Cultural mapping in planning and development contexts

Guest Editors: Nancy Duxbury (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal) and M. Sharon Jeannotte (Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa, Canada)

Internationally, cultural mapping is being used to investigate, “visualize” and facilitate the planning and management of the cultural dimensions of a community within planning processes. In this context, cultural mapping is a useful tool that can produce a multi-layered picture of the strengths, gaps, characteristics, and special features in the cultural and creative dimensions of communities. The process of mapping often reveals many unexpected resources, builds new cross-community connections, and can enhance a community’s awareness of its tangible and intangible cultural assets and sense of place.

As the articles in this issue demonstrate, however, cultural mapping projects are increasingly adopting a wider and deeper scope, serving as a tool to define and structure, to interrogate and probe, to challenge, and to imagine possibilities and alternatives. The articles explore the use of cultural mapping in situations ranging from historic core neighbourhood rehabilitation and renewal processes, to ethnographic research in an urban periphery area, to mitigating marginalization in aging suburbs, to more generalized cultural planning processes.

Geographically, the articles investigate cases located in La Plata (Buenos Aires province), Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Ottawa and the Waterloo Region, Canada; Sipoo and Pori, Finland; Lisbon, Porto, and the Centro region, Portugal; and Bilbao, in the Basque Country, Spain. The papers selected for the issue originated from work presented at the international conference “Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories,” held in Coimbra, Portugal, in May 2014.

Authors: Soledad Balerdi, Fernando Bayón, Leonor Bettencourt, Claudia Pato Carvalho, Paula Castro, Danielle J. Deveau, Ben Dick, Nancy Duxbury, Abby Goodrum, Maunu Häyrynen, Cristina Ortega Nuere, Pilvi Nummi, Patrícia Romeiro, Jeroen Stevens, Tuija Tzoulas, and João Luís Veronnezzi Pacheco.

  • The Centre on Governance is pleased to announce the completion and publication of the second edition of provincial and territorial budgets analyses from the perspective of arts, culture, and heritage entitled “In Search of the Creative Economy - the 2015-2016 edition of our analyses of provincial and territorial budgets from the perspective of arts, culture and heritage”, co-authored by M. Sharon Jeannotte, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance, and Alain Pineau, former Executive Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. You can also find this document under our Publications section.
  • The Centre on Governance is pleased to announce that Hany Besada, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance, along with George Kararach and Timothy M. Shaw, published a book entitled “Development in Africa: Refocusing the lens after the Millennium Development”
  • Hany Besada, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance, recently published an article in the journal Governance in Africa entitled “Regulating Extraction in Africa: Towards a Framework for Accountability in the Global South”.
  • Senior Fellow, Marc L. Johnson, with François Dumaine presented at the à l’Association pour le développement des méthodologies d’évaluation en éducation (ADMÉE) on November 19, 2015. Their work was entitled “Innover face à la complexité. Réflexion de praticiens sur l’évaluation des programmes d’éducation dans la langue de la minorité”, and explains the complexities behind federal/provincial/territorial initiatives, and puts forward an argument in favour of evaluation approaches based on theory. 
  • Senior Fellow, Marc L. Johnson, has received two new research positions associated with the University of Ottawa; one with the Language Management Interdisciplinary Research Group which is affiliated with the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning and the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, and the second with the Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie et les politiques publiques. 
  • Senior Fellow, Marc L. Johnson, under his company name Socius Research and Consulting, is  facilitating a process to develop a theory of change on intergenerational language transmission in the Francophone minority communities (2015). This mandate is being carried out on behalf of the Official Languages ​​Branch of Canadian Heritage and brings together a pan-Canadian panel of experts.
  • On September 16, Caroline Andrew, Eric Champagne and Steve Pomeroy from the Centre on Governance participated to a major iVote Debate on Municipal Infrastructure. Other participants on the panel included Professor Luc Turgeon (School of Political Studies), Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin (Mayor of Gatineau), Berry Vrbanovic (Mayor of Kitchener), Catherine McKenna (Liberal Party Candidate, Ottawa-Centre) and Emilie Taman (NDP Candidate, Ottawa-Vanier) and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi who addressed the audience live via-Facebook.
  • The Centre on Governance’s Annual Report has been completed. Please see the 2014 Annual report for the Centre on Governance for information about the activities and publications the Centre has completed. 

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