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SPACES 2020 : Spaces and Places: 2nd Global Interdisciplinary Conference


When Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 5, 2020
Where Lisbon, Portugal
Submission Deadline Nov 8, 2019
Notification Due Nov 22, 2019
Categories    interdisciplinary   cultural studies   social studies   spaces

Call For Papers

Saturday 4th April 2020 - Sunday 5th April 2020
Lisbon, Portugal

Every day we move through spaces that have been constructed or delineated somehow to be significant. We recognise and —consciously or unconsciously — react to this significance on a daily or hourly basis, and we draw from a cultural well of knowledge in order to do so.

While we may not be aware of this process, our lives are lived in constant negotiation with these meanings; it is therefore important to examine how we shape the space around us, and what the meanings are that we attach to inside and outside, here and there, mine and yours, and even function and form. Understanding that these meanings are time- and culturally-based broadens these questions, allowing for not only an examination of how they are understood today, but how they were perceived and deployed in the past—and how they might be in the future.

Our spaces and places not only confine us, they define us as well and they shape our behaviour, as our silence in a church, our movement in a particular direction through a museum, or our knowledge of where a bathroom might be in an office building illustrate. Or consider how our behaviour is mitigated by the presence of cameras, the laws of society, the unstated rules of propriety, the standards of dress, or the expectations of those around us. What about how the presence of lines on a piece of two-dimensional map can determine our movement through a city or our path across a mountain range; how does new knowledge about a place shape our movement through the space it inhabits? And what can we make of the places we discover in archaeological quests or anthropological pursuits?

The basic questions common to all of the above are how do we designate place and delineate space, and what is the difference between the two? The short answers are that a place can be seen as space that has a meaning, and we shape places in a variety of ways that are culturally-, socially-, historically- and theoretically- bounded.

The exciting and productive discussions at our previous meeting explored a number of key areas: shifting meanings of neighbourhoods through time | mobility between economic and political spaces | the effect of place on emotion and perception | procession and its manipulation of meaning in space | political control of space as a function of controlling protests | fiction and its creation of space | mapping and the deployment of power |
Building on the success of these and other conversations, and the entirety of last year’s conference, we aim to continue to examine the way space is bounded or expanded to create place.

We will continue to explore how the concepts and practicalities that make up our understanding of what spaces and places mean are political, social, and specific to our culture(s), and how space and place dance with each other in the middle of it all.

Key Topics
Continuing with the same momentum established from the previous meeting, we invite proposals covering a number of approaches to the way processes of all kinds shape us and our world in the way they create, confine, shape and define the spaces and places we inhabit. The following non-exhaustive list is meant to be springboard as well as prompt; you may use these ideas or send us one of your own.

~ Life-spaces; life places.
~ How does our living space define us?
~ How do we define ourselves through space and place?
~ How does what we exclude define others?
~ Architectural movements and theories
~ Space and social control (panopticon, surveillance space, etc.)
~ Schools and prisons, Bentham
~ Dangerous places, places of power
~ No-go zones
~ Demilitarized zones
~ Impacts of war and territorial conflict on space and place
~ Mapping, naming and defining space and place
~ Urban planning
~ Heritage spaces and places
~ Conservation and usage of natural spaces, humanity’s capacity to preserve space and place
~ Colonial spaces
~ Contact zones
~ Spaces and Places of the Future
~ Sustainability, viability; living spaces, living places. Detached homes, tower blocks, gated communities
~ Science fiction spaces and their cultural function
~ Class, space and place (gentrification, ‘white flight’, slums, ghettos, hostile architecture to prevent sleeping rough on benches, etc.)
~ Indigenous/First Peoples conceptualisations if space and place
~ Space, place and the influence of gender, sexuality, race: the shaping of lived experiences
~ Spaces and Places of Faith
~ Churches, temples, mosques, fairy circles, Stonehenge and other stone circles, cemeteries, monasteries, crypts, etc.
~ Mathematical and scientific conceptualisations of space
~ Legal aspects of space and place (ownership and property rights, building codes, zoning, etc)
~ Politics of space and place (territorial sovereignty, colonialism and empire, etc)
~ Activism and protest linked to particular uses of space
~ Explorations of space and place in film, theatre, music, television, advertising, video games, poetry, literature, art, and other creative practices
~ Commodification of space and place (Real estate, admission charges for visiting places, etc)
~ Humanity’s destructive influences on space and place (climate change, pollution, etc.)
~ Processes by which spaces and places acquire particular connotations and meanings in the human imagination — and how those meanings change
~ Liminal spaces
~ Cities
~ Monuments, public parks, who has access to these spaces
~ What draws us to urban spaces, rural spaces, open or closed communities?
~ What draws people away from home to experience other places?
~ What are the differences in perception of spaces by visitors compared to residents? How does this affect tourism?
~ Where is the study of spaces/places happening?
~ Where are spaces and places being perceived, presented and represented?

What To Send
The aim of this inclusive interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring people together and encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances, poster presentations, problem-solving sessions, case studies, panels, q&a’s, round-tables etc. Creative responses to the subject, such as poetry/prose, short film screenings/original drama, installations and alternative presentation styles that engage the audience and foster debate are particularly encouraged. Please feel free to put forward proposals that you think will get the message across, in whatever form.

At the end of the conference we will be exploring ways in which we can develop the discussions and dialogues in new and sustainable inclusive interdisciplinary directions, including research, workshops, publications, public interest days, associations, developing courses etc which will help us make sense of the topics discussed during the meeting.

300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 8th November 2019. Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chairs.

All submissions will be at least double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team, The Development Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 22nd November 2019.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 21st February 2020.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) type of proposal e.g. paper presentation, workshop, panel, film, performance, etc, f) body of proposal, g) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Spaces and Places 2 Submission

Where To Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Teresa Cutler-Broyles:
Len Capuli (Project Administrator):

What’s so Special About a Progressive Connexions Event?
A fresh, friendly, dynamic format – at Progressive Connexions we are dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference formats, where endless presentations are read aloud off PowerPoints. We work to bring you an interactive format, where exchange of experience and information is alternated with captivating workshops, engaging debates and round tables, time set aside for getting to know each other and for discussing common future projects and initiatives, all in a warm, relaxed, egalitarian atmosphere.

A chance to network with international professionals – the beauty of our interdisciplinary events is that they bring together professionals from all over the world and from various fields of activity, all joined together by a shared passion. Not only will the exchange of experience, knowledge and stories be extremely valuable in itself, but we seek to create lasting, ever-growing communities around our projects, which will become a valuable resource for those belonging to them.

A chance to be part of constructing change – There is only one thing we love as much as promoting knowledge: promoting real, lasting social change by encouraging our participants to take collective action, under whichever form is most suited to their needs and expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as needed.

An opportunity to discuss things that matter to you – Our events are not only about discussing how things work in the respective field, but also about how people work in that field – what are the struggles, problems and solutions professionals have found in their line of work, what are the areas where better communication among specialists is needed and how the interdisciplinary approach can help bridge those gaps and help provide answers to questions from specific areas of activity.

An unforgettable experience – When participating in a Progressive Connexions event, there is a good chance you will make some long-time friends. Our group sizes are intimate, our venues are comfortable and relaxing and our event locations are suited to the history and culture of the event.

Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

Please send all enquiries to:

For further details an dinformation please visit the conference web page:

Sponsored by: Progressive Connexions

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