AAC CIST2023 – Learning from territories / Teaching territories


27 February 2023    


The conference, coordinated by Claude GRASLAND and France GUERIN-PACE, will take place from November 15th to 17th, 2023 on the Condorcet campus (Paris-Aubervilliers)

The deadline for paper proposals
has been extended to February 27th, 2023

Download the complete call for papers
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The 6th CIST conference will focus on two questions: how to teach about territories (academic knowledge, empirical methods, disciplinary approaches, etc.) and how to learn from territories (observing, exploring, describing, experiencing, etc.). Whether defined as a theoretical object of scientific knowledge that can be taught or as a body of practices that can be passed on, there is no escaping the need to address the issue of the relationship between the apparent universality of the concept of territory, on the one hand, and the variety of uses to which the term is put and the range of practices associated with it, on the other. Unlike the concept of space, which has given rise to numerous theoretical models, the notion of territory directly addresses the relationship between individuals, groups or societies and real places, involving interactions between these people and the territories in question.
The objective of the following sessions is to highlight, on the one hand, the specific features of the teaching methods used in territorial sciences in the various disciplines involved, specifically by examining how they vary from one discipline to another and between countries; and on the other, to demonstrate how research in the territorial sciences develops specific methodologies for investigating places and individuals depending on whether the times being studied are periods of calm or of crisis; and on whether the territories in question are unremarkable in their ordinariness or exceptional in some way.

“Man is a semiotic animal whose geographical existence is shaped by languages, systems of signs and codes.”
Claude RAFFESTIN, 1987

Papers will have to be presented in one of the 17 sessions listed below:

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submitting proposals for papers: February 27th, 2023 (initially January 15th), exclusively via the dedicated website cist2023.sciencesconf.org (SUBMIT page)
  • Reply from the Scientific Committee: during May 2023
  • November 15th-17th, 2023 : 6th CIST conference at campus Condorcet

Session Proposal Guidelines

The conference languages are French, English and Spanish.
Proposals for papers should be written in one of these three languages (materials should be in English); they should conform to the template available on the dedicated website cist2023.sciencesconf.org).

The word file must include the following 4 elements:

  • A 1,000 characters abstract (spaces included) in French + one of the 2 other languages
  • 3 to 6 keywords in French + one of the 2 other languages
  • A 10,000 to 15,000 characters main text (spaces included) in French, English OR Spanish
  • A 5 to 10 reference bibliography.

Any incomplete, under or over-sized proposal will not be submitted for evaluation.

Procedures for Evaluating the Session Proposals

Paper proposals will be reviewed by an external expert, the session co-chairs and by the conference's scientific committee, which includes members of the CIST's scientific committee, expanded to include external scholars.