Istanbul 2020

Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists

8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography
German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Istanbul, Turkey
21-23 April 2020

From Tuesday 21 April till Thursday 23 April 2020 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. The venue will be the Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square.


The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20th centuries. The symposium will focus on two main themes:

1) Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa

  • Ottoman cartography (maps and charts, city and cadastral plans, thematic maps)
  • Foreign cartography of Ottoman countries
  • Geodesy and surveying methods developed under Ottoman rule and by foreign cartographers working in these areas
  • The impact of the military on the development of cartography
  • Cartographic collections in the former Ottoman countries and around the world

2) Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries

  • Technical and conceptual development of archaeological cartography, from the earliest site plans to the introduction of GIS and 3D reconstructions
  • Dichotomy between “accurate” cartographic representation and archaeological interpretation when mapping manmade artefacts, features and landscapes
  • Relationship between cartography, archaeology and the military


The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for long (25 min) and short (10 min) oral presentations. These need to reach the organisers by the 1st of November 2019.
You can submit your abstract here.


Registration will open in the autumn of 2019.


Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to:
Imre Demhardt – ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at)
Andreas Schachner – German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Department Istanbul: andreas.schachner(at)