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International Conference on the History of Cartography

23rd International Conference on the History of Cartography
July 12-18, 2009 — København (Copenhagen)

Conference website (through Internet Archive)

The conference was held in the Black Diamond Building of the Royal Library of Copenhagen. The main coordinator was Henrik Dupont.

Biographical statements for each presenter and abstracts of all papers in English were provided in a printed program, which is available in PDF here

The conference themes were:

  • Cartography of the Arctic, North Atlantic and Scandinavian regions
  • Cross-cultural cartographies
  • Mapping mythical and imaginary places
  • Maps and the written word
  • Any other aspect of the history of cartography

Four exhibitions were prepared in conjunction with the conference:
  • Royal Library
  • Amalienborg
  • Bymuseum
After the Conference, on Saturday, July 18, 2009, a day trip was organised to Tycho Brahe's Castle on the island of Hven.

On Saturday, July 11, the International Society of Curators of Early Maps and the the commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) held their meetings.


    Sunday, July 12, 2009

    Session 1: Myths and the Mapping of the Arctic

  1. A Northern Refuge of the Monstrous Races: Asia on Waldseemüller's 1516 Carta Marina / Chet van Duzer
  2. The Influence of Myths and Spurious Voyage Accounts on the Cartography of the North Pacific and Alaska on Maps published after 1740 / Marvin Falk
  3. Taking Wild Theories Seriously / Michael Robinson

    Session 2: Playful Geographies

  4. An Octopus, Girls on Rollerskates and Angry Neighbours / Marleen Smit
  5. The Screen: An 18th Century Map Device / Franz Reitinger
  6. Orbis Lusus: A Forgotten 17th Century Geographical Game / Jernej Sekolec

    Monday, July 13, 2009

    Session 3: Politics and Cartography

  7. Between Great Power Politics and Everyday Life / Michael Jones
  8. At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home / Mitia Frumin
  9. 'German Ocean' or 'North Sea': the Anglo-German Cartographic Freemasonry, 1842-1914 / Richard Scully
  10. Ethnographic Maps and Politics in Austria from the First to the Second World War / Petra Svatek

    Session 4: Marine Charting

  11. An Unknown Sixteenth Century Portuguese Chart from the Biblioteca Centrale di Palermo / André Ferrand Almeida
  12. The Map Making Activity of the Casa de la Contratación of Seville / Antonio Sánchez
  13. A Whaler-Cartographer: The Charts and Descriptions of Greenland by Laurens Feykes Haan / Diederick Wildeman

    Session 5: Religious Mappings of Place

  14. Kunlun Mountain from Early Texts to Representations in Maps / Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann
  15. Urban Maps and Patron Saints / Lucia Nuti
  16. Mapping a Myth - The Overthrowing of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Creation of the Dead Sea (Genesis 19) / Rehav Rubin

    Session 6: Maps, Bodies and Poetry

  17. "It started with her Shape on the Map" / Adele Haft
  18. The Arctic on the "Barbara Codonea" Map of Konrad Celtis / Leonid Chekin
  19. Cartography in the 12th century Liber Floridus or 'How a Map can Symbolize Life' / Karen de Coene

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    Session 7: The Place of the Viewer

  20. Peter's Vantage Point / Masha Kowell
  21. Localizing Sanctity / Nathaniel Prottas
  22. Off the Wall: The Depiction of Wall-Maps in Ortelius' Parergon Atlas / Geoffrey Shamos

    Session 8: Mappings of National Identity

  23. Cartography and National Identity in South America / Daniela Marzola Fialho
  24. From the Far South: the Utmost Ends of the Earth in Argentinian National Cartography / Carla Lois
  25. The Ways to Perceive a Fatherland / Vytautas Petronis

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Session 9: Indigenous Peoples and the Mapping of Northlands

  26. Century-old Inughuit Maps of North-West Greenland (75-80N) / Peter Robert Dawes
  27. Kohklux and Kandik Maps/ Linda Johnson
  28. The Continuing Light Shed by the Kohklux Maps / John Cloud
  29. Linguistic Research on the Kohklux Maps/ Doug Hitch

    Session 10: European Mapping of the Arctic

  30. August Petermann and the German Quest for the North Pole in the 1860s and 1870s / Imre Demhardt
  31. Spitsbergen - Competitive Cartography 300 Years in the Making / Jeremy Pool
  32. Re-Imagining the Top of the World / Michael Heffernan

    Session 11: Re-examinations of Rennaissance Mapping

  33. A Swiss Humanist's Version of Northern Europe: Aegidius Tschudi's Manuscript Map (Codex Sangallensis 664) / Katharina Koller-Weiss
  34. A Forgotten Mappa Mundi of Castillan Origin: The So-Called 'Genoese World Map' (1457) in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence / Angelo Cattaneo
  35. An Old Friend Revisited. The Cottonian Map of Great Britain / Peter Barber

    Session 12: Limits to Mapping and Movement

  36. The View from Above / Mary Zundo
  37. Maps, Itineraries and River Routes in the Early United States / James Akerman
  38. Maps That Say 'No!' / Mark Monmonier

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Session 13: Military Mapping

  39. Study of Two Chinese Maps Brought to France by Viscomte Vaulserre in 1898/ Chuan-Hui Mau
  40. Looking Glass/ Zsolt Török
  41. ‘The Art of Depicting with a Soldier’s Eye’: Military Maps and Plans of Scotland, c.1689–1815/ Carolyn Anderson Mapping Land and Sea / Maria Gussarson Wijk

    Session 14: Geographical Concepts in Medieval Mapping, Chair: Peter van der Krogt

  42. North Eurasian Toponyms in the Map of Al-Idrisi / Irina Konovalova
  43. The Transfer and Transformation of Arabic-Islamic Knowledge in Medieval Climate Maps / Stefan Schröder
  44. Dismantling a Myth through Maps: the Conquest of the 'Torrid Zone' from Antiquity to the Renaissance / Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez

    Session 15: Medieval Maps and the Written Word

  45. Maps and Texts in the "Liber de omnibus rebus" of Giovanni da Fontana (c. 1390-c.1455) / Marianne O'Doherty
  46. Geography in the Margins / Alfred Hiatt
  47. The Annotated Atlas / Evelyn Edson

    Session 16: Mapping the Eighteenth-Century American Colonies

  48. Mapping Mythical and Imaginary Places in D'Anville's South America cartography / Junia Furtado
  49. Shaping the New Empire / S. Max Edelson
  50. Cartography, Urban Police and Bourbon Reforms in the Viceroyalty of Peru in the XVIII century / Isaac D. Saenz

    Friday, July, 17, 2009

    Session 17: Techniques in Modern Cartography

  51. Alexander von Humboldt's Earliest Surviving Manuscript Map of New Spain / Dennis Reinhartz
  52. Expedition Route Sketches and Geographical Maps by Nikolay V. Przhevalsky: A History and Methods of their Compilation / Alexey Postnikov
  53. 18th and 19th Century British Cartography Heritage in Porto/ Monica Oliveira

    Session 18: Sources and Methods in Early Cartography

  54. Maps and Politics in XVth Century Italy / Marica Milanesi
  55. The Origin of the Grid on Vesconte's 14th-century Palestine Maps / Paul D. A. Harvey
  56. After Dilke: Renaissance Interpretations of the Corpus Agrimensorum / John Hessler

    Session 19: Historiography and Methodology

  57. The Swiss Contributions to the International Development of Cartography / Philippe Fôret
  58. Facts and Myths about the Vinland Map and its Context / René Larsen
  59. Handmaidens and Awakening Identities: Necessary Conditions and Scientific Chauvinism in the Histories of Cartography / Ruth Watson
  60. Lines Drawn in the Snow / Robert Wheelersburg

Poster Presentations 24th ICHC

  1. Abeydeera, Ananda. Mapping an island of paradoxes: a realistic depiction of Taprobanê in Antiquity becomes a mythical representation in the Christian Middle Ages.
  2. Anisimova, Anna. Visualizing towns: the depiction of towns on medieval and early modern English maps.
  3. Aporta, Claudio. Inuit hunters and a geography based on memory.
  4. Bartos-Elekes, Zsombor, and Nemerkényi, Zsombor. Regions at the end of the world: selections from a rediscovered map collection.
  5. Boraas, Alan. Cognitive cartography and the moral landscape of the Dena'ina Athabascans of Alaska, U.S.A.
  6. Bracke, Wouter. The expeditions of Adrien de Gerlache to Antarctica and northern waters: a presentation of his maps.
  7. Butler, Kris. The lines of the law: shifting legal boundaries of backfilled coastlines in the United States.
  8. Carhart, George. Frederick de Wit and the invention of the 'modern reference atlas'.
  9. Chias, Pilar. Plans and sketches in civil disputes: sources for the study of the historical evolution of the territory and landscape of Castile from the archives of the Real Chancillería de Valladolid (Royal Chancellery of Valladolid), 1371-1834.
  10. Coutinho, Sofia. Images of Portugal in the XVIII century.
  11. Dam, Claus. A presentation of the Danish National Network for Digital Historical Cartography.
  12. Diaz Angel, Sebastian. Razon Cartografica, a Colombian network for the history of geography and history of cartography: a project promoting Iberoamerican scholarship.
  13. Diaz Angel, Sebastian. Utis Possidetis and rubber boom in the cartographic clash over the Andean-Amazonian basin: contested imaginary Amazonian borders between Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in the second half of the 19th century.
  14. Egmond, Marco van. The Dutch publishing house of Covens & Mortier (1685-1866): results of a decade of research.
  15. Espenhorst, Jürgen. Considerations with regard to the bibliographical listing of world atlases of German provenance 1800-1955.
  16. Gkounis, Spyridon. The northernmost edges of the world: northern Europe on medieval mappaemundi.
  17. Haguet, Lucile. The French geographer Jean Baptiste d'Anville's archives (1697-1782): armchair mapping in different production contexts.
  18. Hasegawa, Koji. Mapping the mythical Far East, Japan.
  19. Horst, Thomas. A forensic study of a legal map of the area around the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.
  20. Irás, Krisztina. An anonymous portolan chart in Hungary: a possible work by Agnese.
  21. Johnson, Linda. The Kohklux Map.
  22. Karrow, Robert. The cartographic career of Frank Debenham.
  23. Komedchikov, Nikolay. West-European, Russian, and Japanese maps of the Kuril Islands up to the 19th century: a comparative analysis.
  24. Lagerborg, Mikael. The whaling industry and the first centuries of the mapping of Svalbard.
  25. Lavins, Imants. The depiction of Eastern Europe and trade routes in the maps of the al-Balkhi School.
  26. Meer, Sjoerd de. Mercator's North Pole: ideas about the North Pole in the sixteenth century.
  27. Meurer, Peter H. Caspar Vopelius (1511-1561): an edition of his collected works.
  28. Mittenhuber, Florian. Supplementary volume to the Greek/German edition of Ptolemy's Geography.
  29. Moreira, Luís Miguel. From geographical description to the road map: the 'Carte Militaire des Principales Routes du Portugal' (1808).
  30. Neumann, Joachim. A survey of the efforts made during the last 100 years to list atlases bibliographically.
  31. Oh, Gilsun. Reproduction of Yu Di Tu (a map of East Asia, 1603-1626) using computer-based software.
  32. Okhuizen, Edwin. Old maps and the discovery of Spitzbergen.
  33. Pridal, Petr. on-line georeference tool for scanned old maps.
  34. Sánchez Martínez, Antonio. Enclosing the Atlantic.
  35. Seed, Patricia. Medieval Catalan coastal cartography of Denmark.
  36. Sossa, Rostyslav. First complex atlas of Ukraine: 'Atlas of Ukraine and Adjoining Countries', 1937.
  37. Sturani, Maria Luisa. Topographical mapping in the Sabaudian states during the 18th century: words inside and outside the map.
  38. Szaniawska, Lucyna, Pressenda, Paola, and Sereno, Paola. Comparing the world map presentations in the Renaissance epoch: mappae mundi-Ptolemy's world map-double hemisphere world map.


Imago Mundi 62,1 (2009), 98-104 (Alfred Hiatt and Carla Lois)
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