CHARTING THE CARTOGRAPHY OF COMPANIES
3rd International Symposium on the History of Cartography
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), USA
10-13 October 2010
The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography held a successful Symposium at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) from 10-13 October 2010. The commission meeting was held in conjunction with the 7th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography on 8 October 2010, and the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society on 9 October 2010. The general theme was “Charting the Cartography of Companies: Company Mapping, 1600-1900”. The Commission aimed to highlight the influence of chartered companies (precursors to modern corporations) in cartography as they played an important role in overseas exploration, trade, expansion and colonial power. They relied upon maps and charts for planning, implementation and operation, and often employed their own map and chart makers, surveyors, cartographers and mapping departments.
To accommodate as many participants as possible, papers on other cartographic endeavours during the 19th century were also presented. Members of the ICA Commission on Maps and Society participated, as did representatives of the USGS. Papers on the development of photogrammetrical techniques in American sector mapping, the digital transition in US cartography during the 1970s, and the diffusion of USGS geospatial data for science research, demonstrated the Commission’s mandate to not only investigate and record the history of cartography, but also of GI Science. The Symposium was attended by approximately 50 people.
The Symposium comprised 7 sessions during which 21 papers were presented. The majority of participants were from the US, but others came from as far afield as Croatia, Hungary, South Africa, Brazil and the UK. On the closing day a separate session gave Prof Matthew Edney of the University of Wisconsin and Prof Roger Kain of the University of London the opportunity to explain their views as regards the future development of Volume 5 of the History of Cartography Project of the Chicago University Press. Volume 5 of this prestigious publication will deal with the cartography of the 19th century.
To complement the Symposium, a special Map Exhibition on “Concessions to Chartered Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900”, was staged by the Virginia Garrett Map Library of UTA. The Garrett Library is one of the leading Map Libraries in the US and holds approximately 900 maps dating back from the 1950s to the 20th century.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
“Fort Worth: Gateway to the Wild West”
This social excursion explored Fort Worth with Sundance Square and the Water Gardens and stopped at the Exhibition: 150 Years of Fort Worth which provided an interview of the history of the City. The old West came to life at the Stockyards where we could still see herds of impressive Longhorns and cowboys on horseback. Besides the Western history and a diversified modern economy, Fort Worth boasts one of the foremost art districts west of the Mississipi. A visit was organised to the Amon Carter Museum which has a superb collection themed on American and Wild West paintings and sculptures, and the Fort Worth Water Gardens which were designed by the world-renowned architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee.
“Visit to the Southern Methodist University, Dallas”
A technical visit was undertaken to the Foscue and DeGolyer Libraries of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As the principal repositories at SMU for special collections in the humanities and the history of science and technology, these libraries hold extensive cartographic treasures.
Monday-Tuesday, 11-12 October 2010
The Proceedings of the Commission’s 3rd International Symposium were published in 2011 by Springer-Verlag of Germany as the first volume in a series of books on the History of Cartography. The book is available as an e-book which can be printed on demand.
|History of Cartography
International Symposium of the ICA, 2010
Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
Subseries: Publications of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Elri Liebenberg; Imre Josef Demhardt (Eds.)