Mapping the Pacific – IMCoS Symposium 2020

7 - 9 September 2020

Mapping the Pacific; by stars, wind and water

The next IMCoS symposium will be held in conjunction with a major cartographic conference organised by the State Library of New South Wales to commemorate the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s charting of the east coast of Australia and new Zealand.  The conference will examine the traditional wayfinding knowledge of the Pacific community, and the European exploration and mapping of the Pacific from the early modern era through to the 19th century, including the cartography of James Cook.

The conference is planned as a three-day event, commencing with an opening reception at the NSW State Library on the evening of Sunday 6th September.  Keynote presentations and lectures will take place over Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September.  On the third day a post-conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia, and its wonderful collection will be offered.

The Library is also planning a major exhibition to reflect the themes of the conference while also highlighting the Library’s international cartographic collections.

The venue for the conference is the State Library of New South Wales, Australia’s oldest library, located in the centre of Sydney, opposite the Botanic Gardens.  The Library is a short distance from a wide range of accommodation options, from backpacker hostels to five-star hotels, as well as numerous bars, cafes and restaurants.

Further information on the IMCoS Symposium and booking will be available here at a later date.

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The conference convener, Maggie Patton, is assembling a group of speakers comprising distinguished academics, curators and prominent collectors; additional information is available at

The link to the NSW State Library’s own website is now live: