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CALL FOR PAPERS – Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea (13-15 September 2018, Oxford, UK)

The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography and Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford will jointly host the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography from 13 till 15 September 2018 in Oxford. The organizers invite contributions (papers and posters) investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today.

More information about this 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography (including the abstract submission system) can be found on the conference website: http://mappingempires.icaci.org/


The Proceedings of the Commission’s 6th International Symposium which was held in Dubrovnik in October 2016 are now published.

Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge
Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
Subseries: Publications of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Mirela Altic; Imre Josef Demhardt; Soetkin Vervust (Eds.)

CALL FOR ARTICLES – “A Terrible Mother Of Invention”: Cartographic Progress during World War I (1914-18).

To commemorate the centenary of the end of what was then called the ‘Great War to end all wars’ (H.G. Wells 1914) from a cartographical perspective, the International Journal of Cartography (IJoC) has invited the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography to guest edit a special issue to appear in November 2018.

The emphasis of the special issue will be on how the first truly global and industrialized war stimulated the emergence of new ways to capture survey data, to speed up processing and to print and, last but not least, how it introduced significant map series. Because of this focus on technologies and resulting cartographic products, maps on diplomacy and propaganda are intentionally considered outside the scope of the special issue.

Alongside already solicited contributions, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography invites expressions of interest by way of submitting brief abstracts on two categories of articles:

Overview papers of national scope (about 10-16 pages in print, see here for IJoC guidelines on the manuscript) and
Papers on special topics (about 4-8 pages in print) either with a regional focus (e.g. the Gallipoli Campaign) or a topical focus (e.g. emergence of aeronautical charts).

For overview papers of national scope special consideration will be given to the following national cartographies of war:
• United Kingdom (Western Front and other theatres of war)
• France (Western Front and other theatres of war)
• Russia (Eastern Europe and Caucasus Front)
• Italy
• Japan

To conceptualize a contribution please note that each page in the special issue equals about 700 words, will be printed in full color and that therefore a half page size figure takes up about 350 words.

Abstracts should be up to 500 words, plus a brief biographical note. Abstracts (and subsequently accepted articles) should be written in English.

Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 17 October 2017
Notification of acceptance for the Special Issue: 31 October 2017
Deadline for submissions of manuscripts, incl. all figures: 31 March 2018

All questions and submissions should be sent electronically to the guest editor:

Prof. Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (Chair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography)
E-Mail: demhardt@uta.edu