Utrecht 2019

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-HostsInternational Cartographic Association, Commission on the History of Cartography
Utrecht University Library, Special Collections
28th International Conference on the History of Cartography
ThemeFresh 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.
WhenFriday, 12 July 2019
Meeting of Map Curators will be on Saturday in Leiden
Sessions of the 28th ICHC will begin on Sunday in Amsterdam
WhereUtrecht University
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

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (25 minutes plus Q&A) focusing on the human interaction with water from a historical perspective. Abstracts of up to 400 words need to reach the organisers by 30 November 2018.
You can submit your abstract here.


REGISTRATION

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography but requires participants to register. Registration will be open until the available seating is allocated and will be free of charge.
You can register for the workshop here.

CONTACT

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to:
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