CFP: ISHMap VII Symposium and II Workshop, MPIWG, Berlin Germany (July 2023)(Deadline: October 31, 2022)

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ISHMap Symposium and Workshop- 2023
Intersections in Map History
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, Germany
July 10-14, 2023

We are delighted to welcome proposals to participate in the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) Symposium and Workshop during the week of July 10, 2023 in Berlin, Germany, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG). The Symposium is open to all working in the history of cartography. The Workshop welcomes applications from professionals at the early stages in academic and public careers.

Applications are open to October 31, 2022 for individual papers, panels and roundtables or other proposed sessions; review and acceptance will occur by January 2023.  Additional details about the symposium program and associated activities are forthcoming.

A two-day Workshop (July 10-11) for early career professionals (scholars, curators, archivists, and librarians) working in the history of cartography, will precede the Symposium. Hands-on activities led by four experts in the field may include work with the MPIWG’s collection of Chinese maps and discussions on developing digital humanities projects, as well as sessions focusing on the themes of color in map scholarship.

The Symposium (July 12 keynote; July 13-14 sessions) focuses on Intersections in Map History. We particularly welcome proposals that connect to two themes that benefit from the research context and facilities of the MPIWG: "materiality” and cross-cultural research. The first theme calls attention to the importance of material attributes of maps, such as constraints that may be overlooked as scholars work increasingly with digitized sources. The second encourages dialogue and exchange between scholars working with comparable questions, sources or methodologies across different geographic spaces and contexts. Proposals that address or inspire comparative approaches in map history will be especially welcome.

Building on the successful 2022 Symposium and Workshop held in Montevideo, Uruguay, we are pleased to plan an in-person event, with limited opportunities to contribute online. ISHMap does not anticipate charging a fee for the Symposium.

Funding (for economy travel and lodging) will be awarded upon a competitive basis to a select number of emerging scholars and researchers with limited institutional support. We encourage those without institutional support to apply for travel funding provided by other institutions; click here for a list of funding possibilities of which we are aware.


October 31, 2022: Application deadline for Symposium and Workshop.
January 2023: Acceptances delivered.
May 1, 2023: Registration for participants closes.
May 15, 2023: Final program available online
July 1, 2023: Registration for non-participants (attendees) closes.

July 10-11, 2023: ISHMap II Workshop (in person)
July 12, 2023: ISHMap 2023 Keynote (hybrid)
July 13-14, 2023: ISHMap VII Symposium (in person) and General Meeting (hybrid)
July 15, 2023: Tentative post-event field trip



All ISHMap members are invited to attend and participate in the General Meeting, at which Trustees for 2023-2024 will be elected.


Founded in 1994, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin is one of more than 80 research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society in the sciences and humanities. The Institute has become an internationally recognized center of the history of science and technology studies, exploring links between the history of science and the history of cartography, including in the fields of local co-hosts Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann and Diana Lange, in East Asian (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) and Tibetan cartography and the study of color on maps.[1]


Jordana Dym, Skidmore College (US), Chair, ISHMap Trustees
Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, CNRS (France); MPIWG (Germany)
Diana Lange, Centre for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures, Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Additional information is available at the website of the International Society for the History of the Map (