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After three conferences that have successively sought to define and lay the foundations for territorial sciences, to go beyond disciplinary frontiers and boundaries, namely through interdisciplinary collaboration, and to explore territorial social demand, the 4th CIST conference aims at mobilising the territorial sciences to address the question of representation. The objective of the conference, which will comprise 17 sessions, is to determine the contribution of the representational approach to the analysis of territories from a theoretical, methodological and empirical point of view.

Analyses of representations have their origins in different disciplinary fields, particularly psychology, and have spread throughout the human sciences so that today they are used in a wide variety of contexts by geographers, sociologists, historians and specialists in the political and legal sciences. Both the concept of territory and that of representation, on account of their polysemy, provide the opportunity to bring together different topics, methods and disciplines.

The conference is open to every type of representation: concepts, ideas, frameworks, maps, texts, still or animated images, databases, and multimedia vectors used in the context of the construction, development and transformation of territories. Similarly, a wide variety of sources may be used: surveys, interviews, biographies, testimonies, legal, political and cultural documents, plans, programmes, projects or dreams, artistic productions, advertising, social or campaign materials, canonical works, transient footprints on social networks, etc. The most important aspect will be the possibility of using empirical material likely to provide useful input to scientific debates on the role of representations in the territorialisation of societies.

Papers will have to be presented in one of the 17 sessions listed below (abstracts are accessible online).

1 – Territorial struggles and social representations

Co-facilitators: Laurent BEAUGUITTE (IDEES) & Marta SEVERO (Dicen IDF)

2 – The proliferation of territories. Efficacy of territorial engineering versus political legitimacy

Co-facilitators: Sylvia CALMES-BRUNET (CUREJ) & Yann RICHARD (PRODIG)

3 – Web data and territorial representations

Co-facilitators: Marta SEVERO (Dicen IDF), Pierre BECKOUCHE (LADYSS), Bernard ELISSALDE (IDEES), Marianne GUÉROIS (Géographie-cités), Françoise LUCCHINI (IDEES) & Malika MADELIN (PRODIG)

4 – Representing territories: revealed values of territories

Co-facilitators: Caroline TAFANI, Claudio DETOTTO & Dominique PRUNETTI (LISA)

5 – Spatial and temporal shortcuts in the representation of ‘priority areas’

Co-facilitators: Julie VALLÉE (Géographie-cités)

6 – TERRIT’ARTS. Reinventing places through art; rethinking art with space

Co-facilitators: Pauline GUINARD (LAVUE-Mosaïques) & Sylvain GUYOT (Passages)

7 – Marketing and staging territories: material representations and reactions

Co-facilitators: Pascale NEDELEC (CREDA) & Laura PÉAUD (PACTE)

8 – Representing cyberspace: landscapes, territories and sovereignty. Geopolitical and legal challenges

Co-facilitators: Frédérick DOUZET (UP8 Castex Chair of Cyberstrategy) & Anne-Thida NORODOM (CUREJ)

9 – Territoriality and the European Union. Representing territories within the EU

Co-facilitators: Lydia LEBON (IRENEE) & Sylvia CALMES-BRUNET (CUREJ)

10 – Health Representations and Territorial Practices

Co-facilitators: Clélia GASQUET-BLANCHARD (EHESP), Virginie CHASLES (EVS) & Alain VAGUET (IDEES)

11 – Recreational uses of nature: actors, representatives and representations

Co-facilitators: Damien FÉMÉNIAS (CETAPS), Ludovic MARTEL (LISA), Frédérique ROUX (VIPS2) & Arnaud SÉBILEAU (IFEPSA)

12 – Representing ancient territories. Structuring of “archeo-territories” and spatial dynamics in archeology

Co-facilitators: Damase MOURALIS, Carole NEHME & Dominique TODISCO (IDEES)

13 – Territories and fiction. From construction to reception: crossing process

Co-facilitators: Alfonso PINTO (EVS), Géraldine MOLINA (ESO) & Bertrand PLÉVEN (Géographie-cités)

14 – Memories of (un)desirable territories: Looking at metropolitan transformation through the lens of local identities

Co-facilitators: Adriana DIACONU (PACTE) & Grégory BUSQUET (LAVUE)

15 – Representing the territories of mobility

Co-facilitators: Marie-Christine FOURNY (PACTE), Paule-Annick DAVOINE (LIG), Sonia CHARDONNEL (PACTE), Marie HUYGHE (CITERES) & Laurent CAILLY (CITERES)

16 – Representing territories in simulation models

Co-facilitators: Marion LE TEXIER (IDEES), Arnaud BANOS (Géographie-cités), Clémentine COTTINEAU (University College London) & Sébastien REY-COYREHOURCQ (IDEES)

17 – Cartographic designs and geovisualization for an innovative representation of territories

Co-facilitators: Christine ZANIN (Géographie-cités), Paule-Annick DAVOINE (LIG) & Marion LE TEXIER (IDEES)

Provisional calendar

Deadline for submitting proposals for papers: postponed to 14 September 2017, exclusively via the Submit page

Reply from the Scientific Committee: end of October 2017.

Response procedures

Proposals for papers should be written in French or English and comply with the template available. The length should be between 10,000 to 15,000 characters. Proposals will be reviewed by the conference scientific committee and session co-facilitators. We encourage authors to submit joint papers on related topics.

Publication of selected communications

All accepted papers will be published on the conference website and will appear in conference proceedings, which will be available on conference opening day. They will also be deposited in Hal open archives. Session co-facilitators have also planned some sort of publication following the conference. In addition, conference coordinators are considering a collective publication based on the input and feedback they expect to get from session co-facilitators.

Organisation Committee coordinators


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