2nd International Symposium on Platial Information Science, PLATIAL 2019

  • Rene Westerholt (Organiser)
  • Franz-Benjamin Mocnik (Organiser)

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People “live” and constitute places every day through recurrent practices and experience. Our everyday lives, however, are complex, and so are places. In contrast to abstract space, the way people experience places includes a range of aspects like physical setting, meaning, and emotional attachment. This inherent complexity requires researchers to investigate the concept of place from a variety of viewpoints. The formal representation of place–a major goal in GIScience related to place–is no exception and can only be successfully addressed if we consider geographical, psychological, anthropological, sociological, cognitive, and other perspectives.

So far, however, interdisciplinary cooperation on the topic of place has been rare. Geographers have developed a rich conceptual understanding of holistic places, psychologists and cognitive scientists deal with the more individual aspects of perception and conceptualisation, and GIScience scholars are focussing on formalising and conceptualising place-based GIS largely capitalising on a wealth of viewpoints. Research on place has not yet been carried out on a larger scale beyond the boundaries of those different domains. In view of the complexity described above, interdisciplinary approaches are desirable and will presumably lead to a better understanding of the concept of place than to consider it monodisciplinarily.

The motto of this year’s symposium is therefore interdisciplinarity. We hope to bring together place-based researchers from different disciplines to discuss the current state of platial research.
Period5 Sept 2019
Event typeConference
Conference number2
LocationCoventry, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational