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56th Annual Meeting
Society for the History of Discoveries
July 8 (Wednesday) – July 11 (Saturday), 2015
London, United Kingdom

Co-hosted by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London

University of London Senate House and Library
Senate House
University of London, Malet St
London WC1E 7HU
UK


Information
AbstractsAnnual Meeting Photos



The Society for the History of Discoveries held its 56th Annual Meeting from July 7 – 11, 2015 in London, United Kingdom, a meeting co-hosted by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. This was the first meeting for SHD outside the USA since its 2002 meeting in Mexico, and the second time it has convened in London, the last time being in September 1987.  The Society’s international membership was evident at this London meeting, held at the University of London and at The British Library; it drew scholars from eight countries who delivered the eighteen presentations described in the Abstracts.  Delegates and guests also came from many nations and enjoyed behind-the-scenes visits to cartographic/discoveries displays at the Royal Geographical Society (many thanks to our host Alasdair Macleod, Head of Enterprise and Resources), the British Library (many thanks to our host Tom Harper, Curator of Antiquarian Mapping), and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.  The Annual Dinner’s Keynote Speaker was Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study and Research Vice-President of the British Academy.  At the Annual Dinner, Thomas F. Sander was recognized as the 2015 Fellow of the Society for the History of Discoveries, an honor bestowed in recognition of fifteen years of service and support to the Society as President, Vice President and Web Content Manager. This 2015 meeting was timed to immediately precede the July 12-18 meeting in Antwerp, Belgium of the International Conference on the History of Cartography, with many London participants traveling there following the SHD events. At the conclusion of the SHD Meeting, leadership passed from 2013-2015 President Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt to 2015-2017 President Dr. James Matthews of Illinois Wesleyan University.  Society leadership information can be found here.


SCHEDULE


Dates:                July 7-11, 2015  (Tuesday to Saturday)

Tuesday
7 July
Evening
18:00-19:30


Ice-Breaker Reception / Registration
(University of London, Senate House)


Wednesday

8 July



Registration / Upload of presentations
(University of London, Senate House,
Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Suite
)
Morning



10:00-12:30



Pre-Conference Excursion
ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
http://www.rgs.org/aboutus/visiting+the+society.htm

Noon
 LUNCH BREAK
  56th SHD Annual Meeting
(University of London, Senate House,
Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Suite
)
Afternoon

13:30-13:45

Welcome & Opening Remarks
SHD President: Imre Demhardt

 Session I 13:45-14:45
Wesley Brown
“1500: The Year of Eight Distinct World Views”


 Coffee/Tea Break
14:45-15:00
 
 Session II 15:00-16:10





Prof. Haim Goren
“The 1847-8 debate on the slope of the Jordan: Robinson, Petermann and Molyneux”

Gary A. Davis
“Mapping the Middle Ground: Exploratory Surveying as Distributed Cognition”

 Session III 16:20-17:30




Michael Layland
“The Maritime Exploration of Vancouver Island”

Prof. Dr. Mirela Altić
“Early Admiralty Charts of the Adriatic with Special Regard to the Contribution of Captain W. H. Smyth”

Evening

18:00-19:00

Wine & Cheese Reception
(University of London, Senate House.
Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Suite)

Thursday

9 July
 
56th SHD Annual Meeting

(University of London, Senate House)
Morning Registration / Upload of presentations
Morning

Session IV 9:15-10:10
Gregory C. McIntosh
“Some Considerations on the Origin of the Portolan Chart”
 Coffee / Tea Break
10:10-10:30

 Session V
10:30-12:00







Prof. Brent Lane
“Scientific Expertise and the Evolution of Speculative Financing of North American Exploration and Settlement”

Greg Eccleston
“Mapping the Routes of the Early Navigators of Bass Strait”

Lydia Towns
“English Maritime Exploration of the New World Under Henry VIII”
Noon
LUNCH (included and on-site)
Afternoon







Session VI
13:00-14:00






Frederik Muller MD, Ph.D.
“The end of Iberian dominance in Asia and the Americas: the role of the Dutch”

Charles Sullivan, Ph.D.
“New Light on Raleigh, the Gilberts, and Other Elizabethans:  “Colleagues of the Fellowship for the Discovery of the Northwest Passage”
 Session VII
14:20-15:30





Joaquim Alves Gaspar
“The map of Piri Reis (1513) and the Iberian cartography of the sixteenth century”

Chet Van Duzer
“Twice Mapped: The Duplication of Islands as a Byproduct of Mapping Discoveries, 1500-1550”
 Coffee / Tea Break
15:30-15:50
 
 Session VIII 15:50-17:00
Marguerite Ragnow
“Matteo Ricci and the Atlantic Islands of Zuane Pizzigano”

 17:00-17:45SHD Annual Business Meeting
 19:00-19:30

Reception
(University of London, Senate House, Chancellor’s Hall)
Evening








19:30-21:30








Annual Dinner
(University of London, Senate House, Chancellor’s Hall)
Announcement of 2015 SHD Fellow – Thomas Sander
Followed by Key Note Speech
“MAPS AND HISTORY”
by Prof. Roger Kain
Dean and Chief Executive of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study
Research Vice-President of the British Academy
Friday
10 July
Morning


 Mid-Conference Excursion
THE BRITISH LIBRARY
Map Room on 3rd Floor
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/quickinfo/loc/stp/
Noon
12:30 - 13:45
LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon




13:45 - 17:30




Public Lectures: “Adventures in Island and Maritime Exploration”
British Library in association with the Society for the History of Discoveries

British Library Conference Centre
 13:45 – 14:00Welcoming Remarks by BL and SHD
 14:00 – 14:45


Lecture I - Richard Pflederer
To the Islands and the Coasts: Itineraries in the Mediterranean Sea (15th Century)
 14:45 – 15:00Q&A Lecture I
 15:00 – 15:45


Lecture II - Donald McGuirk
Sea of the West: The Imagined Sea in the Heart of North America (18th Century)
 15:45 – 15:50Q&A Lecture II
 Coffee / Tea Break
15:50 – 16:10

 
 16:10 – 16:15Introduction of Lecture III
 16:15 – 17:00


Lecture III - Imre Demhardt
 “Open water up to the Pole …” – Assumptions, Surprises and Discoveries in the Arctic (19th Century)
 17:00 – 17:05Q&A Lecture III
 17:05 – 17:10Concluding Remarks
Saturday
11 July


Full-Day



Post-Conference Excursion
ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH


Public transport to Greenwich by boat on the Thames
 Morning
TOUR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY
 Noon
LUNCH BREAK
 Afternoon



Free Time to follow individual preferences:
•    National Maritime Museum (free, except special exhibits)
•    Queen’s House Art Gallery (free )
•    Tall Ship Cutty Sark (entrance fee)
Accommodations: There was NO conference hotel since there were dozens of options between 2 and 5 stars within walking distance of Senate House and almost limitless options when taking the London Underground.

(Click here for the PowerPoint presentation delivered at the Austin meeting)

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for a Google Map of the area around the Senate House.

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