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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.
About the Conferences
The continuing series of biennial conferences started in London in the 1960s. To date,
the following conferences have been held, all but four of them in Europe:
1. London (1964)
2. London (1967)
3. Brussels (1969)
4. Edinburgh (1971)
5. Warsaw (1973)
6. Greenwich (1975)
7. Washington (1977)
8. Berlin (1979)
9. Pisa, Florence, Rome (1981)
14. Uppsala, Stockholm (1991)
15. Chicago (1993)
16. Vienna (1995)
17. Lisbon (1997)
18. Athens (1999)
19. Madrid (2001)
20. Cambridge, Mass., Portland, Maine (2003)
21. Budapest (2005)
22. Bern (2007)
23. Copenhagen (2009)
24. Moscow (2011)
25. Helsinki (2013)
26. Antwerp (2015)
27. Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2017)
Conference papers are generally (but not
necessarily) first offered for publication to Imago Mundi.
Useful introductory resources are:
The 28th conference will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 14-19 July 2019.
Information about Proposing and Organizing an ICHC
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If you think you might be interested in hosting a future conference, please read the following document very
carefully. It is intended to assist potential hosts to prepare a strong case:
A further document outlines the processes of organising a conference:
It is not essential that potential organisers read through all of the second document, but it does contain
much useful material that may help decision making as the various planning stages are reached.
For background information see also the websites of past conferences:
- Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 27th International Conference
on the History of Cartography (9-14 July 2017), with the primary theme of "The cartographic challenge of the new".
For a useful summary, and a list of the papers and posters, see the relevant page on the general ICHC site
Belgium, 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography (12-17 July 2015), with the primary theme of
"Theatre of the World in Four Dimensions".
[See Bert Johnson's illustrated Preview in the Winter 2014 issue
(no.92) of the Washington Map Society's The Portolan. The FULL TEXT of the Programme & Abstracts
volume is available online (and also HERE). For a useful summary see the relevant page on the general ICHC site and for a large collection of photographs see the official record.]
- Helsinki, Finland, 25th International Conference on the History
of Cartography (30 June - 5 July 2013), with the primary theme of "The Four Elements: the Essentials of the History of
[See Bert Johnson's illustrated Preview in the Winter 2012 issue
(no.85) of the Washington Map Society's The Portolan, and his
'After Action Report' in The Portolan, 88 (Winter 2013).]
- Moscow, Russia, 24th
International Conference on the History of Cartography (10-15 July 2011), with the primary
theme of "Multiculturalism in the History of Map Making".
See the suite of photographs posted by the organizers. The
list of Papers and Posters is available, in permanent form, on Peter
van der Krogt's site.
- Copenhagen, Denmark, 23rd
International Conference on the History of Cartography (12-17 July 2009), with the primary
theme of "Maps, Myths and Narratives: Cartography of the Far North". See the full text of the
volume of Abstracts and CVs.
definitive list of Papers and Posters is available, in permanent form, on Peter
van der Krogt's site,
along with 124 of his photos.
- Berne, Switzerland, 22nd International Conference on the
History of Cartography (8-13 July 2007). For photographs, click on the relevant date on the calendar. The definitive list of Papers and Posters is available,
in permanent form, on Peter van der Krogt's site. For a full report, with many photographs, see Cartographica Helvetica 36-2007, pp.
- Budapest, Hungary, 21st International
Conference on the History of Cartography (17-22 July 2005). See the official Final Report of the conference
organiser, Dr Zsolt Török (31 December 2005) and also a post-conference Record by Peter van der Krogt (follow the link to
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