SOPHIA PEER REVIEW: Call for Submission of Entries

The upcoming 6th edition of Sophia Journal has launched an open call for entries under the theme, ‘Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations’.

Issue #6: “Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations”

Call deadline: February 2021
Expected publication date: December 2021
Expected International Conference: September 2021

In the upcoming 6th edition of Sophia, ‘Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations’, we are interested in original articles that may address the following issues: How do we all become aware of the gradual, but inescapable changes in the environment? How does photography raise public awareness of the pressing environmental changes implicit in our anthropocentric epoch? How can photography contribute to these complex debates? These issues can be addressed from several perspectives: from confronting our memories and understandings of a place to reactivating ‘what is no longer there’ or proposing ‘what could be there’.


This volume of Sophia will bring together photographers and researchers who make significant contributions to these discussions, including the material processes of creating, managing and interpreting sets of documents. We are interested in material processes where photography is explored as a significant research tool for critical and innovative views on architecture and urban transformation in their expanded fields and contextualized by larger systems: cultural, political, artistic, technical, and historical dimensions.

We will be publishing long-term photographic work of environmental changes, innovative documentation or archival projects exploring discursive forms of presentation and visual constructs, articles and research papers discussing the rich spectrum of techniques and visual strategies employed in environmental discussions.

The spectrum of transformational processes is broad: deforestation, soil erosion, suburban sprawl, wastelands, decaying shopping malls, neglected social housing, post-industrial ruins, gentrification and privatization of public space, or demonstration movements from “Occupy” to “Fridays for Future”. In this context, we will be especially interested in proposals that are able to question how the different dimensions of architecture and urban transformation may be meaningfully understood or reframed through the different lenses and perspectives of visual processes. The journal is now accepting photographic work and critical papers within the above framework that will allow the interested public to reflect on the diverse transformational processes affecting our present cities and territories.

This call for entries follows the external Peer Review process as described on the journal’s Editorial Policies section. All entries submitted should address the topic for the upcoming issue and be in accordance with the Author Guidelines.

Editorial Team:

Carolina Leite (FAUP, CEAU)

Carlos Machado e Moura (FAUP, CEAU)

Jorge Marum (CIAUD-UBI)

Leonor Matos Silva (Dinâmia’CET, ISCTE-IUL)

Maria Neto (CEAU / UBI)

Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP, CEAU)

Wilfried Wang (UTSoA)

International Conference

The International Conference for this 6th edition of Sophia Journal, will take place in the Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto (FAUP). Sophia Journal´s International Conference will present a live and videoconference program organized by CEAU / FAUP in partnership with other institutions and the event will be broadcast live online, encompassing a rich and diverse program around: (i) a series of videoconferences; (ii) the launch and presentation of the 6th edition of the Peer Review journal Sophia: ‘Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations’; (iii) roundtables for each panel concerning a focused topic coming from Sophia´s comprehensive call; (iv) presentation of articles submitted; (v) the opening of ‘Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations’ exhibition, developed for this conference and for the spaces of FAUP, where diverse visual essays will be displayed in which photography is explored as a significant research instrument for building critical and innovative views on architecture as an extended field of knowledge that operates within larger systems, with cultural, artistic, technical, and historical dimensions.

The objective of these international forums is to promote reflection and debate on the universe of Architecture, Art and Image, addressing various issues transversal to the worlds of Photography and Architecture, exploring how the image can be a means to cross borders and shift boundaries between different disciplinary areas.

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