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College and university level courses
in the history of cartography

(created by Tony Campbell and Mark Cohagen)


This page attempts two things: to document what is currently being offered around the world; and, perhaps, to help create a 'virtual community' for teachers of this subject. It can thus serve as a shopping list for those seeking a course to join, while, simultaneously, helping those who are keeping the flame alive to maintain their awareness of teaching trends.

The other pages on this 'Map History' site testify to the breadth and vigour of the history of cartography as an academic and recreational subject. Yet the lack of opportunities for formal academic apprenticeship, i.e. university courses, is, if anything, getting worse.

A note on the qualifications for inclusion in this listing. Numerous Cartography and GIS courses start with a single lecture on mapping history. In other courses, maps serve a secondary, illustrative function. We hope that those concerned will understand why we have insisted here on a prominent role for non-current maps, though we are delighted to include courses given in any academic discipline.

The International Cartographic Association - Commission on Education and Training (CET) maintains a listing of Undergraduate cartography courses. This is arranged geographically and is potentially relevant, given that many history of cartography courses take place in cartography departments. However no history courses were noted. The GradSchools.com online listing was also consulted, without success. For those considering an MA, helpful guidance is provided on the Guide to Affordable Online Masters Programs site.


The future updating of this page depends on information supplied by the instructors themselves. It is not feasible to carry out a systematic revision.

Please therefore send any new or corrected information to Tony Campbell:  


This page was 'published' on 1 December 2003 (with occasional updates subsequently)

The International Directory of Researchers in Map History
(an open source for contact information, current interests, research projects, and publications related to map history)

see also:
Teachers and Parents: Web Resources Relating to Early Maps

Reading Suggestions (including 'Books to get you into the subject'. See also Matthew Edney's 'Recent Trends in the History of Cartography: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography to the English-Language Literature')


  • Index of Instructors

  • Course organisation and methodology:

    ICA Seminars
    Seminars of the International Cartographic Association (Commission on History of Cartography, and Commission on Education and Training), Teaching the History of Cartography. These were held as part of the biennial International Conferences on the History of Cartography. The proceedings of the five seminars were published (in four volumes) by the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University (1991-2000):

    Other Publications


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    Teaching with historical maps:

    NB. The Newberry Library website is currently undergoing development and some of the links below may not work [June 2005]


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    Individual Course Notes:

    NB. While the links below can be openly accessed (e.g. via Google) some are undoubtedly no longer current. This certainly applies to those from the Newberry Library (whose site is undergoing development, June 2005). The reading lists, for example, would need updating (on which see 'Reading Suggestions'). Their authors should be consulted before any use is made of the notes.

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    A Provisional List of History of Courses around the World:

    A. EUROPE

    1

    University

    Department

    Course

    Instructor

    2

    3

    AT

    Universität Wien

    Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung

    Geschichte der Kartographie [two courses]

    Dr Petra Svatek [petra.svatek(at)univie.ac.at]

    O

    German

    BE

    Université Libre de Bruxelles

    Institut de Philologie et d'Histoire Orientales

    Histoire des Sciences arabes y compris la cartographie [on medieval Arab celestial cartography]

    Prof. Hossam Elkhadem [Hossam.Elkhadem(at)ulb.ac.be]

    O

    French

    BE

    Universiteit Gent

    Geography

    Historische Cartografie

    Prof. Philippe De Maeyer [Philippe.demaeyer(at)geonet.rug.ac.be]

    O

    Dutch

    CH

    B:B, Schule für Gestaltung Bern

    Lehrlingsausbildung Kartografie, swisstopo

    Kartengeschichte

    Stefan Arn [Stefan.Arn(at)swisstopo.ch]

    U

    German

    DE

    Bundeswehr Universität München

    Landmanagement

    [Old Maps and Globes as Sources for Cultural History - from April 2013]

    Dr. Thomas Horst [thomashorst(at)gmx.net]

    G

    German

    DE

    Technische Universität Dresden

    Institut für Kartographie, International MSc.

    History of Cartography

    Dr. George S. Carhart [George.Carhart(at)mailbox.tu-dresden.de]

    G

    English

    DE

    Technische Universität Dresden

    Institut für Geschichte and Institut für Kartographie

    Geschichte der Kartographie

    Dr. George S. Carhart [George.Carhart(at)mailbox.tu-dresden.de]

    G

    German

    DE

    Technische Universität Dresden

    Institut für Kartographie

    Geschichte der Kartographie

    Prof. Dr. W.G. Koch [wolf.koch(at)mailbox.tu-dresden.de]

    G

    German

    DE

    Technische Universität Dresden

    Institut für Kartographie

    Prehistoric maps / Prehistoric and early historic maps

    Dr. Alexander Wolodtschenko [Alexander.Wolodtschenko(at)tu-dresden.de]

    O

    German

    ES

    Instituto de Historia (CCHS, CSIC), Madrid

    Departamento de Historia de la Ciencia

    Los mapas medievales

    Dr. Juan Pimentel and Dr. Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez [sandra.saenz- lopez(at)cchs.csic.es]

    G

    Spanish

    ES

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Geografía e Historia: Historia de América I

    Descubrimientos y cartografía

    Dr. Mariano Cuesta Domingo [mcuestad(at)ghis.ucm.es]

    G

    Spanish

    ES

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Geografía Humana

    Representación y análisis del territorio

    Prof. Felipe Hernando Sanz [vdntghi(at)ghis.ucm.es]

    U

    Spanish

    ES

    Universitat de Barcelona

    Geografia Humana

    Historia de la Cartografia

    Prof. Francesc Nadal [Fnadal(at)trivium.gh.ub.es]

    U

    Catalan

    ES

    Universitat de Barcelona

    Geografia Física i Anŕlisi Geogrŕfica Regional

    Historia de la Cartografia

    Prof. Agustín Hernando [agustinhernando(at)ub.edu]

    U

    Spanish

    ES

    Spanish see also under AR (Argentina) in The Americas

    FI

    University of Helsinki

    Geography

    History of Cartography research course (not until 2004/5)

    Dr Katariina Kosonen [katariina.kosonen(at)helsinki.fi]

    U

    Finnish

    FR

    Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

    Sciences historiques et philologiques

    Représentations de l'espace de l'Antiquité tardive au XVIe sičcle

    Prof. P. Gautier Dalché

    O

    French

    FR

    Université de Paris I

    Géographie

    Histoire de la cartographie

    Prof. Gilles Palsky [palsky(at)univ-paris12.fr]

    G

    French

    GR

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Civil Engineering - Laboratory of Geodesy

    Geodesy I and Geodesy II (including two 3-hour lectures on the history of cartography)

    Prof. Paraskevas Savvaidis [psav(at)civil.auth.gr]

    G

    Greek

    HR

    University of Pula

    History Department

    [Historical cartography and historical geography]

    Prof. Mirela Altić [mirela.altic(at)zg.t-com.hr]

    U,G

    Croatian

    HR

    University of Zagreb

    History Department

    [Introduction to the Reading of Historic Maps. Cartographic Sources for European and Croatian History]

    Prof. Mirela Altić [mirela.altic(at)zg.t-com.hr]

    U,G

    Croatian

    HR

    University of Zagreb

    History Department, Centre for Comparative Historical and Intercultural Studies

    [Cartographic sources of the Croatian lands in eco-historical perspective]

    Dr. Dubravka Mlinarić [dubravka.mlinaric(at)imin.hr]

    G

    Croatian

    HU

    Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

    Térképtudományi és Geoinformatikai [Cartography and Geoinformatics]

    [General map history]

    Dr Zsolt Török [zoltorok(at)ludens.elte.hu]

    G

    Hungarian

    HU

    Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

    Térképtudományi és Geoinformatikai [Cartography and Geoinformatics]

    [History of Cartography]

    Dr Zsolt Török [zoltorok(at)ludens.elte.hu]

    G

    Hungarian

    HU

    University of Szeged

    Climatology and Landscape Ecology

    Térképtörténet [History of Cartography]

    Zoltán Sümeghy [sumeghy(at)sol.cc.u-szeged.hu]

    U

    Hungarian

    IT

    Universitŕ degli Studi di Genova

    Scienze dell'Antichitŕ e del Medioevo (DISAM)

    Storia della cartografia

    Prof. Corradino Astengo [astengo(at)unige.it]

    U

    Italian

    IT

    Universitŕ degli Studi di Pavia

    Science Storiche e Geografiche "Carlo M. Cipolla"

    Storia della cartografia and Fonti per la storia della geografia e della cartografia

    Prof. Marica Milanesi [Marmil(at)unipv.it]

    O

    Italian

    IT

    Universitá degli Studi di Perugia

    Scienze Storiche dell'antichitŕ

    Storia della cartografia antica

    Prof. Francesco Prontera [prontera(at)unipg.it]

    U

    Italian

    IT

    Universitŕ degli Studi di Siena

    Facoltá di Lettere e Filosofia; Storia

    Cartografia Storica e Gestione del Territorio

    Marco Piccardi, Docenti che afferiscono al Dipartimento di Storia [M.Piccardi(at)tin.it]

    O

    Italian

    IT

    Universitá di Bologna

    Scienze geografiche

    Cartografia (including history)

    Dr Stefano Torresani [stefano.torresani(at) unibo.it]

    U

    Italian

    IT

    Universitŕ di Bologna

    Storie e Metodi per la Conservazione dei Beni Culturali

    Storia della cartografia

    Dr Mario Neve [Neve(at)alma.unibo.it]

    O

    Italian

    IT

    Universitŕ di Pisa - - Facoltŕ di Lettere e Filosofia – Corso di Laurea in Scienze dei Beni Culturali

    Scienze dell’Uomo e dell’Ambiente

    Geografia; Geografia Culturale

    Dr Carlo Da Pozzo [c.dapozzo(at)geog.unipi.it]

    U

    Italian

    IT

    Universitŕ di Pisa - - Facoltŕ di Lettere e Filosofia – Corso di Laurea in Scienze dei Beni Culturali

    Scienze dell’Uomo e dell’Ambiente

    Storia della Geografia e delle esplorazioni; Cartografia

    Prof. Riccardo Mazzanti [r.mazzanti(at)geog.unipi.it]

    U

    Italian

    LV

    University of Latvia

    Faculty of History and Philosophy

    History of Cartography, Vest 1041

    Imants Lavinš (Imants Lavins) [imauts(at)inbox.lv]

    U

    Latvian

    NL

    Instituut Collectie Nederland = Netherland Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN)

    Opleidingen (Education) [marieke.potma(at)icn.nl; bas.van.velzen(at)icn.nl]

    [Introduction to the History of Cartography]

    Marc Hameleers [mhameleers(at)gaaweb.nl]

    U

    Dutch

    NL

    Universiteit Utrecht

    Faculty of Geosciences

    Historische Kartografie

    Dr Paul van den Brink [P.vandenBrink(at)geog.uu.nl] and Dr Peter van der Krogt [p.vanderkrogt(at)geog.uu.nl]

    O

    Dutch

    PT

    Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

    Geografia

    Evoluçăo da Cartografia and História da Cartografia Portuguesa

    Prof. Joăo Carlos Garcia [jgarcia(at)letras.up.pt]

    U

    Portuguese

    PT

    Universidade de Lisboa - Faculdade de Letras

    Geografia: Cartografia e Sistemas de Informaçăo Geográfica

    História da Cartografia

    Prof. Maria Helena Dias [mhdias(at)fl.ul.pt]

    U

    Portuguese

    PT

    Universidade de Lisboa - Faculdade de Letras

    História

    Náutica e Cartografia [Nautical Science and Cartography]

    Prof. Francisco Contente Domingues [fcdomingues(at)mac.com]

    G

    Portuguese

    UK

    University of Glasgow

    Geographical and Earth Sciences

    Geomatics (sections of the course modules involve history)

    Dr David Forrest [dforrest(at)geog.gla.ac.uk]

    U

    English

    UK

    University of Lancaster

    Continuing Education

    Maps for Local history [given occasionally]

    Dr Paul Hindle [PaulHindle(at)phindle.fsnet.co.uk]

    O

    English

    UK

    University of London, Institute of English Studies

    London Rare Book School

    A History of Maps and Map Making

    Dr Catherine Delano Smith [c.delano-smith(at)qmul.ac.uk] and Sarah Tyacke [styacke(at)googlemail.com]

    O

    English

    UK

    University of Manchester

    Geography

    Maps in Society

    Chris Perkins [C.Perkins(at)man.ac.uk]

    U

    English

    UK

    University of Portsmouth

    Geography

    Cartography and the Historical Geographer

    Dr Peter Collier [peter.collier(at)port.ac.uk]

    G

    English

    Explanation:
    1. Country codes - Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Croatia (HR), Finland (FI), France (FR), Germany (DE), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Italy (IT), Netherlands (NL), Portugal (PT), Spain (ES), Switzerland (CH), United Kingdom (UK)
    2. Eligibility - undergraduate (U), graduate (G), faculty (F), open to all (O). [Always check first with the instructor; there are restrictions on some courses]
    3. Course language

    NB. In the email addresses replace (at) with @


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    B. THE AMERICAS

    1

    University

    Department

    Course

    Instructor

    2

    AR

    Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires

    Departamento de Geografía

    Historia del pensamiento geográfico. Una historia de la cartografía

    Carla Lois [carlalois054(at)gmail.com]

    U

    CA

    Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick

    Geography

    Cartographic Representation: Critical Perspectives on Mapping and GIS

    Dr Robert Summerby-Murray [rsummerb(at)mta.ca]

    U

    CA

    Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

    Center of Geographic Sciences - Geomatics Dept

    Seminar in the History of Cartography

    David Raymond [david.raymond(at)nscc.ca]

    U

    CA

    Queen's University, Kingston

    Geography

    The Map & Society

    Prof. Anne Godlewska [godlewsk(at)qsilver.queensu.ca]

    U,G

    US

    Art Institute of Chicago

    School (also Visual and Critical Studies Dept. and Liberal Arts Dept.)

    The Art and History of Mapping

    Anna Felicity Friedman [anna_friedman(at)adlernet.org]

    U

    US

    California State University at Long Beach

    Geography

    Maps and Civilization

    Dr Judith A. Tyner [jztyner(at)csulb.edu]

    O

    US

    Clark University, Worcester, Mass.

    Graduate School of Geography

    The Image of the World: A History of Maps and mapmaking

    Prof. Harry Steward [hsteward(at)clarku.edu]

    G

    US

    DePaul University, Chicago

    History

    Maps in History and Culture

    Dr James P. Krokar [jkrokar(at)depaul.edu]

    U,G

    US

    George Mason University

    History & Art History

    History & Cartography (taught again 2010)

    Prof. Paula Petrik [ppetrik(at)gmu.edu]

    G

    US

    Georgia State University, Atlanta

    Anthropology & Geography

    Digital Cartography

    Dr Jeremy Crampton [jcrampton(at)gsu.edu]

    O

    US

    Newberry Library, Chicago

    Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography

    Developing Cartographic Literacy with Historic Maps (a 3-week summer seminar for K-12 teachers, 2005)

    contact: Susan Hanf [hanfs(at)newberry.org]

    F

    US

    Ohio State University, Columbus

    History

    Mapping Power: The Power of Maps in History

    Dr Philip Brown [brown.113(at)osu.edu]

    U

    US

    Rhode Island School of Design

    Liberal Arts

    The History of Cartography: A Sense of Place

    Christina Connett [cconnett(at)risd.edu]

    U,G

    US

    Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia

    School of Continuing Education, College of Lifelong Learning

    A Look at the World Through Maps (an 8-session course in the spring semester)

    Richard Stephenson [rstephen_1(at)msn.com]

    O

    US

    State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia

    Geosciences

    Cartography

    Dr John L. Berkley [berkley(at)fredonia.edu]

    U

    US

    University of California, Irvine

    School of Humanities

    History of Mapping

    Prof. Patricia Seed [seed5(at)uci.edu]

    U

    US

    University of California, Los Angeles

    California Rare Book School

    History of Cartography/Maps

    Julie Sweetkind-Singer

    O

    US

    University of Kansas, Lawrence

    Geography

    History of Cartography

    Dr Karen S. Cook [kscook(at)ku.edu] and Dr George F. McCleary, Jr. [mccleary(at)ku.edu]

    O

    US

    University of Minnesota

    James Ford Bell Library, Minneapolis

    Maps and Mapmakers [virtual course]

    Prof. Carol Urness [c-urne(at)tc.umn.edu]

    O

    US

    University of South Florida

    School of Art and Art History

    The Renaissance Map (ARH 4800)

    Dr. Pamela Merrill Brekka [pmerrill(at)usf.edu]

    U

    US

    University of Texas at Arlington

    History

    Historical Geography and Cartography

    Prof. Dennis Reinhartz [dprein(at)uta.edu]

    U

    US

    University of Texas at Arlington

    History

    History of Cartography

    Prof. Dennis Reinhartz [dprein(at)uta.edu]

    G

    US

    University of Texas at Arlington

    History

    Colloquium in Exploration , Discovery, and the History of Cartography

    Prof. David Buisseret [buisser(at)uta.edu] and Prof. Dennis Reinhartz [dprein(at)uta.edu]

    G

    US

    University of Texas at Arlington

    History

    Research Seminar in Transatlantic Exploration, Discovery, and the History Cartography

    Prof. David Buisseret [buisser(at)uta.edu] and Prof. Dennis Reinhartz [dprein(at)uta.edu]

    G

    US

    University of Virginia

    Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

    Mapping the Early Modern World

    Prof. Ricardo Padron [padron(at)virginia.edu]

    G

    US

    University of Virginia

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia

    The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations [a charged course, in six segments, April-May 2008]

    Joel Kovarsky [theprimemeridian(at)embarqmail.com]

    O

    US

    University of Virginia

    Program in Comparative Literature and Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

    Maps and Mapping

    Prof. Ricardo Padron [padron(at)virginia.edu]

    U

    US

    University of Virginia

    Rare Book School

    Introduction to the History, Collection, Description and Use of Maps [from 2009]

    Alice Hudson [ahudson(at)nypl.org]

    O

    US

    University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

    History

    Maps as Historical Sources

    Dr Bruce Fetter [bruf(at)uwm.edu]

    U,G

    Explanation:
    1. Country codes - Argentina (AR), Canada (CA), United States (US)
    2. Eligibility - undergraduate (U), graduate (G), open to all (O). [Always check first with the instructor; there are restrictions on some courses]

    NB. In the email addresses replace (at) with @


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    C. ASIA

    1

    University

    Department

    Course

    Instructor

    2

    3

    CN

    Peking University

    History

    History of Chinese Cartography

    Prof. Li, Xiaocong [lixc(at)pku.edu.cn]

    G

    Chinese

    JP

    Kobe University

    Faculty of Letters, Institute of Geography [select 'Faculty of Letters', 'Geography']

    Geography Major

    Prof. Koji Hasegawa [hasegawa(at)lit.kobe-u.ac.jp]

    O

    Japanese

    Explanation:
    1. Country codes - China (CN), Japan (JP)
    2. Eligibility - undergraduate (U), graduate (G), open to all (O). [Always check first with the instructor; there are restrictions on some courses]
    3. Course language (if not in English)

    NB. In the email addresses replace (at) with @


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    Index of Instructors

    (the bracketed letter indicates the relevant Table)

    Altić, Mirela (A)
    Arn, Stefan (A)
    Astengo, Corradino (A)
    Berkley, John L. (B)
    Bousquet-Bressolier, Catherine (A)
    Brekka, Pamela Merrill (B)
    Brink, Paul van den (A)
    Brown, Philip (B)
    Buisseret, David (B)
    Carhart, George S.
    Collier, Peter (A)
    Connett, Christina (B)
    Cook, Karen S. (B)
    Crampton, Jeremy (B)
    Cuesta Domingo, Mariano (A)
    Da Pozzo, Carlo (A)
    Delano Smith, Catherine (A)
    De Maeyer, Philippe (A)
    Dias, Maria Helena (A)
    Domingues, Francisco Contente (A)
    Elkhadem, Hossam (A)
    Fetter, Bruce (B)
    Forrest, David (A)
    Friedman, Anna F. (B)
    Garcia, Joăo Carlos (A)
    Gautier-Dalché, Patrick (A)
    Godlewska, Anne (B)
    Hameleers, Marc (A)
    Hasegawa, Koji (C)
    Hernando, Agustín (A)
    Hernando Sanz, Felipe (A)
    Hindle, Paul (A)
    Horst, T. (A)
    Hudson, Alice (B)
    Koch, W.G. (A)
    Kosonen, Katariina (A)
    Kovarsky, Joel (B)
    Krogt, Peter van der (A)
    Krokar, James P. (B)
    Lavins, Imants (A)
    Li, Xiaocong (C)
    Lois, Carla (B)
    López, José Martín (A)
    Mazzanti, Riccardo (A)
    McCleary, George F. Jr. (B)
    Milanesi, Marica (A)
    Mlinarić, Dubravka (A)
    Nadal, Francesc (A)
    Neve, Mario (A)
    Padron, Ricardo (B)
    Palsky, Gilles S. (A)
    Perkins, Chris (A)
    Petrik, Paula (B)
    Piccardi, Marco (A)
    Pimentel, Juan (A)
    Prontera, Francesco (A)
    Raymond, David (B)
    Reinhartz, Dennis (B)
    Sáenz-López Pérez, Sandra (A)
    Savvaidis, Paraskevas (A)
    Seed, Patricia (B)
    Stephenson, Richard (B)
    Steward, Harry (B)
    Sümeghy, Zoltán (A)
    Summerby-Murray, Robert (B)
    Svatek, Petra (A)
    Sweetkind-Singer, Julie (B)
    Törok, Zsolt (A)
    Torresani, Stefano (A)
    Tyacke, Sarah (A)
    Tyner, Judith A. (B)
    Urness, Carol (B)
    Wolodtschenko, Alexander (A)


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