Each year, our annual meetings bring together scholars from across the globe to explore issues related to the history and impact of geographical exploration and cultural exchange and interaction. Learn more about how you can join us!
- Site of the 2020 SHD Conference
- A museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.
- Includes 13 historic buildings on 3 French Quarter campuses
- New exhibition center features permanent display on the historic French Quarter
Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, Jackson Square
- First built in 1727, rebuilt 1789-1794, and remodeled beginning in 1849.
- Dedicated to Louis IX (1214-1270), king of France; canonized in 1297
- Tours are available, both self-guided and with guides (prior arrangements)
- Mass celebrated daily.
Williams Research Center
- 2020 Conference location
- The center houses The Collection’s public reading room for researchers, as well as offices for curatorial, library, and manuscripts personnel; collection storage; and processing areas
- The reading room at the Williams Research Center is open from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday, excluding holidays.
Fellows of the Society for the History of Discoveries have distinguished themselves by scholarship and/or service to the Society.
Click on a photo to read their biography.
The Society’s Journal: Terrae Incognitae
Terrae Incognitae is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published for the Society for the History of Discoveries by Taylor & Francis. The aim is to examine the history and impact of geographic exploration and cross-cultural interaction around the globe. Each issue includes an expansive book review section. Recent articles have ranged from the use of DNA technology to track the movement of chickens and thus populations in pre-historic Oceania to the role of the Order of Christ in furthering 16th-century Portuguese expansion; from the significance of inter-cultural adoption or rejection of clothing for understanding cross-cultural interaction to Marco Polo’s influence on cartography.
The journal welcomes comparative and interdisciplinary studies as well as those focused on a particular time or place.
Information for Contributors
We welcome contributions to Terrae Incognitae. All information concerning article submission can be found on our publisher’s web site:
“It was the discoveries that provided data for geographers, which allowed them to make sense of the various places in the world with their varying cultures and environments. ” Sanford Bederman, SHD Fellow