3rd Symposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) ‘Encounters and Translations: Mapping and Writing the Waters of the World’

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Call for Papers
June 3, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Geography, Maritime History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The Third ISHMap Symposium will be held on Friday, 3rd and Saturday, 4th June 2016 at the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon, Auditório BNP. The Organising Committee is composed of ISHMap, in collaboration with the “Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT)” (University of Lisbon) and the “Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal” (BNP). 

Proposals for papers to be delivered at the Symposium should be on the subject of the symposium “Encounters and Translations: Mapping and Writing the Waters of the World”.

The paper can be from any period in history and may take the term “encounters and translations” in a broad sense. It covers hydrographical maps and charts. The term water includes seas, oceans, rivers, lakes and the ice.

Suggested topics for a paper might be:

-from original sketches and drafts to publication

-translation of knowledge from one country to another

-the indigenous input

-cross-cultural influence in mapmaking

-the role of networks in the production of hydrographical maps and any other aspect of hydrographical mapmaking.

Paper proposals requirements:

Titles and Abstracts of papers (up to 350 words) should be submitted electronically by 31 December, 2015 to the ISHMap website at http://ishm.elte.hu/lisbon/                  

Notification of the results of selection will be in the end of January 2016.

Practical arrangements:

The symposium is open to all interested in the subject. There is no fee. All papers on two days (morning and afternoon) will be given in English; each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes. Sufficient discussion time for the symposium participants will follow. The Annual General Meeting of ISHMap will take place on Friday, 3rd June 2016 after the papers of the first day. 

Contact Info: 

International Society for the History of the  Map (ISHMap)

Merve Arkan (Secretary of ISHMap)


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