We are pleased to announce that keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London), Prof. Mark Monmonier (Syracuse University), Prof. Georg Gartner (Vienna University of Technology) and Dr. Thomas Horst (Universität der Bundeswehr München).
Jerry Brotton's research focuses on artistic, material and intellectual exchange between different cultures in the period 1500-1700. These interests also include the cartographic. He has written books on early modern cartography and the construction of imperial space (Trading Territories), has recently completed an AHRC-funded book on the mapping of the world from the Greeks to Google Earth, and in 2010 he wrote and presented a three-part BBC television series on the history of maps, entitled Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession. He has reviewed for Radio 4’s Front Row, Radio 3's Night Waves, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Literary Review and BBC History Magazine, and is a Trustee of the J.B. Harley Trust.
Mark Monmonier teaches courses on map design, geographic information policy, environmental hazards, and map history at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Fascinated by innovative mapmaking technologies and the growing diversity of map uses, he has also written books that explore the impact of cartography on society, with a focus on the twentieth century. His books include No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control, Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change, Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection and How to Lie with Maps. He is also editor for Volume Six of the History of Cartography, which focuses on the twentieth century.
Georg Gartner is a Professor for Cartography and Geo-Mediatechniques at the Research Group of Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology. He holds graduate qualifications in geography and cartography from the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology.
He is the president of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Austrian Geographic Society. At Vienna University of Technology he is dean for study affairs in geodesy and geoinformation.
Thomas Horst studied history and anthropology at the universities of Munich and Vienna. He is specialised in the history of cartography and worked a.o. on the development of the city maps of his home city of Munich and unknown manuscript maps of Bavaria, with particular regard to the history of culture and climate. In 2003 and 2005 he also did ethnological field research about the descendants of the Mundurukú-Indians in the Amazon region (Brazil). His postdoctoral research projects focuses – besides the early modern cartography – on old globe pairs and the history of climatology. In 2009 he received a fellowship for the investigation of old globes held in Bavaria. Recently, he wrote a substantial commentary to the Mercator atlas of 1595, which will be published on occasion of the 500th anniversary of Gerhard Mercator in 2012.