Events

We are pleased to inform you that a presentation of the book

Representing Place and Territorial Identities in Europe. Discourses, Images, and Practices

will be held on Zoom on June 23rd 2021. 

Book presentation poster

Please click the Zoom link on the poster to check if it works.

Registration is recommended, sending an email to the Organizing Secretariat – please see details in the poster.

We hope you can attend the event, and we look forward to seeing you!

 

 


Special Issue
“Culture, Heritage and Territorial Identities for Urban Development”

Dear Colleagues,

The economic globalization of the recent decades has generated faster rhythms in cities’ adaptation to novelty and consequently triggered customed urban restructuring and regeneration policies and practices. From the 1970s onwards, towns and cities have experienced deindustrialization processes, while seeing a gradual growth of tertiarization and diversification of services, including cultural ones. Until then, culture in relation to cities’ development was important, especially from a historical perspective, in terms of its influence on urban forms and characteristics. With more accelerated socioeconomic dynamics, the role of culture in urban development has grown progressively. With the different, both positive and negative, effects introduced by new cultural interpretations of cities (e.g., culture in public spaces, cultural and creative industries, culture as marketing tools, cultural commodification, etc.), the concept of culture has become increasingly associated with urban image and identity. In finding solutions within regeneration processes, policies often rely on tools from the cultural and creative fields. Additionally, built material and immaterial heritage can have significant roles: e.g., converting heritage sites and buildings through cultural projects or new functions, or capitalizing on specific traditions and place memory for local identity and place attachment. 

This Special Issue focuses on cultural approaches in connection with urban development and aims for contributions from various research fields. The volume invites researchers and academics worldwide to publish their original research articles on the following themes, but not limited to these:

– Cultural activities and their role in urban development;
– Cities (re)constructing their identity, relying mainly on culture and heritage;
– Culture as a relevant component of current spatial planning policies;
– Urban strategies, attracting creative people;
– Urban image, heritage and culture;
– Culture, local memory and local identities;
– Heritage and industrial culture;
– Subcultures within cities and processes of urban change.

Contributions have to follow one of the three categories (article/review/conceptual paper) of papers for the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue.

Dr. Andreea-Loreta Cercleux
Mr. Harfst Jörn
Dr. Ilovan Oana-Ramona
Guest Editors

 


Special Session at the 8th EUGEO 2021 Congress on the Geography of Europe

June 28 – July 1, 2021

Prague, Czechia

Change and Sustainability. Preserving and (Re)Constructing Place Attachment during Territorial Development Challenges

 

Organizers:

Oana-Ramona ILOVAN (Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania),

Iwona MARKUSZEWSKA (Faculty of Geographic and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Environment and landscape are under constant change that transforms land, places, and habitats. Various interests and power relations, considering diverse decision makers (e.g. public administration, economic and cultural entrepreneurs, regular citizens, civil society), impact the sustainable management of communities. At the same time, communities’ demands and expectations are to live in a safe and clean environment. This is a challenge to the sustainable management and development of urban and rural areas, and it frees up questions about preserving and (re)constructing attachment to places and maintaining social well-being.

Moving towards sustainability, which refers to human-environment coexistence in harmony, is a challenge for decision makers to meet the expectations of landscape stakeholders. Sustainability also challenges communities and individuals who feel they have to choose between maintaining economic benefits and an environmentally-friendly behaviour to reduce negative impact on landscape and regenerate destroyed landscapes and places.

Adjustment to change requires local communities’ reinterpreting their perception on and attitude towards places. This is true also for re/immigrated societies. Changes require that we (re)define place meaning and (re)develop place attachment.

We welcome contributions, from any theoretical perspective, on the following themes, but not limited to these:

  1. From topophilia to topophobia. From topophobia to topophilia. Local community perception of landscape changes;
  2. Processes of enhancing the sustainability of communities through place attachment;
  3. Assessing the sustainability of resource management based on historically informed and validated human activities and practices;
  4. Preserving and building territorial identities under new social, cultural and economic challenges;
  5. Feelings of connectedness and loss in fragile communities, undergoing disruptive changes;
  6. Tangible and intangible resources for sustainable development and (re)connecting people to places;
  7. Lessons from success and failure in experiencing new development paths and how were affected people’s place attachment;
  8. Greening and making a better place. Sustainable development of regenerated landscapes;
  9. Urban bioregions. Urban/rural regeneration practices, social capital and activism;
  10. Home is where my heart is: building territorial identity within immigrant communities;
  11. When place attachment creates conflicts: individual versus common needs. Sustainable use of landscape resources;
  12. How migration, political and economic changes impact building identity processes in a new place;
  13. Living together – how multicultural and multinational integrated communities contribute to shaping common place identity and individual place attachment;
  14. Misplaced and rooted out of the homeland – lost landscape in the immigrant community’s memories;
  15. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to researching place attachment during community transformation.

Keywords: landscape transformations, regeneration, environment, territorial identities, power

For registration: https://on-line-form.eu/eugeo2021/abstracts/index.php?coo=1

See also: https://www.eugeo2021.eu/important-dates/


Open call for papers

 

Special Issue, no. 7/2021

 

Territorial Identities and Heritage. Discourses and Practices

 

 

Guest Editors: Oana-Ramona ILOVAN1 Marinela ISTRATE2
1 Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Territorial Identities and Development Research Centre (TIDRC), Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
2 Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Geography and Geology, Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Territorial identity involves both the place attachment and belonging and the politics of territorial planning. Various types of identity (place, urban, regional, national, cultural, personal, community, etc.) have been proven to contribute to the identity of place, as these are viewed in relation to its historical heritage and characteristics. At the same time, local identity harbours emotional and symbolic meanings people ascribe to a sense of self and attachment to place.

 


This special issue starts from a relational, dynamic, and participatory notion of territorial identity. Therefore, it will host the results of original empirical and theoretical scientific research on territorial identity and its representations as constructed through discourses and practices.

 

We welcome contributions on the following topics of interest, but not limited to these:

 

  • Representations of territorial identity and development: discourses, images, practices
  • Heritage management
  • Perceptions of territorial identity at various levels
  • Constructing, preserving and promoting territorial identities
  • Place/regional attachment in time
  • (Re)defining place meaning and topophilia
  • Territorial identity and territorial planning
  • Territorial identity and public policy
  • Territorial identity and formal and informal education
  • Theoretical contributions for the study of territorial identity within the discourse of Cultural Geography
  • Research methodology for the study of territorial identity

 

For more details please check here

 


 

Open call for papers

 

Special Issue, no. 8/2021

 

Territorial Identities and Sustainable Development. Challenges and Solutions

 

 

Guest Editors: Oana-Ramona ILOVAN1 Marinela ISTRATE2
1 Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Territorial Identities and Development Research Centre (TIDRC), Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
2 Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Geography and Geology, Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Territorial belonging and territorial attractiveness are elements of strategic relevance for development at various levels. Therefore, territorial identity is relevant for building the social capital so useful during the processes of development and territorial planning. The concern about territorial identity and development is part of the same trend that occurred in the academic and political environment after the 1990s, when it became obvious that there was a strong connection between these and environmental, social and economic well-being.

 

This special issue will host the results of original empirical and theoretical scientific research on territorial identity and its relation to sustainable development.

 

We welcome contributions on the following topics of interest, but not limited to these:

 

  • Territorial identity and (un)sustainable community development (rural and urban)
  • Territorial identity, regional development, and regional inequalities
  • Territorial identity and territorial planning
  • Territorial identity and public policy (including gender policies)
  • Territorial identity and smart communities
  • Territorial identity and green economies
  • Disruptive changes, resilience, and sustainable development
  • Tangible and intangible elements of territorial identity for sustainable development
  • Urban and rural regeneration based on territorial identities
  • Landscape transformations and sustainability
  • (Re)developing place attachment and meaning
  • Historically informed practices for resource management
  • Theoretical contributions for the study of territorial identity within the theoretical discourses on sustainable development
  • Research methodology for the study of territorial identity

 

For more details please check here

 


 

 

 
Dear Colleagues,

 

Here is an invitation to a special session that we organise  (dr. Oana-Ramona ILOVAN and dr. Marinela ISTRATE) as part of the International Geographic Seminar “Dimitrie Cantemir”.
 
The conference is to be organised online on October 24, 2020, on a platform that will be subsequently brought to the attention of the participants.
There is no participation fee.

 

Here is the link to the special session