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International Workshop "Universum Infinitum" in Lisbon (BNP, 17-18 June 2015)

The Lisbon conference-summer, organized by the CIUHCT, will end with the international workshop "Universum Infinitum". From the German Philsopher Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–1464) to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration, which will be hold in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (BNP) on 17-18 June 2016. Therein we also will have a panel about map/globe history. More information, including all abstracts, can be found on

Lisbon Symposium 3-4 June 2016

Over 50 particpants attended the very successful symposium 'Encounters and Translations:Mapping and writing the Waters of the World' at the Bibioteca nacional de Portugal on 3-4 June.

A full report will follow - but here is a photo of the organisers, speakers and participants consulting original maps and manuscripts at the exhibiton in the BNP arranged by Professor João Carlos Garcia (University of Oporto), Thomas Horst (CIUHCT, University of Lisbon) and Joaquina Esteves Feijão (Map Librarian of the BNP).


Forthcoming conferences in our field 2016/17

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.



Colloque ‘La cartographie des traités (XVe-XXe siècles)’, 19-20 novembre 2015

The French Commmittee for the history of cartography (CFC) issues a blog and the summaries of its symposiums which will be of interest to you.


The proceedings of the symposium will be published next year in Cartes & Géomatique.


First Symposium on the origin of charts

First International Workshop 

On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts 




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 

Tabula Petingeriana Conference, 8-9 October, 2015, Eichstatt,Germany

We would like to announce our upcoming conference about the Tabula Peutingeriana (October 8th to 10th) in Eichstätt, Germany.
The conference is jointly organized by the Ernst-Kirsten-Gesellschaft: Internationale Gesellschaft für Historische Geographie der Alten Welt
and the chair of ancient history in Eichstätt. The conference is open for everybody but we would appreciate a short announcement via e-mail
Attached to this e-mail you can find the program of the conference. For further information feel free to contact me or check out our website,

Updated call for paper : conference in ALBI, France, 17-18 october 2016

Dear colleagues,

Here is a call for papers for a conference in ALBI, south of France, 17-18 october 2016, organized around the study and exhibition of the famous eighth century Mappamundi of Albi, one of the oldest map of the world in Europe. Deadline is february 1st.

The conference is part of a research program with a seminar in Paris-Sorbonne : 8, 22 January and 18 March 2016. See program here :


Call for papers :

Call for Proposals for the 2016 IMC (Leeds) "Mappings" Sessions

Good afternoon, 2011-15 IMC "Mappings" participants and others who might join us in 2016—

As you might know, we have held "Mappings" sessions at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 International Medieval Congresses at Leeds [IMC].  After five years of very solid attendance and participation, “Mappings” has become a go-to component at the IMC. 


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