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CALL FOR PAPERS – Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists (21-23 April 2020, Istanbul, Turkey)

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul will jointly host the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography from 21 till 23 April 2020 in Istanbul. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for long (25 min) and short (10 min) oral presentations focusing on one of two main themes: “the cartography of the Ottoman countries in Europe, Asia and Africa” or “the mapping of archaeological sites, landscapes and excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries”. More information about this 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography (including the abstract submission system) can be found here.


The Proceedings of the Commission’s 7th International Symposium “Mapping Empires” which was held in Oxford in September 2018 are now published. Buy them here.

Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea
Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
Subseries: Publications of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Alexander James Kent; Soetkin Vervust; Imre Josef Demhardt; Nick Millea (Eds.)