The Trustees of the International Society for the History of the Map announce the VII ISHMap symposium and II Workshop in July 2023 in Berlin, Germany. The Call for Papers will open in mid-2022.

ISHMap’s symposia are offered in alternate years.  Traditionally, they take place in alternate years from the biannual meeting of the International Conference in the History of Cartography (ICHC).  As the ICHC transitions to meeting in even numbered years, starting in 2022, ISHMap’s symposium will meet in odd numbered years, starting in 2023.  Due to this change, the Society will offer symposia two years in a row, in 2022 and 2023.

ISHMap Symposium and Workshop- 2023

The ISHMap VII Symposium and II Workshop in 2023 will take place at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin the week of July 10, 2023.  Applications for both Workshop and Symposium are open to October 31, 2022. Click here for the CFP.

Additional details about the symposium program and associated activities will be forthcoming.

The symposium theme, Intersections, invites consideration of the impact of seemingly contradictory perspectives such as insider and outsider knowledge and expertise, and art and science, on map making and use. The organizers seek to foster connections between ISHMap and East Asian scholars and scholarship. 

A two-day workshop for early career professionals (scholars, curators, archivists, and librarians) working in the history of cartography will precede the Symposium. Hands-on activities may include work with the MPIWG’s collection of Chinese maps and developing digital humanities projects.

Additional information may be requested from co-hosts Diana Lange <diana.lange[at]> and Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann <vera.dorofeeva-lichtmann[at] > or ISHMap Chair <ishmapsociety(at)>


Founded in 1994, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin is one of more than 80 research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society in the sciences and humanities. The Institute has become an internationally recognized center of the history of science and technology studies, exploring links between the history of science and the history of cartography, including in the fields of co-hosts Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann and Diana Lange, in East Asian (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) and Tibetan cartography and the study of color on maps.[1]

The MPIWG offers excellent meeting conditions, including a fully accessible and equipped conference room which seats up to 80 persons, a smaller seminar room, library and several areas with seating for breaks and refreshments (see  The Institute has a staff experienced in hosting academic events, and free high-speed and reliable internet, which could support a mixed-format (hybrid) event format.  The MPWIG is connected to Berlin’s excellent public transportation system, and is in a green residential area (Berlin-Dahlem) with two magnificent parks in the vicinity of the conference venue.  Onsite accommodation for conference participants will be offered at Harnack House, and additional housing suggestions will be available in 2022.  As well as the well-known museums of Berlin, map collections in Berlin and in other German cities that may be of interest to the ISHMap participants, include the collection of the Map Reading Room of the Berlin State Library and MPIWG East Asian map collection and study programs on the Chinese local gazetteers (Difangzhi 地方志) – a voluminous corpus of primary sources on various aspects of territorial administration of the Chinese Empire, including maps.

[1] Dorofeeva-Licthman is coordinator of Translating Terroirs: East Asia between Autochthonous and European Cartographic Language (2019-2021), for which Dagmar Schäfer, Director of the Dept. III of the MPIWG and Managing Director of the MPIWG, is Principal investigator. Lange is co-convener of “Maps and Colours” workshop and lecture series (2020) and co-curator of the upcoming exhibition “Colour meets map” at the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg (August 2021).

View of the city of Berlin, ca. 1716.

About the Maps.

The banner map, Johann Homan’s plan of Berlin, is from the cartographer and engraver’s Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia Regna et Status Exactis Fabulis Geographice Demonstrans (1716). Below the plan, a view of the city brings it to life.