ICHC History


The International Conference on the History of Cartography [ICHC] is the only scholarly conference solely dedicated to advancing the knowledge of the history of maps and mapmaking, regardless of geographical region, language, period or topic. The conference promotes free and unfettered global cooperation and collaboration among cartographic scholars from any academic discipline, curators, collectors, dealers and institutions through illustrated lectures, presentations, exhibitions, and a social programme. In order to expand awareness of issues and resources, each conference is sponsored by leading educational and cultural institutions. Conferences are held biennially and are administered by local organizers in conjunction with Imago Mundi Ltd.


Each ICHC provides a forum for all scholars, both academic and lay, who are interested in the exchange of research findings and ideas about the history of cartography. All papers must primarily concern the history of cartography, i.e., the interdisciplinary study of maps, their making, and their use in the past. Participation from other academic disciplines – art history, history of science, geography, literature studies, cultural history, etc. – should therefore be actively encouraged. Papers that concern only related subjects (e.g. historical geography, the history of discoveries, and the use of maps for current political argument or for specific information about past landscapes) would not be considered to fall within the history of cartography.

The academic programme of the conference is comprised of paper and poster presentations, and exhibitions. The social programme includes receptions, a farewell dinner and (in this case) a one-day post-conference tour to the historical city of Ouro Preto.

More information about the history of ICHC is available here.

Previous conferences

  • London (1964)
  • London (1967)
  • Brussels (1969)
  • Edinburgh (1971)
  • Warsaw, Jadwisin (1973)
  • Greenwich (1975)
  • Washington, D.C. (1977)
  • Berlin (1979)
  • Pisa, Florence, Rome (1981)
  • Dublin (1983)
  • Ottawa (1985)
  • Paris (1987)
  • Amsterdam, The Hague (1989)
  • Uppsala, Stockholm (1991)
  • Chicago (1993)
  • Vienna (1995)
  • Lisbon (1997)
  • Athens (1999)
  • Madrid (2001)
  • Cambridge (Mass.), Portland (Me.) (2003)
  • Budapest (2005)
  • Berne (2007)
  • Copenhagen (2009)
  • Moscow (2011)
  • Helsinki (2013)
  • Antwerp (2015)