Forthcoming conferences in our field 2016/17

MapISH news

For further details of the events listed summarily below, for map society meetings, for individual talks, and for past events, see John Docktor's Calendar

Also consult the information for our field in the Gateway to the History of maps and cartography maintained by Tony Campbell at

The summary list below is edited from Tony Campbell's website.


January 21-23 - Katowice, Poland. Fictional Maps International Conference, at the University of Silesia’s Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library.

February 5-7 - Miami. Annual Miami International Map Fair, at HistoryMiami.

April 1-2 - Corpus Christi, Texas. Spring meeting of the Texas Map Society, at Texas A&M University.

April 1-3 - Schwerte, Germany. The 11th International Atlas Tage [Atlas Days], marking the 200th anniversary of the launch of the subscription for "Stieler's Handatlas". Additonal information from Jürgen Espenhorst (panverlag(at)

April 20-22 - Santiago, Chile. 6° Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (6SIAHC), “Del mundo al mapa y del mapa al mundo: objetos, escalas e imaginarios del territorio”, at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Católica de Chile.

 April 20-22 - Riga, Latvia. 11th Conference of the series Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage; to run jointly with the 20th Conference of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group (MAGIC), “The one who wants to last is the one who is willing to change”: old maps for new user profiles. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 January 2016.

May 4-8 - Rome. The Brussels Map Circle has organized an excursion, in conjunction with the Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica, ‘Roberto Almagià’, with a workshop at the Academia Belgica. 

May 6 - London. 'Transforming Topography', organised by the British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

 May 12-15 - Kalamazoo, Michigan. Three panels on Mappings: 'The Roman Heritage of Medieval Maps', 'Mapping Space and Time' and 'Medieval Maps, their Makers, and Uses', to be convened by Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla, at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

June 3-4 - Lisbon. 'Encounter and Translation: Mapping and Writing the Seas of the World', 3rd International symposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap), organized in conjunction with the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Deadline for Call for Papers: 31 December 2015.

June 6-7 [NB. Date altered] - Lisbon. 'On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts', the first international workshop on the subject, organized in conjunction with the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 December 2015.

July 4-7 - Leeds. 23rd International Medieval Congress, International Medieval Congress, sessions on 'Mappings' to be organised by Felicitas Schmieder & Dan Terkla.

July 11 - August 12 - Chicago. Mapping, Text, and Travel, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty, at the Newberry Library.

September 22-25 - Newport, Rhode Island. Annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries, 'The Mariner's Life: at Home, Abroad, and at Sea'.

September/October - Baku, Azerbaijan. Caspian From Past to Future, an International Caspian Sea Congress, organized by the Caspian Strategy Institute/Turkey (HASEN) in conjunction with the Institute of History, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. 'The working language of the congress is English, but there will be simultaneous translation into Azerbaijani Turkish and Russian'. [The themes include 'Toponomy of Port Cities in the Caspian Sea Region' and 'Historical Maps of the Caspian Sea'.] Deadline for Call for Papers: 11 February 2016.

October 6-7 - Washington, D.C. The Kislak Foundation and the Gray Foundation will sponsor an International Conference at the Library of Congress: 'Facts or Fictions: Debating the Mysteries of Early Modern Cartography - A Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Waldseemüller’s 1516 Carta Marina'.  Contact John Hessler: jhes(at)

October 6-9 – Arlington, Texas. The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. Additional information from Ben Huseman:

October 13-14 - Dubrovnik, Croatia. 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge: Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation, organized by three ICA Commissions (History of Cartography; Map Production & Geoinformation Management; Use, User & Usability Issues) and the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar” (Zagreb, Croatia). Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 February 2016.

October 14-15 - St Louis. 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies [Including a session 'Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps']. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 March 2016.

October 17-18 - Albi, France. Conference, 'À l’échelle du monde. La carte, objet culturel, social et politique, de l'Antiquité à nos jours' [On the Scale of the World. Map as cultural, social and political object from Antiquity to the present day]. (Related to the study and exhibition of the famous VIIIth century Mappamundi of Albi, at the Centre Universitaire Jean¬François Champollion.)

 October 24-30 - Chicago. The Chicago Map Society will play host to a major series of events - a conference celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures , the International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society, and the Chicago Map Fair. [Details to follow.]


 July 2-7 - Washington, D.C. The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

July 9-14 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography