The ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Brussels Map Circle take pleasure in inviting you to their joint international symposium ‘Cartography in Times of War and Peace’ which will be held in Ghent and Brussels from Tuesday, December 2 to Saturday, December 6, 2014. The contributing partners are organizing two seperate events, open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the history of cartography and map production.


Conference by the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography

The conference sessions hosted by the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business will focus on the influence of war on map production techniques. Through the ages the entire cartographic process, from initial concept, data collection, compilation and graphic design to publication and use, was affected by political motives and army needs. Therefore, the Commission welcomes contributions on the deployment of cartographical expertise in wartime, the progress of mapping technology and printing methods (engraving techniques, lithographic processes, photomechanical techniques, aerial photographic surveying, photogrammetry etc.) in response to military needs and the emergence and development of national military survey and mapping institutions.

The conference sessions hosted by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, as part of its 5th International Symposium, will primarily focus on Military Cartography in commemoration of the First World War (1914-1918), also known as the ‘Great War’. With 2014 being the centenary of the outbreak of the War, and the conference venue situated so close to the actual war zone of 1914-1918, contributions on the effect of war on military cartography are encouraged. Contributions on the mapping which was done during other late 19th and 20th century wars such as the Boer War (1899-1902), the Second World War (1936-1945), the Vietnam War (1960-1973), the Falklands War (1982), and the Balkan War of the 1990s will also be welcome. Although the Symposium will primarily focus on Military Cartography, submissions on cartographic endeavours in other fields of cartography during the 19th and 20th centuries will also be considered, as well as cartographic activities during earlier centuries, as they often formed the background for later important developments.

When? Tuesday to Friday (morning), 2-5 December 2014
Where? Ghent University Congress Centre “Het Pand”
Call for papers!


Conference by the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC)

The BIMCC will host its annual International Conference, themed “Mapping in times of war – military cartography through the ages up to World War I”

When? Saturday, 6 December 2014
Where? Royal Library, Brussels
Fixed programme of lectures