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2013 ISHM Symposium


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1st ISHM Symposium and Annual General Meeting click the link above!

Date: June 30 (Saturday), 2012, Place:  Budapest, Hungary, Venue:  Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University,

Address: 1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a

Preliminary Programme

The symposium is open to all interested, but as seats are limited, online registration is required. Registration fee is EURO 20. 00, including buffett lunch.


9.30 Registration

10.00 Prof Roger Kain, CBE FBA, Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Studies, University of London:

Report on the progress of Volume 5 in the History of Cartography monograph series

10.30 Prof. Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine; Director, History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin–Madison

A processual history of cartography

The “new” map history has pursued two themes: to read maps as cultural texts and to place maps into their social contexts. Rejecting presumptions of cartographic progress and focusing on specific sets of maps, socio-cultural historians have adopted a synchronic approach. There is thus no opportunity for diachronic studies of the long-term development of the processes (practices and discourses) of mapping, which is to say of the production, circulation, and consumption of maps. This presentation uses a case study of the transatlantic circulation of British geographical maps in the eighteenth century to show how a processual “history of the map” — which parallels the “history of the book” — is needed to frame properly textual and contextual studies properly.

Matthew Edney is broadly interested in the history of map history and in the nature of cartography in the eighteenth century and in imperial contexts; his specific work addresses the multiple cartographies of colonial New England and North America. He is coeditor, with Mary Pedley, of Cartography in the European Enlightenment, Volume Four of the History of Cartography, and author of Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765-1843 (Chicago, 1997), The Origins and Development of J. B. Harley’s Cartographic Theories (Cartographica 40, nos. 1 & 2 [2005]: Monograph 54), and numerous articles, book chapters, and websites.

11.00 Dr Leif Isaksen, Lecturer in Digital Humanities, University of Southampton:

On the Motivation and Sources of Ptolemy's Geōgraphikē Hyphēgēsis

Claudius Ptolemy's Geōgraphikē Hyphēgēsis, commonly referred to as the Geography, forms one of our only extant works of ancient cartography and is by far the richest and most complex. While the nature its source material and purpose have remained unclear, it is commonly assumed that Ptolemy drew heavily upon his predecessor Marinos of Tyre for both methods and data. This paper argues that a combination of close reading and digital visualization methods present an entirely different picture. Marinos's geographic compilations largely provide a geodetic framework to which Ptolemy adds an enormous amount of detail drawn from multiple chorographic sources. These sources can be clearly distinguished in the data, enabling us to treat them separately, thereby opening up new avenues of research in ancient geography and chorography, including the work of Marinos.

Leif Isaksen is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Southampton. His projects include Google Ancient Places, which uses automated methods to identify and visualize place references in online classical literature, and Pelagios, a consortium of archaeological and classical resource providers connected by Linked Open Geodata. He also coordinates the ESF-funded NeDiMAH working group on Digital Approaches to Space and Time in the Humanities.

11.30 - 12.00 Discussion

12.00 - 14.00 Lunch break (buffet lunch,  included in the registration fee!)

14. 00 - 15.30 Annual General Meeting (ISHM members only)

Accommodation / Programs in Budapest:

Our partner in making arrangements for the symposium is Aktiv Tours Ltd, Budapest, a reliable local travel agency, and we recommend their services with regard to your travel,  economic accommodation in hotels near the venue, and other touristic programmes (for details see the ICA Symposium's Registration Form and the information below.) Please, contact: Ms. Eszter Hanácsek, e-mail:

18.00 ISHM - ICA joint Symposiums' Dinner

ISHM members are cordially invited to join ICA historians of cartography and visit a unique Hungarian restaurant on Saturday evening (30 June, 2012) in the city of Budapest. A set meal (three-course meal, with a glass of wine and a piece of Strudel) as well as a presentation of traditional Strudel making (with your participation): EURO 28.00. (Additional drinks are extra.)

To register for the dinner (and the programmes and tours below) please, download the ICA Symposium's registration from the ICA symposium's website.

Please, note that the AGM of the new International Society for the History of the Map will take place after the ICA History of Cartography Commission's 4th International Symposium,'Exploration, Discovery, Cartography'. More information on the 2012 Budapest ICA Symposium can be found at This meeting will be attended by several high-profile historians of cartography and ISHM members are invited to join. Full conference registration: EURO 90.00.


A one day post-symposium coach tour, with a special cartographic programme, on Sunday, 1 July, 2012.  Budapest - Esztergom (Danube Museum- special museum tour and map exhibition, Cathedral, Castle) - Visegrad (Royal Palace, Renaissance Dinner) - Szentendere (Artists'Town) - Budapest.Lunch: Royal Feast (three courses meal, red or white wine, refreshments, coffee inclusive). Air-conditioned, luxury coach, English-speaking guide. Planned arrival time back to Budapest approx. 6 p.m.). Minimum number of participants: 20 persons. EURO 65.00/person

To register for tour please, download the ICA Symposium's registration from the ICA symposium's website.

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