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Urban Creativity Conference, 2024, edition 11

June 20, 21 and 22 in Lisbon

Urban Creativity activities, 2024, edition 11, on the conclusion of the 10th year, suggests ubiquity as general theme.
How, apparently, local simple forms and ideas have long lasting global impact ?

From a Lisbon perspective, as a challenging example, the balance between formality and informality, the flexibility of norms, and common sense lie at the heart of many quality of life aspects that the city has to offer. This encompasses everything from the city's structure itself, which has evolved over centuries to meet various needs, to the knowledge that emerges in response to scarcity and managerial challenges.

Since the first editions, UC, proposes a dive on the theory and practise of these Lisbon dimensions. At the same time, as the community of friends and partner researchers grow, we wonder how the Lisbon local based knowledge is common to other places, and how this knowledge circulates.

As Buterfly Effect, our actions ressonate wide and far. An singular affordance or a city wide tag, premeditated or not, they conform our collective reality.

But more specifically, is there something that occours in Lisbon (and other places) that we can designete as a usefull non conformity with the norm? Taking this idea to the extreme, does our societal organizations are mere masks for the truly anarchy of the every day?

On times of localized conflicts with global impact, from the nearly irrelevant confort to the life trthening confront, what is the role of our material actions. In the realms of ideas or self proposed solutions, what can we learn from our micro actions ?

If there in fact a common global phenomenon that emerges from mark making as a life standing condition, how can we interpret this marks for life sake? Can we generalize ?

What are mural festivals producing as outcomes? What this entertainment discuised of late art world capture of graffiti and street art producing in terms of future thinkers? How project and drawing based disciplines are incorporating this knowledge?


Call for conference abstracts
We will accept conference abstracts submited trough the following journals:
GSA - Graffiti and Street Art
CAP - Public Art Journal
BBDS - Black Book Drawing and Sketching
UXUC - User Experience and Urban Creativity

NOTE: we will not accept submissions for the conferece via SAUC or AIS journals.
Call for papers, for all journals are pemantly open.

2024 Calendar

Abstracts and papers received until 14 of April (extended deadline):
- Will be considered for Urban Creativity conference (if sumbited for GSA, UXUC, CAP, BBDS journals);
- Will be included in the 1st review cycle with publishing predicted for July*;

June 20, 21 and 22 Lisbon - Faculty of Fine Arts / hybrid conference

Papers submited until 30 of August
- Will be included in the 2nd review cycle with publishing predicted for November*;

*depending on the number of accepted papers for each journal;

Cinema and the City

Specific call for SAUC transition year

We are looking for papers for SAUC that explore the synergy between cinema and the city from multiple angles and disciplines. We are interested in analyses that address how cinema uses the city as a canvas for storytelling, how it captures and contributes to urban aesthetics, and how it can be a tool for social commentary and critique. Articles may examine both historical and contemporary representations of the city in cinema, as well as futuristic and speculative projections.

This call is open to approaches ranging from specific case studies to theoretical and comparative analyses. We encourage researchers, academics, filmmakers, and professionals from related fields to submit papers that not only deepen the understanding of cinema and the city but also explore the possible interactions between these two vital elements of human expression and experience.

More information here.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 April.
Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 April.
Deadline for submission of full papers: 15 June.
Notification of review results: 30 September.

2023 editorial year

Our publications of 2023 are almoust all available.
Check here:

GSA - Number one Vol 1 No 1 (2023)
GSA - Number two Vol 1 No 2 (2023)

SAUC - Street Art and Political Aesthetics in the Contested Urban Contexts Vol 9 No 3 (2023)
SAUC - Diversity and Beyond Vol 9 No 2 (2023)
SAUC - Public spaces on the East Vol 9 No 1 (2023)

UXUC - Decoding the DNA of urban spaces with artistic practices and creative research approaches Vol 5 No 1 (2023)
UXUC - Designing Urban Experiences: From Trial/Error Abstraction to Instagram Graffiti Networks
Vol 5 No 2 (2023)

AIS - Design, restoration and place-making Vol 4 No 2 (2023)
AIS - Turkey Architecture Studies Vol 4 No 1 (2023)

BBDS - Contours of Creativity Vol 4 No 1 (2023)
We are closing details on BBDS N2 , CAP n1 and 2.