Cartography and Narratives | Workshop – Zurich – June 11-13, 2012

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this happened in 2012…


This site is dedicated to the workshop on “Cartography & Narratives” that will take place in Zurich, at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich (CH) (june 11-13, 2012). This workshop is organized by the Commission on Art & Cartography of the International Cartography Association (ICA) in collaboration with ETH Zurich and Concordia University (Montreal).

This workshop aims to bring together artists, scholars and students from cartography, geography, the humanities and the arts interested in exploring further the relationships between maps and narratives.


Barbara Piatti (, Project Leader and Researcher, ETH Zürich, Institute for Cartography and Geoinformation, Zurich, Switzerland

Sébastien Caquard (, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Anne-Kathrin Reuschel, PhD student, ETH Zurich, Institute for Cartography and Geoinformation, Zurich, Switzerland

Scientific and artistic committee

William Cartwright, Past-President of the ICA, Professor, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Lorenz Hurni, Professor, ETH Zurich, Director of the Institute for Cartography and Geoinformation, Zurich, Switzerland

Laurene Vaughan, Professor, School of Media and Communication, research Leader within the Design Research Institute, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Cartography & Narratives | Workshop – Zurich – June 11-13, 2012.

… there is now a CFP…

Call for works / papers
Building upon the extensive work on literary geography and cartographic cinema, a range of scholars in the humanities have endorsed mapping as a conceptual framework to improve our understating of narratives. Meanwhile, geographers and cartographers have recognized the importance of mapping personal stories and vernacular knowledge in order to better understand their contribution to the production of places. Examples of this fusion between maps and narratives range from GPS drawing to walking as a way of addressing the performative nature of mapping and from the political mapping of journeys and stories of illegal migrants crossing borders to mapping of feelings and emotions.
In order to further explore these relationships between maps and narratives, the commission on Art and Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) organized and held a workshop on these themes in Zurich, Switzerland, in June 2012 (
We are now seeking academic and artistic contributions to be published in two special issues of two academic journals.
The first special issue will be published in NANO – New American Notes Online (issue 6) and co-edited by Laurene Vaughan and Matthew Bissen.  NANO is a peer-reviewed online journal capable of publishing a full range of media and designed to encourage new interpretations and new possibilities. We are particularly interested in submissions that explore and articulate representations of place via narrative structures, especially the different ways such places and structures are recorded, communicated, and critiqued.  We invite submissions that address forms of these two broad questions:  how do narratives traverse through a “somewhere”?  And, equally important, how are real and imagined places narrated?  Acceptable formats, sizes and lengths are listed below.
The second special issue will be published in The Cartographic Journal and co-edited by Sébastien Caquard and William Cartwright. It will compile a range of academic papers providing more of a cartographic perspective on the relationships between maps and narratives.  Both of these issues will be cross-referenced to give more visibility to the publications as well as to support the interdisciplinary dimension of this project.
Each author is asked to submit 5 keywords to accompany their submission.
The following are some suggestions: Cartography, Mapping, Place, Space, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Critical, Documentary, Film, Representation, Realism…
Deadlines concerning the special issue to be published in NANO:
– Jan. 28th, 2013:    Call for papers
– Jun. 28th, 2013:    Deadline to submit full papers & works to
Laurene Vaughan ( and
Matthew Bissen (
– Aug. 30th, 2013:    Comments sent by the editors to the authors
– Oct. 18th, 2013:    Final version of the papers & works submitted by the authors to
NANO for the review process (For the detailed instructions to the authors, please look at the web site of NANO:
– Nov. 15th, 2013:    End of the review process
– Jan. 31st, 2014:    Final versions of the selected papers sent by the authors to NANO
– May 2014:        Publication of the special issue in NANO
(This will coincide with the publication of work in the the parallel issue on Cartographies and Narrative in The Cartographic Journal)
Submission Guidelines:
Format Guidelines concerning the special issue to be published in NANO:
Papers with images –3,500 words maximum; 15 images maximum in high resolution—JPEG format preferred
Film Shorts –5-10 minutes maximum using .mov, .mp4, or .wmv formats
(min res = 426 x 400, max res 1920 x 1080)
Sound Essays – 10 minutes maximum using .mp3 encoding at bitrates above 256 kbit/s (preferred)
Electronic submission preferred. Text submissions should be sent as an email attachment using MS Word (doc.) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Refer to the list above for multimedia submissions. Do not include your name on the attached document, but do include your name and the title of your note in the body of your email. All manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines for format, in-text citations, and works cited.  Please send any questions that you have to Laurene Vaughan ( and Matthew Bissen (
Copyright and Permissions:
NANO expects that all submissions contain original work, not extracts or abridgements. Authors may use their NANO material in other publications provided that NANO is acknowledged as the original publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for reproducing copyright text, art, video, or other media. As an academic, peer-reviewed journal, whose mission is education, Fair Use rules of copyright apply to NANO. Send questions to the editor.
We would appreciate it if you could inform us in February if you plan to submit a paper or work to one of these special issues. Please feel free to contact Sébastien Caquard or William Cartwright concerning The Cartographic Journal, and Laurene Vaughan and Matthew Bissen concerning NANO.
We are looking forward to receiving your contributions for these special issues.~
Laurene Vaughan
Associate Professor Design and Communication, in the School of Media and Communication
RMIT University, Melbourne
Neirenberg Chair, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Matthew Bissen
PhD candidate in Geography at The Graduate Center (City University of New York)
Part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and Hunter College
Sébastien Caquard
Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Concordia University, Montréal
William Cartwright
Professor of Cartography and Geographical Visualization, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences
RMIT University, Melbourne

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