Cultural mapping (CM) is a mode of inquiry and a methodological tool that aims to make visible the ways local stories, practices, relationships, memories, and rituals constitute places as meaningful locations. In this way, it promises a new lens to look at socio-spatial dynamics of integration and revisit its conventional notions. Exploring this potential, this block-seminar uses the emerging interdisciplinary CM methodology to investigate newcomers' integration in Weimar—focusing on their individual experiences and daily interactions with the physical and social space.
The seminar brings together international prominent CM experts, practitioner and advocates from different geographic contexts with students from different disciplinary backgrounds. It begins with an intensive overview of key concepts, methods, and processes of CM. You will then have the opportunity to apply this methodology to local issues of integration, taking Weimar as a case. Through this process, you will: gain new essential knowledge on CM as means to explore socio-spatial dynamics (of integration); acquire new practical skills to conduct CM projects; and develop your interdisciplinary competencies and reflective attitude by collectively integrating your existing disciplinary knowledge, methods and skills into the framework of CM.
The seminar will be conducted in four sequential parts:
(1) Session I [28.04]: a 2-hour orientation ‘PREAMBLE’.
(2) Blocktermin I [26-27.05]: a 2-day theoretical ‘FOUNDATION’ (including two inputs from guest academic experts).
(3) Blocktermin II [08-10.06]: a 3-day practical ‘WORKSHOP’ (led by a guest professional expert).
(4) Session II [19.06]: a 3-hour conclusive ‘REFLECTION’ (with all guest experts).
Throughout these parts, the seminar will provide the participants with an intensive mix of theoretical knowledge, practical experience and interdisciplinary competencies. With the guidance of three invited CM experts, participants will be equipped with the tools to explore and document places and communities while revisiting conventional notions of integration.