CFP: The Production of Location

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 18 Dec, 2017 21:23:09

The Eighth International Tourism and Media (ITAM) Conference

5-7th July, 2018 Liverpool, UK

The Production of Location

The eighth ITAM conference aim is to continue the network’s exploration of new ideas and debates sprung from the intersection between tourism industries and practices and those that broadly relate to the fields of media and communication. In this vein, the conference will aim to provide a forum where, taking their lead from Rodanthi Tzanelli’s concept of ‘global sign industries’ (2007), interdisciplinary research conversations gather pace around what are increasingly convergent fields of study and practice. While trends in scholarship on tourism and media are often reflective of discreet disciplinary dispositions, particularly those linked to perspectives in marketing and business, the necessarily open and ‘undisciplined’ terrain that defines the critical landscapes of media and tourism today demands a similarly open and undisciplined approach to keep pace with what is an ever-shifting and multi-stranded field of study.

The overarching theme of this conference is The Production of Location and we invite contributions that critically address questions of cultural brokerage in media tourism whilst continuing to welcome submissions from the inter- and cross-disciplinary traffic that informs the research on media and tourism and addresses a range of topics pertinent to both areas.

Dates: 5-7th July 2018

Location: School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, UK.

Keynote: Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli, Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology, University of Leeds (http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/tzanelli)

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 30th March 2018 to: ITAM2018@liverpool.ac.uk

For enquiries please contact:

Dr Maria Månsson University of Lund, Sweden : maria.mansson@isk.lu.se

Dr Hazel Andrews, Liverpool John Moores University, UK : h.j.andrews@ljmu.ac.uk

Dr Les Roberts, University of Liverpool, UK : les.roberts@liverpool.ac.uk

The conference fee is £175 (conference meal and excursion optional extras TBC)

Further information will be posted on the conference website in due course: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/communication-and-media/itam2018

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CFP - Psychogeography, Creative Walking and Spatial Justice

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 13 Feb, 2017 10:29:11

RC21 Leeds : September 11-13, 2017 Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

More Than Pedestrian: Psychogeography, Creative Walking and Spatial Justice

It is sixty years since Debord wrote The Theory of The Dérive, and psychogeography has evolved in many different artistic, activist and academic directions, often at an apparent loss of its political intentions. However many recent practitioners have been using walking as way to interrogate, destabilise and affectively remap space. Many now recognise that there is an emerging “new psychogeography” identified by Richardson (2015) as being, amongst other things, heterogeneous, critical, strategic, and somatic. This richness and diversity is embodied in members of the Walking Artists Network. They exhibit a wealth of contemporary creative walking, much of which is at least in part inspired by psychogeography. This suggests the dérive has the potential to transform the everyday, to illuminate and challenge narratives of privatisation, commodification and securitisation of space, and navigate increasingly blurred boundaries between public/private. This session aims to explore what the theory and practice of psychogeography and creative walking can offer Urban Studies.

This call is for panellists offering papers on the following areas of walking practice and psychogeography:

• How psychogeography and creative walking practices can engage with and interrogate the urban environment

• New interpretations of Situtationist ideas

• Innovations, issues and debates around creative walking methodologies

• Issues of urban spatial injustice highlighted via imaginary, temporary and mobile spaces

• Activist, community and radical mapping practices

The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion and questions from the audience.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the subject we are very open to presenters who have audio visual material or unconventional presentation methods.

Please send abstracts (approximately 300-500 words) to both the session convenor Morag Rose, The University of Sheffield mltrose1@sheffield.ac.uk and the conference organisers rc21@Leeds.ac.uk Deadline 10th March 2017

More about the conference here: https://rc21leeds2017.wordpress.com/

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Voicing Experience - Autoethnography conference

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 10:46:00

Voicing Experience:

The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography

15-16 June, 2017, University of Sussex, Brighton

This interdisciplinary conference aims to provide an open, creative space in which to explore the power of autoethnographic work as expressed through its heterogeneous practices, productions and performances. What happens when we begin to take our experiences of the worlds we inhabit seriously and to give reflexive and diffractive voice, through manifold creative means, to that experience? What resonances do we find with other narratives and voices articulating experiences from other spheres? How does voicing experience speak to and challenge the larger structures within which we live? And how do these different spheres shape, in turn, the quality and style of voices being expressed – their tone, mode of expression, fluency and persuasiveness?

The conference seeks to explore the power of autoethnographic work, as expressed, for instance, in dynamics of resistance, critique, healing or assistance.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, performances and other creative works.

Please submit proposals with abstract (250 words) and, if relevant, session plan (max 250 words) to voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk<mailto:voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk> by 10th February 2017.

The presentations will be arranged in the following ways:

· 90-minute 3-person presentation sessions.

· 90-minute single presentation sessions.

Please indicate which presentation format you would prefer.

Conference fee for this 2-day event (excluding accommodation): £75

We have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets (£45) for students and unemployed.

For general enquiries, please write to: voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk<mailto:voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk>

Please see the website for full details and registration: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/outreach/sociology-conferences/voicingexperience

Organising Committee: Dr Jamie Barnes (Sociology, Sussex), Dr Michael Hayler (Education, Brighton), Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology, Sussex).

This Conference is initiated by Brighton Autoethnography Group with sponsorship & support from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Sussex.

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Archiving the City

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 10:37:43
Archiving the City/ City as Archive

Thursday 16 March 2017, 9.00am to 6.00pm

A symposium organised by the Archiving the City research strand.

We are inviting abstract submissions for a one-day symposium entitled Archiving the City/ City as Archive. This event, hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies, considers the cultural forms through which the modern city is archived. It examines the different ways—via institutions, public art, collective practice, and more—in which urban history and memory are organised and presented in contemporary culture. It also engages with how the spaces and architecture of the city may themselves present an archive, offering up reminders of social and cultural processes, imaginaries, struggles and events.

The symposium critically engages with Henri Lefebvre’s (2014) argument that the reign of the city is ending; that the city now only exists as an image and an idea. In addition, the gentrification and museification of the historic urban core reveals, at least in part, the deep sense of loss through which that the modern metropolis is increasingly remembered. This connects more broadly with Derrida’s (1996) notion of ‘archive fever’, which, he understands, is part of a compulsive, repetitive culture; a ‘homesickness’ born of a ‘nostalgic desire to return to the origin’ (ibid: 167). As such, the symposium is interested in perspectives that make links between contemporary archiving processes (both formal and informal), city museums, visual culture, heritage urbanism, ‘authenticity’ and the cultural regeneration of historic urban spaces. Particularly welcome are proposals that critically examine the ways in which the city is archived to create the impression of a post-conflictual present or in ways that make the city a more exclusive or restricted place. In addition, we welcome abstracts that explore how archiving the city can, in ways reminiscent of Benjamin’s Arcades Project, reveal the immediacy and fragmentary nature of metropolitan experience. The symposium will take an open-minded and critical approach to understanding how, why and where the modern city is archived and what such processes reveal about history, memory, social conflict and urban imaginaries.

Abstracts of no longer than 250 words to be sent to gareth.millington@york.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday January 6th. We especially welcome abstracts from postgraduate and doctoral students.

Confirmed external speakers include Rebecca Madgin (University of Glasgow) and Graeme Gilloch (University of Lancaster).

Registration for University of York staff and students is free. Please book your place here: http://store.york.ac.uk/product-catalogue/centre-for-modern-studies/conferences


Derrida, J. (1996) Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression. Chicago: Chicago University Press
Lefebvre, H. (2014) ‘Dissolving city, planetary metamorphosis’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32: 199-202

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building

Email: gareth.millington@york.ac.uk

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CFP: Media's Mapping Impulse

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 14 Aug, 2015 15:46:30

Media’s Mapping Impulse

Cartography is one of the oldest forms of media. In both cartography and media, meaning, ideology, and power are habitually arbitrated across and through space and time. While critical cartographers have shed light on mapping’s innate tendency toward the objectification of spatial relations, a (masculine) gaze that it cannot disown, these same power relations are equally embedded in media’s voyeuristic and controlling tendencies. Media, moreover, in all its diverse forms, has an underlying mapping impulse – a proclivity to comprehend itself and be rendered comprehensible through metaphors of topologies, networks, and flows that lead to the constant evacuation of spaces in order to produce places of communication. This mapping impulse is hardly new, but rather has been part of media all along. Visual media, for instance, developed out of a mapping impulse during the Renaissance, which led to the scopic regimes of projectionism and perspectivalism and their related technologies. Both media and cartography are never static, but rather are ongoing scopic and discursive regimes that continually make and remake the terms in which we understand and interact with our world.

And yet, the mapping impulse of media is both overt and subtle. Think, for instance, of the subtle duplicity of Hollywood’s runaway productions, which creatively map Toronto as the “other” New York, Romania as North Carolina, or South Africa as California. Developments in mobile computing have not only increased the pace, flow, and interaction of media across space, but also the ubiquity, and thus the taken-for-grantedness, of mapping. More and more, owing to the practices of the neogeographers of the Geoweb, media requires a geographical situatedness in which and for which media can take place. Here, locative media relies on programming languages and APIs to construct geo-fencing, geo-tagging, and geo-coding and to produce applications and services that localize and individualize information to one’s liminal, transitory, and fleeting lived space. Consider, for example, the ways in which (geo)web 2.0 unites one’s virtual and physical presence (if such a distinction can be made) via services such as FourSquare or Facebook check-ins that announce one’s whereabouts to friends and acquaintances.

With this collection of papers we seek to illuminate media’s mapping impulse by exploring the relationship between cartography, geospatial technologies, and locative media on the one hand, and new and traditional media forms such as social media, mobile apps, television, film, and music, on the other. Media’s Mapping Impulse will be an international and interdisciplinary gathering of essays to be printed in the acclaimed Media Geography at Mainz (MGM) book series (www.geo.uni-mainz.de/mgm). Possible themes and areas of focus for this book include, but are not limited to: montage and bricolage; the cartographic paradox and cartographic anxiety; the spatial turn in media studies; GIS as media and the use of GIS to understand media; sensorial cartographies, sound and musical maps; cinematic cartographies; locative media, mobile apps, and the everyday; sharing economies (AirBnB, Couch Surfing, Uber) and the map; architectonics, spatial mobilities, haptical and emotional cartographies; urban planning, media and the revisualization of place.

Those interested in participating should send an extended abstract (750-1,000 words), along with a curriculum vitae and contact information, to Laura Sharp (laurasharp@email.arizona.edu) with the subject line “Media’s Mapping Impulse.” We ask that all proposals be submitted on or before September 15th, 2015. Responses to these proposals will be returned by November 1st, 2015. If selected, full papers will be expected on or before March 31, 2015. A blind review will be conducted on all papers. Final papers will be due no later than June 1, 2016. All authors selected for the final collection will be welcome to attend the “Media’s Mapping Impulse” symposium to be held at the Institute of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz in June 2016.

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Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 30 Mar, 2015 16:05:17


Urban Media Studies: Concerns, intersections and challenges
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science, 24–25 September 2015

Confirmed keynote speaker: Ole B. Jensen, Professor of Urban Theory, Dept. of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University. Other keynote speakers to be announced soon.

Call for papers and panels

Media related practices are grounded in the city – where the majority of human population today lives – and media as both technologies and representations pervade nearly all aspects of urban living, cutting through diverse forms of public appearance, community, control, resistance and habitation.

As a result, none of the established perspectives in media studies, whether that of democracy and participation, production and technology, representation and use, or belonging and identity, can claim to have an exhaustive understanding of their problematics without appreciating the urban context. In the same way, no urban process can be fruitfully tackled without taking into account the involvement of media and media related practices.

Yet, despite being closely – though unevenly – entwined, from small towns to megalopolises, the two complexes, media and the city, have remained disjointed in the scholarly analyses. In fact, it can be argued that for media scholars in particular, the city has remained a terra incognita.

Wishing to revive the initial enthusiasm in media studies, which started as an interdisciplinary endeavour, Urban Media Studies conference aspires to provide a dialogic space for disciplines interested in mediated urbanism. We also hope to stimulate critical reflections on the challenges of collaborating across disciplinary boundaries. Thus, though speaking from the position of media studies, we invite submissions from scholars who work in all relevant fields that interface with the key issue of media and the city. These include, but are not limited to, such fields as urban geography, urban sociology, architecture, anthropology, science and technology studies, visual and sound/auditory culture studies, sociology of the senses, and other related subfields.

We specifically welcome submissions which deal with the following themes and approach them with an interdisciplinary curiosity – as potential intersections between two or more fields of research:

Historical connections between urban studies and media studies
Urban spaces and media practices
Urban sociality and media
Mediation of urban daily life
Media, architecture and urban design
‘Media cities’ as production clusters and complexes
Performing and audiencing (in) the mediated city
Media, urban power, resistance and conflict
Media, gender and the city
Media, ethnicity and the city
Urban spaces of media consumption
Urban law in the digitally sustained cities
Mediated urban sensescapes
Urban, outdoor and ambient advertising
Fashion as urban communication
Urban gaming
Journalism and the city
The city as a mediated ecosystem
Urban mediation and spatial negotiations
Methodologies of urban media studies
Teaching about media and the city

We welcome both individual and multi-authored abstracts, and full panel proposals (with four presentations; 15–20 minutes per presentation). In the case of panel proposals, the candidate chair should provide a title and a short general description of the proposed panel, together with the abstracts of all presenters.

In addition to conventional academic presentations of original theoretical, methodological and/or empirical research of any of the above or other related themes, we encourage practice-based presentations, like urban films and documentaries, sonic projects and other exploratory artwork that probe issues of media and the city.

Abstract proposals (300 words) for presentations and panels, together with short bios, should be submitted tomediacity.twg@gmail.com by May 1st, 2015. Authors will be informed of acceptance by June 1st, 2015.

The conference will also feature a special dialogic plenary where participants from different disciplines will be invited to share views on their work in the context of media and the city.

As part of our commitment to stimulate interaction between scholars from different disciplines, we shall also be organising a guided urban exploration of Zagreb’s industrial, modernist/utopian architectural heritage, and post-industrial urban developments.

A selection of papers will be published in an edited book and/or in a journal special issue.

Conference fee is 50 Euros for ECREA members, 70 Euros for non-members. The fee will cover conference materials, and coffee and lunch both days.

Any queries should be sent to conference organizers Seija Ridell (University of Tampere, Finland), Simone Tosoni (Catholic University of Milan, Italy) and Zlatan Krajina (University of Zagreb, Croatia). Please use the conference e-mail address:mediacity.twg@gmail.com.

OBS. For the conference updates, please follow the Media& the City websites onhttp://twg.ecrea.eu/MC/ andhttps://www.facebook.com/mediaandthecity

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Geographical Imagination: Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 26 Jun, 2014 20:30:40

Geographical Imagination:
Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics
15 - 19 June 2015


The Nordic Geographers Meeting is a biennial meeting of originally Nordic geographers that has grown into a considerable international event and for its 6th meeting expand its geography to include Estonia. Previous meetings were held in Lund, Sweden (2005); Bergen, Norway (2007); Turku, Finland (2009); Roskilde, Denmark (2011), and Reykjavík, Iceland (2013).The meeting will thus be held in Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia on
 15 – 19 June 2015. It is jointly organised by the Estonian Geographical Society, Tallinn Univeristy, University of Tartu, and Estonian University of Life Sciences.

Estonian Geographical Society in cooperation with Estonian universities invites session proposals for the 6th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia on 
15 – 19 June 2015 on the theme "Geographical Imagination: Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics". Both human and physical geographers are encouraged to participate under this broad heading but the organisers aim at highlighting the connections between nature (climate) and imagination, culture contacts between East and West (across and beyond the Baltic to the Far East, the Americas and Oceania) including geographical explorations and the issues of interpretation and politics (including being lost or found in translation).

Conference information here.


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CFP - Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 13 Jun, 2014 10:18:13

Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds

An Interdisciplinary International Conference

Karlstad, SWEDEN, 5-8 May 2015

GeoMedia 2015 provides a genuinely interdisciplinary arena for research carried out at the crossroads of Geography, Media and Film Studies. The aim of the conference is to map out the current terrain of communication geographical research, pinpointing its main areas of debate and assessing the prospects of communication geography as a more formalized academic field. GeoMedia 2015 welcomes scholars of all disciplines who address questions pertaining to the space-mobility-media-communication nexus and want to take part in current epistemological discussions regarding communication geography and its future(s).

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mustafa Dikec – Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Mimi Sheller – Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

John Tomlinson – Nottingham Trent University, UK

Confirmed plenary panel:

Paul C. Adams (chair) – University of Texas at Austin, USA

Julie Cupples – University of Edinburgh, UK

Dana Diminescu – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France

Hille Koskela – University of Turku, Finland

Confirmed films & directors:

“The Forgotten Space” – Noël Burch (director)

“Cosmopolitanism” – Erik Gandini (director)

Abstract submissions:

GeoMedia 2015 welcomes proposals for individual papers as well as thematic panels in English through www.geomedia.se

Individual paper proposals: The author submits an abstract of 200-250 words. Accepted papers are grouped by the organizers into sessions of 5 papers according to thematic area.

Thematic panel proposals: The chair of the panel submits a proposal consisting of 4-5 individual paper abstracts (200-250 words) along with a general panel presentation of 200-250 words.

Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:-

Communication geographies

- Mobilities and locative media

- Power geometries of/in motion

- “Newsworthy” spaces

- Mobilities, flows and new media

- Material geographies of media

- Policy mobilities and power

- Media ecologies

- Lifestyle and tourism mobilities

- Pervasive media

- Cinematic geographies

- Mobility and governance

- New media and the productions of place/space

- Urban and rural media spaces

- Geographies of media and culture industries

- Art and event spaces

We plan to put together an anthology (not a proceedings) of selected papers and publish it with an established international scholarly press. Information will be provided to conference participants.

Conference Timeline

August 16: Submission system opens

October 10 2014: Deadline for thematic panel proposals

December 1 2014: Deadline for individual paper proposals

December 15: Registration opens

January 16 2015: Notes of acceptance

March 31 2015: Last day of registration

Conference website:

Information about the registration, conference program, venue, social events and practical arrangements, will be posted continuously at the conference website: www.geomedia.se

Contact: you can reach us at info@geomedia.se

Organizers and venue:

GeoMedia 2015 is hosted by the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University, Sweden.

Mekonnen Tesfahuney, Conference General

Linda Ryan Bengtsson, GeoMedia Co-ordinator

André Jansson, Director of GeoMedia


GeoMedia 2015 provides a genuinely interdisciplinary arena for research carried out at the crossroads of Geography, Media and Film Studies. The aim of the conference is to map out the current terrain of communication geographical research, pinpointing its main areas of debate and assessing the prospects of communication geography as a more formalized academic field.

As stated by a number of scholars during the last decade, there are obvious reasons as to why such a field has emerged. Notably, recent developments in terms of expanding (trans)media technologies/networks together with intensified forms of mobility (migration, tourism, commuting, etc.) have had ambiguous spatial consequences: they alter the ways in which spaces and places are produced; they create new hybrid and interstitial spaces, and they affect how people establish senses of belonging and understandings of the world. Spatial practices and experiences, whether we look at the mundane level of everyday life or institutionalized processes such as regional governance or cultural production, are thus increasingly mediatized, i.e., saturated by or dependent on various media technologies and symbolic flows. Traditional mass media, and their modes of interpreting and encoding the world, are being supplemented by various forms of privatized media that sometimes have direct geographical impacts on social life; materially (e.g., portable digital devices) and representationally (e.g., geo-tagging).

At the same time, the conditions for communication in general and media practices in particular become more complex in times of intensified mobility and porous (territorial) boundaries: the places and spaces of symbolic circulation are no longer as clear-cut as they used to be, and questions of policies and legislations pertaining to media infrastructures and content circulation become more open-ended. Pre-established centres of mediated and symbolic power are contested.

These on-going transformations account for converging research agendas among geographers and media/film scholars. Communication geography is also an epistemological project that must be open to neighbouring fields such as sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and political science. The mediatized relations between spatial processes and communication can be related to overarching transformations of modern, capitalist societies, and to the enduring significance of economic, cultural and social power structures. Whereas the means and expressions of spatial production (including phenomena ranging from the everyday textures of the domestic sphere to ideologies of urban transformation and place branding) may alter in tandem with media developments, these are still shaped by gender, ethnicity and class relations. Whereas concepts such as communication, place and distance are in need of problematization, as suggested by various epistemological “turns” (e.g. the “spatial turn”, the “mobility turn” and the “cultural turn”), such discussions have to be framed by structural understandings of society as well as micro-oriented accounts of human nature and agency.

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What is Space - workshop

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 06 May, 2014 18:22:37

Reblogged from Progressive Geographies

What is Space: a Post-Disciplinary Workshop on the Return of an Old Debate

Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick.

17 June 2014. Poster here.

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me (Pascal, Thoughts, 1964)

Space is the everywhere of modern thought. It is the flesh that flatters the bones of theory. It is an all-purpose nostrum to be applied whenever things look sticky. (Crang and Thrift, Thinking Space, 2000)

The question of space has in both the humanities and the social sciences recently regained prominence on academic agendas. The so-called ‘spatial turn’, initially set in motion by geographers, has allowed historians, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, artists and others to return to the long abandoned, albeit fundamental, question of what space is. This reengagement has resulted in a gradual, ongoing questioning and re-opening of the great debates that earlier characterised the European Renaissance. Contemporary discussions and writings about space have led to a multiplication of literal and metaphorical spatial references ranging from ‘location’, ‘terrain’, ‘site’, ‘region’ among countless others. This intellectual enrichment means however also that the question of space has become an increasingly messy, ambiguous and sometimes even incongruous affair.

This workshop invites junior and senior academics from across the University to explain and demonstrate how they conceptualise space in their work. We believe that the problem of space is too important to be left to one discipline. The objective of this one-day workshop is therefore to deterritorialise and transcend the longstanding disciplinary academic divisions and to reengage academics from all departments in an attempt to build bridges over the vast rivers that have come to divide us. The goal is not so much to arrive at a common consensus, nor to find a universally acceptable solution to the fundamental problem that space poses to us, but to openly start questioning and speculating again about the meaning we give to the concept.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of approximately 20 minutes in length, accompanied by a short biographical note. Please email all abstracts and inquiries to the convenor, Dr Marijn Nieuwehuis. The deadline for the receipt of all abstracts is the 6th of May 2014. We can discuss the possibilities of combining the workshop papers into an edited volume.

This workshop is funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick.

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CFP - Mapping Cinematic Norths

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 19 Feb, 2014 12:01:42

North! Mapping Cinematic Norths

Friday May 2nd 10-6, Showroom Cinema Sheffield

This event, hosted by the Sheffield Centre for Research in Film, invites exploration of the representation, construction and function of North in film.

The North retains a singularity and certitude in its magnetic signaling of trajectory, route, and direction (home) yet, as Peter Davidson' reminds us in The Idea of North (2005), ‘Everyone has a different north, their own private map of the emotional - indeed the moral - geography of north and south.’

North remains an important relational positioning, a loaded projection, an emphatic somewhere and a powerful elsewhere. Such relational sites are imbued with cultural, economic and political geographies, epitomized by the defiant signage of Sheffield’s Designers Republic which proclaims their place as ‘North of Nowhere’ TM.

Norths evoke topographical and meteorological challenge, landscapes of harsh remoteness, austere beauty and meditative emptiness. Constructions of space and place characterized by both passionate solidarities and haunting solitudes, sparkling utopias and dark nostalgias, industrial heartland, badland, borderland, no man’s land.

The plotting of these myriad Norths, which bewitch compasses and confound maps in their elusive, shifting and relational natures can be explored and traced in moving images.

Suggested areas for discussion include:

- the construction of different relational Norths
- the role of north-ness in constructions of star identity (auteurs and actors)
- Romantic ethnographies and Northern-ness
- landscapes and soundscapes of the North
- national and transnational constructions of Norths
- genre and North
- the role of national / regional policies for funding film production

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers. Please send proposals (200 words) to – researchinfilm@sheffield.ac.uk. Deadline: Friday 21st March


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CFP - Spaces of Memory and Performance conference

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 17 Feb, 2014 09:46:52

International Colloquium

Spaces of Memory & Performance: Trauma, Affect, Displacement

University of East London, Centre of Performing Arts Development (CPAD)

Date: 20-21 June 2014

Venue: University of East London, University Square.

Confirmed speakers: Claudia Fontes (visual artist), Lola Arias (theatre director), Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths), Anne Huffschmidt (Freie Universitat Berlin), Ananda Breed (UEL), Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow), Valentina Salvi (UNTREF), Patricia Violi (University of Bologna), Eve Katsouraki (UEL).

‘Places are lost – destroyed, vacated, barred – but then there is some new place, and it is not the first, never can be the first.’ – Judith Butler

The aftermath of episodes of trauma and loss have traditionally given way to urban rituals and encounters with sites of public grieving. Even so, the emergence of disparate sites of trauma has not been enough addressed from a performative perspective. The very existence of the so-called ‘spaces of memory’ requests the reconfiguration of modes of engagement with the public space in the face of trauma and its performance. With this in mind, this two-day symposiumwill explore unconventional forms of intervention in performance and visual arts in a wide spectrum of geographical scenarios. The question that underlines the event is how to propitiate public pathways to engage with loss and trauma among expanded publics. While contesting processes of normalization of memory, the symposium seeks to discover embodied, ephemeral and unmarked spaces as sites of enchantment and public gathering. It also explores transitional and diasporic interventions that might envisage news forms of being together. The symposium is also an invitation to imagine the futurity of sites of memory and explore fictions that may transform the politics of spectatorship in the present.

Some of the key themes to be explored include:

- What is a ‘space of memory’?

- How innovative practices of intervention may awake a shared sense of ownership towards disparate traumatic pasts?

- How to investigate the affectivity of space in relation to memory and spectatorship?

- How sites of trauma become marked, unmarked, and displaced?

- Is it possible to encourage ways of ‘performing life’ within landscapes marked by loss?

- How disparate forms of theatre, performance and visual arts may contribute to 'work through' collective processes of suffering?

- Might bodies emerge as sites of public grieving?

- Might different forms of fiction help us to re-inhabit trauma in the present?

By rethinking the performativity of space and trauma, the symposium aims to generate a new and interdisciplinary dialogue among social sciences, visual arts, literature, theatre and performance.

We invite proposals (300 words) for 20 minutes papers & practical presentations, showings or shorter 10minprovocations/interventions from artists and curators, practitioners and scholars working at the crossroads of memory studies, performance, cultural studies, affect and trauma theory. Some thematic explorations may include:

- Urban space, memorialisation and landscapes

- The affectivity of the space and unconventional ways of relating to trauma

- Topographies and architectures of affect

- Post-traumatic spaces & performatives

- Sounds of trauma & haunted spaces

- Monuments, living memorials & bones

- Curation, empathy & care

- Ruins, future & potentiality

- Practises of reoccupation and ‘rehabilitation’ of space

- Abject spaces & body as site of trauma

- New museums, dark tourism

- The place of the perpetrators

- Transmission of trauma, vicarious and prosthetic memories

- Politics of reparation & spectatorship

Please send proposals to Cecilia Sosa c.sosa@uel.ac.uk and Eve Katsouraki e.katsouraki@uel.ac.uk by March 31st2014.

This research event has the support of the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility (IPM) SchemeProgramme ‘Commemoration, New Audiences and Spaces of Memory in Latin America’s Southern Cone: Trans-cultural Dialogues in the Wake of Loss’. (PI: Dr. Cecilia Sosa, Postdoctoral researcher, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London).

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CFP - Moving Mountains conference

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 11 Feb, 2014 13:06:22


February 5, 2014

University of Edinburgh

History of Art and ESALA

18-20 June 2014

Visit the Moving Mountains website here

Mountains have been considered embodiments of higher spiritual goals and peak experiences since ancient times. By viewing mountains, climbing and experiencing changing atmospheres, people have undergone physical and spiritual quests, the character of which varies depending on the motivation and identity of the participant(s). The consistent presence of mountains in legends, myths, literature, artistic and architectural creations suggests their cultural, religious and social significance. Additionally, mountains and their surrounding landscape have been the focus of cartographic and scientific work, mountaineering expeditions and other kinds of explorations.

In order to more fully understand the role of mountains in culture and society, the History of Art Department at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture are hosting an inter-disciplinary conference and an exhibition of practice-based material. We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words addressing questions and proposing works relevant to the role of mountains in the humanities, arts and design. As this is intended to be a highly interdisciplinary conference, we welcome submissions from a wide range of subject areas, which include art history, architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, film studies geography, literature, theology and philosophy, among others.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

- The integration of mountains into architectural design and artistic creations

- City and mountains

- Mountain landscapes, caves and paths

- The impact of mountains on religious practices

- Memory and mountains

- Studies of Mountain communities

- Cultural representations of mountains (cartography, iconography, photography)

- ‘Peak’ Experiences and Mountain Views

- Atmosphere and the aura of mountains

- Religious experiences and mountains

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Professor Veronica della Dora of the University of London, Professor Tim Ingold of the University of Aberdeen and Eamonn O’Carragain of the University College Cork.

Please email abstracts to movingmountainsconference@gmail.com by 28 February 2014. Abstracts will be reviewed by an academic committee and we hope to publish selected papers from this conference.

Please email any further inquiries to movingmountainsconference@gmail.com, or you can contact the conference organisers, Emily Goetsch and Christos Kakalis directly at ebgoetsch@gmail.com and xpkakalis@hotmail.com.

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Media and Place conference - CFP

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 14 Jan, 2014 09:18:55


‘Media and Place’

School of Humanities and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology
Leeds Metropolitan University

To celebrate the launch of the new ‘Media and Place’ Masters programme, we are pleased to announce our conference on the 11-12th July 2014.

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Prof Shaun Moores (University of Sunderland); Prof Kevin Hetherington (The Open University); Prof Helen Wheatley (University of Warwick)

Media operate in settings and environments: they exist in place. Some media spaces we occupy feel like home - listening to our favourite radio stations while we drive to work - while others enable virtual travel across vast physical spaces to different geographical locations. Media can escort us in an instant from the glamour of the global city to the minute, quotidian details of life lived at the local. Television’s liveness can gather very different people in the same physical space or draw together disparately located audiences around political events, sports tournaments and ecological disasters. Film makes possible different versions of the same city, multiplied as it filters differently through the eyes of the director to the audience. Media can blur the boundaries between the private and the professional, transform domestic boundaries into global businesses, and offer individual opportunities for public confessionals. New media connect us across continents with friends, loved ones and those we’ve never met. Yet place is always more than a location on a map; it is lived and experienced through repetition such that some places become laden with meanings of belonging and affective attachment. In what ways does place matter to the media? How far do we inhabit or live inside the media we use? Or rather, has the electronic world created a culture of placelessness? This inter-disciplinary conference welcomes researchers and practitioners from media and cultural studies, urban history, post-colonial studies, gender studies, urban sociology, cultural and phenomenological geography, politics, political economy, philosophy, social and cultural theory, cultural policy, anthropology, town planning, architecture, design, visual arts and ecology.

Conference themes

Themes and issues that the conference seeks to cover include (but is not limited to):

1. The cultural representations of land and urbanscapes across time and space;

2. Media and other representations of place and in particular of the North of England;

3. Transitory and marginalised spaces – suburbia, media as navigation, disadvantaged and stigmatised neighbourhoods, urban fringes, places en route;

4. Urban arts and media responses to the economic crisis post 2008, including – issues of cultural activism, resistance and culture-led regeneration;

5. Theories of rural and urban media mindscapes and imaginaries and of media, place and affect;

6. Drama, literature, cinema and television of the North: Kes, East is East, Last of the Summer Wine, The Red Riding trilogy, Wuthering Heights, Haweswater, Fat Friends …..

7. Post-colonial/global city spaces, hybrid and intercultural uses of media in urban and rural places;

8. Guerilla gardening, ecological DIY protest, pop-up urbanism, the emergence of new informal cultural venues and other grassroots interventions in urban and rural environments;

9. Digital technologies and new uses of urban and rural space;

10.Disruption, artistic intervention and subversive tactics (eg in post-communist countries in Eastern and Central Europe);

11.Transport, communication networks as media spaces;

12.Utopian/dystopian places;

13.The reputation of places in austerity times;

14.New media and spaces of protest, conflict and subversion.

15.The places and practices of sporting media (eg. Le Tour de France, the Paralympics, the World Cup);

16.Bottom-up, participatory urban and rural media and cultural policies.


The conference organisers are liaising with Palgrave MacMillan with a view to collecting selected conference papers together in an edited collection for publication in 2015.

Submission of abstracts

The conference organisers welcome proposals for single papers and panels of up to three papers. Please send short proposals of no more than 300 words to mediaplaceconf2014@gmail.com, by 1st February 2014 including a title, abstract, the theme your paper speaks to and your affiliation details.

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Literary cartographies CFP - RGS 2014

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 10 Jan, 2014 09:55:15

Literary cartographies: the co-production of page and place. Sponsored by Social and Cultural Geography Research Group RGS-IBG AC2014

This session invites papers that investigate the ways in which geographies of fiction co-produce the real and imagined places around us. As Piatti et al observe, geography is essential to fiction, it is “impossible to even think of literature without any spatial context” (2008:4); however, the co-productive relationship between real places and literary stories is complex. In some cases, fiction intersects directly with real world cartographies. Narratives can be based in specific countries, regions, and towns, so much so that we can visit them in person and follow our characters’ footsteps with our own. This direct coincidence of fictional and geographical space can be seen in examples such as Hardy’s Wessex, Kerouac’s California, or Auster’s New York. In other fictions, real geographies are moulded, with distances reduced, streets folded and landmarks crumpled together. In this way, (brave) new worlds are invented in the author’s and readers’ imagination. In the same way as some authors invent ‘counterfactual histories’ (see Piatti and Hurni, 2009), these re-workings may be conceived of as ‘counterfactual geographies’. However, as this session explores, any claim to a clear and reliable reality is often difficult to maintain in the realm of literature and geography. Thus, in the words of Piatti and Hurni, stories can be rooted directly in the “physically comprehensible world”, or exist in their own “rich geographical layer” above it. These complex and fascinating relations combine to produce the “geography of fiction” (Piatti & Hurni, 2011:218).

This session invites papers which explore the ways through which page and place are co-produced in reading and writing practice. Secondly, it offers a supplementary walking tour, based around a relevant piece of literature, which offer a ‘novel’ means through which to experience the co-production of page and place.

Session Convenors:
Dr Jon Anderson, School of Planning & Geography, Cardiff University. Email: andersonj@cf.ac.uk
Dr Angharad Saunders, University of South Wales. Email: angharad.saunders@southwales.ac.uk

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Mapping Culture conference - CFP

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 06 Jan, 2014 11:17:50


Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories

May 28-30, 2014

Coimbra, Portugal


The Centre for Social Studies (Centro de Estudos Sociais – CES), a State Associate Laboratory at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is calling for the submission of papers and panel/workshop proposals from academics, researchers, public administrators, architects, planners and artists for an international conference and symposium. The CES is committed to questions of public interest, including those involving relationships between scientific knowledge and citizens’ participation.

Cultural Mapping - A general definition:
Cultural mapping involves a community identifying and documenting local cultural resources. Through this research cultural elements are recorded – the tangibles like galleries, craft industries, distinctive landmarks, local events and industries, as well as the intangibles like memories, personal histories, attitudes and values. After researching the elements that make a community unique, cultural mapping involves initiating a range of community activities or projects, to record, conserve and use these elements. …The most fundamental goal of cultural mapping is to help communities recognize, celebrate, and support cultural diversity for economic, social and regional development. — Clark, Sutherland and Young

An emerging interdisciplinary field
Cultural mapping reflects the spatial turn taken in many related areas of research, including cultural and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy and planning. Traditional approaches to cultural mapping emphasize the centrality of community engagement, and the process of mapping often reveals many unexpected resources and builds new cross-community connections.

Internationally, cultural mapping has come to be closely associated with professional cultural planning practices, but its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas means that ‘traditional’ approaches are being re-thought and expanded, with cultural mapping practices adopting new methodologies, perspectives and objectives as they evolve.

This event is intended to explore both conventional and alternative approaches to mapping cultures and communities in an international context. Presenters will discuss and illustrate innovative ways to encourage artistic intervention and public participation in cultural mapping. They will also address the challenges posed by such artistic practices and community involvement in various phases of the research process, from gathering and interpreting data to modes of presenting ‘findings’ to interest groups from different sectors – the local public as well as specialists in the arts, research, public administration and planning.

Two key dimensions of current research with implications for artistic, architectural and planning practices are:
(a) the participatory and community engagement aspect, especially in the context of accessible mobile digital technologies
(b) mapping the intangibilities of a place (e.g., stories, histories, etc.) that provide a “sense of place” and identity to specific locales, and the ways in which those meanings and values may be grounded in embodied experiences.

These two aspects will be highlighted in the conference presentations and symposium workshops, bridging interests of both researchers and practitioners.

 Keynote lectures
 Plenary panel sessions with discussions among researchers, artists/creators, and local planners/municipal representatives
 Interactive workshop sessions (Symposium)
 Associated artistic presentations to complement event themes

 Cultural mapping as an agent of community engagement
 Cultural mapping as a tool of local policy development
 Cultural mapping processes and methodologies
 Multimedia mapping tools – recording interpretations and cultural uses of public space
 Artistic approaches to cultural mapping
 The artist-researcher in interdisciplinary inquiry
 Understanding architecture and urban space through mapping

Particular panel sessions can be organized for sub-themes such as:
 'Making visible' eco-cultural knowledge and practices through mapping
 Political underpinnings of cultural mapping - Lessons and corrections
 Mapping as activist art

Symposium – Linking research and practice
Collaborative research with communities can help us better understand its role in their cultural and social development. But how to create or recreate such an experience? The Symposium elements will address how multidisciplinary research perspectives can be applied to local development practice. Workshops will be used to explore the possible contributions of cultural mapping approaches to different communities at a local level, and the role for academia.

 What type of ‘cultural map’ is required, and what methodological tools have proven to be valuable?
 How can academic knowledge be effectively applied to solving issues at the community level?
 How much of this information is more than what we see, that is, ‘cultural mapping’ for the intangible or unseen?

We invite proposals for individual paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions and workshops. The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations in Portuguese are also welcome. (We will try to arrange for ‘informal’ translation support for Portuguese-language sessions, as possible.)

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL (online at the CES website: www.ces.uc.pt)
Required information:
 Name of primary author
 Email of primary author
 Names of other authors (if applicable)
 Position/title of primary author
 Organization/institution
 Department
 City
 Country
 Is this presentation part of a proposed panel? Y/N
 If yes, title of panel
 Title of presentation
 Abstract (250 words)
 Key theme(s) of presentation (from the list of themes above)
 Brief bio of presenter(s), including position/role of each (e.g., researcher, professor, architect, doctoral student, artist, town planner, etc.) (max. 250 words)

Panel Proposals
If you are proposing a panel, please submit the proposed paper of each panel participant separately, using the submission form, to provide full information for each paper and participant. Be sure to enter the title of the proposed panel in the assigned field.

Abstracts will be published in the conference program in English and Portuguese.

Full Papers
Selected papers will be compiled and posted online (in a password protected folder), and all conference registrants will receive an email with the URL and password for access prior to the conference.

We are planning to publish selected papers in a journal, following the conference.

- Launch – Conference website, online submission form at www.ces.uc.pt January 15, 2014
- Launch – Registration February 1, 2014
- Submission Deadline – 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 – email to: MappingCulture@ces.uc.pt May 15, 2014
- Conference Presentation in Coimbra May 28-30, 2014

- Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) / Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal Colégio das Artes, University of Coimbra
- The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- Thompson Rivers University, Canada

QUESTIONS? Please contact Dr. Nancy Duxbury: duxbury@ces.uc.pt

Clark, Sutherland & Young (1995). Keynote speech, Cultural Mapping Symposium and Workshop, Australia.
McLucas, Clifford (no date), There are ten things that I can say about these deep maps. Available: http://documents.stanford.edu/MichaelShanks/51.
Scherf, Kathleen (2013), The Multiplicity of Place; or, Deep Contexts Require Deep Maps, with an 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 Network of Canada. Available: http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/cultural_mapping_toolkit.pdf

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Architecture & Culture CFP - Transgression: body and space

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 03 Jan, 2014 12:43:46

Architecture and Culture / Transgression: body and space
Call for Papers

To transgress is to break, violate, infringe, or go beyond the bounds of accepted norms or limits; such limits may be behavioural or cultural (embedded in law, moral principle, taboo or other codified standards) or spatial.

We would like to invite you to submit work for consideration for publication in a special issue of the AHRA journal, Architecture and Culture on the theme of “Transgression: body and space”. This issue will draw from the 10th AHRA International conference on the subject of Transgression which took place at the University of the West of England, Bristol UK, 21-23 November 2014. However, submissions are also very welcome from contributors who did not attend the conference. This journal will be guest edited by David Littlefield and Rachel Sara, who will work closely with the permanent editorial team of Igea Troiani, Suzanne Ewing and Diana Periton.

This special issue will explore the way in which the notion of transgression allows us to explore the relationship between the body and space. From Edgar Allen Poe to Georges Bataille, the history of transgression is intimately bound up with ideas of the body, psychology, identity and society. If, as Lefebvre argues, space is a social production, then what role might transgression play? How can understandings of the body (what it is; its relationship with mind, psyche and identity; the manner in which it can enhanced, changed and adapted) affect our understanding and interpretation of space? How can the relationship between the body and space be (re)considered?

Architecture and Culture welcomes explorations that are rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating. It solicits essays, critical reviews, interviews, fictional narratives both in words and images, art and building projects, and design hypotheses.

Papers should be submitted electronically via Editorial Manager at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/archcult/ by the 27th January 2014. Notes for contributors can also be found on this site. Contributors will be informed of the result of the peer review process by Friday 7 March.

Papers, accepted subject to revisions, must be completed by Monday 24 March. If you have any queries or require further information, please contact: David Littlefield: david.littlefield@uwe.ac.uk Rachel Sara: Rachel.sara@uwe.ac.uk

Architecture and Culture is the new journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association.

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The Place of 'place' in wellbeing

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 03 Jan, 2014 12:31:17

The place of 'place' in wellbeing scholarship


Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti (University of St Andrews) email
Emilia Ferraro (University of St. Andrews) email

Proposals for the panel *The Place of ‘Place’ in Wellbeing Scholarship *to be held at the ASA's meeting in June. Paper proposals should be submitted at

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2742 by January 5th 2014 (Sunday).

This panel presents a forum for the critical engagement with conventional and contrasting approaches and understandings of wellbeing. Our panel aims to: 1) contribute to the emerging scholarship that calls for more complex and culturally nuanced considerations of "the everyday business of living in the world" (Whatmore 1999:30); 2) takes indigenous complex understandings of the world and how to live in it seriously; 3) responds to recent calls for "place-based" understandings of wellbeing; and 4) shows the methodological contributions of rigorous ethnography to wellbeing scholarship.

Are discussions of wellbeing not also ontological discussions of what it means to be human? If so, do different understandings of "wellbeings" beget different modes of humanities? The interdisciplinary nature of wellbeing scholarship focuses mainly on affluent societies of the North, hence mainstream ideas of wellbeing are framed within grand Western narratives of what it means to be human. What does a consideration of "place" bring to current understandings of wellbeing? In what ways do "alternative" understandings of wellbeing based on different modes of humanity challenge conventional ideas debated in mainstream scholarship and policy debates? Can such understandings of wellbeing represent possible viable alternatives to mainstream universalising concepts of wellbeing? We invite ethnographic and non-ethnographic papers that reflect critically on the importance that "place" as an empirical and ontological category plays in considerations of wellbeing cross-culturally.


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Sacred Space, Pilgrimage, and Tourism

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 03 Jan, 2014 12:24:22

First Call for Papers: Sacred Space, Pilgrimage, and Tourism

Conference: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 August 2014

Theme: Geographies of co-production

Conference chair: Wendy Larner (University of Bristol)

Session sponsored by: Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG) of the RGS-IBG

And convened by: Jacky Tivers (St John’s College, Nottingham)

According to Park (1994,245), ‘one of the more prominent geographical dimensions of religious expression is the notion of sacred space’. Interest in this concept within human geography has increased considerably in recent years (for instance, Hopkins et al, 2013; Dwyer et al, 2013; Sturm, 2013; Megoran, 2013; Przybyiska, 2013; Dewsbury and Cloke, 2009; Daniels, 2009; Holloway and Valins, 2002). Linked to the idea of sacred space is the phenomenon of pilgrimage, which has been studied through ‘a wide range of approaches – academic, confessional, personal and canonical’ (Coleman and Elsner, 1995, 8), and which has also attracted the attention of geographers (for example, Maddrell and della Dora, 2013).

Today, sacred space and pilgrimage are features of all faiths and spiritualities, as well as being evident within the secular realm, and are therefore important concepts to be considered in relation to geographical understandings of places and their contexts. In addition, sacred sites and pilgrimage routes may be re-imagined as tourism opportunities, both by promoters and by tourists themselves. Indeed, Ron (2009,290) asserts that pilgrimage is simply ‘a sub-type, or form, of tourism’, while Tidball (2004) fears that it may very often show the same characteristics of ‘transience, spectatorship, non-engagement with the local culture and moral irresponsibility’ as tourism often does.

This session aims to investigate the co-production of sacred space through the lens of pilgrimage/theology/spirituality/belief systems, on the one hand, and that of tourism/leisure/promotion/visitor behaviour, on the other, addressing practices at a range of scales - individual, communal and commercial. Papers are invited which address this issue of co-production specifically, as well as those that deal more broadly with the concepts of sacred space and pilgrimage.

Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be submitted to Jan Mosedale (jan.mosedale@htwchur.ch) by Friday, 14th February 2014.

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Architecture & Culture CFP - Architecture Film

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 03 Jan, 2014 12:13:59
Call for Papers for Volume 3, Issue no. 1 of the journal, Architecture and Culture is titled 'Architecture Film' Issue edited by Dr Igea Troiani and Professor Hugh Campbell.

This aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to investigate how the now expanded field of architecture utilises film studies, filmmaking (feature film, short film, animation, stop motion animation or documentary) or video/moving image making in practice, teaching or research, and what the consequences are of this interdisciplinary exchange.

While architecture and film have clearly distinct disciplinary outputs, the possible intersection between them is less defined even though there is considerable extant literature and research on this topic. Through this call, we seek papers that investigate the ways in which practicing architects, teachers of architecture and their students, and architectural researchers, filmmakers, animators, documentary makers, social scientists or social geographers, anthropologists, landscape architects, urban designers,interior architects and installation artists are using film uniquely in their practice. We call for explorations of the way in which film contributes to architectural and filmic practice, knowledge and design,seeing the two disciplines side by side as equal, with no prepositions suggesting a specific relationship but at the same time creating a kind of distance and difference between the two.

We invite rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating contributions that explore architecture and film through their own mode of argument – that combine text with sound or image (moving or still), or that use text or image in investigative ways. We encourage contributors to upload film, video or sound files relating to the submission, as they will be accessible via the online publication of the journal. Contributors are encouraged to submit parts of a script, storyboard, mood board or sequential video grabs from the film or video referred to in the paper. A maximum of 10 jpg images and 1 video per submission will be accepted through our on-line submission system. We want to explore how new digital technologies might impact on the form and content of an academic journal article.

Papers might address the following themes and questions:

- Designing in Practice and Film
Only a small number of practicing architects have made short or feature fiction films. Most practicing architects use animation or 3D visualisations ‘for demonstration or selling’ their work, or are approached by or commission documentary makers or filmmakers to make documentaries or films of their architecture. Some architects adopt a less pragmatic approach,instead electing to use film or video to focus on existential space. Select social scientists or geographers have used video to record social relations in space. While it does exist, it is less common for architects to use live action footage as a part of their fieldwork studies or design research process. What are new and original ways in which practicing designers of space can use film in their praxis? What expertise do architects need to know about filmmaking to undertake inter-disciplinary architecture film work? Can, and then how can, the making of videos or films better allow architects to understand the cultural, social and environmental context of sites to enable to them operate in a more engaging way with client/user issues? What are the virtues that film and video can bring to architectural/landscape/urban design/interior design? How can CG, VFX and animation be used inventively to contribute to the practice of architectural/landscape/urban/interior design? How can working with film or video contemporise the architect’s practice?

- Architecture Film Pedagogy
Within schools of architecture, it is increasingly common to see the use of experimental filmmaking or integration of film studies in the architectural design studio or for site research. Within the architectural design studio, teachers of architecture have speculated on how architecture and film might be used methodologically to change the process of design or to incorporate particular design requirements. Using animation to create animated architecture is becoming more commonplace. Students are capable of making and editing films easily and can therefore produce short films, videos and animations quickly. What are new and original ways of using film in design studio teaching? How might we better understand place, culture and identity through using film in architectural studio research? Are there truly radical ways in which film can be used in teaching about the making of space and place?

- Architectural Research and Film
In their analyses of commercial and art house films, theoreticians and historians regularly speculate on the ways in which film studies inform an understanding of architecture and space. An uncommon form in which film is used in architectural history research is the documentary, where oral accounts can better be recorded. Another emergent form of architectural filmmaking is in the production of short fiction films. How can making documentaries or films enhance architectural research? To what extent can researchers on architecture learn filmmaking? How have architects collaborated with film industry experts in research? What is the difference between working with real footage as opposed to fictional material in making architecture films?

The submission deadline is 10th March 2014, 5pm UK time. Accepted articles will be published in March 2015.

For author instructions, please go to ‘Notes for Contributors’

Upload submissions at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/archcult/

If you have any queries or require further information, please contact: Igea Troiani: itroiani@brookes.ac.uk

Architecture and Culture is the new journal of the Architectural HumanitiesResearch Association http://www.ahra-architecture.org/

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ELN call for papers - Imaginary Cartographies

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 06 Nov, 2013 08:28:15
Call for Papers:

52.1 Spring/Summer 2014
“Imaginary Cartographies”

In recent decades the map has emerged as a key site of cultural and imaginative reworking, and yet the history of such symbolic mediations between humans and their spatial environment is also ancient and complex. Volume 52.1 of ELN (Spring/Summer 2014) will investigate “Imaginary Cartographies” across centuries and cultural contexts to explore a range of these symbolic mediations. “Imaginary Cartographies” includes those methods of mapping literary space that generate both imaginative and culturally revealing understandings of recognizable and/or created worlds and their modes of habitation. The term refers to actual as well as purely conceptual maps, and includes spaces of considerable variability: from the mapping of cosmic, global, or local space, to charting the spaces of the body or the page. Geographers have argued that the social history of maps, unlike that of literature, art, or music, has few genuinely popular, or subversive modes of expression because maps pre-eminently are a language of power, not of protest; in this view, the map remains a site of territorial knowledge and state power, authority and jurisdiction, social codes and spatial disciplines—one intent upon eliding its tactile and material conditions of production. “Imaginary Cartographies” welcomes approaches to mapping that complicate this account by considering subaltern or alternative cartographies—cartographies that elude, interrupt, or disperse forms of power, or serve not-yet-imagined spectrums of interests.

Contributors may wish to present recent research findings on particular writers, cultural figures, or texts, or they may venture insights on broadly defined subjects, such as the aesthetics or politics of imaginary cartographies in a particular cultural or historical instance; on what constitutes cartographic assumptions or practices about space, nature, cosmology, or exploration at particular historical moments; on how cartography intersects with broader issues of knowledge creation and management, or the history of capital and conquest; or on the entanglement of literary theory with debates about (digitally) mapping texts individually or categorically. Papers on literature and particular cartographic practices are welcome: e.g. psychogeography, geomancy, cognitive mapping, digital mapping, and so on. Actual maps that are in some way conversant with literary concerns are also welcome.

Position papers and essays of no longer than twenty-five manuscript pages are invited from scholars in all fields of literature, geography, history, philosophy, and the arts. Along with analytical, interpretive, and historical scholarship, we are also interested in creative work that moves traditional forms of literary analysis into new styles of critical writing. The editors also encourage collaborative work and are happy to consider works that are submitted together as topical clusters. Another format that we invite is a debate or conversation between or among contributors working on a related aspect of cartography.

Essays will be reviewed by external readers; all submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please email double-spaced, 12-point font, .pdf file submissions to to:

Managing Editor
English Language Notes


Specific inquiries regarding issue 52.1 may be addressed to the issue editor, Karen Jacobs: (Karen.Jacobs@colorado.edu).

The deadline for inquiries and abstracts is November 15, 2013; submissions deadline is December 15, 2013.

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