The Tag Conference is an unprecedented event that gathers scholars and specialists from all over the world to explore name writing, or tagging. The first Tag Conference (Berlin 2017) was an all-round success in terms of the number of applications, quality of contributions and attendance. In 2018 the Tag Conference travels to Amsterdam.

The call for papers for the Tag Conference 2018 has received applications from twelve different countries in North and South America, Europe and Australia. A total of twenty papers have been selected.

The lineup of confirmed guest speakers includes Carlo McCormick (US), Daniel Berio and Frederic Fol Leymarie (IT/UK), Kat Dogtok (DE), Tobias Barenthin (SE) and Graffitiarchiv (DE).

Research approaches include calligraphy, art history, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, aesthetics, philosophy, law, gender studies, semiotics, popular culture studies, computer science, archival studies and graffiti studies.

Tag: Name Writing in Public Space
A conference about tagging, in history and today.

Thursday 6 December 2018
Westside Slotermeer (Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan 125), Amsterdam

Friday 7 December 2018
Broedplaats LELY (Schipluidenlaan 12), Amsterdam


The Tag Conference 2017 showed there is a growing body of research being produced around name writing, but its two days of lectures barely scratched the surface of this largely underexplored field. This is why we are happy to announce the second Tag Conference for this winter in Amsterdam, a new opportunity to conceptually frame contemporary tagging and to study it alongside its abundant historical antecedents.

This year’s Tag Conference once again provides space for the discussion of a wide range of topics, such as the study of tagging as a form of calligraphy, tagging’s role as a device for understanding the environment, the history and folklore of past and present tagging cultures, and the relation of tagging with other forms of graphic communication in public space.

On the days directly after the conference, and also in Amsterdam, the same team behind Tag welcomes you to the Unlock Book Fair, the fair for graffiti and street art publications.