UC Conference
2024, June 20, 21 and 22
Lisbon, Fine Arts Faculty

Special Call for Communication Proposals for the "Urban Creativity" conference.
The 11th edition of the conference will take place from June 20th to 22nd in the main auditorium of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

Urbancreativity.org is globally recognized as a reference, bringing together researchers, authors, and producers from areas of research such as Graffiti, Street Art, Urban Art, Public Art, Creativity in Public Spaces, Image and Architecture, and Urban User Experience.

Proposals should include a title, abstract (minimum 150 words), and keywords (optional). Submissions and communications will be in English (with an expected duration of 15 minutes per presentation).
Abstracts, and their possible development into full articles, will be editorially evaluated and by scientific committees for potential publication in the AP2 scientific journals.

Submissions can be sent to the email: info@urbancreativity.org by June 1st.

Abstracts and papers received until 1 of June (
new deadline):
- Will be included in the 1st review cycle with publishing predicted for July*;
- Will be considered for Urban Creativity conference, if sumbited for:
AIS - Architecture Image Studies
GSA - Graffiti and Street Art
CAP - Public Art Journal
BBDS - Black Book Drawing and Sketching
UXUC - User Experience and Urban Creativity

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;


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 deep dive into the theory and practice of these Lisbon dimensions. At the same time, as the community of friends and partner researchers grows, we wonder how Lisbon-based knowledge is common to other places, and how this knowledge circulates.

As for the Butterfly Effect, our actions resonate widely and far. A singular affordance or a city-wide tag, premeditated or not, conforms to our collective reality. But more specifically, is there something that occurs in Lisbon (and other places) that we can designate as a useful non-conformity with the norm? Taking this idea to the extreme, do our societal organizations serve as mere masks for the true anarchy of everyday life? In times of localized conflicts with global impact, from the nearly irrelevant comfort to life-threatening confrontations, 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 is indeed a common global phenomenon that emerges from mark-making as a life-standing condition, how can we interpret these marks for the sake of life? Can we generalize?

What outcomes do mural festivals produce? What do these entertainment-disguised, late-art-world captures of graffiti and street art produce in terms of future thinkers? How are project and drawing-based disciplines incorporating this knowledge?



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

It's now concluded, check all issues here:
AIS - Architecture Image Studies
GSA - Graffiti and Street Art
CAP - Public Art Journal
BBDS - Black Book Drawing and Sketching
UXUC - User Experience and Urban Creativity
SAUC - Street Art and Urban Creativity


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