Call for Proposals in PDF format


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 and practitioners 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 memories to build the present
  • Mapping as activist art
  • … among other possibilities

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 in this sensitive process.

  • What type of ‘cultural map’ is required, and what methodological tools have proven to be valuable?
  • How can we build truly collaborative processes for local development?
  • How can academic knowledge be effectively applied to solving issues at the community level, and how can community knowledge be useful for the academic world?
  • How much of this information is more than what we see, that is, ‘cultural mapping’ for the intangible or unseen?
  • How can this intangible dimension better enable us to understand and address the commonalities and diversities of a community? 


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.)

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.

Paper guidelines


Submission Deadline – using online submission form February 14, 2014
Registration form February 1, 2014
Selection decisions communicated to authors March 1, 2014
Completed Papers Deadline – email to: MappingCulture(at) May 15, 2014
Conference Presentation in Coimbra May 28-30, 2014