CULTURS International Conference

Towards creative resilience? Re-imagining urban cultures, sociabilities and participation

November 14 and 15, 2024

Student Hub | University of Coimbra > call for papers until 15 August 2024

Call for Papers (until August 15th, 2024)

Mapping activity with local community (Campanhã, Porto, URBiNAT project, 2019) ©Carlos Barradas

An international conference organised by the CES research group on Urban Cultures, Sociabilities and Participation to critically and pragmatically explore the concept of ‘creative resilience’ and its application in academic research, civic society, and public policy. The conference aims to foreground the agency of cultural actors and practices, and the essential need for equitable and inclusive civic participation in collective transitions and transformations towards regenerative and resilient strategies and actions. It acknowledges the need to reexamine culture-nature relations in our lives, renew urban-rural cultural connections, and inform public dialogue on resilience, which guides contemporary public policies and interventions such as the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan (2023-2026). 

A call for sessions opened among the members of CULTURS sets out a framework for a series of discussions and research exchanges. Municipalities and other local and regional institutions will be invited to present their projects or contribute to roundtables and debates.

The call for papers is now open. We invite contributions from a wide array of disciplines, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations – and projects and practices – to enrich and extend the conference themes in their conceptual and pragmatic dimensions.

Languages: Portuguese and English



We accept proposals for individual and collective presentations. Proposals should be submitted using the e-form available through this link.

Each proposal must include the following:

  • Title
  • Author(s) (up to 5)
  • Email for the corresponding author
  • Organisational affiliation(s) of author(s)
  • Country(ies) of organisation(s)
  • Abstract of paper or project (300 words maximum)

Session to present paper (select in the list)


Cescontextos - all papers accepted - 3.000 words
RCCS - special dossier organised by CULTURS, with 4 selected papers (10.000 words)
Other publications may be organised once CFP submissions are reviewed.


1 July - Call for papers/presentations open
15 August - Call for papers/presentations closes 
15 September - Results from CFP announced
30 October - Extended abstracts (1.000 words)
14-15 November - Conference (Thursday and Friday)
15 February - submit full paper CESCONTEXTO (all papers 3.000 words) / RCCS (4 selected papers - 10.000 words)


2 days in-person
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