Open Call for Papers


Are there temporal boundaries to memory? How can we visually represent memories and place? In the constant re-emergence of a restless past what role do photographs play in evoking actual events? Aware of the present being shaped and re-shaped by memory how can we understand place and history?

This symposium will bring together researchers, visual artists and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to dialogue and critically explore questions around memory, place and photography as well as addressing issues of representation.

Central topics are:

– Literature, Memory and Photography

– Visual Narratives of Place

– Reality, Fiction and Memory

We invite applications from researchers, photographers, visual artists, doctoral and postdoctoral scholars of sociology, art history, architecture and related disciplines to participate on this international symposium. The event will take place from January 29th – 31st at Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa (CIUL), Picoas Plaza- Rua Viriato, 13 Núcleo 6-E, 1º 1050-233 Lisboa, Portugal.

The Symposium includes the opening of an exhibition, free and open to the public, a series of workshops and urban walks.

Application deadline: 27 December 2015.

The goal of the Symposium is to create a space to exchange concepts and challenge traditional understandings around memory, photography and place that enable a cross-disciplinary and dialogue. Questions around representation, re-interpretation and authenticity will inevitably arise during the process enriching the conversation. The following topic areas will be discussed:

On Memory:

The politics of memory (Huyssen­­); memory and the aftermath; forgetting and absence (Ricoeur; Todorov), nostalgia and spatial imaginaries (Boym); memory as re-presentation.

On Photography:

The remoteness of photography (Sontag, Mitchell) as being there and not here at the same time (Barthes, Berger); the resurrection of an experience/ photograph; the (visual) archeology of objects; digital photography and new technologies (van Dijck).

On Place:

Place making and changes of the built environment, sense of place and memory attached to a particular space; place as a fluid concept ranging from a room to a province (Gieryn) and looking at the temporalities of spatial settings (Boyarin).

The Symposium will be led by a group of scholars and visual practitioners: Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths University), Beatriz Véliz Argueta (HU Berlin/ Goldsmiths), Carla Duarte (ISCTE), Valeria Ferraro (Insubria University) and Stefano Carnelli (Goldsmiths/ Urbiquity), John Levett (LIP). They are actively involved in research, teaching and exploring questions of urbanism, photography and place.

On proposing a Paper/ Visual Work

Participants actively contribute to the program’s structure and content and are also invited to propose Workshops and Walks. The paper presentation sessions are open to the public and seek to create a dialogue across disciplines.

The Symposium aims to share ongoing projects raising new paths in the context of the mentioned topics/ questions.

The working language will be English.

Applications should include the following:

– a short abstract (1 page) for a 15-20 minutes paper in one of the relevant topics

– a short bio description in paragraph form (800 characters max)

All materials/ information should be sent as one PDF file via email no later than December 27th, 2015 to:

Symposium Organizers: Carla Duarte, Valeria Ferraro and Beatriz Véliz Argueta

For further information please visit:

We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon



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