U Coimbra 3 Job Ads: Creative Tourism (Portugal)

The Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra has launched calls for 3 employment opportunities as part of the research project “CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas / Desenvolver Destinos de Turismo Criativo em Cidades de Pequena Dimensão e Áreas Rurais“:
– Contratação de um/a Gestor/a de Projetos de Investigação
– Research Fellowship
– Post-Doctoral Position

Deadline for applications: 28th October 2016

CREATOUR is an incubator/demonstration and multidisciplinary research initiative, supporting collaborative research processes. The three-year project aims to connect the cultural/creative and tourism sectors through the development of an integrated research and application approach to catalyzing creative tourism in small cities and rural areas.

CREATOUR involves five research centres working with a range of cultural/creative organizations and other stakeholders located in small cities across Portugal in the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions. The project is informed by theoretical and methodological approaches from cultural/creative sector development, tourism, and regional development. It is organized using the key dimensions of support to enhance value for creative sector development [OECD 2014] as a framework: 1) build knowledge and capacity, 2) support content development and link creativity to place, and 3) strengthen network and cluster formation.

Its overall objective is to develop and pilot an integrated approach and research agenda for creative tourism in small cities and rural areas in Portugal, developing strong links within and amongst regions. The project aims to develop a sustainable creative tourism sector to boost tourism in these areas as well as to contribute meaningfully to local cultural vibrancy and holistic development in pilot communities. Building on a twofold approach, CREATOUR intertwines Theory and Experimentation, combining multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological frameworks, cultural mapping, and benchmarking exercises with the development of an array of Pilots, or creative tourism case studies.

CREATOUR combina atividades de investigação e demonstração na construção de uma abordagem integrada ao turismo criativo em cidades de pequena e média dimensão em Portugal. O projeto pretende desenvolver uma abordagem integrada e pilotar uma agenda de investigação centradas no turismo criativo em pequenas cidades e áreas rurais, fortalecendo ligações dentro e entre regiões portuguesas. O projeto alia teoria e experimentação, combinando referenciais teóricos e metodológicos multidisciplinares, mapeamento cultural, e exercícios de benchmarking com a análise de estudos de caso de turismo criativo. Neste contexto, o projeto CREATOUR visa produzir recomendações políticas, dando especial atenção à interação em cluster e à colaboração em rede.

Este projeto é uma iniciativa de investigação multidisciplinar com o formato de demonstração baseada em processos colaborativos, coordenado pelo CES, terá e tendo como parceiros o Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades da Universidade de Évora, o Centro de Investigação sobre o Espaço e as Organizações da Universidade do Algarve, o DINÂMIA’CET-IUL, Centro de Estudos Sobre a Mudança Socioeconómica e o Território do ISCTE-IUL e o Laboratório de Paisagens, Património e Território da Universidade do Minho.

Artistic and other Creative Practices as Drivers for Urban Resilience (Portugal)

Artistic and other Creative Practices as Drivers for Urban Resilience
September 5 to 7, 2016
Museu Municipal de Espinho, Portugal

Thematic area(s) of the course
Artistic and creative practices, urban resilience, urban sustainability

Course description
Urban sustainable development requires enhancing urban resilience. In this Summer School, we look at resilience as a space for translocal bottom-up learning, emerging artistic-cultural-ecological approaches or as a ‘Space of Possibilities’. Resilience for us is openness, possibility, emergence, creation, non-structuration, art, praxis, mutual learning and doing . . . It is not a 10-point governmental program to be implemented (e.g., early warning, knowledge transfer, etc.).

Several key characteristics of resilience (redundancy, diversity, learning modes, and self-organization) can potentially be fostered in urban neighborhoods through creative practices entangling natural and cultural resources and processes such as “ecological art” and “social practice” interventions, “urban gardening” projects, autonomous social-cultural centers fighting against gentrification, and artivist actions that question unsustainable city planning and societal behaviours. However, how far does the potential of such practices reach? When and how do they scale up to wider urban institutions as drivers of transformations, fostering systemic innovations? What limits and challenges do they encounter? How far do they foster urban resilience towards sustainability as a transformative search process of fundamental change, or are they coopted into neoliberal urban development? What recurrent processes and structures can be observed across different contexts? And how can we learn from these in order to support transformative processes?

The summer school, conceived as an extended workshop, will explore comparative insights across different urban initiatives and projects. We invite researchers, artists, and practitioners to address together several sets of questions and reflect on their empirical research, previous project experiences, and expertise from different cities. Insights emerging from the workshop will inform, and be informed by, the ongoing international comparative research project/network “Culturizing Sustainable Cities: Catalyzing translocal learning and advancement of emerging artistic-cultural environmental approaches”, initiated by the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and the transdisciplinary research project “The City as Space of Possibility” at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. In addition, insights from the summer school will be disseminated through Cultura21, an international network of cultural practitioners, researchers, and others (e.g., cultural policymakers) who are focused on advancing cultures of sustainability.

Participants
Researchers (multidisciplinary), graduate students and post-docs, artists, and practitioners working with community-based artistic and sustainability/resilience initiatives

During the pre-registration process, applicants are asked to submit [HERE] a brief statement on the relevant project(s)/initiative(s) with which they are involved, and why they want to attend the summer school. These statements will be reviewed as part of the participant selection process. Deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2016. All applicants will be notified of selection process results by Monday, May 16, 2016.

Researchers responsible
Nancy Duxbury (CES) and Sacha Kagan (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Core Team
Nathalie Blanc, Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France
Hans Dieleman, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico; Cultura21
Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
David Haley, Manchester Metropolitan University, England
Verena Holz, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Sacha Kagan, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany; ESA RN2; Cultura21

Registration
Earlybird rate (by May 31): € 150
Late rate from June 1: € 165
Fee includes: Summer School registration and materials | Welcome BBQ or dinner on Sept 5 | Lunch on Sept 6 and 7 | Breaks (5)
Accommodation and dinner on Sept. 6 at own cost.

Maximum number of registrations: 25 | Minimum number of registrations: 20

Getting to Espinho
Espinho can be easily reached by train from Porto – Campanhã station. Details of train schedules and prices.

Summer school organized by Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network Sociology of the Arts and its 9th Midterm Conference being held in Porto September 8-10, 2016. The insights generated at the summer school will be shared in a workshop at the Midterm Conference.

Scientific projects relating to the course
“Culturizing Sustainable Cities: Catalyzing Translocal Learning and Advancement of emerging Artistic-cultural Environmental Approaches” – Nancy Duxbury, CES
“The City as Space of Possibility” – Volker Kirchberg, Ute Stoltenberg, Ursula Weisenfeld, and Sacha Kagan, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

This is a self-funded, non-profit Summer School

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Nancy Duxbury Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesNancy Duxbury holds a doctorate in Communication from Simon Fraser University, Canada, specializing in cultural policy. Since 2009, she has been a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal and, since 2010, Co-coordinator of its Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group.

Nancy DuxburyHer research has examined the integration of culture in local sustainable development, with an emphasis on the policy and planning frameworks that enable this; culture-based development models in smaller communities; and the emerging interdisciplinary field of cultural mapping, which bridges insights from academic inquiry, community practice, and artistic approaches to understanding and articulating place. Building on these foundations, she is now the Principal Investigator for a major three-year research and demonstration project on creative tourism in Portugal, entitled “CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas.” The project involves five Portuguese research centres and 40 pilots, and aims to link the cultural and tourism sectors within a context of inclusive and sustainable local and regional development. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and her events and publications are designed as meeting places that bring together academic and practice-based knowledges, including artistic perspectives and approaches.

She is a member of the European Expert Network on Culture, and was Chair of the Policies working group of a European research network on “Investigating Cultural Sustainability” (2011-2015). She is also an Adjunct Professor of the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Waterloo, and of the Department of Journalism, Communication, and New Media at  Thompson Rivers University, Canada. She was co-founder and Director of Research of the Creative City Network of Canada, and received a Cultural Leadership Award from the organization in 2017.

More information on her research and publications can be obtained from her academic homepage.

Selected publications

Books

Duxbury, N., & G. Richards (Eds.). (2019). A research agenda for creative tourism. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Duxbury, N., Garrett-Petts, W. F., & Longley, A. (Eds.). (2018). Artistic approaches to cultural mapping: Activating imaginaries and means of knowing. London: Routledge.

Kangas, A., N. Duxbury, & C. De Beukelaer (Eds.). (2018). Cultural policies for sustainable development. London: Routledge.

Duxbury, N., Garrett-Petts, W. F., & MacLennan, D. (Eds.). (2015). Cultural mapping as cultural inquiry. New York: Routledge.

Hristova, S., Dragićević Šešić, M., & Duxbury, M. (Eds.). (2015). Culture and sustainability in European cities: Imagining Europolis. London: Routledge.

Duxbury, N. (Ed.). (2013). Animation of public space through the arts: Toward more sustainable communities. Coimbra: Almedina.

Guest edited journal issues

Kangas, A., Duxbury, N., & De Beukelaer, C. (Eds.). (2017). Special issue: Cultural policies for sustainable development. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23(1).

Duxbury, N., & Longley, A. (Eds.). (2016). Special issue: Cultural mapping: Making the intangible visible. City, Culture and Society, 7(1).

Duxbury, N., & Jeannotte, M. S. (Eds.). (2015). Special double issue: Cultural mapping in planning and development contextsCulture and Local Governance / Culture et Gouvernance Locale, 5(1-2).

Saper, C., & Duxbury, N. (Eds.). (2015). Special Issue: Mapping culture multimodally. HyperRhiz, 12.

Duxbury, N., Canto Moniz C., & Sgueo, G. (Eds.). (2013). Special Issue: Rethinking urban inclusion: Spaces, mobilisations, interventions. Cescontexto – Debates, 2.

Duxbury, N., Fortuna, C., Bandeirinha, J. A., & Peixoto, P. (Eds.). (2012). Special Issue: Em torno da cidade criativa (Beyond the creative city). Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 99.

Duxbury, N., & Jeannotte, M. S. (Eds.). (2011). Special double issue: Culture and sustainable communitiesCulture and Local Governance / Culture et Gouvernance Locale, 3 (1-2).

Articles

Duxbury, N., Bakas, F. E. & Pato de Carvalho, C. (2019). Why is research–practice collaboration so challenging to achieve?: A creative tourism experiment. Tourism Geographies.

Bakas, F. E., Duxbury, N., & Vinagre de Castro, T. (2019). Creative tourism: Catalysing artisan entrepreneur networks in rural Portugal. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 25(4), 731-752.

Bakas, F. E., & Duxbury, N. (2018). Development of rural areas and small cities through creative tourism: The CREATOUR project.Revista: Anais Brasileiros de Estudos Turísticos (ABET), 8(3) (Set./Dez.), pp. 74-84.

Kangas, A., Duxbury, N., & De Beukelaer, C. (2017). Introduction: Cultural policies for sustainable development. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23(1).

Duxbury, N., Kangas, A., & De Beukelaer, C. (2017). Cultural policies for sustainable development: Four strategic paths. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23(1).

Longley, A., & Duxbury, N. (2016). Introduction: Mapping cultural intangibles. City, Culture and Society, 7(1): 1-7.

Duxbury, N. (2015). Positioning cultural mapping in planning and development contexts: An introduction. Culture and Local Governance, 5(1-2): 1-7.

Jeannotte, M.S., & Duxbury, N. (2015). Advancing knowledge through grassroots experiments: Connecting culture and sustainability. Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 45(2), 84-99.

Duxbury, N., & Saper, C. (2015). Introduction: Mapping culture multimodally. HyperRhiz, 12.

Carvalho, C. P., & Duxbury, N. (2014). Artistic intervention projects and cultural memory: Experiences from Portugal’s centre region. Culture / Kultura: International Journal for Cultural Research, 4(8), 21-32.

Duxbury, N. (2014). Cultural governance in sustainable cities. Kult-ur: Interdisciplinary journal on the culture of the city, 1(1), 165-182. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.6035/Kult-ur.2014.1.1.7.

Duxbury, N., & Jeannotte, M. S.. (2012). Including culture in sustainability: An assessment of Canada’s integrated community sustainability plans. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 4(1), 1‑19. doi:10.1080/19463138.2012.670116

Book chapters

Duxbury, N. (2019). Thoughts on future directions: Art and culture in transformations toward greater sustainability. In V. Riccardi & V. Ferreira (Eds.), Creative responses to sustainability – Portugal green guide 2019 (pp. 9-14). Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

Duxbury, N., & Richards, G. (2019). Towards a research agenda for creative tourism: Developments, diversity, and dynamics. In N. Duxbury & G. Richards (Eds.), A research agenda for creative tourism (pp. 1–14). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Duxbury, N., & Richards, G. (2019). Towards a research agenda in creative tourism: A synthesis of suggested future research trajectories. In N. Duxbury & G. Richards (Eds.), A research agenda for creative tourism (pp. 182–192). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Duxbury, N., Garrett-Petts, W. F., & Longley, A. (2018). An introduction to the art of cultural mapping: Activating imaginaries and means of knowing. In N. Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts & A. Longley (Eds.), Artistic approaches to cultural mapping: Activating imaginaries and means of knowing. London: Routledge.

Duxbury, N., Kangas, A., & De Beukelaer, C. (2018). Cultural policies for sustainable development: Four strategic paths. In A. Kangas, N. Duxbury & C. De Beukelaer (Eds.), Cultural policies for sustainable development. London: Routledge.

Kangas, A., Duxbury, N., & De Beukelaer, C. (2018). Introduction: Cultural policies for sustainable development. In A. Kangas, N. Duxbury, & C. De Beukelaer (Eds.), Cultural Policies for Sustainable Development. London: Routledge.

Ferreira, I., & Duxbury, N. (2017). Cultural projects, public participation, and small city sustainability. In K. Soini, S. Asikainen, K. Plebanzcyk, L. Rojac-Mijatovic, & C. Brites (Eds.), Perspectives for culture in sustainable futures: Theories, policies, practices. Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä.

Duxbury, N., Baltà, J., Hosagrahar, J., & Pascual, J. (2016). Culture in urban development policies: An agenda for local governments. In Culture: Urban future – Global report on culture for sustainable urban development (pp. 204-211). Paris: UNESCO.

Cardielos, J.P., Lobo, R., Peixoto, P., Mota, E., Duxbury, N., & Caiado, P. (2016). Mondego: o surdo murmúrio do rio. In P. Peixoto & J.P. Cardielos (Eds.), A Água como património: Experiéncias de requalificação das cidades com água e das paisagens fluviais (pp. 95-112). Coimbra: Impressa da Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra University Press).

Duxbury, N., & Jeannotte, M. S. (2015). Making it real: Measures of culture in local sustainability planning and implementation. In L. MacDowall, M. Badham, E. Blomkamp, and K. Dunphy (Eds.), Making culture count: The politics of cultural measurement. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Duxbury, N., Garrett-Petts, W. F., & MacLennan, D. (2015). Cultural mapping as cultural inquiry: Introduction to an emerging field of practice. In N. Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts & D. MacLennan (Eds.), Cultural mapping as cultural inquiry (pp. 1-42). New York: Routledge.

Duxbury, N. (2015). European cities as cultural projects: Where is culture in urban sustainability policy? In S. Hristova, M. Dragićević Šešić & N. Duxbury (Eds.), Culture and sustainability in European cities: Imagining Europolis (pp. 69-85). London: Routledge.

Duxbury, N., & Jeannotte, M. S. (2013). Global cultural governance policy. In G. Young & D. Stevenson (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to planning and culture (pp. 361-376). London: Ashgate.

Duxbury, N., Cullen, C., & Pascual, J. (2012). Cities, culture and sustainable development. In H.K. Anheier, Y.R. Isar & M. Hoelscher (Eds.), Cities, cultural policy and governance (pp. 73-86). London: Sage.

Nelson, R., Duxbury, N., & Murray, C. (2012). Cultural and creative economy strategies for community transformation: Four approaches. In J. Parkins & M. Reed (Eds.), The social transformation of rural Canada: New insights into community, culture and citizenship (pp. 368-386). Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Duxbury, N. (2011). Shifting strategies and contexts for culture in small city planning: Interlinking quality of life, economic development, downtown vitality, and community sustainability. In A. Lorentzen & B. van Heur (Eds.), Cultural political economy of small cities (pp. 161-178). London: Routledge.

Duxbury, N., & Murray, C. (2010). Creative spaces. In H.K. Anheier, Y.R. Isar & C. Waterman (Eds.), Cultural expression, creativity and innovation. London: Sage.

CFP Mapping culture conference Coimbra 2014

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories
May 28-30, 2014
Coimbra, Portugal

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Centre for Social Studies (Centro de Estudos Sociais – CES), a State Associate Laboratory at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is calling for the submission of papers and panel/workshop proposals from academics, researchers, public administrators, architects, planners and artists for an international conference and symposium. The CES is committed to questions of public interest, including those involving relationships between scientific knowledge and citizens’ participation.

UPDATE: January 25, 2014: The Conference Website and Proposal Submission form are now live.

Cultural Mapping – A general definition:
Cultural mapping involves a community identifying and documenting local cultural resources. Through this research cultural elements are recorded – the tangibles like galleries, craft industries, distinctive landmarks, local events and industries, as well as the intangibles like memories, personal histories, attitudes and values. After researching the elements that make a community unique, cultural mapping involves initiating a range of community activities or projects, to record, conserve and use these elements. …The most fundamental goal of cultural mapping is to help communities recognize, celebrate, and support cultural diversity for economic, social and regional development.

Clark, Sutherland and Young

An emerging interdisciplinary field
Cultural mapping reflects the spatial turn taken in many related areas of research, including cultural and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy and planning. Traditional approaches to cultural mapping emphasize the centrality of community engagement, and the process of mapping often reveals many unexpected resources and builds new cross-community connections. Internationally, cultural mapping has come to be closely associated with professional cultural planning practices, but its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas means that ‘traditional’ approaches are being re-thought and expanded, with cultural mapping practices adopting new methodologies, perspectives and objectives as they evolve.

This event is intended to explore both conventional and alternative approaches to mapping cultures and communities in an international context. Presenters will discuss and illustrate innovative ways to encourage artistic intervention and public participation in cultural mapping.

They will also address the challenges posed by such artistic practices and community involvement in various phases of the research process, from gathering and interpreting data to modes of presenting ‘findings’ to interest groups from different sectors – the local public as well as specialists in the arts, research, public administration and planning.

Two key dimensions of current research with implications for artistic, architectural and planning practices are:
(a)   the participatory and community engagement aspect, especially in the context of accessible mobile digital technologies; and
(b)   mapping the intangibilities of a place (e.g., stories, histories, etc.) that provide a “sense of place” and identity to specific locales, and the ways in which those meanings and values may be grounded in embodied experiences.
These two aspects will be highlighted in the conference presentations and symposium workshops, bridging interests of both researchers and practitioners.

EVENT COMPONENTS
*Keynote lectures
*Plenary panel sessions with discussions among researchers, artists/creators, and local planners/municipal representatives
*Interactive workshop sessions (Symposium)
*Associated artistic presentations to complement event themes

KEY THEMES
*Cultural mapping as an agent of community engagement
*Cultural mapping as a tool of local policy development
*Cultural mapping processes and methodologies
*Multimedia mapping tools – recording interpretations and cultural uses of public space
*Artistic approaches to cultural mapping
*The artist-researcher in interdisciplinary inquiry
*Understanding architecture and urban space through mapping

Sub-Themes:
Particular panel sessions can be organized for sub-themes such as:
*’Making visible’ eco-cultural knowledge and practices through mapping
*Political underpinnings of cultural mapping – Lessons and corrections
*Mapping as activist art

Symposium – Linking research and practice:
Collaborative research with communities can help us better understand its role in their cultural and social development. But how to create or recreate such an experience? The Symposium elements will address how multidisciplinary research perspectives can be applied to local development practice. Workshops will be used to explore the possible contributions of cultural mapping approaches to different communities at a local level, and the role for academia.
*What type of ‘cultural map’ is required, and what methodological tools have proven to be valuable?
*How can academic knowledge be effectively applied to solving issues at the community level?
*How much of this information is more than what we see, that is, ‘cultural mapping’ for the intangible or unseen?

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We invite proposals for individual paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions and workshops. The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations in Portuguese are also welcome. (We will try to arrange for ‘informal’ translation support for Portuguese-language sessions, as possible.)

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL (online at the CES website)
Required information:
*Name of primary author
*Email of primary author
*Names of other authors (if applicable)
*Position/title of primary author
*Organization/institution
*Department
*City
*Country
*Is this presentation part of a proposed panel? Y/N
*If yes, title of panel
*Title of presentation
*Abstract (250 words)
*Key theme(s) of presentation (from the list of themes above)
*Brief bio of presenter(s), including position/role of each (e.g., researcher, professor, architect, doctoral student, artist, town planner, etc.) (max. 250 words)

Panel Proposals:
If you are proposing a panel, please submit the proposed paper of each panel participant separately, using the submission form, to provide full information for each paper and participant. Be sure to enter the title of the proposed panel in the assigned field.

Abstracts will be published in the conference program in English and Portuguese.

Full Papers:
Selected papers will be compiled and posted online (in a password protected folder), and all conference registrants will receive an email with the URL and password for access prior to the conference.

We are planning to publish selected papers in a journal, following the conference.

TIMELINE
Launch – Conference website, online submission form at www.ces.uc.pt – January 15, 2014
Submission Deadline – using online submission formFebruary 14, 2014
Selection decisions communicated to authors – March 1, 2014
Early Registration closes – April 15, 2014
Completed Papers Deadline – via email – May 15, 2014
Conference Presentation in Coimbra – May 28-30, 2014

PROJECT PARTNERS and COLLABORATORS (so far):
*Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) / Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
*Colégio das Artes, University of Coimbra
*The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
*Thompson Rivers University, Canada

QUESTIONS? Please contact Dr. Nancy Duxbury

REFERENCES
*Clark, Sutherland & Young (1995). Keynote speech, Cultural Mapping Symposium and Workshop, Australia.
*McLucas, Clifford (no date). There are ten things that I can say about these deep maps. Available: http://documents.stanford.edu/MichaelShanks/51.
*Scherf, Kathleen (2013), The Multiplicity of Place; or, Deep Contexts Require Deep Maps, with an Example. Paper presented at World Social Science Forum, October 13, 2013.
*Shanks, Michael; Pearson, Mike (2001), Theatre/Archaeology. New York: Routledge.
*Stewart, Sue (2007). Cultural Mapping Toolkit. Vancouver: 2010 Legacies Now and Creative City Network of Canada. Available: http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/cultural_mapping_toolkit.pdf

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University of Coimbra

On May 7, 2012 I presented a talk entitled “From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity Over Time” to Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) da Universidade de Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. One of the uncommon aspects of CES is the way it combines multiple disciplines, including sociology, economics, law, anthropology, history, literature, international relations, geography, architecture, geographers, engineering, biology and medicine. Of course not all of these were represented in my audience, but I was delighted to discover two architects in the group.

The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world. Visitors are not allowed to take photographs in the library, but it alone is worth the trip. Here is the main square, and the tower, visible from nearly anywhere in the city.

My thanks to Dr. Nancy Duxbury, a Canadian scholar currently based at CES, for the invitation, and for organizing the talk as well as dinner afterwards. I met Nancy several years ago at a UNESCO meeting in Paris, and it was a pleasure to connect again. Nancy’s recent research has focused on cultural sustainability and approaches to linking culture and sustainability in community planning initiatives.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Beyond the Creative City CFP

Call for Papers
Journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS), No. 99
Special Issue:  Beyond the Creative City
Editors: Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, José António Bandeirinha, and Paulo Peixoto
Cities, Cultures, and Architecture Research Group
Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal

The point of departure for this special issue is the politically prevalent but heavily critiqued trend for cities to participate in an international race for ‘hip’ promotional identities and economic competitiveness through investing in flagship architectural projects and building districts to attract mobile creative talent. While contributing to interesting urban renewal and ‘economic re-invention’ strategies in many cities, these approaches also tended to neglect issues of social equity and inclusion, spawned dislocation of existing artist/creative communities, and favoured ‘big and flashy’ globally circulating art products (exhibits, performances, artists) over nurturing approaches to ‘authentic’ local cultures and heritage. While this approach is still evident, it is no longer seen as the only path to creative urban renewal and economic development, and there is growing need to propose and examine alternate approaches that are more culturally sensitive to local realities and issues; environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable; and attentive to issues of inclusion, justice, and multicultural realities. The bright political and media spotlights on ‘creative city’ investments and initiatives – and the research attention placed on these developments – tend to have placed other socio-cultural options in the shadows. It is time to explore these alternate spaces, ideas, strategies, and socio-cultural forces at play, which may point to and elaborate alternate creative development patterns.

The issue seeks to bring together creative and interdisciplinary perspectives from socio-anthropology, arts and cultural studies, architecture, cultural policy, and other disciplines examining the organization, uses, and images of urban space. Topics of articles may analyze (but are not restricted to): urban lifestyles and means of resistance, socioeconomic conditions and empowerment of residents through artistic/cultural initiatives, the impacts of tourism and ‘creative city’ initiatives on cities over the last decade, affirmations of cultural expressions, and the democratic governance of cities.

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted works are graded by three reviewers, and ranked for academic quality, originality, and relevance to the objectives and thematic scope of this issue.

The issue will be published in Portuguese with abstracts in French, English, and Portuguese. The journal will translate two non-Portuguese-language articles into Portuguese for the issue. The issue will include approximately 6-8 articles and 4-5 book reviews.

Submissions
Articles may be submitted in the following languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish. Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters.
Articles should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 900 characters. Papers should be sent in Word format by 31 March 2012 to the following e-mail address: rccs@ces.uc.pt

Key dates
International call for papers: October 2011
Submission deadline: 31 March 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 2012
Publication of issue: December 2012

For further information
For further information about this special issue, please contact: Nancy Duxbury (duxbury@ces.uc.pt)

RCCS Information for Authors is available here: http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/normaspubrccs.pdf

About Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)
Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) publishes the results of advanced research in all fields of social and human sciences. It gives special attention to studies which contribute to a critical knowledge about the Portuguese context and a deepening of comparative perspectives. It favours works with a transdisciplinary potential and which contribute to theoretical discussion and epistemological thinking in a global context. The peer-review journal publishes four issues per year. http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/index.php

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS), No. 99
Número Especial: Em torno da cidade criativa
Editores: Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, José António Bandeirinha e Paulo Peixoto
Núcleo de Estudos sobre Cidades, Culturas e Arquitectura
Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES), Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

O ponto de partida deste número especial da RCCS é a tendência política predominante, ainda que fortemente criticada, para que as cidades participem na corrida internacional das identidades que vão estando na moda e para que se envolvam no jogo da competitividade económica através de investimentos em projectos emblemáticos de arquitetura e da construção de lugares que visam atrair talentos criativos móveis. Contribuindo para uma assinalável renovação urbana e para estratégias de revitalização económica em várias cidades, essas abordagens tendem, igualmente, a negligenciar questões de equidade e de inclusão social, originando rupturas de comunidades criativas/artísticas existentes e favorecendo os maiores e os mais apelativos produtos culturais que circulam globalmente (exposições, performances, artistas), ao mesmo tempo que evidenciam abordagens preocupadas com as culturas locais e os patrimónios ‘autênticos’. Ainda que essa perspetiva continue a ser palpável, ela deixou se ser encarada como o único caminho possível para a renovação urbana criativa e para o desenvolvimento económico, sendo evidente a necessidade de propor e de analisar abordagens alternativas que sejam mais sensíveis às realidades e questões locais; ambiental, social e economicamente sustentáveis; e atentas às questões da inclusão, da justiça e das realidades multiculturais. Os brilhantes holofotes políticos e mediáticos dos investimentos e das iniciativas das ‘cidades criativas’ – assim como a atenção conferida pelas agendas de investigação a esses desenvolvimentos – levaram a que outras opções culturais ficassem nas sombras. É tempo de explorar esses espaços alternativos, as ideias, as estratégias e as forças socioculturais em jogo e que podem conduzir-nos à elaboração de padrões alternativos de desenvolvimento criativo.

Este número temático procura reunir perspetivas criativas e interdisciplinares da socioantropologia, das artes e estudos culturais, da arquitetura, das políticas culturais e de outras disciplinas que abordem a organização, os usos e as imagens dos espaços urbanos. Entre outros, os artigos podem incidir nas seguintes dimensões: estilos de vida e modos de resistência, condições socioeconómicas e empoderamento dos residentes através de iniciativas culturais e artísticas, impactos do turismo e das iniciativas ‘cidade criativa’ nas cidades ao longo da última década, afirmação de expressões culturais e governação democrática das cidades.

A Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais está sujeita a arbitragem científica. Todos os artigos submetidos são avaliados por três avaliadores e ordenados a partir de critérios de qualidade académica, originalidade e relevância em relação aos objetivos e ao espectro temático deste número.

O número temático será publicado em português com resumos em francês, inglês e português. A revista assegura, para este número, a tradução de dois artigos submetidos em língua estrangeira. Este número temático incluirá 6 a 8 artigos e 4 a 5 recensões.

Submissões
Os artigos podem ser submetidos nas seguintes línguas: português, inglês, francês e espanhol. Os artigos não devem exceder os 50 mil carateres. Os artigos devem ser acompanhados de resumos que não excedam 900 carateres. As propostas devem ser enviadas em formato word até 31 de março de 2012 para rccs@ces.uc.pt

Datas a reter
Call for papers internacional: outubro de 2011
Data limite para envio de textos: 31 de março de 2012
Notificação de aceitação: julho de 2012
Publicação do número temático: dezembro de 2012

Informação adicional
Para informação adicional relativa a este número, contactar, por favor, Nancy Duxbury (duxbury@ces.uc.pt)
Informação relevante para os autores que queiram publicar na RCCS está disponível em http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/normaspubrccs.pdf

Sobre a Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)
A Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) publica os resultados de investigação avançada em todas as áreas das ciências sociais e das humanidades. Concede uma atenção particular a estudos que contribuam para um conhecimento crítico da realidade portuguesa e um aprofundamento de perspetivas comparativas e privilegia trabalhos com potencial transdisciplinar e que concorram para a discussão teórica e para a reflexão epistemológica num contexto global.

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