Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories
May 28-30, 2014
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Centre for Social Studies (Centro de Estudos Sociais â€“ CES), a State Associate Laboratory at theÂ University of Coimbra in Portugal, is calling for the submission of papers and panel/workshopÂ proposals from academics, researchers, public administrators, architects, planners and artists for anÂ international conference and symposium. The CES is committed to questions of public interest,Â including those involving relationships between scientific knowledge and citizensâ€™ participation.
Cultural Mapping – A general definition:
Cultural mapping involves a community identifying and documenting local culturalÂ resources. Through this research cultural elements are recorded â€“ the tangibles likeÂ galleries, craft industries, distinctive landmarks, local events and industries, as well as theÂ intangibles like memories, personal histories, attitudes and values. After researching theÂ elements that make a community unique, cultural mapping involves initiating a range ofÂ community activities or projects, to record, conserve and use these elements. â€¦The mostÂ fundamental goal of cultural mapping is to help communities recognize, celebrate, andÂ support cultural diversity for economic, social and regional development.Â An emerging interdisciplinary fieldÂ Cultural mapping reflects the spatial turn taken in many related areas of research, including culturalÂ and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy andÂ planning. Traditional approaches to cultural mapping emphasize the centrality of communityÂ engagement, and the process of mapping often reveals many unexpected resources and builds newÂ cross-community connections.
Internationally, cultural mapping has come to be closely associated with professional culturalÂ planning practices, but its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas means thatÂ â€˜traditionalâ€™ approaches are being re-thought and expanded, with cultural mapping practicesÂ adopting new methodologies, perspectives and objectives as they evolve.
This event is intended to explore both conventional and alternative approaches to mappingÂ cultures and communities in an international context. Presenters will discuss and illustrateÂ innovative ways to encourage artistic intervention and public participation in cultural mapping.Â They will also address the challenges posed by such artistic practices and community involvement inÂ various phases of the research process, from gathering and interpreting data to modes of presentingÂ â€˜findingsâ€™ to interest groups from different sectors â€“ the local public as well as specialists in the arts,Â research, public administration and planning.
Two key dimensions of current research with implications for artistic, architectural and planningÂ practices are:
(a) the participatory and community engagement aspect, especially in the context of accessibleÂ mobile digital technologies
(b) mapping the intangibilities of a place (e.g., stories, histories, etc.) that provide a â€œsense ofÂ placeâ€ and identity to specific locales, and the ways in which those meanings and values may beÂ grounded in embodied experiences.
These two aspects will be highlighted in the conference presentations and symposium workshops,Â bridging interests of both researchers and practitioners.
â€¢ Keynote lectures
â€¢ Plenary panel sessions with discussions among researchers, artists/creators, and local
â€¢ Interactive workshop sessions (Symposium)
â€¢ Associated artistic presentations to complement event themes
â€¢ Cultural mapping as an agent of community engagement
â€¢ Cultural mapping as a tool of local policy development
â€¢ Cultural mapping processes and methodologies
â€¢ Multimedia mapping tools â€“ recording interpretations and cultural uses of public space
â€¢ Artistic approaches to cultural mapping
â€¢ The artist-researcher in interdisciplinary inquiry
â€¢ Understanding architecture and urban space through mapping
Particular panel sessions can be organized for sub-themes such as:
â€¢ ‘Making visible’ eco-cultural knowledge and practices through mapping
â€¢ Political underpinnings of cultural mapping – Lessons and corrections
â€¢ Mapping as activist art
Symposium â€“ Linking research and practice
Collaborative research with communities can help us better understand its role in their cultural andÂ social development. But how to create or recreate such an experience?Â The Symposium elements will address how multidisciplinary research perspectives can be applied toÂ local development practice. Workshops will be used to explore the possible contributions of culturalÂ mapping approaches to different communities at a local level, and the role for academia.
â€¢ What type of â€˜cultural mapâ€™ is required, and what methodological tools have proven to beÂ valuable?
â€¢ How can academic knowledge be effectively applied to solving issues at the community level?
â€¢ How much of this information is more than what we see, that is, â€˜cultural mappingâ€™ for theÂ intangible or unseen?
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We invite proposals for individual paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions andÂ workshops. The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations inÂ Portuguese are also welcome. (We will try to arrange for â€˜informalâ€™ translation support forÂ Portuguese-language sessions, as possible.)
SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL (online at the CES website: www.ces.uc.pt)
ï¯ Name of primary author
ï¯ Email of primary author
ï¯ Names of other authors (if applicable)
ï¯ Position/title of primary author
ï¯ Is this presentation part of a proposed panel? Y/N
ï¯ If yes, title of panel
ï¯ Title of presentation
ï¯ Abstract (250 words)
ï¯ Key theme(s) of presentation (from the list of themes above)
ï¯ Brief bio of presenter(s), including position/role of each (e.g., researcher, professor, architect,Â doctoral student, artist, town planner, etc.) (max. 250 words)
If you are proposing a panel, please submit the proposed paper of each panel participant separately,Â using the submission form, to provide full information for each paper and participant. Be sure toÂ enter the title of the proposed panel in the assigned field.
Abstracts will be published in the conference program in English and Portuguese.
Selected papers will be compiled and posted online (in a password protected folder), and allÂ conference registrants will receive an email with the URL and password for access prior to theÂ conference.
We are planning to publish selected papers in a journal, following the conference.
- Launch â€“ Conference website, online submission form at www.ces.uc.pt January 15, 2014
- Launch â€“ Registration February 1, 2014
- Submission Deadline â€“ using online submission form at www.ces.uc.pt February 14, 2014
- Selection decisions communicated to authors March 1, 2014
- Early Registration closes April 15, 2014
- Completed Papers Deadline â€“ email to: MappingCulture@ces.uc.pt May 15, 2014
- Conference Presentation in Coimbra May 28-30, 2014
PROJECT PARTNERS and COLLABORATORS (so far)
Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) / Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
ColÃ©gio das Artes, University of Coimbra
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Thompson Rivers University, Canada
QUESTIONS? Please contact Dr. Nancy Duxbury: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scherf, Kathleen (2013), The Multiplicity of Place; or, Deep Contexts Require Deep Maps, with anÂ Example. Paper presented at World Social Science Forum, October 13, 2013.
Shanks, Michael; Pearson, Mike (2001), Theatre/Archaeology. New York: Routledge.
Stewart, Sue (2007). Cultural Mapping Toolkit. Vancouver: 2010 Legacies Now and Creative City
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