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!
George A. Smathers Library
- Site of the 2019 SHD Conference
- One of the largest university library systems in the USA
- Named for US Senator George Armistead Smathers, 1951-1969
- Dean: Judith C. Russell
St. Augustine, Florida
- Site of a government building since 1598
- Managed by the University of Florida
- Official governor’s residence from ca. 1710-1812
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Cultural Center and Museum
Holiday Inn University Center
- 2019 SHD Conference Hotel
- Free parking; shuttle service
- Free WiFi
- Restaurants on site
- Fitness Center; outdoor pool
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.
and their Society Journal
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