In May 2020, the Trustees of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) established prizes for the best papers delivered at the ISHMap Symposium and for projects in map history that advance the field beyond the boundaries of academic publication. The Best Paper prizes were first awarded in 2020, and the Project in Map History Prize in 2021.

Budget permitting, the Trustees intend to offer each award every two years.

ISHMap Prizes in Map History

Best Symposium Papers

ISHMap will reward up to two Best Paper Prizes for original work presented at each ISHMap Symposium, one each to a presenter with a terminal degree and one without a terminal degree. Presentations must be delivered live at the symposium. Additional details about the prize and evaluation process can be found:

Best Paper Delivered live at the ISHMap Symposium by a Participant with a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MLA, MFA, etc..).

Best Paper Delivered live at the ISHMap Symposium by a Participant without a terminal degree

2020 Winners

Carolina Martinez, CONICET/Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina

A Case of Dislocated Toponymy? Thule Island from Pytheas to Cook’s Second Voyage of Circumnavigation (1772-1775),” has received the award for best paper delivered by a participant with a terminal degree during the society’s biennial symposium, held (virtually) on June 12-13, 2020.

Brenda Degger, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

“The Frontier of the Known World: The Allegory of America and the Images of Artemis, XVI and Early XVII Centuries” has received the award for best paper delivered by a participant without a terminal graduate degree during the society’s biennial symposium, held (virtually) on June 12-13, 2020.

Both talks were given during Session 3: Map Fixations: Toponomies and Allegories and are available with the Symposium videos online.

Project in Map History

This Prize recognizes a project that increases accessibility and engagement with maps and map history through innovative presentation other than academic publication.

The ISHMap Prize in Map History, awarded every two years and presented at the ISHMap General Assembly, will recognize a project that explores the history of maps and mapping outside of the format of an academic paper, book, or edited collection in a way that increases accessibility and engagement with maps and map history through innovative presentations. The prize will uplift projects that seek to expand the subjects, audience, scope, and/or methodology of engaging with the history of maps and mapping. Projects can take many forms including, but in no way limited to, physical exhibitions, datasets, online exhibitions, multimedia projects such as podcasts and films, thematic maps, games, and digital products.

The prize winner, honorable mentions, and notable nominations were announced on June 10, 2021.

For more details, including eligibility and nomination options, click here. To nominate or self-nominate a project, click here.

Deadline for nominations and self-nominations for the inaugural award: December 31, 2020.