Mapping the Pacific, Sydney 2021

25 - 27 August 2021

Mapping the Pacific

25 – 27 August 2021

State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

The State Library of New South Wales’s 2020 conference Mapping the Pacific, which had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be going ahead in 2021 from 25–27 August. It was to have been the 37th IMCoS International Symposium. At the time of the cancellation, it was uncertain when and. even whether the conference could take place. Planning for the 38th Symposium in Brussels was already well underway as these events are quite complex and need to be arranged several years in advance. IMCoS had to keep its commitment to the Brussels organisers, focussing its attention on the 2021 38th Symposium taking place there, and for which preparations are in full swing. Now that the Sydney team has managed to reinstate the event – which is no mean feat – IMCoS will, of course, continue to support it. Details for Sydney follow below.

The conference is planned as a three-day event with presentations from international scholars who will examine the traditional way-finding knowledge of the Pacific community, European exploration and the mapping of the Pacific from the early modern era through to the nineteenth century. An optional trip to Canberra for a special event at the National Library of Australia, including two nights’ accommodation after the conference is being planned. Considering the impact of Covid-19, the current programme will be reviewed with the expectation that many of the planned international speakers will be able to attend in person or virtually. The conference website is currently under review, but information is available on the venue, accommodation, and Sydney attractions. Registration for the conference will open in early 2021. The conference website is:

Enquiries: Maggie Patton, Manager, Research & Discovery, State Library of NSW

The conference website will be updated as plans are confirmed including the availability of speakers – click on this link.