Call for Proposals: ‘Mapping – Uncharted Territory’ Opportunity for PGR Students

On Friday 5 June 2020, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth will be holding an Online Conference for Postgraduate Research students, on the theme of ‘Mapping – Uncharted Territory’. The WebEx conference organised by Dr George Burrows is open for 100-word proposals until 5pm on Friday 15 May.


The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries welcomes proposals from its PGR Students to participate in an online conference via WebEx on Friday 5 June 2020. This is a chance to share your work-in-progress, to get some feedback, and to practice for a Major or Annual Review presentation or for a forthcoming conference. In responding to the conference theme of ‘Mapping – Uncharted Territory’ we invite you to consider life not as separate from the research endeavour, but as a part of it and to reflect on how maps and/or mapping might be understood through, within, or for your research. You are invited to respond through your particular disciplinary lens, theoretical framework, creative practice or state of mind, to articulate the theme with your own research interests.

Maps are visual devices that represent concepts, whether they involve charting territory or more abstract ideas. We can use maps to understand physical space as much as the cultural and ideological lenses through which they are produced and read. Mapping can be conceptualised and understood in the context of: making and experiencing space; notation and making systems; images; data; algorithms; maths; chance; historic narratives; political tools and more. Digital networking and time management tools now open up new ways of engaging and imagining maps, such as in using global positioning systems for drawing images, producing automatic travel itineraries, or large-scale collaborative efforts using networked databases. We look forward to hearing about these sorts of things or, indeed, other responses to notions of mapping that you might want to propose for the conference.

We want all PGR students to feel able to contribute, so there are a number of ways to participate outlined below. While some of you will simply want to propose a WebEx presentation, we also encourage the submission and/or integration of creative practice responses such as images (paintings, drawings, diagrams, wireframes, sketches, photographs, collages, network visualisations, etc.), short video clips, poetry and other forms of creative writing, performance pieces or any other form of communicating your thinking to the wider community.

For those at the beginning of their studies, the conference is an opportunity to tell us something about your topic and work ahead of Major Review. You will probably just want to offer us some background, a brief overview of what you have been doing that relates to the theme, and what research you’ve done thus far in response to other studies in the field. We expect no more than a 5-minute presentation from PGR students at this stage. We recommend that you integrate presentation slides with an oral presentation and you may want to integrate some practice too.

For those a bit further on with their studies but not yet at the end, we suggest you give a more detailed presentation on a particular aspect of your work (a chapter or a piece of practice) that has been occupying your time recently. As you will want to frame that within a broader context of your research investigation and journey with the PhD, we suggest that PGR students at this stage present a 10-minute talk integrating slides and speech and, perhaps, practice too, but shorter presentations would also be welcome.

For those towards the end of their studies, it is a good idea to use this opportunity to develop a more formal and focussed 20-minute conference presentation which you could take forward to other academic forums. This is a strict time limit: you must not exceed 20-minutes with your WebEx presentation. We urge you to propose the most topical, innovative or meaningful aspect of your PhD work that relates to the theme in a really informative and engaging way that can be understood by students and staff from any discipline in the faculty. This will, no doubt, mean that you will need to give some context at the outset, including references to extant literature, before you get into the detail of your own contribution to knowledge.

Whatever your stage, all you need to do to take part is to draft a title and an abstract of no more than 100-words, giving an overview of what you plan to present. There is lots of guidance available online to help you draft an abstract but you could also look up recent conferences in your field for examples to give you an idea of the style. You should also talk to your supervisor ASAP, about how you plan to address the conference theme. For those unfamiliar with WebEx here is a link: It is also well worth researching how to present effectively through WebEx and remember that CCi’s Learning Support Tutors are also there to help you (

An email detailing your name, school and First Supervisor together with the title and abstract and the format of any practice you wish to submit should be sent to no later than 5pm, Friday 15 May 2020.

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