Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries
Image, Body and Territory

In the first number of Sophia publication, we published three major essays that challenged our understanding and spread new light on several Walter Benjamin’s concepts on photography and art, at the same time we were continuously defied to think about established categories namely those of photography as document, archive, critical witness, or even as critique in itself.

In the upcoming number, we would like to push further and go beyond these notions perceiving how they are critically inscribed in the works of art themselves. We are especially interested in unfolding the processes of thought present in photographic, filmic, or other works engaged with image and image making, that explore the notions of Body and Territory or use them as their own expressive matters.

Body and Territory frequently appear intertwined, sometimes even suggesting metaphorical uses: the city as a body (in the multiple acceptations: political, social, cultural, etc.), the body as an experimental territory (on debates around issues of identity and gender, works involving artistic and aesthetic experimentations, works for anthropological documentation and recording), the landscape in the absence of the body, as Cézanne named it, establishing a direct link between the painted landscape (the image) and our sensitive perception.

Our magazine is now accepting abstracts within these fundamental themes in order to unveil how an image, a photograph or a series, or a film critically and poetically build their own thought about the body and the territory, and, above all, how they contribute and appear engaged in architectural and/ or urban processes.

Editorial Organisation

Editorial Coordinator

Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP)

Editors of Sophia 1st Number

Susana Ventura

Edward Dimendberg — Invited Editor

Editors of Sophia 2nd Number

Pedro Leão Neto

Susana Ventura
Iñaki Bergera — Invited Editor

Editorial Assistant of Sophia 2nd Number

Diana Carvalho

Scientific and Editorial Commission (CEAU-FAUP)

José Miguel Rodrigues

Pedro Leão Neto

Rui Ramos

Susana Ventura

Vítor Silva

Reading Committee

Álvaro Domingues (FAUP/ CEAU)
Ana Francisca de Azevedo (DeGeoUM/Lab2PT)
Andrew Higgot (AA Grad Dipl PhD)
Carlos Machado (FAUP/ CEAU)
Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro (FBAUP)
Joana Cunha Leal (FCSH-UNL)
Joaquim Moreno (FAUP/ CCRE)
Jorge Figueira (FCT-UC)
Marta Cruz (FAUP/ CEAU)
Marco Iuliano (LSA/CAVA)
Miguel Leal (FBAUP)
Olívia da Silva (IPP – ESMAE)
Pedro Bandeira (EAUM)
Paulo Catrica (UNL)
Teresa Ferreira (EAUM/ CEAU)


Diana Carvalho

Maria Neto

Creative Director

Né Santelmo


Lisbeth Ferreira