Tokyo 2019

CARTOGRAPHY AS A CULTURAL ENCOUNTER: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other



15 July 2019

In conjunction with the 29th International Cartographic Conference that will be held in Tokyo 15-20 July 2019 (, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their joint international preconference workshop: ‘Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other’. The workshop will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, on 15 July 2019. The workshop is open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography and topographic mapping.


The joint organizers invite papers on both western and eastern cartographic practice from a historical perspective, from the early modern era until the early 20th century. Themes include how each of these cartographic traditions developed over time, how they understood and mapped their own space but also how they mapped and saw Others, and how these diverse cartographic cultures and practices around the globe contributed to the dissemination of geographic knowledge.
Although the Symposium will primarily focus on these themes, submissions of high quality on endeavors in other fields of cartographic history and topographic mapping will also be considered.


The intended venue is the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, located in the beautiful Tokyo bay area. The Museum is equipped with an excellent space for our conference sessions, map exhibition and technical exhibition. The conference venue is surrounded by more than 3 000 hotel rooms within walking distance.


The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (25 min + 5 min for questions and discussion). These need to reach the organisers by 30 March 2019.
You can submit your abstract here.


The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography and topographic mapping but requires participants to register. Registration will be open until the available seating is allocated and is free of charge.Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main ICC conference to be able to attend the workshop.
You can register for the workshop here.


Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to:
Mirela Altic – Vice-Chair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: mirela.altic(at)
Alexander Kent – Chair ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping: alexander.kent(at)