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International Conference on the History of Cartography
CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE SURVEY
17th International Conference on the History of Cartography
17.o Congresso Internacional de História da Cartografia
July 6-10, 1997 Lisboa (Lisbon)
Held in the auditorium of the Instituto dos Arquivos Nacionals, Torre do Tombo, in the grounds of the University of Lisbon, and organized by the Comissão Nacional para as Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses (CNCDP). Chairman of the organising committee was Joaquim Romero Magalhães. Attendance was 194. Conference languages English, French and Portuguese.
Thematic sessions were on "Sixteenth Century Military Cartography", "Cartography of India", "Cartography of the Indian Ocean", "Cartography and Diplomacy", "Art and Cartographic Representation", "Official Mapping of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries", "The Cartography of Deserts, Mountains and Roads", "The Cartography of Water Features", "Cartography: the Moral and Social Dimensions", "The Medieval World and Paradise", and "Map-Making"
There were six exhibitions, for each of which was published a full-color catalog:
- "Treasures of Portuguese Cartography", in the Instituto dos Arquivos Nacionais/Torre do Tombo.
- "Macao: the City and the Port", at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
- "Cartography and Diplomacy in the Brazil of the XVIII Century", in the Cordoaria Nacional.
- "The Frontiers of Africa", in the Cordoaria Nacional.
- "Cartography of Lisbon, XVII to XX Century", in the Museu da Cidade.
- "Places and Regions in Old Maps", in the Biblioteca Pública e Arquivo Distrital de Évora.
On 5 July there were two pre-conference meetings: the ISCEM meeting and the ICA Symposium on "Teaching the History of Cartography". On Tuesday there was a special session on the theory in the history of cartography, with papers by Edson, Shirley, and Schulten.
Excursions were an evening trip on the River Tagus with dinner on board and a day-tour to Évora. The farewell dinner was at the Galeotas Pavilion, Maritime Museum.
There were 42 regular papers and 3 papers in the theory session, and 12 poster presentations, and there was an accompanying abstracts book, which also includes substantial curricula vitae for all speakers and poster presenters.