Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography Special issue: History of Cartography of the Nordic Countries

Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography
Contributions are invited to a special issue on ‘History of Cartography of the Nordic Countries’. The aim of the special issue is to present research with a focus on how, where and why maps have been made representing the Nordic countries or localities and regions within them.
The historical development of mapping reflects social, political and ideological circumstances, resulting in the production of particular types of maps in particular places and regions at particular times. It also reflects networks whereby cartographers, surveyors, writings, instruments, and maps have circulated both within countries and internationally. Articles should present maps and mapping in their historical and geographical context, reflecting the social and political organization and power structures of their time and place.
Relatively little has been published in English on the history of cartography as it relates to the Nordic countries. Until the 1990s, research on this topic was largely published in the Nordic national languages, with only a very small number of journal articles published in English concerning specific maps or limited topics (e.g. in Imago Mundi, and articles in national geographical journals). Furthermore, much of this research has had a national perspective and only to a limited degree presented a comparative Nordic perspective.
At the end of the 1980s, British geographer and Nordic specialist W.R. Mead (1915–2014) wrote two manuscripts giving a broad overview of the history of cartography in the Nordic countries from the 15th century to the end of the 19th century. Both manuscripts were intended for The History of Cartography, a multivolume work published by the University of Chicago Press from 1987 until the present. Due to delays in production, the first of these manuscripts, titled ‘Scandinavian Renaissance cartography’, was not published until 2007, when it appeared in HOC Volume 3: Cartography in the European Renaissance. The second manuscript, titled ‘Scandinavian cartography, 1650–1800’, was intended for HOC Volume 4: Cartography in the European Enlightenment. Delays and a change from longer articles to an encyclopedic format with short articles meant that the second manuscript no longer suited the new format, and it has not been published (Volume 4 in the new format is due to be published in 2018).
In the meantime, Ulla Ehrensvärd’s monumental work The History of the Nordic Map was published in Swedish and English in 2006, providing a comprehensive overview of Nordic cartographic history up to 1800. Further, William B. Ginsburg’s cartobibliographies of printed maps in Scandinavia 1482–1601 and Norway 1602–1855 were published in four volumes between 2002 and 2012. A number of articles and some doctoral theses have been published in English subsequently, but the English-language literature on maps and mapping in the Nordic countries still remains limited. The planned special issue of Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift–Norwegian Journal of Geography is intended to make a contribution towards redressing this.
The special issue is planned to contain the following:

1. An introductory review article presenting previous research and summarizing the present status of research on the history of cartography of the Nordic countries (author: Michael Jones)

2. W.R. Mead’s overview article ‘Scandinavian cartography, 1650–1800’ (edited by Michael Jones). (The History of Cartography project has released the manuscript and given permission for publication outside the project.).

3. Original articles of a maximum of 8000 words, presenting recent and ongoing research relating to the history of cartography of the Nordic countries. Manuscripts that provide a Nordic perspective, such as comparative studies of two or more countries, or border and cross-border studies, are particularly desired, and otherwise manuscripts providing new historical-geographical perspectives on maps and mapping in particular places, regions or countries within the Nordic countries.

Instructions for Authors

The deadline for abstract submissions: 28th February 2018
Abnstracts should be submitted to the Guest Editor:
The deadline for manuscript submissions: 31st July 2018
Papers should be submitted online via ScholarOne Manuscripts
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A PDF version of this Special Issue can be downloaded here.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor : Michael Jones, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (