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    International Map Collectors Society Symposium 2018 - Cultural Encounters in Maps of China

Programme Rundown

IMCoS Symposium 2018 in Hong Kong: “Cultural Encounters in Maps of China”




18th October 2018 (Thursday)

6:00 – 7:30pm

Registration, Welcome Drinks and Preview of Map Exhibition at HKMM

Long Gallery, HKMM

19th October 2018 (Friday)

8:40 – 9:00am

Registration (if applicable)

Special Exhibitions Gallery, HKMM

9:00 – 9:20am

Opening addresses by:            

  • Richard Wesley, Museum Director, HKMM; and
  • Hans D. Kok, IMCoS Chairman

Section I: Maps of Asia and Beyond

9:20 – 9:55am

Foreign Influence in Chinese Shipping and Evolution of Chinese Sea Charts in the 17th Century

K.L. Tam, Managing Director, Kingstar Shipping Limited & Director;Board Director of HKMMLtd.

9:55 – 10:30am

Maps, the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and Science

Professor Fung Kam Wing, University of Hong Kong

10:30 – 10:45am

***Morning coffee break***

10:50 – 11:25am

The First Encounter of European and East Asian Cartographies

Prof. Mario Cams, Assistant Professor, University of Macau Department of History

11:25 – 12:00pm

Mapping Hong Kong – from Documenting Bandit Hideouts to a Global Destination

Dr. Gordian Gaeta, Collector of the long-term loan The Gordian Gaeta Collection at HKMM

12:00 –12: 15pm

Panel Discussion: Q & A
Moderator: Dr. Libby Chan, HKMM


12:15 – 1:30pm



1:30 – 2:15 pm

Map exhibition Tour
led by K.L. Tam and Fung Kam Wing


Long Gallery and B Deck Galleries

Section II:Case Studies and Beyond


2:15 – 2: 50 pm

Charting the Life of Captain Daniel Ross of the Bombay Marine

Dr. Stephen Davies, Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong

Special Exhibitions Gallery, HKMM

2:50 – 3:25 pm

Jansson’s Xuntien alias Quinzay - City map or Chimera?

Dr. Marco Caboara, Digital Scholarship and Archives Manager, Lee Shau Kee Library, HKUST

3:25 – 4:00 pm

Maps and Ships: Maritime Trade in the China Seas from the 16th to 18th Centuries

Dr. Richard A. Pegg, Director and Curator of Asian Art, MacLean Collection, Chicago


4:00 – 4:15 pm

*** Afternoon tea break***


4:15 – 4: 45 pm

Panel Discussion: Challenges for Maps Collecting

Richard Pegg, Jonathan Wattis, K.L. Tam, Fung Kam Wing, Gordian Gaeta



Mr. Richard Wesley, Museum Director, HKMM; and Dr. Libby Chan, Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), HKMM

4:45 – 5:30 pm

*** Guided Tour of HKMM ***

   East Meets West exhibition

Permanent Galleries and KM Koo Ship Bridge Simulator, HKMM

7:00 – 9:00pm

Symposium Dinner


20th October 2018 (Saturday) (Excursion)


Bus tour from Hong Kong Maritime Museum to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


10:15 – 10:45am

Inspection of Map Gallery

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

10:45 – 11:00 am

Morning tea

11:00 – 12:00noon

Presentation by Dr. Marco Caboara concerning the past, present and future of HKUST map collection

12:00 – 1:00pm

Sandwich Lunch


Bus departs from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to Central


2:15 – 2:45 pm

Inspection of exhibitionA History of Hong Kong in 50 Maps: A selection of unusual maps, charts and plan 1775 – 1979

Jonathan Wattis,
Wattis Fine Art Gallery

Wattis Fine Art Gallery, Hollywood Road, Central


Farewell reception