8th International Conference, ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul
THEME: Since its massive expansion under Sultans Selim I (1512-20) and Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-66), the Ottoman Empire extended from the Algerian shores to Georgia in the Caucasus and from Hungary in the heart of Europe to Yemen on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Albeit in a long decline thereafter, the core of this multi-cultural conglomerate survived into the early 20th century, before it finally disintegrated after World War I. Throughout these five centuries, the Ottomans deeply influenced these heterogeneous countries with at times closer or looser ties to the metropolis Constantinople, leaving a multi-faceted cartographic legacy behind.
The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries during, but not limited to, the 16th to 20thcenturies. The symposium will focus on two main themes:
1) Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa
- Ottoman cartography (maps and charts, city and cadastral plans, thematic maps)
- Foreign cartography of Ottoman countries
- Geodesy and surveying methods developed under Ottoman rule and by foreign cartographers working in these areas
- The impact of the military on the development of cartography
- Cartographic collections in the former Ottoman countries and around the world
2) Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- Technical and conceptual development of archaeological cartography, from the earliest site plans to the introduction of GIS and 3D reconstructions
- Dichotomy between “accurate” cartographic representation and archaeological interpretation when mapping manmade artefacts, features and landscapes
- Relationship between cartography, archaeology and the military
CALL FOR PAPERS: The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for long (25 min) and short (10 min) oral presentations. These need to reach the organisers by the 15th of November 2019.