Call for papers CIST2018 – Representing territories


14 September 2017    


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.
Derived from different disciplinary fields, particularly psychology, analyses of representations have spread throughout the human sciences and 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"
Facilitator: 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)

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submitting proposals for papers: September 14th, 2017, exclusively via the conference Website
  • 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 available template. The length of the main text 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 Papers

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.