Second International Workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

June 7-8, 2018, Instituto Hidrográfico, Lisboa - Portugal

The First International Workshop “On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts” was held in Lisbon in June 2016. That was notable in gathering under the same roof, for the first time, most of the internationally recognized
specialists on the subject ready to help in assessing the current state of knowledge.

This second workshop focuses once more on issues relating to the origin and evolution of nautical cartography, but this time has broadened its scope to consider other aspects of the subject, such as the mutual influence between the medieval portolan charts and traditional maps of European and non-European origin.

Although no universally accepted answers have yet been provided to the well-rehearsed issues about the origin, evolution and use of the portolan charts, most experts now appear to agree on two important points: first, that a multidisciplinary approach to these problems is essential, including, for example, the use of numerical analytical techniques to complement the close examination of the manuscripts themselves; and second, that any theory addressing the origin, evolution and use of portolan charts must take into account the navigational practices of the time.

The meeting will be at the Hydrographic Institute of Portugal (Instituto Hidrográfico), located at the Convent of Trinity of Mocambo (Convento das Trinas), in the old district of Madragoa, in Lisbon.

The admission is free but registration is required by filling the form. Detailed information can be found on the workshop webpage.

Posted: February 28, 2018