We are happy to welcome you to the 3rd International Scientific Conference of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, held in collaboration with the University of Cyprus in Nicosia and constituting an introduction of the new Stelios Ioannou Learning Resource Centre of the University to the international academic community. The Conference is taking place from 2 to 4 November 2016, under the general title: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

Τhe aim of the Conference is to explore the historical dimensions and itineraries of knowledge reposited in books and maps, embarking from the sphere of private initiatives in knowledge codification and advancing to issues that regard its public diffusion for the benefit of the academic community, as well as the broader public.

Presentations of significant European and American libraries will highlight the achievements of Library Science, while the challenges and prospects related to different models of Open Libraries, will be investigated during a roundtable discussion, with the participation of international experts and audience members.

The multifaceted nature and function of maps and charts as repositories of knowledge and power will be revealed during three sessions based on unpublished manuscript cartographical materials (both Western and Ottoman) from the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation collection: a luxurious portolan atlas of the Mediterranean, made by G. B. Cavallini in 1635; an anonymous Ottoman portolan chart of the Mediterranean in ink and watercolours, from the 17th-18th century; a map of Cyprus, drawn and annotated by a French traveller after A. Drummond in the 18th century; and one of the twenty-three known surviving manuscripts, with text, of the Kitab-ı Bahriye by Piri Reis.

Thematic sessions:

  • Libraries as Repositories of Knowledge: Present and Future
  • Maps and Charts as Repositories of Knowledge and Expressions of Power
  • Cartography as a Meeting Point of Scientific Discourse and Artistry
  • Experiential Cartography

We look forward to your attendance and to your participation in the discussions of our Conference sessions.

Sylvia Ioannou
Founder of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation
President of the Organising Committee