Call for Papers

The conference invites scholars and experts from various disciplines such as: urban planning, heritage preservation, human geography, digital humanities, social cartography, architectural and art history, archaeological studies, literature studies and history to critically reflect upon (but not restricted to) the following topics:

  • Theoretical approaches to key concepts, such as: destruction, reconstruction, recovery, ruins, ‘mapping’ – ‘map making’, ‘Schadenskartierung’,’Wiederaufbau’, etc. from an interdisciplinary perspective,
  • Methodologies employed for the study, communicating, and developing of maps: visualization, digitalization, accessibility,
  • Mapping man-made disaster inflicted to the urban space (i.e. war and civil conflicts),
  • Mapping natural catastrophes’ impact on the urban space: earthquake, climate change, health emergencies,
  • Social-political and cultural context of mapping,
  • Actors (experts, institutions) involved in map-making.

We invite proposals for a 20-minute presentation in English to be sent in a Word document (.docx) containing:

  • Title and abstract of 300 words maximum (no references);
  • The name of the author with current affiliation, contact details (email and mobile) and a short biographical note (around 200 words).

Proposals should be sent no later than 15 September 2021
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 October 2021.

Limited funding opportunities for travel and accommodation may be provided for participants attending the conference in person in Bamberg. An online format via Zoom will be provided as well, for speakers who opt for this format due to Covid restrictions. Please specify your preference in this regard.

The language of the conference is English (presentations in German are also possible).