                                    Nicolas Médevielle: “The Vallard or Gandille atlas (1547), a reexamination”

                                    Wouter de Vries: Knowledge of coastlines, coastlines of knowledge. Visual epistemologies and notions of spatiality in Early Modern coastal profiles, 1585–1815

                                    Luís Tirapicos: Between Land and Sea: Cartography of the Brazilian Coastline by Jesuit Mathematicians in the 1730s

12:3014:00               Lunchbreak

14:0015:30               Session 6: Mapping waters and space (Chair: Sarah Tyacke)

                                    Mordechay Lewy: Medieval inhibitions in re-inventing the Caspian sea

                                    Tomasz Panecki: Imagination or reality? Hydrography depiction on maps of Polish lands from 16th to 19th century

                                    Lena Moser: The masters of the eighteenth-century British Navy and the production of hydrographic knowledge

15:30–15:50               Keynote by Zsolt TÖRÖK (Founding member and former Chair of ISHMap): From the Rivers to the Ocean: Marsigli’s Maps in the Shadows of the Enlightenment

15:50–16:00               Final discussion and end of the Symposium


Practical arrangements

The ISHMap symposium takes place in the Auditório at the National Library of Portugal (Campo Grande 83, 1749-081 Lisbon). It is open to all interested in the subject.
Admission is free but, due to limited space, registration is required on the ISHMap website:

Nearest underground stations (Linha Amarela/Yellow Line): Entre Campos (200 meters) and Cidade Universitária (500 meters). Train Station Entre Campos (500 meters). Access by buses, nr.°207; 701; 727; 736; 738; 744; 749 and 783.

Coffee and Lunch will be available on the premises, at the cafeteria and the restaurant of the National Library (at the cost of the participants). Further restaurants are in the region of Entre Campos and Campo Pequeno.

All papers on two days (morning and afternoon) will be given in English; each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes. Sufficient discussion time for the symposium participants will follow.

The Annual General Meeting of ISHMap will take place on Friday, 3rd June 2016 after the papers of the first day.

Local Organizers: Thomas Horst (Trustee of ISHMap and Postdoc at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology [CIUHCT], University of Lisbon), Antonio Sánchez Martínez (CIUHCT), João Carlos García (University of Porto and CIUHCT), Maria Joaquina Esteves Feijão (Curator of the Maps at the National Library of Portugal).

For further information write an email to

Short list of hotels near the Conference venue

Hotel NH Lisboa Campo Grande ****
(Campo Grande 7, 1700-087 Lisbon)
[only 300 meters to the BNP!]

VIP Executive Villa Rica Hotel ****
(Av. 5 de Octubro 295, 1600-035 Lisboa)
[600 meters to the BNP]

Holiday Inn Lisbon – Continental ****
(Rua Laura Alves 9, 1069-169 Lisboa)
[1300 meters to the BNP]

Hotel 3K Barcelona ****
(Rua Laura Alves 10, 1050-138 Lisboa)
[1300 meters to the BNP]

Turim Iberia Hotel ****
(Av. 5 de Octubro 160, 1050-062 Lisboa)
[1300 meters to the BNP]

Sana Executive Hotel ****
(Av. Conde de Valbom 56, 1050-069 Lisboa)
[2000 meters to the BNP]

Hotel Alif – Campo Pequeno ***
(Campo Pequeno, 51, 1000-081 Lisboa)
[1400 meters to the BNP]

How to get there from the Airport

A simple and cheap way of getting from the airport to the city centre is by bus. The AeroBus departs from the airport every 20 minutes (from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm) to the city centre. The closest bus stop is Campo Pequeno. You can also take the metro (blue line) from the airport and change in Saldanha to the yellow line.

Going around in Lisbon

A cheap and quick way to get around the city is the subway (Metropolitano de Lisboa, It runs daily from 6.00 am to 1.00 am and you can use it with the travel card. This rechargeable card can be purchased in all transport operators point of sale and in Payshop Agents. It can be charged with a minimum of 1,50 € and a maximum of 10,00 €.