Imago Mundi Ltd. in close collaboration with the National Museum of Maps and Old Books in Bucharest and the University of Bucharest invite applications for the 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography, July 4–9, 2021 Bucharest.
The conference is entitled ‘Conflict and Cartography’ and proposals for individual papers, poster presentations and workshops are welcomed on various aspects of the history of cartography, under the following themes:
- Imperial and Anti-Imperial Cartographies
- Questioning the interrelation of mapping and imperialism, with a special focus on cartography as a hegemonic or a counter-hegemonic discourse.
- Frontier Cartographies
- Exploring the role played by mapmaking and cartographic knowledge in imagining and building barriers, edges, boundaries, limits and frontiers.
- Cartographies of Nostalgia and Imagination
- Focusing on cartography as an exercise in wish-fulfilment, in which deceptive, consoling or anticipative fantasies are projected onto maps.
- Cartographies of Difference and Map Consumption
- Aiming to investigate the world of map consumption and cartographic fashions in driving the market, as well as in shaping the actual form and content of maps.
- Any other aspect of the history of cartography
Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 5 October 2020. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal by Monday, 25 January 2021.
The full conference registration fee will be approximately 300 euros, plus any optional charges for the farewell dinner and post-conference tour. Reduced fees (early bird, student, daily pass, accompanying persons) will be announced at a later date.
If you are not familiar with the biennial International Conferences on the History of Cartography, a statement of purpose is available below. For the full list of papers from past conferences see the links from ICHC website: https://www.maphistory.info/ichcintro.html
Statement of Purpose
The International Conference on the History of Cartography [ICHC] is the only scholarly conference solely dedicated to advancing knowledge of the history of maps and mapmaking, regardless of geographical region, language, period or topic. The conference promotes free and unfettered global cooperation and collaboration among cartographic scholars from any academic discipline, curators, collectors, dealers and institutions through illustrated lectures, presentations, exhibitions, and a social programme. In order to expand awareness of issues and resources, each conference is sponsored by leading educational and cultural institutions. Conferences are held biennially and are administered by local organizers in conjunction with Imago Mundi Ltd.
The Scope of ICHC
Each ICHC provides a forum for all scholars, both academic and lay, who are interested in the exchange of research findings and ideas about the history of cartography. All papers must primarily concern the history of cartography, i.e., the interdisciplinary study of maps, their making, and their use in the past. Participation from other academic disciplines - art history, history of science, geography, literature studies, cultural history, etc. - should therefore be actively encouraged. Papers that concern only related subjects (e.g., historical geography, the history of discoveries, and the use of maps for current political argument or for specific information about past landscapes) would not be considered to fall within the history of cartography.
Contributions may be proposed for the ICHC 2021 in the following categories:
- Paper presentation
- Poster presentation
All abstract proposals must be submitted in English, the official language of the event. The acceptable word range for the abstract is 300-500 words. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 5 October 2020. Prospective participants may submit only one proposal for each category.
Papers and Posters
The ICHC 2021 organizers make no scholarly difference between papers and posters. The decision for the format presentation should take into account the nature of the topic and the authors’ preference to engage a larger audience at once or to present their ideas to individuals and small groups. The selection committee may suggest that prospective participants reconsider the format of their presentation.
On Wednesday, July 7, ICHC 2021 will organize a series of workshops for smaller groups of maximum 20 participants. During these workshops, the participants will have the opportunity to engage actively in studying and discussing topics related to the conference themes (from specific maps or mapmakers to conceptual and methodological challenges). The Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest will offer the logistical support for these workshops.
ICHC 2021 organizers are committed to ensuring a fair and unbiased review process. The following factors will guide the selection committee in their decisions:
The topic: Your proposal should concern a map or group of maps, a mapmaker or group of mapmakers, map consumers, map design, a mapping process or specific theoretical approach to maps and mapping. Please state this topic clearly in the title and again in the opening sentences of the proposal.
The argument and its relevance to the history of cartography: The proposal should help us to understand the creation and use of maps in the past, the process of mapmaking, and/or the underlying concepts of cartography. It should not be merely descriptive but an analysis of the context and/or the contents of the map.
Supporting evidence: Mention some of the specific maps (titles, authors, dates) and other sources that you will discuss. A full list is not necessary, but a demonstration of cartographic research is important.
Originality: Explain how your topic is new to the history of cartography. Your subject matter should not have been previously published. If it has been presented elsewhere, please explain why it should be offered again at this conference.
Clarity: The committee does not have expertise in all chronological periods and/or methods of cartography; its members will represent a variety of disciplines. Your audience is equally varied and international. Please avoid jargon and write in the most direct way possible.
The ICHC 2021 selection committee, which will make the final recommendations, reserves the right to request revisions to the content and format of abstracts before a final decision is made. Proposers will be notified of the outcomes by 25 January 2021.
1 June 2020 – Abstract submission opening
5 October 2020 – Abstract submission deadline
25 January 2021 – Notification of pre-acceptance
15 February 2021 – Open registration
1 June 2021 – Deadline for presenting author registration