In perioada 4-8 iulie, a avut loc, la Bucuresti, a 29-a Conferinta internatională de istorie a cartografiei. Conferinta a fost organizată de Muzeul national al hărtilor, Universitatea Bucuresti si Imago Mundi LTD
„The main conference theme, ‘Conflict and Cartography’, aims to explore the intricate conflictual content of mapping and mapmaking in fields such as war, politics, ideology, cultural or intellectual history. The themes of the conference are (1) Imperial and Anti-Imperial Cartographies, (2) Frontier Cartographies, (3) Cartographies of Nostalgia and Imagination, (4) Cartographies of Difference and Map Consumption.”
Pentru cei interesati, informatii despre desfăsurarea evenimentului pot fi găsite pe site-ul Muzeului.
Deoarece eram plecat in Grecia, am transmis un mesaj participantilor la această prima conferintă de cartografie din România:
„Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
I apologize for not being here in person. It is an important moment for me and for the National Museum of Maps and Old Books that I founded more than nineteen years ago.
I founded the National Museum of Maps and Old Books and donated my maps collection to the Romanian nation, with a will to make maps known to the public, to bring together all those interested in ancient maps, from collectors, scholars, amateurs, to children interested in history or geography. Museums connect us to our heritage and preserve our most valuable treasures for the generations to come. They are a place for continuous learning and growing. Thus, it is a pleasure for me to see that this mission is accomplished today, by organizing the International Conference on the History of Cartography in Bucharest. More than ten years ago the Maps Museum hosted the reunion of the Brussels Map Circle, some of you might still remember that time, and today we have the chance to be back once more in the attention of international scholars. Thank you Imago Mundi for trusting the Maps Museum with this important task of organizing the conference and the University of Bucharest for joining us in this challenge.
Maps teach us history and geography and they never have just one story to tell. They are an endless source of information that help us understand better who we are and how history was shaped.
Thank you for being here today, in person or remote. I wish you all a pleasant stay and an enriching week.”