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Annual Meeting 2007

Annual Meeting 2007 Abstracts Meeting Photos Festival of Maps

November 2007 in Chicago was a wonderful time for historians of discoveries, cartographers, and map aficionados. For it marked the start of the Festival of Maps, Chicago – a multi-event extravaganza that could not be missed. In what was one of our largest meetings ever, 162 persons attended some or all of our activities. That included 85 SHD members, 35 non-members, and the rest accompanying persons !!

The Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) linked its 48th Annual Meeting in 2007 with a number events occurring during the Festival of Maps, Chicago. That Festival included the Newberry Library, with two major exhibitions on display. That Festival included the Sixteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography, in 2007 organized by Professor Richard Talbert of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. That Festival included a major exhibition of over 100 of the world’s most significant maps, in an exhibit called Maps: Finding Our Place in the World and on display at the renowned Field Museum; these maps had been assembled from public and private collections worldwide. That Festival included many more institutions in Chicago which have agreed to exhibit map treasures in their collections. And, yes, that Festival included the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries. The 2007 SHD meeting began with a dinner on the night of Sunday November 11, and concluded at mid-day on Tuesday November 13.

Jim Akerman and Sarah Frank of the Smith Center at the Newberry Library actively worked with me on this meeting, and in fact many of the SHD mailings came directly from their office. The abstracts of these talks are at the above link.

Thomas F. Sander
President, SHD
Program Chair 2007


It is hoped that members will elect to arrive early for this meeting to partake of the Nebenzahl Lectures. The theme of these lectures is Cartography of the Ancient Mediterranean World. These lectures are offered at no fee, but registration is necessary. AS OF SEPTEMBER 25, THE MEETING ROOM HAS BEEN FILLED FOR THE NEBENZAHL LECTURES AND FUTURE PERSONS DESIRING TO ATTEND WILL BE WAIT-LISTED. There will be so much to see and do that you must plan your time carefully so as to attend the lectures/see the exhibits most interesting to you. Plan to come early to Chicago to partake of many of the attractions that will be offered.


Cartography of the Ancient Mediterranean World

Thursday, November 8

7.45 pm Alexander Jones (University of Toronto)
Ptolomey’s Geography: Mapmaking and the Scientific Enterprise

Reception follows
Friday, November 9

9.30 am Francesca Rochberg (U of California, Riverside)
“By Means of Maps”: The Expression of Terrestrial and Celestial Order in Ancient Mesopotamia

11.00 am David O’Connor (New York University)
From Topography to Cosmos: Ancient Egypt’s Multiple Maps

Lunch on your own

2.00 pm Georgia Irby-Massie (College of William and Mary)
Mapping the World: Greek Initiatives

3.30 pm Michael Lewis (Hull, UK)
Greek and Roman Surveying and Surveying Instruments

Reception follows
Saturday, November 10

9.00 am Richard Talbert (Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Urbs Roma to Orbis Romanus: Roman Mapping on the Grand Scale

10.30 am Benet Salway (University College, London)
Putting the World in Order: Mapping in the Roman Texts

12.00 pm Closing remarks. Please join us after the lectures for a special presentation:
“Holding the History of Cartography Together: Words, People and Resources”
Tony Campbell (Former Map Librarian, The British Library)

Afternoon – free to tour some of the many exhibits

SHD 2007

Sunday Nov 11

10 am – 5 pm

Self-visits to the many exhibits

6:30 – 9:30 pm Opening SHD Reception and Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, 516 N. Clark Street, Chicago. The 6:30 – 7:30 PM reception is hosted by The American Friends of the Hakluyt Society, now celebrating its 161st year of activity in producing high-quality, scholarly editions of historical travel and exploration narratives. The AFHS assists in raising funds for the Society’s work primarily through donations and grants. AFHS Secretary Clare Flemming discussed the Society’s current publishing program and the goals of the American Friends (and to encourage membership!). Guest of Honor was Sarah Tyacke, a past president and current trustee of the Hakluyt Society. Read more about the American Friends by visiting http://www.hakluyt.com/ and clicking on American Friends. (AFHS), a registered Rhode Island charity whose primary function is to raise awareness concerning the mission and publishing program of the
Monday Nov 12 8:45 AM – 8:55 am Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago
Welcome; Opening Remarks
Ralph Ehrenberg, President SHD
Tom Sander, Vice President SHD, 2007 Program Chair

9:00 – 10:30 am Session I – Exploration - Individuals
(Chair: Alice Hudson)
The Reverend Thomas Wakefield: Unsung Geographer and Mapmaker in Late 19th Century Kenya
Sanford Bederman
Exploration and description of Chateau Bay, Labrador, 1000-1830 A.D.
Donald Hogarth
Arthur Schott: A Civilian Surveyor on the U.S.-Mexico Boundary
Paula Rebert

10.30 - 11.00 am Break

11.00 - 11.30 am Keynote Speaker. Sarah Tyacke,
past President, Hakluyt Society, UK

Discovering maps and texts anew: the world before Empire
(Introduced by Sandy Bederman)

11.30 - 12 noon 2007 Student Prize Essay Winner
(Chair: Carol Urness)
Uncharted Seas: European Polynesian Encounters in the Age of Discoveries
Antony Adler

12 noon - 1:30 pm Lunch on your own

12 noon - 1:20 pm SHD Council Meeting

1:30 - 3:00 pm Session II - MAPS - The First Ones
(Chair: Dick Pflederer)
Hic est vera forma moderna:” The Island Books of Henricus Martellus Germanus, 1475-1490
Evelyn Edson
The Little-Known Vesconte Maggiolo MS World Map of 1504 and Its Relationship to Other Early World Maps
Gregory McIntosh
Ruysch, Waldseemüller, and the Mapping of America: 1507-2007
Marguerite Ragnow

3:00 - 3:15 pm Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm Session III - Amerindians on Early Maps
(Chair: Bruce Solnick)
Enlightenment Maps and the “Noble Savage”
Dennis Reinhartz
Cannibalism and Indians in Cartography
Cynthia A. Chambers

4:15 - 4:50 pm SHD Business Meeting

6:45 - 7:30 pm Reception (Open Bar), Foyer of the Newberry Library.
(Hosted in part by the Oxford University Press, publisher of the Oxford Companion to World Exploration.)

7:30 - 9:45 pm Annual Dinner, Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library
- Recognition of 2007 Student Prize Essay Winner
- Recognition of new SHD Fellows
- Recognition of Planning Committee and SHD Leadership
- Address: David Buisseret, SHD FellowChoosing the images to go with a new Oxford Companion to World Exploration
(Introduced by Ralph Ehrenberg)
Tuesday Nov 13 8:55 – 9:00 am Administrative Remarks. Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library

9:00 – 10:30 am Session IV - MAPS -Anatomy, Islands and Projections
(Chair: Jim Walker)
Modelling early nautical charts with empirical map projections
Joaquim Alves Gaspar
A Reexamination of the Antilla Question and the Question of the Mapmaker's Sources
Benjamin Olshin
Thou by thine Art dost so Anatomize”: Maps, Anatomy, and Learned Bodies in Early Modern Ireland
Cóilín Parsons

10:30 – 11:00 am Break

11:00 – 11:30 am Distinguished Speaker Presentation
Tony Campbell, Former Chief, Map Library,
The British Library
“Discovering Maps”
(Introduced by David Buisseret)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Session V - EXPLORATION - Expeditions
(Chair: John Docktor)
A Utopian Mirage: The Hermannsburg Mission in Central Australia, 1877-1978
Karen Severud Cook
John Dee and the Mystical Imperialism of Elizabethan England
Mike Downs
“He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune”: How Expedition Sponsors Give Shape to the Unfamiliar
Richard C Davis

1:00 - 1:10 pm Closing Remarks – END OF SHD MEETING
Ralph Ehrenberg, SHD President

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