Call: Connections: Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media

Call for Abstracts

Connections: Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media
29-30 June 2020
University of Kent
Canterbury, UK

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10th Feb 2019 (Round One)

Today the digital is ubiquitous across all disciplines connected with life in cities: urban history, architecture, planning, art, design, media, communications, and more. Examples abound.

As the Western world comes to deeper understandings of its heritage in the 21st Century, technology is ever more present in our reading of the past. Data mapping is standard in conservation and social history. Archaeologists use digital tools in geophysics, laser scanning, and compositional analysis. Landscape and architectural visualizations populate museums across the world. In architecture, computational design uses algorithms to replicate biology. Coding produces self-generated architectural form. Information modeling presents planners with interactive design in real time. The city is seen as ‘smart’.

In film and animation, digital models create fictitious places on scales unimagined. Installation artists make space interactive through digitising motion, sound and heat. Projection mapping allows artists to reinterpret the past in-situ. Photographers use digital cameras to document city stories. Marketing, technology and communication mediates the city experience 24/7. In every field, educators are responding.

As the tools we use today merge and blur across disciplines, this conferences asks educators and professionals to consider the following. How can we best manage, direct and utilize the unique potentialities of this interdisciplinary and technological moment? Are we rethinking objects of art and design from the past and future? Are we reconsidering modes of communication, styles of teaching and ways of living? Are we seeing new links between designed objects, visualized spaces and cultural meanings? Are we understanding creative, documentary and media practices in new ways? Are we developing our own knowledge through the technologies, tools or thinking of other disciplines?

Based on this interdisciplinary approach, the conference welcomes educators and professionals in: Architecture, Urban design, History, Archaeology, Heritage, Art, Design, Technology, Communications, Media, Film, Cultural studies, Pedagogy


To make the conference as inclusive as possible, delegates can attend in-person but can also avoid travel costs by making their presentation as a pre-recorded film. It will be permanently available via the AMPS YouTube channel. Alternatively, they may be able to present virtually via skype. In all cases, written papers are also acceptable.

Possible Formats include: Pre-recorded film (20 minutes); Skype (20 minutes); In-person Presentations (20 minutes); Written Papers (3,000 words) *

* After review selected authors will be invited to extend their initial 3000 words paper to full book chapter or journal article length.


10 Feb 2020: Abstract Submissions (Round One) *
20 Feb 2019:  Abstract Feedback

20 Feb 2020:  Conference Registration opens

10 April 2020: Abstract Submissions (Round Two)
20 April 2020:  Abstract Feedback

Conference: 29-30th June, 2020

20 September 2020: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
20 November 2020: Feedback for publication
30 December 2020: Full Paper re-submission
February 2021: Publications

* Round One submissions allow for early review. This is open to all but is particularly useful for international delegates requiring a visa to attend the conference.



Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper. If written papers are submitted they should be 3000 word length. Formatting instructions will be available at the time of the conference. All papers are double blind peer reviewed and will be include in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467.

Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in the book series and journals collaborating with PARADE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments). It involves the following publishers: Routledge Taylor & Francis; UCL Press; Intellect Books; Libri Publishing; Vernon Press; Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Architecture_MPS journal

Highlight Notice 1: This event is part of the conference and book series Mediated Cities. Previous events in London, Los Angeles, Bristol, Istanbul. Four books in Intellect Book series. Book five will come from this event.

Highlight Notice 2: Our most recent book series collaboration Focus on Pedagogy with Routledge seeks contributions on pedagogy. The conference proposes a special teaching and learning strand..


Delegate Fee: £290

Download: Abstract Submission Form

Example of correctly formatted/named Abstract Submission Form:
Raymond_Pauls_The City, The Car and Filmic Perception_Canterbury-Conference

Please send this fully completed document to
The document must be in Microsoft Word.
Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission Canterbury Conference
File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_Canterbury-Conference – Example file name: Raymond_Pauls_The City, The Car and Filmic Perception_Canterbury-Conference


Contact and submissions:

The conference will be held on 29-30 June 2020 at University of Kent School of Architecture, Canterbury, UK.

For details of the research interest behind the conference, see: Kent School of Architecture and Planning; the AMPS Mediated City Program; the Centre for Heritage at Kent; Media Studies at the University if Kent; the Digital Architecture Research Centre; the Architectural Visualisation programme in Canterbury.

It is organised by: the University of Kent, Canterbury, (UK); the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS and its academic journal Architecture_MPS (UK); and PARADE, (Canada).


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