That’s the playful moniker Dory Klein of the Boston Public Library uses for the creatures found in centuries old maps. She’s an education and outreach assistant at the library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.“In the Medieval and Renaissance period in Europe, people didn’t really know what was out there,” Klein says. “So your corpus of knowledge came from folklore and the Bible. And so in that world, monsters could very well be real and they were just part of this supernatural landscape. Background to the popular twitter hastag #MapMonsterMonday – http://short.pri.org/QizxeAC
The call for papers for the 2016 conference has been extended to May 4. Details on the conference to be held on September 7 – 9 in Wollongong, NSW are available on the Events page. Inquiries Maggie Patton
Encircled by sea: mapping coastal communities of Australia and New Zealand.
The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be held in Wollongong, New South Wales, September 7 – 9, 2016.
Encircled by sea, Australia and New Zealand share a common history of exploration and settlement along the coastal fringes. The 2016 conference will explore the European discovery and gradual mapping and settlement of Australia and New Zealand and the significant role explorers, surveyors and cartographers have played in shaping and documenting the changing landscapes over more than 200 years. The conference program also acknowledges the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in his vessel the Eendracht off the coast of Shark Bay, on 25 October 1616.
Call for papers
Papers will be considered relating to any historical or contemporary aspects of coastal mapping of Australia and New Zealand from the earliest European discoveries through to the gradual surveying and settlement of coastal cities, towns and communities along our coastlines over the past 400 years.
Papers on general historical or contemporary mapping of Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region will also be considered as providing context and breadth to the conference program.
Please send proposals for 30 minute papers of no more than 300 words to Maggie Patton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday May 4, 2016. Please include affiliation details.
Robert Young will be speaking about William Branwhite Clarke, the subject of his recent publication This wonderfully strange country : Rev. W. B. Clarke, colonial scientist.
Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911
National Library of Australia, Canberra. Dates – 2 January – 22 May 2016.
See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007 and never before seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail.
Further information on the exhibition website
Botanists have travelled far and wide across Queensland for more than a decade as part of an epic project to create the first seamless map of the state’s regional ecosystems.
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A Whole New Blog | Library of Congress Blog
World’s Revealed: Geography & Maps at the Library of Congress will highlight cartographic objects from the Library’s collections that “sometimes go beyond what usually ends up in exhibits and in textbooks and bring to the forefront uncataloged objects that have never before been placed online.”
The Library’s Geography and Map Division contains more than 6 million maps in addition to a wide array of atlases, globes, raised relief models, archives, a vast collection of digital data and a GIS research center. The blog will explore the past, present, and future of maps and mapping, including sharing latest finds and new acquisitions.