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Paris France
Event: International Conference
Categories: Digital Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Science, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2021-05-27 to 2021-05-28 Abstract Due: 2021-01-30

The notion of "mental map" is used in a variety of contexts such as cognitive maps or heuristic maps. A first major field of study of mental maps is related to geography, spatial cognition, neurophysiology and aims at understanding how the spatial path of a subject (or a set of subjects) can give rise to memorization and internal representation. The externalization of this representation usually takes the form of drawing, positioning in a graph, verbal or textual narratives, but it translates first and foremost as behaviours in space that can be recorded in the form of trackings.

A second field of analysis, rather oriented towards exploratory and combinatorial uses, (heuristic map, mind map) consists in organizing notions, concepts, information in the form of trees or graphs that can give rise to diagrams and flow charts. The aim is projective and for purposes of clarification and discovery or organization of data.

The notion of "mental maps" will therefore be considered according to two different meanings and uses: 1) the internal representation of a space travelled through (cognitive map) and 2) the representation of a set of entities or concepts (mind map). The terms "memory transcription" can be understood as the translation and recording on a graphic support of elements present in the mind, whether it is the memory of a space travelled through or a set of information or concepts to be arranged. The terms of "symbolic projection" are conceived as the fact of externalizing by the means of signs or symbols on a graphic support, the two types of representation which have just been evoked: the representation of a traversed space or the representation of a set of entities or concepts.

The points of contact, crossover, reversal, between what could be called in a somewhat caricatured way "representation of space" and "space of representation" are little explored. How can we better apprehend the complex notion of "mental map"? The question of memory transcription? Of the "symbolic projection"? Can we identify meeting points between these two polarities and if possible a continuum?

Keynotes speakers:

Barbara Tversky, https://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/bt2158/

Michel Denis, https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Denis_(psychologue)


Spatial cognition
Visual communication
Visuospatial reasoning
Mental maps / Cognitive maps / Mind maps
Graphic transcription / Symbolic transcription
Spatial memory / graphic memory
Short-term memory, long-term memory, working memory in graphics
Short-term memory, long-term memory, working memory in space exploration
Dynamic memorization / Dynamic graph drawing
Mental externalization
Spatial memory reconstruction in graphic design
Graphics and graphic processing of information
Visual Thinking
Mental images, materiality, dynamics
Graphs: nodes & lines, landmarks & routes
Space representation / Representation of space
perceptual, imaginary, and conceptual spaces
subjective, intersubjective, and collective representations of space
egocentric and allocentric representations of space
working memory
spatial memory
drawing memory



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Paris 1 Sorbonne conference: Thursday 27 & Friday 28 May 2021




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