CFP – TICYUrb June 2018

Call for Papers and Posters:

The TICYUrb (Third International Conference of Young Urban Researchers) is an international event that aims to echo frontier research, artistic works and professional practice related to different urban contexts around the world, under an environment of vibrant dialog between academia and society.
The conference is split in ten tracks: Collectivecity (the right to the city: 50 years later), Productcity (the city as a product), Divercity (diversity in the city), Fractalcity (the city amid policies), Ucity (utopias and dystopias), Fearcity (in-security), Metacity (ways of thinking and making city), Transitcity (migrations and racism), RiskCity (risks in the city) and City O’clock (24 hours in the city). We encourage the submission of theoretical and empirical works about these topics. TICYUrb wish to act as a bridge between social, human, natural and all other scientific domains, so every paper will be welcomed and accepted for consideration.
We encourage the submission of theoretical or empirical works about these topics. TICYUrb wish to act as a bridge between social, human, natural and all other scientific domains, so every paper will be welcomed and accepted for consideration.

Abstract of max. 500 words and a short biography/Vita via must be submitted via the form in our web-site.

We accept papers in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Authors should let us know in which language they prefer to present their papers.

This event will be a platform for sharing ongoing or recent work, open debate and networking. In parallel with the conference sessions, there will be open debates among young professional, exclusive networking sessions, and field excursions, among other activities.
TICYUrb will be held in Lisbon from June 18th to June 22nd 2018 at ISCTE-IUL
TICYURB is a collaborative effort of the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL), the Research Center on Socioeconomic Change and Territory (DINAMIA’CET-IUL), the Interdisciplinar Center of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), the Institute of Sociology – University of Porto (ISUP) and the School of Architecture of the University of Sheffield (SSoA).
For further information visit our website:
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Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
Research Assistant at CIES-IUL & ISUP
TICYUrb Coordinator


AAG 2018 CFP: Urban Cultural Studies

The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is organizing an interactive short paper session at the Association of American Geographers Conference to be held April 10-14, 2018 in New Orleans. Each of the 10-14 panelists in the Urban Cultural Studies session will present a 5-minute summary of research or studies in process. A 30- to 45-minute interactive roundtable discussion will follow the presentations.
The CFP is as follows:
In recent years, cities have been increasingly at the forefront of debate in both humanities and social science disciplines, but there has been relatively little real dialogue across these disciplinary boundaries. On the one hand, social science fields that use urban studies methods to look at life in cities rarely explore the cultural aspects of urban life in any depth or delve into close-readings of the representation of cities in individual novels, music albums/songs, graphic novels, films, videogames, online ‘virtual’ spaces, or other artistic and cultural products. On the other hand, while there is increasing discussion of urban topics and themes in the humanities, broadly considered, there are very few venues that are open to these new interdisciplinary directions of scholarship. Driven by a methodology that links urban geography and cultural studies work, this session features applied and theoretical papers focusing on urban spaces the world over.
Abstracts address both an individual city itself and also its cultural representation. The session foregrounds studies that achieve some balance between discussing an individual (or multiple) cultural/artistic product(s) in depth and also using one of many social-science (geographical, anthropological, sociological…) urban approaches to investigate a given city. Specific topics vary, but emphasis is placed on geo-humanities approaches and representational/spatial practices. This session is also linked to the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (,id=225/) and its accompanying blog at
In order to submit an abstract, you must first register for the conference here: Once registered, you will need to proceed to the abstract and session submission console. Select the New Abstract button on the console page, and follow the on-screen instructions to submit the appropriate abstract type. You will receive an email message when you have successfully submitted your abstract to confirm that it has been accepted. If you need guidance on how to format your abstract for AAG, see here:

After submitting your abstract, please contact Stephen Vilaseca at with your assigned PIN number and he will include you in the session.

The abstract submission deadline is October 25, 2017.

Matter and Memory

There has been a lot written, tweeted, and argued recently about the place of statues and monuments in cities throughout the world. The arguments made by young scholars at elite British universities and citizens in American cities highlights the emotional, political, cultural, and imaginative power these objects hold. In Eastern Europe, particularly former state socialist countries, the debates over socialist era monuments have been part of life since 1991. In some cases, the argument about trying to erase history by removing socialist era monuments echoes the attempts of the state socialist regimes who erased history both materially and immaterially. This included new construction of monuments, roads, and plazas, and the renaming of existing places, rewriting educational material, and mass cultural programmes.


In Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria after the end of Todor Zhikov’s regime in 1991 the mausoleum built for Georgi Dimitrov, the founder of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, was demolished in 1999. The area next to the city park in the centre of Sofia where the mausoleum stood remains empty with many plans about what to do with the space nearly twenty years later. Anthropological and geographical studies of Central and Eastern Europe have highlighted the multitude of experiences in the years following the collapse of state socialism across the region. The role of memory is a central part of post-socialist experiences. Creed (1998, 1999) has drawn attention to the ways that socialist memories are used to propose questions of the post-socialist present, emphasising the power of ritual to inform understanding of political and economic changes in everyday activities. Light and Young (2014) argue, through their study of residents contesting the renaming of socialist-era squares and boulevards in Romania, that everyday habits and memory remain stable despite rupture.


On July 28th 2017 the socialist era monument “1300 years of Bulgaria” in Sofia was demolished after several years of plans, legal actions, and protests and counter protests. The monument was unfinished at the time state socialism ended in the country and was in a serve state of disrepair. The decision to remove the monument was taken by the Sofia Municipal Council in 2014. However, the decision was repeatedly challenged in court by the monument’s sculptor Valentin Starchev. As part of the controversy around the monument have been efforts to restore the original monument to the Bulgarian army that the socialist regime replaced with ‘1300 years of Bulgaria’. In 2014, a group of 1,400 activists gathered together and organised a petition to restore the earlier Known Warrior Memorial for the 1st and 6th Infantry Regiments. The plans to restore the Known Warrior Memorial comes at a time when charges of erasing history are levelled at anyone disagreeing with monuments. However, in Sofia this memorial will stand in the shadow of the National Palace of Culture built in 1981 by Todor Zhikov’s socialist regime. At least here the relationship between different histories and regimes will be in constant conversation about the past and possible futures.



Site of the Monument of 1300 years of Bulgaria in Sofia. The former monument and the view towards the National Palace of culture.

Images courtesy of Anna Plyushteva and Desire&Subtext



Creed G (1998) Domesticating Revolution: From Socialist Reform to Ambivalent Transition in a Bulgarian Village . University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.

Creed G (1999) Deconstructing socialism in Bulgaria. In: Burawoy M and Verdery K (eds) Uncertain Transition: Ethnographies of Change in the Postsocialist World. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 223–243.

Light D and Young C (2013) Urban space, political identity and the unwanted legacies of statesocialism: Bucharest’s problematic Centru Civic in the post-socialist era. Nationalities Papers41(4): 515–535.

Light D and Young C (2014) Habit, memory, and the persistence of socialist-era street names in postsocialist Bucharest, Romania. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(3): 668– 685.

Dividing Lines: a mapping exercise by Sarah Sims

As many of us gear up for teaching in the upcoming (or already upon us) academic year, I wanted to share a mapping exercise. This exercise asks students to consider how their lived experiences dialogue with internal and official maps of the city they live in and engage with conceptions and urban practices of segregation, division, and equity.

I learned of this exercise from Sarah Sims, K-12 Programs Manager at the Missouri History Museum. Sims facilitates teacher professional development, guides museum educators, and leads workshops such as “Summer Teacher Institute about Civil Rights” and “Community as Classroom: Place-Based Education for Social Justice.” I met Sims when my “Urban Ethnography in St. Louis” class toured the museum’s #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis exhibit (which runs through April 15, 2018). We then used this mapping exercise in a subsequent week.

Having students map, I have a found, provides an inquiry-based awareness of maps as constructed representations of place and space. Who constructs maps and what information is used to make “official” maps, such as google maps, atlas maps, or government-used maps? What information do maps include and exclude? How does one’s own experience in place contribute to internalized views of space? In what ways are maps engines of segregation, dispossession, and division? In what ways might maps be used for equitable outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized communities? These are some questions my students considered before, during, and after they constructed their own maps.

Maps by students Eddie Campell and Dylan Bassett

For this exercise, you’ll need:

-1 sheet of paper per student (larger sizes like 11” by 17” are ideal, and 8.5” by 11” will work)

-7 colored pens/pencils/crayons highlighters per student (or have students share). The following, per student, is ideal:
1 black permanent marker
1 brown pencil, crayon, or pen
1 green pencil, crayon, or pen
1 purple pencil, crayon, or pen
1 blue pencil, crayon, or pen
1 red pencil crayon, or pen
1 yellow/orange pencil, crayon, pen, or highlighter

-(if possible, but not necessary as you can narrate directions), access to AV to present the following steps in slides

Sims’s exercise begins with a slide called “Dividing Lines,” which gives an overview of the significance of this exercise. She writes:

In this activity we will consider maps of our communities
-Not as we see them on google maps, or government maps, or other such official maps.
-But how we internalize the spaces of our community in our minds and memories, and how we live and move in those spaces.
-And how these internal/lived maps contribute to how we conceptualize, talk about, and  compartmentalize our communities.

Next, she frames the exercise:

-You’ll all make your own map
-Fill in as much as you can
-Be as detailed as you can
-We will add different components to our maps in a certain order, so please follow the steps
-This is not an artistic competition!

The seven steps are as follows – they are framed for St. Louis but applicable to any city. Make sure to give time, about 3 to 5 minutes, for each step.

Step 1: City (Black)

“Draw the shape of St. Louis.”

Note: I showed my students a slide of St. Louis to help them draw the shape of the city.

Step 2: Neighborhoods (Brown)

“Fill in as many of the different neighborhoods in the city (or county) as you can.”

“Don’t worry about their exact shape just get the neighborhoods with their spatial relationships to each other as you remember them.”

Step 3: Movement (Green)

“Draw/label the major routes you take to move throughout the city (or county).”

“This could include ways you get to work, to recreational events, to run errands, how you move around your place of residence.”

Step 4: Landmarks (Purple)

“Draw/label the important landmarks and places.”

“Think about what the Travel Chanel would highlight in St. Louis, or what a tourist would want to see.”

Step 5: Favorite Places (Blue)

“Draw/label the places that are important to you: places you go to all the time, and/or places you would recommend an out-of-towner should visit.”

Step 6: Explicit Dividing Lines (Red)

“Draw/label major dividing lines within the city and county that serve to separate areas/groups of people/places/etc. Think about the dividing lines that you hear about on the news, read about online or in books, and/or have experienced.”

Step 7: Implicit Dividing Lines (Yellow/Orange)

“Look at your map and lightly shade in the areas that are mostly blank.”


After completing this mapping exercise, I asked my students to lie out all maps in a line, and observe them together.

Maps by students Bemnet Tesfaye and Sarah Small

Then we engaged the following questions, borrowed from Sims’s exercise:

  • What stands out to you as you view our maps together?
  • What things are similar about all of our maps?
  • Are there intersections between how we remember the map of our city/community and how we interact with our city/community?
  • What explicit or implicit biases are visible in our maps?
  • What are the implications of our internal/lived maps on our role as students and urban ethnographers at Washington University?

Upcoming Conference

A conference on tourism and cities will take place in Kitzbuhl, Austria in September. For details on “Fernweh und Stadt.Tourismus als städtisches Phänomen,” visit the following website:


Fernweh und Stadt. Tourismus als städtisches Phänomen

Kitzbühel, 27.–29. September 2017

Organisation: Ferdinand Opll/Martin Scheutz/Wido Sieberer

Tagungsräumlichkeiten: Rathaus der Stadt Kitzbühel / Saal „Hahnenkamm“ (3. Obergeschoß, Lift vorhanden), Hinterstadt 20, 6370 Kitzbühel

27. September 2017
Begrüßung durch die Tagungsleitung und den Österreichischen Arbeitskreis für Stadtgeschichtsforschung

Tourismusgeschichte. Aufrisse eines Forschungsfeldes
Hasso Spode, Berlin

Sektion 1: Vorformen der Tourismus
Vorsitzender: Andreas Weigl, Wien
Reiseziel Jerusalem. Pilgerfahrt und Tourismus im späten Mittelalter
Folker Reichert, Stuttgart
Kavalierstouren – Die Grand Tour des frühneuzeitlichen Adels
Katrin Keller, Wien
Sommerfrische – Entstehung eines bürgerlichen Rituals als Sehnsucht nach antiurbanen Sinnesreizen
Peter Payer, Wien
11.30–12.00: Gesamtdiskussion der Referate

Mittagspause 12.00–14.00

Sektion 2: Organisationsformen des städtischen Tourismus
Vorsitzender: Ferdinand Opll, Perchtoldsdorf
Der Beginn der organisierten Reise – das Reisebüro als städtische Einrichtung
Martin Scheutz
Urbane Gastronomie als Angebotsfaktor im Tourismus
Andreas Weigl, Wien
Tourismus im Zeichen faschistischer Propaganda
Sascha Howind, Frankfurt/Main
15.30–16.00: Gesamtdiskussion der Referate

Kaffeepause 16.00–16.30

16.30–18.30: Exkursion durch Kitzbühel – Tourismusgeschichte und ihre Realien (Treffpunkt Rathaus Kitzbühel vor dem Saal „Hahnenkamm“)

28. September 2017
Sektion 3: Wissensvermittlung und Werbung für Reiseziele
Vorsitzender: Martin Scheutz, Wien
Im Schatten der Metropole: Salzburg und Graz in Reiseführern des 19. Jahrhunderts
Harald Tersch, Wien
Das Reiseziel auf der Litfass-Säule: Plakate als Werbeträger
Bernhard Denscher, Wien
Reisen im Kopf. Stadtansichten und Panoramen als Medien von Information und Vergnügen
Ferdinand Opll, Perchtoldsdorf
10.30–11.00: Gesamtdiskussion der Referate

Kaffeepause 11.00–11.30

Mittagspause (bis 15.00)

Sektion 4: Maßnahmen zur Attraktivitätssteigerung im Bereich des städtischen Tourismus
Vorsitzender: Nikolaus Reisinger, Graz
Die Festivalstadt
Jan Hein Furnee, Nimwegen
Die Stadt als Schauplatz großer Sportereignisse
Noyan Dinçkal, Siegen
(Selbst-)Bildnisse der Stadt Linz – Ansichtskarten für den Tourismus
Walter Schuster, Linz
16.30–17.00: Gesamtdiskussion der Referate

18.00: Abendvortrag mit Empfang der Stadt
Vorsitzender: Andreas Weigl, Wien
Die politisch-wirtschaftliche Bedeutung des Tourismus für die österreichischen Städte
Thomas Weninger, Wien, Österreichischer Städtebund
Meran und der Tourismus: Chancen und Gefahren durch eine Massenbewegung
Paul Rösch, Meran
mit anschließender Diskussion

29. September 2017

Sektion 5: Tourismus und dessen wirtschaftsgeschichtliche Bedeutung für die Städte
Vorsitzender: Lukas Morscher, Innsbruck
Der Tourismus als wichtiges Element der wirtschaftlichen Bilanz von Städten?
Peter Eigner, Wien
Die Messestadt – die Messe als Tourismusfaktor
Heidrun Homburg, Freiburg/Br.
Natur und Kur – Bad Orb und Bad Homburg und der Frankfurter Tourismus vor dem ersten Weltkrieg/vor 1914
Holger Gräf/Andrea Pühringer, Grünberg
Die Gams und die Stadt in den Alpen – Stadt und Tourismus am Beispiel von Kitzbühel
Wido Sieberer, Kitzbühel
Gesamtdiskussion 11.00–11.30

Kaffeepause 11.30–12.00

12.00–13.00: Schlussdiskussion mit einem Impulsreferat von Dieter Kramer (Wien)

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JUCS 4.1-2 double issue now published!

Volume 4 Issue 1-2
Cover Date: July 2017

Edited by Araceli Masterson-Algar and Stephen Luis Vilaseca
Through the Looking Glass: Windows to ‘Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World’
Authors: Araceli Masterson-Algar And Stephen Luis Vilaseca
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Pharmakopolis: Cesário Verde’s Lisbon
Authors: Charles Rice-Davis
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Rehoused but unhomed: The effects of Portugal’s Special Rehousing Program as represented in Pedro Costa’s Juventude em Marcha
Authors: Emily Knudson-Vilaseca
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‘La Callejera’: Streetwalks through Minas Gerais in Autran Dourado’s Uma vida em segredo (1964)
Authors: Araceli Masterson-Algar
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Giving visibility to urban change in Rio de Janeiro through digital audio-visual culture: A Brazilian webdocumentary project and its circulation
Authors: Tori Holmes
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Haptic film spaces and the rhythms of everyday life in São Paulo in Lina Chamie’s A via láctea
Authors: Andrew C. Rajca
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Noise, soundscape and heritage: Sound cartographies and urban segregation in twenty-first-century Mexico City
Authors: Natalia Bieletto-Bueno
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Contested urban heritage: Discourses of meaning and ownership of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain
Authors: Brian Rosa And Jaime Jover-Báez
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Urban fortunes: Spatializing the community of money in Alex de la Iglesia’s La comunidad
Authors: Malcolm A. Compitello
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The irresistible outside: Innocence, desire and transgression in a Brazilian urban utopia
Authors: Matthew A. Richmond
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Edward Soja’s postmetropolis: A contemporary urban phenomenon as seen in Latin American cinema
Authors: Andrea Franco
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Digital Barcelona: An interdisciplinary urban cultural studies digital project
Authors: Benjamin Fraser And Camille Kresz And Irina Swain
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Edited by Huma Mohibullah and Martin Lund
Introduction: Imagining Ground Zero
Authors: Huma Mohibullah And Martin Lund
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No safe spaces: Notes on the National September 11 Museum
Authors: Laura Frost
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‘Every day is 9/11!’: Re-constructing Ground Zero in three US comics
Authors: Martin Lund
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Sacred space: Muslim and Arab belonging at Ground Zero
Authors: Huma Mohibullah
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Frozen thought: Physical representations of power and the rebuilding of Ground Zero
Authors: Katherine C. Donahue
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The City of Tomorrow…Today

I recently attended an event in San Francisco sponsored by Ford Motor Company called ‘The City of Tomorrow’, focusing on the future of urban mobility.

Topics included driverless technology, such as recreational driverless cars, delivery and public transit. Speakers from the public and private sectors as well as academia moderated discussions on the implications of this new technology and some positive, and potentially troubling outcomes. Since Ford is bullish on driverless technology, the overall spin was a positive one – though critical questions from the audience were addressed (such as the potential mass unemployment that automation might induce). Millions of jobs depend on ‘driving’, from delivery and logistics to taxis and other services. Speakers discussed the positive benefits – time saving; cleaner air; fewer accidents; less sprawl; less congestion, and a public realm free of parking lots and exhaust. But there were also questions like, ‘will people walk less, if their car will drive them places? Will this lead to more, rather than less, obesity?’. Different speakers had different angles.

But all speakers agreed on one thing: these changes are underway, not hypothetical. Tomorrow is today. 

One of the speakers was Ford C.E.O. James Hackett, who discussed Ford’s future vision to the roughly 600 attendees (a mix of industry types, city planners and mobility policy officials, and the odd academic like myself). The overall feel was rather utopian, with futurist quotes and slogans about inclusivity, participation and just outcomes.


I found the event chillingly timely, given the comparisons to the Ford pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. That fair’s concept was ‘The World of Tomorrow’, and Ford presented a model ‘City of Tomorrow’ with ‘Roads of Tomorrow’, showcasing the emerging trend of superhighways and modernist-sprawling urban forms.

Ford Pavilion ‘Roads of Tomorrow’ at 1939 World’s Fair, New York

Then, as now, society was at the cusp of exciting, yet dramatic technological changes that would re-shape and reconfigure cities and urban life. More darkly, I was reminded that now, as was the case then, we are at time of rising authoritarianism and rising right-wing and left-wing social movements. The many other parallels to draw between 1939 and today are well documented in current popular discussions.

As we now know, the ‘tomorrow’ after 1939 was not utopian, but extremely dystopian, with the world descending into war, and right-wing hysteria leading to the invention of industrial-scale genocide. War aside, we also now know that Ford’s vision for a personal-car based urban world of mass suburbanization, which seemed like a good future at the time, was fundamentally unsustainable. The deliberate destruction of public transit systems (in the USA, a process that was pushed by Ford and its suppliers); the stretching of cities into highway-clogged agglomerations, and the dispersal of jobs into far-flung locations has resulted in a host of problems, from fossil-fuel related climate change to the structural poverty, obesity, and social alienation endemic to sprawl. Sprawl has been blamed for everything from the current socio-cultural divides that are tearing apart America’s political fabric, to the housing bubble that caused the 2008-2009 financial crisis. ‘The City on the Highway’, as Peter Hall outlined (in his book ‘Cities of Tomorrow’, 1988) is fundamentally a segregated and dysfunctional urban form.

Once again, Ford is promising a vision of the future. Once again, we await tomorrow, today, with optimism and a tinge of fearful apprehension.