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International Conference Traditional Architecture in the Western Mediterranean




Traditional architecture is one of the central themes in studies of Mediterranean culture. Its description frequently gives a readable sense of identity that goes beyond the regional differences to be found in a variety of geographical subsets. This sense of identity is classified by some authors within the framework of the biophysical and climatic conditions typical of Mediterranean regions. Others include it within the complex system of influences that differentiate historical periods from antiquity to contemporary society. Overall, the study of the organisation of Mediterranean homes is significant within different disciplinary spheres, from geography to ethnology and anthropology, from archaeology to history and art history, from sociology to architecture. A variety of approaches has therefore benefitted this study, and often a set of dichotomies have framed it (continuity/discontinuity; contamination/isolation; territory/culture; diachrony/diatopia).

The aim of the present conference is to contribute to this interdisciplinary debate by focusing particularly on the Western Mediterranean regions and by integrating recently developed research on built heritage in various regional subdivisions. We will focus on the characterisation of vernacular architecture (organisation of domestic space, integration within the rural and urban landscape, transformation throughout history) as well as discussions on proposed models, bearing in mind integrated conservation. We encourage contributions from all research specialists, inviting you to give papers and submit written articles on these topics.




The organisation of the present conference is part of the project “Traditional architecture in Mértola’s Old Town and its Territory: Built Heritage and Cultural Tourism” developed by Mértola’s Archaeological Site / Research Centre in Archaeology, Arts and Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the University of the Algarve, Mértola Local Authority and the Serrão Martins Foundation.

Organising Committee

Miguel Reimão Costa, Cláudio Torres, Susana  Gómez Martinez, Virgílio Lopes e Maria de Fátima Palma.

Email: ciatmo@gmail.com

website: http://www.camertola.pt/en/international-conference-traditional-architecture-western-mediterranean

Scientific Committee

  • Maddalena Achenza, Universitá degli Studi di Cagliari
  • José Aguiar, Universidade de Lisboa, CIAUD, ICOMOS
  • Mohammed Hamdouni Alami, University of California, Berkeley, ARF
  • Ana Paula Amendoeira, D. Regional de Cultura do Alentejo, CEAACP, ICOMOS
  • Desidério Batista, Universidade do Algarve, CHAIA
  • João Pedro Bernardes, Universidade do Algarve, CEAACP
  • João Vieira Caldas, Universidade de Lisboa, ICIST
  • Mariana Correia, Escola Superior Gallaecia
  • Alexandre Alves Costa, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Arquitetura
  • Miguel Reimão Costa, Universidade do Algarve, CEAACP
  • Maria Fernandes, CEAACP, ICOMOS
  • Sérgio Fernandez, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Arquitetura
  • Susana Gómez Martinez, Campo Arqueológico de Mértola, CEAACP
  • Conceição Lopes, Universidade de Coimbra, CEAACP
  • Victor Mestre, CES, VMSA
  • Camilla Mileto, Universitat Politècnica de València, ETSA
  • Francisco Montero Fernández, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSA
  • Eduardo Mosquera Adell, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSA
  • Luís Filipe Oliveira, Universidade do Algarve, IEM
  • Ana Pinho, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Vítor Ribeiro, Universidade de Lisboa, CIAUD
  • João Soares, Universidade de Évora, CHAIA
  • Guillermo Pavón Torrejón, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSA
  • Cláudio Torres, Campo Arqueológico de Mértola, CEAACP
  • Fernando Vegas, Universitat Politècnica de València, ETSA




Salima Naji
Actualité des Ksours et des igudars (villages fortifiés et greniers collectifs).
Sauvetage des architectures des oasis du Maroc. Entre compétence d’édifier et pratiques anthropologiques spécifiques.
Abstract / Biographical Note

Giancarlo Cataldi
All’origine dell’abitare: archetipi vernacolari e tipi urbani.
Abstract / Biographical Note

Cláudio Torres
"COM AS MÃOS NA TERRA - O mundo camponês nas serranias do Algarve. A fantástica continuidade cultural de comunidades de serrenhos dos dois lados do Estreito de Gibraltar. Os fenómenos de permanência e os caminhos da inovação"
Abstract / Biographical Note




Compulsory registration for speakers and participants.

Registration Value: 20€
(Includes the provision of Ciatmo Proceedings.
Ed. Campo Arqueológico de Mértola / Argumentum)

CIATMO Application form (PDF)

Registration accepted after sending proof of payment by bank transfer to geral@camertola.pt

CAM NIB: 0035 0459 00008764130 73




Extended deadline for abstract submission: 17th October 2014

We would like to thank those who have already submitted proposals for the Ciatmo Conference. In response to overwhelming demand, the deadline for abstracts submission will be extended until October 17th 2014.

Important dates:

17th October 2014 - Abstract submission
14th November 2014 - Author Notification
23rd January 2015 – Paper submission (Conference Proceedings)
6th March 2015 - Author Notification

Abstract submission guideline

The abstract may be presented in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French or English and should be sent to ciatmo@gmail.com until 17th October 2014. It should include the following elements:

Title of the paper; author’s name and contact details; Institution/ Research Centre/affiliation; four key words; an abstract of no more than 350 words (including the purpose of the paper, methodology and its main conclusions); and summarised curriculum vitae (10/15 lines). The submitted abstract may be complemented by the addition of a single image.

Full paper submission guideline

The authors of the abstracts selected should submit the paper considering the following conditions:

Submission conditions
Submission of the paper:
to ciatmo@gmail.com until the 23rd of January 2015.

Original and unique contribution that is not under review for another publication.

20000-25000 characters (including spaces and bibliographic references) that may correspond to 4-6 pages in the final version of the publication.

Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French or English.

File Format:
Ms word (text); jpeg (pictures with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi).

Name of the file:
name_text.doc; name_fig1.jpeg
[first author’s last name - example lopes_text.jpeg]

Bibliographic information, structure, page setup and text format
Bibliographic References:
APA (author, date), avoiding the use of footnotes.

Page setup:
A4 with 2.5 cm margins.

Structure of the text:
Title; author(s); institution and contact; abstract; four key words; body text; bibliography.

Numbering chapter headings:
1 / 1.1

Arial 12pt bold (title of the paper); Arial 10pt bold (titles and subtitles); Arial 10pt (other fields). Line spacing: Single space.

Caption of the figure (by order of reference in the text):
Fig.1 - text (credits)

The Scientific Committee will chose the best papers for publication in “digitAR” – Digital Journal of Archaeology, Architecture and the Arts” edited by the Research Centre in Archaeology, Arts and Cultural Heritage (http://iduc.uc.pt/index.php/digitar).




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