First Symposium on the origin of charts

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First International Workshop 

On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts 

 

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS 

 

The Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) invites paper proposals for the First International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts, to be held June 6-7, 2016, at the National Library of Portugal, Lisbon. 

 

Submission instructions 

  • All submissions are to be sent via email to portmeeting@ciuhct.org by December 15th, 2015, with the email subject ‘Portolan Chart Meeting Lisbon 2016’. 
  • Submissions should include a 300-400 word abstract and a 150-200 word curricular note, highlighting previous work on the subject. The two texts are to be sent in a single Microsoft Word file. 
  • The themes of the proposals should comply with the workshop’s objectives. Please check here for a list of suggested themes: http://ciuhct.org/events/portmeeting/Themes.htm 
  • The working language of the event is English, including all texts and public presentations. 
  • The proposals are to be assessed by a scientific committee. The results will be notified during January, 2016
  • One (or possibly two) of the selected papers will be the object of round-table discussions, to be held after their presentation. The authors of the chosen papers will be asked to prepare extended abstracts to be pre-circulated among the participants. 
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Suggested workshop themes 

  • When, where and by whom were the first portolan charts constructed?
  • How the first portolan charts were constructed: using navigational information provided by pilots or otherwise?
  • How were portolan charts updated and evolved/improved over time?
  • Why were the first portolan charts constructed: for navigational purposes or otherwise?
  • How were portolan charts used to support navigation in the Mediterranean?
  • How can modern analytical and modelling cartometric techniques be used to improve our knowledge about the origin and evolution of portolan charts?
  • How can other modern analytical techniques, such as the analysis of manuscripts under special lighting, Carbon-14 and others, be used to improve our knowledge about the origin and evolution of portolan charts?
  • How can our knowledge about paleomagnetism help to better understand how portolan charts were constructed and evolved over time?
  • What is the current state of knowledge about the origin problem and how did such state of knowledge evolve over time?

 

For more information and updates please visit our website at http://ciuhct.org/events/portmeeting/Index.htm