International Conference on Spatial Cognition and Cognitive Maps
March 24, 2017
Foundation VIEGLI & National Library of Latvia
Call for papers
International Conference on Spatial Cognition and Cognitive Maps SPATIAL SPRING will focus on the ways how spatial and non-spatial (emotional, aesthetic, linguistic, cultural) knowledge interacts in the cognitive representation of space. We will discuss variety of internal and external formats of the spatial representation such as cognitive maps, sketch maps, linguistic description, cartographic maps, and GPS technologies.
The impact of the spatial attachment and the sense of home on socio-spatial anchors will be discussed. Further, dependency of cognitive maps on the place of residence, age, gender, culture-specific knowledge, and emotional valence will be explored. Finally, we will also focus on the impact of spatial skills on education.
Further topics include (but are not limited to):
Space in perceptual processes, modalities in spatial processes
City, urban and rural space and its spatial and social determinants
Developmental issues of space
Spatial factors in education
Space in media, information space
Space, maps in computational representations
Space and maps in literature and history
Space and its linguistic encoding. The impact of language on cognitive maps.
We welcome contributions from fields such as cognitive science, psychology, education, geography, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, culture studies, sociology, urban studies, political science, communication science, and history.
Interdisciplinary contributions are especially welcome.
International Conference on Spatial Cognition and Cognitive Maps is among the launching events of the 100th anniversary of Latvian independence. It is also the closing event of the nation-scale participatory study where spatial non-verbal and verbal representation was examined and took place 2015-2016 in Latvia.
Conference will be accompanied by an exhibition of unique cartographic maps from the resources of the National Library of Latvia.
The conference is organized by the foundation VIEGLI in collaboration with National Library of Latvia, LV100.lv, Latvian Institute.
David Uttal (Northwestern University, USA)
When, and Why, does spatial thinking matter for learning in science mathematics, and engineering.
Ivars Austers (LU)
Juris Borzovs (LU)
Vjačeslavs Kaščejevs (LU)
Baingio Pinna (Sassari University, Italy)
Chris Sinha (Hunan University, China)
Jurģis Šķilters (LU)
Andris Vilks (LNB)
David Uttal (Northwestern, USA)
Arta Platace – Project Manager
Krista Biezā – Event and Guest Manager
Žanete Grende, Maija Jaunzeme – representatives of foundation Viegli
Brigita Zelča-Aispure – representative of National Library of Latvia
Aiva Rozenberga, Kaspars Rūklis – representatives of Latvian Institute
Aija Tūna - representatives of LV100.lv
Submission of papers
A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the conference. Depending on the topic of the paper, they will be published either in Scientific Writings of National Library of Latvia or Baltic Journal of Modern Computing (Web of Science indexed).
Time allocated for presentations is 20 minutes. Submissions are by an abstract of 200 words. All submissions should be prepared for blind reviews and uploaded onto
The deadline for submissions is December 1. Notifications will be communicated until December 15.