History of Cartography; Toponymy; Atlases
The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases have joined forces with the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division for an international Workshop: ‘Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases’. This Workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC.
Through the presentation and discussion of over 20 peer-reviewed papers, the workshop aims to demonstrate the wealth of maps and charts produced from the early modern period to the – now also historic – 20th century, and the relevance of interpreting them. The history of cartography acts as the overarching motif connecting all the presentations, while toponymy and atlases form its main subthemes. Also included in the programme are two papers which will set the local scene: one on George Washington as a mapmaker and one on surveying the pivotal Mason-Dixon Line. In addition, keynotes will be delivered by Derek Alderman on the relevance of black toponyms and by Mark Monmonier on the motives for patenting map projections.
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