Call for Papers: Spatio-temporal Tales

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Spatio-temporal Tales: Design Pedagogies of Digital Narrative Practices

Call for Papers

Online Symposium: 28-29 October 2022

The Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA)

Deadline for Abstracts: 29 July 2022 

The moving image has always been the subject of sustained interest by architects, architectural educators and theorists since the invention of cinema. In the Twenty-first century, ‘virtual’ and ‘digital’ are common denominators in the discourse of education, theory and practice across various disciplines, including architecture. This trend demonstrates that radical changes are underway and have already reformed curricula in the realm of architectural education; prominent scholars in the field such as Francois Penz consider the introduction of cinema studies an “an essential and necessary antidote” for a discipline that is dominated by digital images, virtual spaces and walk-through, fly-throughs animations. Digital narrative practices are an integral part of current architectural education, however, systematic studies into the design pedagogy of the digital narrative practices are rare and this fertile ground is relatively unexplored.


The symposium, Spatio-temporal tales: Design Pedagogies of Digital Narrative Practices at the  Centre of Architecture and Visual Arts (CAVA) at the University of Liverpool is a platform guided by a shared passion for the pedagogy of digital media that can function as means of spatial storytelling about the past, future and realities of the fictive and real architectural and urban spaces; this includes digital practices such as film, animation, videogame, VR and AR.

This symposium seeks to concentrate exclusively on the notion of ‘pedagogy’ which is rarely addressed as the primary concept within the field. It is hoped that the tight focus on pedagogy and charting the education of digital narrative practices will suggest new directions for research in this area, considering both historical and recent advancements.

This forum asks: What are the pedagogies, teaching methods, theories and approaches in the context of digital narrative practices? How can the discipline of architecture inform its own pedagogies, languages and systems for digital narrative practices? How can the emergence of digital narrative practices change architectural education and its structure? What are the pedagogies of digital narrative practices, both now and historically? How can the discipline of architecture and its educational structure assimilate into the screen/virtual oriented culture of the Twenty-first century? 


The symposium will be organized as a series of online presentations in plenary sessions, screenings and keynotes. Following the symposium, the convenors will invite selected contributors to develop and submit written extensions of their papers for peer-reviewed publication in the form of either an edited book collection or a special journal issue.

Contributors are encouraged to propose abstracts for the presentations starting from different departure points of entry and backgrounds. The organisers of the Spatio-temporal Tales: Design Pedagogies of Digital Narrative Practices would like to invite scholars from around the world to send proposals for papers related to the below topics, or suggest others:

  • The role of digital narrative artefacts within the context of architectural education.
  • Tools and techniques of digital storytelling media and its impact on architectural education.
  • Social media, online content sharing platforms and architectural education.
  • History and theory of the pedagogy of the digital narrative practices within architectural education.
  • The translation of the pedagogical methods from other disciplines such as film and animation to architecture.
  • Digital narrative practices as an observational tool for the scrutiny of the reality and everyday life in architectural, interior and urban spaces.
  • Digital narrative practices as a means of representation, thinking and design for speculative and fictive design.
  • Pedagogy of digital narrative practices and its relation to genre, style and visual language.

Submissions will be in the form of two categories: ‘research presentations (paper)’ and ‘creative projects’. We invite all interested contributors to refer to the official call of the symposium on the website of CAVA where the details and requirments of the submissions and abstracts are discussed in detail.

Organiser & Host

The Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA) 


University of Liverpool:
Dr Hamid Khalili (
Prof. Richard Koeck (


University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design:
Dr AnnMarie Brennan (

Rumollo Baratto (

Academic Committee

Dr AnnMarie Brennan
Dr Marc Boumeester
Dr Hamid Khalili
Dr Janina Schupp
Prof. Richard Koeck
Dr Zhuozhang Li