24 July 2016

57th Annual Meeting: Registration Information

 57th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries

September 22 (Thursday) – September 24 (Saturday), 2016
Newport, Rhode Island


The conference hotel is the Viking Hotel in downtown Newport, RI, just a few short blocks from the waterfront.

Link here for hotel reservations at the discounted SHD rate.

Conference registration is now open!

  • $250.00 per person ($225.00 per person if you register by August 10, 2016)
  • $200.00 Companion registration
  • $175.00 Graduate Student

The fee for the excursion (lunch and harbor tour on Saturday afternoon) is $40.00.  Please be sure to include this in your payment and note it in the registration information -- this is limited to the first 20 people.

Please register via Paypal, following the instructions below:

1. Go to the Internet URL https://www.PayPal.com  
2. Click on "Send Money"
3. Sign up for FREE personal Account if you do not already have one. If you live in the USA, use U.S. Account Registration. If not residing in the USA, click on “International Account Registration.”
Enter NO for Premier Account.
4. Under "Recipient's E-mail" enter brandebo@hotmail.com
5. Under "Amount" enter the amount you want charged to your
credit card.
6. Under 'Type" enter 'service.'
7. Under "Email Subject*" enter "2016 Conference Registration-your last name" (enter YOUR last name, not "your last name")
8. Under "Note*" enter the names of conference registrants, any dietary restrictions (this is important!), and your contact information (address, phone, e-mail).  If you are also registering for the excursion, please indicate this and the # in your party.

If you have any questions about this procedure, contact the Treasurer at E-mail: brandebo@hotmail.com

13 July 2016

57th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries


57th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries

September 22 (Thursday) – September 24 (Saturday), 2016
Newport, Rhode Island

The conference hotel is the Viking Hotel in downtown Newport, RI, just a few short blocks from the waterfront.
Link here for hotel reservations at the discounted SHD rate. 


Preliminary Program

(All events take place at the Viking Hotel unless otherwise noted)
  
Thursday, September 22

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.            Opening Reception/Registration

Friday, September 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast/Registration

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome:  SHD President:  James Matthews

8:45 am. –10:15 a.m.               SESSION 1
·         Chet Van Duzer, “The Cartographer Sets Sail: Eyewitness Records and Early Modern Maps”
·         James Walker, “Chart of the Northwest Coast of America: An Unrecorded Legacy of the 1790-1793 Voyage of the Columbia Rediviva and A Record of Earliest Encounters”
·         Richard Vondrak, “Amundsen's Difficult Search for the Elusive North Magnetic Pole”

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Break/Registration

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          SESSION 2
·         Thomas J. Rushford, “Jean Ribault: Huguenot Explorer in the Atlantic World”
·         Lauren Beck, “Extramarital Explorations in the Early Spanish Atlantic”
·         Simon Sun, “Your Affectionate Son: Family Letters of Samuel Shaw”

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              SESSION 3
·         Mirela Altić, “Jesuits at Sea:  Jose Quiroga and Jose Cardiel—Two Different Views of Patagonia 1745-1746”
·         Anne Good, “Curious Tastes:  Experimental Eating on Ship and on Land”
·         Thomas J. Anderson, “The Desert Mariner: Understanding the Global Experiences of F. G. Lyon in the Sahara and Artic”

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.              SESSION 4
·         Charles Sullivan, “From Sea to Shining Sea: Measuring North America in the 16th Century”
·         Lydia Towns, “To Regulate or Not to Regulate: the Seven Years' War and William Pitt's Attempt to Control British Privateers”
·         Janet Rith-Najarian, “Captain Grace O’Malley and the Irish Seas: Piracy, Rebellion, and Cartographic Espionage in the Elizabethan Era”

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.              RECEPTION, ANNUAL DINNER
Keynote Address by D. K. Abbass:
"How So Many of James Cook's Ships got to Rhode Island without the Great Navigator: The After-Glow of Discovery"


Saturday, September 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.               SESSION 5:  Connections:  Captain Cook and Rhode Island
·         Stephen Baines, “Rhode Island and Yorkshire:  Colonial Rhode Island's Religious Tolerance and the Quaker Connections to Maritime Trade”
·         Kerry Lynch, “The Search for the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour:  The 2016 Update on RIMAP's Archaeological Progress”
·         Nigel Erskine, "What Finding the Endeavour Means to the Modern World: 150th Anniversary Plans in England, Australia, and (by the way) the Media”

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Annual Business Meeting

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          SESSION 6
·         Felipe Fernandes Cruz, 2015 SHD Student Prize Winner, “Napalm Colonization: Indigenous Peoples and Exploration in Brazil’s Aeronautical Frontiers”
·         Anthony Mullan, “Agustin Codazzi and Nation Building in Nineteenth Century Venezuela”
·         Frances L. Pollitt, “Charting Casco Bay: Lemuel Moody’s signature (and unrecognized) contribution towards saving mariners’ lives in and around Portland Harbor, Maine, 1825”


Optional Outing

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Picnic Lunch and Harbor Tour (Separate Advance Registration required; location/time is tentative and subject to change)


There are many things to do and see in Newport, many of them within walking distance of the Viking Hotel.  We encourage you to visit the DiscoverNewport website to plan additional activities during your visit. 

Registration Information

Conference registration is now open!
  • $250.00 per person ($225.00 per person if you register by August 10, 2016)
  • $200.00 Companion registration
  • $175.00 Graduate Student
The fee for the excursion (lunch and harbor tour on Saturday afternoon) is $40.00.  Please be sure to include this in your payment and note it in the registration information -- this is limited to the first 20 people.

Please register via Paypal, following the instructions below:

1. Go to the Internet URL https://www.PayPal.com  
2. Click on "Send Money"
3. Sign up for FREE personal Account if you do not already have one. If you live in the USA, use U.S. Account Registration. If not residing in the USA, click on “International Account Registration.”
Enter NO for Premier Account.
4. Under "Recipient's E-mail" enter brandebo@hotmail.com
5. Under "Amount" enter the amount you want charged to your
credit card.
6. Under 'Type" enter 'service.'
7. Under "Email Subject*" enter "2016 Conference Registration-your last name" (enter YOUR last name, not "your last name")
8. Under "Note*" enter the names of conference registrants, any dietary restrictions (this is important!), and your contact information (address, phone, e-mail).  If you are also registering for the excursion, please indicate this and the # in your party.


If you have any questions about this procedure, contact the Treasurer at E-mail: brandebo@hotmail.com

26 January 2016

Call for Papers: 2016 Annual Meeting



Call for Papers
2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries



Where: Newport, Rhode Island
When: 22-24 September 2016 with possible tour on 25 September

Theme: The Mariner's Life: At Home, Abroad, and At Sea

Papers, 20 minutes in length, are invited on all aspects of this theme, from navigation to piracy, from sailor's wives to shipwrecks, from slavery to food, shipboard entertainment, and the law of the sea. A featured part of the conference will be the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and its work locating British ships, including Cook's bark Endeavour, lost off the Rhode Island coast during the Revolutionary War.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals from SHD members, scholars, and independent researchers that address all aspects of geographical discovery and exploration. Preference will be given to those papers that are particularly aligned with the conference theme, but all paper proposals of high quality, regardless of geographic orientation, will be considered.

The audience at SHD meetings is diverse and includes academics and members of various professions. All are especially interested in the processes and consequences of geographical exploration and discovery. Presenters are encouraged to use images (maps, paintings, photographs, etc.). For the benefit of the audience all visuals have to be presented as PowerPoint compatible projections.

Paper Proposals are Due February 15, 2016
  • the title of the presentation 
  • the author’s name and address, including email address and affiliation 
  • an abstract summarizing the paper’s scope and conclusions (maximum of 500 words) 
  • a statement about the originality of the contents of the paper: how much is new, unpublished material, based on research in primary sources, etc. 
  • a statement indicating whether power point or other digital media will be used and whether internet access is necessary for the presentation. 
  • a brief biographic sketch of the author(s) 
SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars. 

Paper proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments, with the subject line SHD 2016, to:

Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, Program Committee Chair
ragn0001@umn.edu

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ragnow at ragn0001@umn.edu or 612-624-6895

27 April 2015

Latest issue of Terrae Incognitae


The latest issue of Terrae Incognitae, the journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries, is now online!

The contents of this issue are as follows:

Enjoy!

Insulae Americanae by Cornelius Danckerts, 1696

17 October 2014

SHD Members talk about Mapping the U.S.

The "Great American Desert" notation of the
Great Plains from Maj. Stephen Long's expedition.
North Texas PBS station KERA offers an audio interview of three map scholars and SHD members: University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) special collections curator Ben Huseman; Texas Map Society president Gerald Saxon; and Imre Dembardt, Professor of Cartographic History at UTA. Part of their radio series Think with host Krys Boyd, these scholars present a look at how maps relay information about American society as the United States has changed and expanded.

A new issue of the SHD newsletter Terrae Cognita

The latest issue of the SHD newsletter Terrae Cognita has been published here.  You'll find abstracts for the upcoming meeting in Austin, and other member news.  Happy reading!

Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus


World map of Henricus Martellus Germanus from 1489,
currently at the British Library.
"Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus" by Gregg Miller at Wired