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Cultural Mapping and Connecting with Place

em data a anunciar, 2021 | Caldas da Rainha (Portugal)


Nancy Duxbury, PhD, is a Senior Researcher and Co-coordinator of the Cities, Cultures and Architecture research group at CES and a member of the European Expert Network on Culture. She is the Principal Investigator of « CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas » (2016-2020), a national research-and-application project that aims to catalyze and develop creative tourism in small cities and rural areas across four regions of Portugal, and European Consultant to the policy dialogue project, “Cultural Mapping, Planning and Impact Assessment for Sustainable and Just Urban Development,” developed by the African Centre for Cities and the SA-EU Dialogue Facility, Cape Town, South Africa. She is also coordinator of the CES team of the H2020 project UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture (2020-2023), coordinated by the University of Barcelona. Her research interests include culture in local sustainable development; culture-based development models in smaller communities; culture-based creative tourism strategies; and cultural mapping, which bridges academic inquiry, community practice, and artistic approaches to understand and articulate place. Recent books: Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities (2013), Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (2015), Culture and Sustainability in European Cities: Imagining Europolis (2015), Cultural Policies for Sustainable Development (2018), Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping: Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing (2018), and A Research Agenda for Creative Tourism (2019).

Will Garrett-Petts, PhD, is Professor of English, Rhetoric, & Canadian Studies and Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Thompson Rivers University, Canada. His recent books and catalogues include Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (2015)Whose Culture is it, Anyway? Community Engagement in Small Cities (2014); Writing about Literature (2nd ed. 2013); Imaging Place (2009); Artists’ Statements and the Nature of Artistic Inquiry (2007); The Small Cities Book: On the Cultural Future of Small Cities (2005); and PhotoGraphic Encounters: The Edges and Edginess of Reading Prose Pictures and Visual Fictions (2000). He is Series Editor (with Nancy Duxbury) for Small Cities: Sustainability in Community and Cultural Engagement (University of Calgary Press); and he is engaged in exploring questions of visual and verbal culture, cultural and vernacular mapping, and the artistic animation of small cities. He also has a special interest in the theory and practice of including students in undergraduate research. Garrett-Petts co-edited a newly released book, Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping (2019 from Routledge).

Sharon Karsten, PhD, sees as one of her roles in life the weaving together of distinct identities and logics. As researcher, Sharon’s work focuses on cultural policy and small city development – with emphasis on the social-democratic potentials underlying sustainable creative city building. As cultural manager, Sharon has overseen the development of several arts organizations – including the Comox Valley Art Gallery (contemporary public gallery where she now serves as Executive Director) and Quickdraw Animation (Calgary-based artist-run centre where she formerly served in the same role). In addition to these, Sharon enjoys her roles as mom to two young kids and novice back-to-the-lander (exploring alternative sustainable living scenarios from her home on Denman Island). Sharon enjoys pulling distinct worlds together, and has been often-surprised by the discoveries that, through this process, emerge.

Tiago Vinagre de Castro is a cultural manager, urbanist, and researcher. He holds a degree in Tourism Management and Planning (2006) and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (2012) from the University of Aveiro and a specialization in Management and Production of Shows from the University Lusófona of Porto (2007). In the past 15 years, he has been working mainly in the cultural sector as producer, manager, and creator within national and international projects. In 2012, he cofounded the NGO 4iS - Platform for Social Innovation where he develops urban transformation projects through culture and participation as well as projects that combine heritage and arts with community development. Currently, he is a researcher under the project CREATOUR - Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas and a PhD student in Sociology - Cities and Urban Cultures with the research topic, “The role of cultural intermediaries in the dynamics of urban regeneration in small cities.”

Cláudia Pato de Carvalho is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and co-coordinator of the "Cities, Cultures and Architecture" research group at CES. Her research is presently focused on REDE ARTÉRIA (operation no. CENTRO-07-2114-FEDER-000022, Portugal 2020). REDE ARTÉRIA is an action-research project, coordinated by O Teatrão (a professional theatre company from Coimbra), which aims to develop a cultural programming network in the Centro region (Portugal) and the creation of artistic intervention projects in eight cities in the region. She completed her PhD in Sociology, with a specialization in Sociology of Culture, Knowledge and Communication, at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the Center for Reflective Community Practice (DUSP, MIT). Between 2010 and 2018, she has established a European network in the field of arts education and disadvantaged communities, with several projects approved under the Youth in Action Program and ERASMUS+. She is a member of the coordinating CES research team of the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas. She is also member of the CES team of the H2020 project UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture (2020-2023), coordinated by the University of Barcelona.

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