Call for Assistant Editors: Journal of Urban Cultural Studies



The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal exploring the cultures of cities and blending humanities and social science approaches to the urban phenomenon. The journal publishes research articles (subject to peer review) of 7,000-10,000 words and short-form articles (subject to editorial review) of 2,500-4,000 words.

We seek assistant editors to serve two-year terms beginning 1 Jan 2017 and ending 31 Dec 2018. Junior scholars and recent PhDs are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Editors will:

• work collaboratively with journal editors to recruit, vet, edit and publish short-form articles, interviews, reflections, and reviews meeting the journal’s scope. (,id=225/)

• author and submit one short-form article yearly.

• contribute monthly to the journal’s blog.


Scholars from all relevant fields and geographical areas interested in these unpaid/volunteer assistant editor positions should send 1) a cover letter detailing interests in urban cultural studies, 2) a brief CV and 3) a sample of published work to the editor at by 20 November 2016.



[new issue] 3.1 (2016) – cinematicity

Pleased to present the latest issue, guest-edited by David B. Clarke and Marcus A. Doel:
Volume 3 Issue 1

Cover Date: March 2016

Cinematicity: City and cinema after Deleuze
Authors:  David B. Clarke And  Marcus A. Doel

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Cinema, thought, immanence: Contemplating signs and empty spaces in the films of Ozu
Authors:  Andrew Lapworth

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The architectural cinematicity of Wang Shu and the architectonic cinema of Jia Zhangke: Diagrammatically decomposing the ‘main melody’ in monu-mental assemblage art
Authors:  David H. Fleming

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Paris vs providence: Framing the crystalline city in Jean Renoir’s La Chienne (1931)
Authors:  Barry Nevin

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Topographies of liminality in 1960s’ New York underground cinema: Peter Emanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence (1965)
Authors:  Berit Hummel

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Held captive in frames: Reconstructing 1970s New York through Chantal Akerman’s Hotel Monterey and News from Home
Authors:  Marlon T. L. Fink

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Exploring pop-up cinema and the city: Deleuzian encounters with secret cinema’s pop-up screening of The Third Man
Authors:  Ella Harris

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Of other worlds: A dialogue on the disappearing gardens of Fez and the different worlds they foster

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LIVING MAPS REVIEW [new journal]


First issue of new online journal

Livingmaps Review explores map making as a democratic medium for visual artists, writers, social researchers and community activists. The journal has its roots in the highly successful series of seminars, walks and learning events presented by the Livingmaps network over the past two years across London. Many of the contributions to the first issue are drawn from material presented at those events.

LMR crosses boundaries between the arts, humanities and sciences, and also between professional and amateur mapmakers. We encourage the use of experimental audio-visual, interactive and graph- ic formats and especially welcome contributions from younger and unpublished   contributors.

The journal will document and disseminate innovative and participatory forms of cartography, opening up new spaces of debate and making visible what is hidden or erased by conventional mapping.

Highlights of the first issue include Phil Cohen on critical cartography and the struggle for a just city; Jerry White on Charles Booth’s maps; Andrew Motion talking about his poem ‘Discovering Geographies’; Jerry Brotton on the relationship between poetry and mapping; Kei Miller reading from his award winning collection ‘The cartographer tries to map a way to Zion’, also reviewed in this issue; plus maps by artists Emma McNally and Stephen Walter.

The journal has five sections. Navigations carries longer scholarly articles about key issues in cartographic theory and practice. Waypoints has shorter, more experimental pieces. Lines of Desire explores the cartographic imaginary in literature, performance and the physical arts. Mapworks is a gallery in which contemporary visual artists exhibit and comment on their work. There is also a review section for books, exhibitions, and events.

Forthcoming themed issues will focus on indigenous cartography and smart cities.

The journal will come out twice a year in Spring and Autumn. The editorial team brings together leading academics, artists and activists drawn from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives.

Access the launch issue:

Further information about LivingMaps:

Walk [Your City] started as guerilla public art statement, now a small business.

Mental Flowers

I think it is a great activist approach to promoting healthy behaviors in a playful way. I’m also thrilled to see that there is a huge demand for this playful kind of sign creation and development, and Tomasulo has been able to turn it into a business.

The signs, the brainchild of then-graduate student Matt Tomasulo, were meant to help people think differently about distances in the city, and to encourage them to get out of their cars and explore the place under their own power.When it debuted in 2012, the project drew international notice and received lots of favorable press coverage, including here on CityLab. It also got the attention of Raleigh’s city government, which eventually took the signs down for violating local ordinances. But the city’s planning director was a fan of the concept behind Tomasulo’s action, and soon they reached a compromise. The signs went back up…

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Calendar for Online Hispanic Urban Theory Discussion Group

We would like to invite you to a continuation of a series of events that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona has launched in Virtual Reality for the academic year of 2015-2016. They will take place at Cibola, the Department’s home in Second Life. Next conversation will be between Malcolm Compitello (The University of Arizona), Susan Divine (College of Charleston), Juliana Luna Freire (Framingham State University), Megan Saltzman (West Chester University), Silvia Ruíz Tresgallo (Wisconsin-Stout), Matt Feinberg (Oberlin College) and the new Cibola Manager Laura Vazquez Blazquez (ABD, The University of Arizona). It will be about the relationships between urban studies and Hispanic culture. Everyone is welcome!

We meet on Thursdays (please see dates below) at at 5:00 p.m. Tucson time (7p.m. EST).

Here’s our tentative schedule:

2/4 – “The Urbanization of Consciousness” by David Harvey (led by all)

2/18 – “The Invisible Political Economy of Architectural Production” by David Harvey and “Architecture is now a tool of capital, complicit in a purpose antithetical to its social mission” by Reinier de Graaf (led by Malcolm Compitello and Megan Saltzman)

Date TBA – “Theses on Urbanization” by Neil Brenner (led by Matt Feinberg)

Date TBA – Section of Cities of the Global South Reader (led by Silvia Ruíz Tresgallo)

– TBA (led by Juliana Luna Freire)

– TBA (led by Susan Divine)

TBA  – “Rethinking the geographies of cultural ‘objects’ through digital technologies: interface, network and friction” by Gillian Rose or Extract from the book: Food and Urbanism by Susan Parham (led by Laura Vázquez Blázquez)

We hope to see you at the event. In order to access Cibola, you will need to install Firestorm in your computer ( If you need help, please contact any of us.

In Search of Lost Cities: Imagined Geographies and the Allure of the Fake (2015)

Lion and the Hunter- Siobhan Lyons

‘Fake Paris’ in Tianducheng, China

The Diffractions Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture, run by the Lisbon Consortium, has published my article in their 5th issue: ‘Urban Imaginaries’ (Fall, 2015). Employing  Edward Said’s notion of ‘imagined geographies’  and Robert Alter’s notion of ‘phantasmagoria’, my new article ‘In Search of Lost Cities: Imagined Geographies and the Allure of the Fake’, looks at the portrayal of famous cities in popular culture and media, and discusses the touristic disillusionment with the ‘real’ city. Here is the abstract:

Despite audiences being aware of the way in which popular culture frames and invents history, places and people, these representations inevitably impinge on a viewer’s initial conception of various global landscapes and features, particularly the nature of an urban environment so often depicted through the lens of popular culture. It has been well established that the disparity between one’s expectations and the reality of a city’s layout…

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