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International Conference on the History of Cartography
CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE SURVEY
18th International Conference on the History of Cartography
18ο Διεθνες Συνεδριο Ιsτοριας της Χαρτογραφιας
July 11-16, 1999 Αθηνα (Athens)
Held at the Κεντρο Νεοελληνικων Ερευνων-Εθνικο Ιδρυμα Ερευνων (Center for Neohellenic Research-The National Hellenic Research Foundation) and the Γενναδειος Βιβλιοθηκη (Gennadius Library). Organized by the Ελληνικη Εταιρεια Χαρτογραφιας (Society for Hellenic Cartography). President of the organising committee was Θεμης Στρογγυλος (Themis Strongilos), general secretary Γιωργος Τολιας (George Tolias). Attendance was 194. Conference languages English, French and Greek.
The main conference topics were the cartography of the Mediterranean world and other aspects of the history of cartography. Thematic sessions were on "Renaissance", "Theory, Practice, and the History of Cartography Project", "Map Functions", "Cadastral Mapping", "City Views", "Islands", "Celestial Cartography", "Military Engineering", "Russian Charting", "Medieval Texts and Maps", "Nations and Cartography", "The History of Historical Maps", "Quantitave Methodology", "Reconstructing Homer", "Current Research in Ancient and Medieval Cartography", "Hydrography", "Islamic Cartography", "Portolan Charts", "Thematic Mapping", "Cartometry", and "Maps in the Service of Science".
There were three exhibitions, for each of which was published a catalog:
- "The cartography of the Mediterranean-The Greek Private Collections", in the Melas Hall.
- "20th Century Greek Cartography", at the atrium of the National Hellenic Research Foundation.
- "Greek Cartography in print 16th-19th century from the Gennadius Library Collection", in the Gennadius Library.
Special sessions were
- the round table discussion "One Map, Four Viewpoints", with contributions on Ortelius's world map of 1570 by Giorgio Mangani, Lucia Nuti, Peter van der Krogt, and Kees Zandvliet;
- the roundtable discussion 'Current Research in Ancient and Medieval Cartography', chaired by Evelyn Edson.
- the workshop 'Portolan Charts', chaired by Corradino Astengo.
On 10 July there were two pre-conference meetings: the ISCEM meeting and the ICA Symposium on "Teaching the History of Cartography".
Excursions were a tour of the Acropolis and a day cruise to Aegina, Hydra, and Poros. The farewell dinner was at the Tennis Club of Athens.
There were 54 papers and 20 poster presentations, and there was an accompanying abstracts book, which also includes substantial curricula vitae for all speakers and poster presenters.