The conference language shall be English. Sign language interpretation shall be available upon request. Interpretation services to other languages will not be provided.



Wednesday 21st October

1900 Welcome reception hosted by the European Commission Representation in Malta – St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta



Thursday 22nd October

0830 Registration and coffee – Sacra Infermeria Hall

0900 Welcome address by Jason Micallef, Chairman Valletta 2018 Foundation – Temi Zammit Hall

Plenary Session 1: ‘A multi & intra disciplinary approach to Cultural Mapping’

Chair: Dr Nancy Duxbury

Rapporteur: Dr Marie Briguglio

0910 Introduction by Chair

0915 Keynote – Dr Aadel Essaadani

0945 Dr Ammar Kessab – Cultural Mapping in the Maghreb region: statement and uses

1005 Prof. Maria Attard – Cultural Mapping: Tools to engage

1025 Dr Francesca Cominelli – Mapping Intangible Cultural Heritage Actors in France (paper co-authored with Dr Marta Severo)

1045 Coffee break – Sacra Infermeria Hall

1105 Dr Luc Gwiazdzinski – Representing Populations, Arts and Territories in Movement – hosted by the Embassy of France in Malta

1125 Q&A and discussion

1155 Trevor Borg & Katya Micallef – Spatium Clausum

1210 Elizabeth Grech – Fondation René Seydoux

1220 Closing of plenary session by Chair

1230 Lunch – Sacra Infermeria Hall

1330 Speed networking session – Sacra Infermeria Hall

1430 Coffee Break – Sacra Infermeria Hall

Parallel session 1 – Cultural mapping as a tool for artistic practitioners

Moderator: Dr Hatto Fischer

Rapporteur: Daniela Blagojevic Vella 

1445 Introduction by Moderator

1450 Samuel Murray – Creative Cardiff: building a creative economy network for the capital city of Wales

1510 Monica Biagioli – Play-scripting: Testing a means of accounting for social value

1530 Stefanelle Cachia – Cultural Mapping as a possible means of increased dance audiences. A Maltese case study on dance

1550 Alexandra Pace – What is the role of BLITZ as an independent artist-run space in Malta’s cultural ecosystem?

1610 Q&A and discussion

Parallel session 2 – Cultural mapping as a tool for participation & networking

Moderator: Colin Borg

Rapporteur: Dr Ruben Paul Borg

1445 Introduction by Moderator

1450 Szilvia Nagy – Integration through Culture? Participatory Governance and Meta-Governance in the European Capitals of Culture Programme

1510 Dr Valerie Visanich & Dr Toni Sant – Establishing a Creative Identity: Branding a Creative Space

1530 Angie Cotte – The Roberto Cimetta Fund – linking the sustaining of local arts and cultural venues, networks and platforms with artistic and cultural mobility

1550 Anna Spiteri & Dirk De Ketelaere – Safeguarding the Green and Blue Open Spaces around Malta’s Grand Harbour through Public Participatory GIS

1610 Q&A and discussion

Parallel session 3 – Preserving heritage through digital mapping

Moderator: Dr Will-Garrett Petts

Rapporteur: Dr Jean Paul Baldacchino

1445 Introduction by Moderator

1450 Abby Suckle – Lower Manhattan Then and Now: Cultural Mapping over Time

1510 Dr Folker Metzger & Sophia Gröschke – WeimarpediaEngaging with our world heritage Innovative cultural project with a participatory website designed by students for students

1530 Rebecca O’Neill – Crowdsourcing Ireland’s National Monuments

1550 Jasmine Desclaux Salachas – How topographical maps support the cultural knowledge of a territory, to share its recognition: The unprecedented cartographic adventure of Battir, village of Palestine –a UNESCO World Heritage site

1610 Q&A and discussion

Parallel session 4 – Mapping culture from multiple perspectives

Moderator: Dr JosAnn Cutajar

Rapporteur: Prof. Carmel Borg

1445 Introduction by Moderator

1450 Agnieszka Wieszaczewska – Mapping culture as a form of non-formal education

1510 Jelena Savic – A day in the city with the eyes closed: cultural mapping in Porto, Portugal

1530 Agnieszka Janik – Cultural mapping with children: a peculiarity or a new trend?

1550 Giusy Cardia & Dr Roberto Carella – Maltese Food: From ancient times to the creative industry. A case study of Knowledge Management Platform

1610 Q&A and discussion

1645 End of Day 1

1930 Formal Conference Dinner – Haywharf, Floriana



Friday 23rd October

0830 Registration & Coffee – Sacra Infermeria Hall

0900 Introduction by Dr Karsten Xuereb, Executive Director Valletta 2018 Foundation – Temi Zammit Hall

0910 Address by Dr George Vella, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Plenary Session 2: ‘The mapping legacy: what happens next?’

Chair: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur – Dr Marie Briguglio

0920 Introduction by Chair

0925 Keynote – Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco – ‘Cultural Mapping and System-Wide Cultural Districts: Results from Italian and Swedish Case Studies’hosted by the Creative Europe Desk, Malta

0955 Lia Ghilardi – Cultural mapping for sustainable cities

1015 Sandro Debono – MUŻA: Rethinking national museums as cultural spaces

1035 Coffee break – Sacra Infermeria Hall

1055 Dr Oleg Koefoed – From mapping to urban cultural ecosystems: the legacy of cultural work

1115 Neil Peterson – Can culture change communities?

1135 Q&A and discussion

1205 Closing of plenary session by Chair

1215 Lunch – Sacra Infermeria Hall

Parallel Session 5 – Mapping Routes and Memories

Moderator: Dr Jean Paul Baldacchino

Rapporteur: Dr William Zammit

1315 Introduction by Moderator

1320 Prof. Danning Wang – Cultural Mapping of the Indigenous Hong Kong Population

1340 Dr Annamari Huovinen, Prof. Eija Timonen, Tomi Leino, & Tuuli Seppälä – Urban identities in flux

1400 Paola Ponti – RADICI – Mapping routes: a possible approach to cultural mapping through an artistic process

1420 David Jackson – This is not my house: Reflections on moving image

1440 Q&A and discussion

Parallel Session 6 – Global and contested cultural spaces

Moderator: Daniela Blagojevic Vella 

Rapporteur: Dr Hatto Fischer

1315 Introduction by Moderator

1320 Dianne Regisford – One Bowl: Ubuntu Encounters: Evoking Belonging: Participatory performance as cultural mapping in urban sustainable development practice

1340 Lora Markova – Mapping ‘Another Europe’: the real-and-imagined space of culture

1400 Milia Lorraine Khoury – Meditations on the ‘Wrong Place’: Europe in Africa; Africa in Europe

1420 Josephine Burden – Writing the City Built by Gentlemen for Gentlemen: One Woman’s Story

1440 Felipe Duarte – Local Musics as a reflexive action towards a positive globalisation

1500 Q&A and discussion

Parallel Session 7 – Digital Mapping in a Social Context

Moderator: Prof. Carmel Borg

Rapporteur: Dr JosAnn Cutajar

1315 Introduction by Moderator

1320 Prof. Saviour Formosa – Spatial Conceptualisation as a stepping stone in the transition of Real-Virtual World Social Interactionism

1340 Isabel Verdet Peris – Focusing on digital and participative dimensions to approach map use: experiences from Bilbao

1400 Prof. Ann Laenen & Stefan Kolgen – What happens when you combine digital storytelling and cultural mapping in a social setting?  A case study of Jefke Tuf – a transmedial project in Limburg

1420 Magdalena Czarnecka – “Let’s map it” – the artistic and activist strategies of mapping as a way of building local identity – the Polish examples

1440 Q&A and discussion

Parallel Session 8 – Evaluating & assessing the use of cultural space

Moderator: Dr Ruben Paul Borg

Rapporteur: Colin Borg

1315 Introduction by Moderator

1320 Dr Dorota Węziak-Białowolskak – Composite indicator to monitor cultural and creative initiatives in European cities

1340 Prof. Kamila Kaminska & Agnieszka Wieszaczewska – Cultural mapping in evaluating European Capital of Culture project ‘Microgrants ESK2016’

1400 Dr Fernando Bayón Martin & Dr Cristina Ortega Nuere – From Cultural Mapping to cultural assessment. Bringing social creativity closer to policy evaluation: a European transregional case study (Bilbao, Essen, Warsaw)                                                                                        

1420 Xenia Kopf – Spaces and Places for Creative Use in the City of Vienna: A multi-dimensional mapping exercise

1440 Q&A and discussion

1530 Closing event – Sacra Infermeria Hall

1550 Closing address by Dr Karsten Xuereb, Executive Director Valletta 2018 Foundation

1555 Book launch – Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (Edited by Nancy Duxbury, W.F Garrett-Petts and David MacLennan)

1600 Closing drinks – Sacra Infermeria Hall

1700 Conference closing


1900 Film screenings – St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

David Jackson – This is not my house: Reflections on moving image

Paola Ponti – RADICI

2000 Informal closing dinner – Ta’ Nenu, Valletta