Thursday 27 & Friday 28 May 2021



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Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, – Centre Panthéon

12 place du Panthéon, 75005, Paris

Thursday, May 27: Amphithéâtre 1
Friday, May 28: Salle 1

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 and 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 maps, mind maps) consists in organizing notions, concepts, and 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 term “symbolic projection” refers to 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 maps”? The question of memory transcription? Of “symbolic projection”? Can we identify meeting points between these two polarities and, if possible, a continuum?

Keynotes speakers:

Barbara Tversky,

Michel Denis,


Thursday, May 27 2021 – Centre Panthéon, Amphithéâtre 1


08:45 – 09:00 Welcome of participants

09:00 – 09:30 Opening of the conference – Bernard GUELTON, ANR CORES, Université Paris 1

09 :30 – 10 :30 Symbolization: from internal to collective

09 :30 – 10:00 ‘ The social dimension of mental maps: Towards the notion of socio-spatial representation – Pierre DIAS UMR ESO, CNRS – Université Rennes 2

10: 00 – 10 :30 ‘ Projection of an internal cinema – Sophie MARIANI-ROUSSET – UFC (EA 4661)

10 :30 – 10 :45 Break

10 :45 – 12 :15 Transcriptions I : The collective in the modeling of space

10:45 – 11:15 ‘ Modeling of the collective perception of an urban space, use of cartographic deformation as a visualization tool, application to the Dijon agglomeration –
Cyril ENAULT, Département des hauts de seine

11:15 – 11:45 ‘ Seeing what escapes the gaze: a-subjective images of lived space – Clémence LONJON, Université Jean Monnet [Saint-Étienne]

11:45 – 12:15 Some social effects on the recording of spatial representations with freehand drawing – Thierry RAMADIER, Laboratoire SAGE, UMR 7363, Université de Strasbourg

12:15 -13:45 Lunch break

13:45 – 15:15 Transcriptions II : Representations of paths, between transcription and projection

13:45 – 14:15 ‘ Digital devices of visit and mental map – Laura Sofía MARTINEZ AGUDELO,- UFC (EA 4661), University of Franche-Comté

14:15 – 14:45 ‘ Sketch of a typology of representation from an urban route for 120 walkers – Xavier BOISSARIE, ORBE

14:45 – 15:15 ‘ Mapping of an occupation: A graphically rendered statement – Özge DERMAN, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, CRAL

15:15 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Keynote n°1 – Barbara TVERSKY: Spatial Thinking is the Foundation of Thought, Columbia University


Friday, May 28 2021 – Centre Panthéon, Salle 1 (first floor)

09:00 – 09:15 Opening of the second day

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote n°2 – Michel DENIS : Spatial cognition : Perceived, traveled, represented spaces, CNRS Research Director

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:15 Memories : Collective dimensions of memorization

10:45 – 11:15 ‘ Mental maps, discourse and collective memory: the concept of position to study the spatial inscriptions of memory. – Kevin CLEMENTI, SAGE Laboratory, UMR 7363, University of Strasbourg

11:15 – 11:45 ‘ Integrated and constructivist approach of spatial representations in memory: anticipated energy expenditures modulate metric properties -Simon LHUILLIER, Valérie GYSELINCK, LaPEA, University of Paris, Serge NICOLAS, MC2 Lab

11:45 – 12:15 ‘ Mental maps as tool to measure university student’s geo-literacy- Alejandro GÓMEZ- GONÇALVES, Universidad de Salamanca, Juan Antonio GARCIA GONZALEZ, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha; Isabel María GOMEZ TRIGUEROS, Universidad de Alicante, Jaume BINIMELIS SEBASTIAN, Universitat de les Illes Balears

12:15 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:45 Transcripts III: Contextual influences on the processes of symbolic projection

13:45 – 14:15 ‘ Prehistoric stone maps: from mental image to three-dimensional representation of space – Clément NICOLAS, UMR 8215 Université Paris 1, Yvan PAILLER, UBO, UMR 6554, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

14:15 – 14:45 ‘ Linking measured spatial and temporal data (data) and a-spatial data that are more the result of a reasoned observation (capta) – Laurent BERRY, École Supérieure de l’Université de Paris, Laurent BERRY, École Supérieure de Commerce et d’Économie Numérique, Bordeaux

14 :45 – 15 :00 Break

15 :00 – 16 :30 Arts : Artistic appropriations of the mind map

15 :00 – 15 :30 Mappings as an artistic tool in live performance – Tania GRANADA, Thomas GÖRNE, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

15 :30 – 16:00 ‘ A sensory reactivation through the mental maps of ” David Bond ” – Hanène BEN SLAMA, National School of Architecture and Urbanism of Tunis

16:00- 16:30 ‘ Forms of presentation: transcriptions and non-transcriptions of paths and mental maps in some conceptualist proposals – Hélio FERVENZA, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul [Porto Alegre]

16:30 – 17:00 Closing of the conference