Pleased to announce that Issue 1.3 (2014) of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is in final production, content below:
Inaugural editorial: Urban cultural studies – a manifesto (part 2)
The worst tourists in the world: Gangsters, heterotopia and the space of global capital In Bruges
Alternative sprawls, junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and horizontal urban epistemologies
‘Alas, alas. House, oh house!’: The collapse of the Cologne City archive
Spaces for reading, a cartography of used books in urban Latin America
Urban tellurics in Barcelona: Between a Heideggerian rock and a postmodern swimming pool
Geographies of street art: Shepard Fairey and the trans-scalar imagination
Bodies and sculptures: Moving mountains
‘Psychogeography of the Boundary’: An author interview with Eric Hazan
Sydney’s Chinatown/Chinese cities
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Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference
13th July 2015, 09:00 to 15th July 2015, 14:00, Durham University
DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR PAPERS HERE – deadline 15 January 2015.
Conference website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/?eventno=20694
Confirmed keynote speakers :
Professor Chris Fitter (Rutgers University) Title to be confirmed
Professor Susanne Rau (University of Erfurt) From Urbanization to Urbanity. New trends in exploring the history of early modern cities
Professor Phil Withington (University of Sheffield) Early Modern English Urbanization Reconsidered
The 2015 conference focuses on the topic of ‘Cities and Citizens’ and will focus on the ways in which urban centres were perceived, experienced, understood and represented in the ‘long seventeenth century’ (c.1580-1720). The conference will be held within the World Heritage Site on Palace Green in the heart of the seventeenth-century bishopric capital of Durham.
The conference aims to provide an opportunity for scholars in a range of disciplines to meet and discuss their work on the city and citizenship. Our over-arching theme is the distinctive urban experience of the seventeenth century. How did the seventeenth-century European city arise from late medieval urbanism and become established in the New World? How did the European city stand between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment? How did cities and ‘citizenship’ function in non-European cultures? How did different urban cultures interact and influence one another?
We invite papers on how the built environment of the city was represented in cartography, painting, printed images and in literary and dramatic works. What were the physical and sensory characteristics of the urban environment? How did the material form of the city change? Especially important here is architectural form – civic, ecclesiastical, official and vernacular. How did urban and rural people read the urban landscape? Here we hope to draw on the insights of archaeological theory as well as on Continue reading
The Cinema of Urban Crisis
Seventies Film and the Reinvention of the City
By Lawrence Webb (University of Sussex)
In the 1970s, cities across the United States and Western Europe faced a deep social and political crisis that challenged established principles of planning, economics and urban theory. At the same time, film industries experienced a parallel process of transition, the effects of which rippled through the aesthetic and narrative form of the decade’s cinema. The Cinema of Urban Crisis
traces a new path through the cinematic legacy of the 1970s by drawing together these intertwined histories of urban and cultural change. Bringing issues of space and place to the fore, the book unpacks the geographical and spatial dynamics of film movements from the New Hollywood to the New German Cinema, showing how the crisis of the seventies and the emerging ‘postindustrial’ economy brought film and the city together in new configurations.
Chapters cover a range of cities on both sides of the Atlantic, from New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco to London, Paris and Berlin. Integrating analysis of film industries and production practices with detailed considerations of individual texts, the book offers strikingly original close analyses of a wide range of films, from New Hollywood (The Conversation, The King of Marvin Gardens, Rocky) to European art cinema (Alice in the Cities, The Passenger, Tout va Bien) and popular international genres such as the political thriller and the crime film. Focusing on the aesthetic and representational strategies of these films, the book argues that the decade’s cinema engaged with – and helped to shape – the passage from the ‘urban crisis’ of the late sixties to the neoliberal ‘urban renaissance’ of the early eighties. Splicing ideas from film studies with urban geography and architectural history, the book offers a fresh perspective on a rich period of film history and opens up new directions for critical engagement between film and urban studies.
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ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World reconstructs the time cost and financial expense associated with a wide range of different types of travel in antiquity. The model is based on a simplified version of the giant network of cities, roads, rivers and sea lanes that framed movement across the Roman Empire. It broadly reflects conditions around 200 CE but also covers a few sites and roads created in late antiquity.
The model consists of 632 sites, most of them urban settlements but also including important promontories and mountain passes,and covers close to 10 million square kilometers (~4 million square miles) of terrestrial and maritime space. 301 sites serve as sea ports. The baseline road network encompasses 84,631 kilometers (52,587 miles) of road or desert tracks, complemented by 28,272 kilometers (17,567 miles) of navigable rivers and Continue reading
Departing from an interdisciplinary basis of the history and sociology of Spanish space and memory, Lorraine Ryan examines the narrative representation of the relationship between the preservation of a prohibited Republican memory of the Spanish Civil War and Franco Dictatorship, the transformations of Spanish public space, and the violation of domestic space during the period, 1931-2005 in seven texts of the Spanish memory boom. The interrelationship between Republican subalternity and space is redefined by the writers under study as tense and constantly in flux, undermined by its inexorable relationality, which leads to subjects endeavouring to instill into space their own values. The influence of gender, class, and generational status on the subjects’ experience of space is also examined. A secondary theme of this monograph is the motivation underlying this coterie of authors’ commitment to the issue of historical memory. My typology of non-participatory generations defines the principal characteristics of the three generations who have narrativised memory in the noughties. Contesting postmemory as the dominant explanatory framework, my analysis reveals a diverse spectrum of motivation, ranging from identity differentiation and the reclamation of a gendered historical memory to the counteraction of the increasing politicisation of the memory boom.
Table of Contents
• Cultural Memory in Contemporary Spain.
• Authorial Motivation
• Memory and Spatiality: Theoretical Framework.
• Memory and Spatiality in Spain: A History.
Chapter One: Degenerative Rurality, Fertility, and Post-Transitional Justice in Dulce Chacón´s Cielos de barro.
Chapter Two: The City and the Body in Ángeles López’s Martina, la rosa número trece.
Chapter Three: The Nullification of Domestic Space in Alberto Méndez’s ‘Los girasoles ciegos.’
Chapter Four: Spatial Assimilation and the Corruption of the Child in Emili Teixidor´s Pan Negro.
Chapter Five: A Resistant Barcelona: Postmemorial Work and Hidden Transcripts in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s La Sombra del Viento.
Chapter Six: Rurality and the Second Space in Bernardo Atxaga´s El hijo del acordeonista.
Chapter Seven: Rememory, Hybridity, and In-Between Space in José María Merino’s La Sima.
Memory and Spatiality.