Controlling the Waters: Seas, Lakes and Rivers on Historic Maps and Charts
Case Studies from the Lowlands, Europe and the World over the last 500 years
WORKSHOP HELD BEFORE THE 28th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY
UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS
12 July 2019
It is a tradition that the International Cartographic Association and the International Conference on the History of Cartography jointly organize a pre-ICHC event. For the 28th ICHC they have teamed up with the Map Collection of Utrecht University and will together host a workshop focusing on the cartography of water.
|Co-Hosts||International Cartographic Association, Commission on the History of Cartography
Utrecht University Library, Special Collections
28th International Conference on the History of Cartography
|Theme||Fresh and salt waters are a key lifeline for all civilizations but at the same time can also threaten human habitats. Over the centuries, people have ventured out to navigate and explore the waters, while also putting systems in place to manage and control them. This has resulted in numerous categories of water-related maps such as portolan charts, maritime and river cartography, hydrographic surveys, VOC charts, polder maps etc. The workshop will offer a forum to discuss this rich variety in cartographic heritage.|
|When||Friday, 12 July 2019
Meeting of Map Curators will be on Saturday in Leiden
Sessions of the 28th ICHC will begin on Sunday in Amsterdam
Utrecht Science Park (Uithof)
University Library, Boothzaal and Map Collection
By train and bus/tram about an hour from the city centre of Amsterdam
There will be a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (University of Amsterdam) on the display of waterways on sixteenth century town plans of the Netherlands.
The workshop will also be complemented by a special map exhibition from the map collection of the Utrecht University Library. Water management has played an integral role in the history of the Netherlands. For centuries the country has been crusading against sea and river water that threatens to flood the valuable land from all sides. This rich tradition has left a considerable legacy of early and rare cartographic publications, with the dynamics of the landscape being showcased on old maps, for instance of water control boards. The Utrecht University Library has a large collection of these early printed works, atlases and maps, which paint a telling picture of the – often difficult – relationship the Netherlands have with water. Some prime examples will be on display during the workshop
CALL FOR PAPERS
You can submit your abstract here.
You can register for the workshop here.
Imre Demhardt – Chair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at)uta.edu
Marco van Egmond – Curator of Maps, Atlases and Printed Works at Utrecht University Library: m.vanegmond(at)uu.nl