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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Antipode Intervention on Lefebvre – “Towards a Metaphilosophy of the Urban” by Andy Merrifield

Progressive Geographies

9781784782740_Metaphilosophy-max_221-d9511d939432421f42a472a0879ac7a2Antipode Intervention – “Towards a Metaphilosophy of the Urban” by Andy Merrifield. This piece discusses Lefebvre’s Metaphilosophy, forthcoming in English translation with Verso.

I suspect I’m not the only one thrilled by the prospect of seeing Henri Lefebvre’s great philosophical tract, Métaphilosophie, from half-a-century ago, finally make it into English. Thanks to the dedicated steady work of Stuart Elden, rapidly becoming Lefebvre’s Anglophone ambassador (I’m tempted to say an English Rémi Hess, but that wouldn’t be kind), and David Fernbach’s considerable translation skills, Metaphilosophy is due out next spring with Verso. This might well be the philosophical event of 2016. The translation has a wonderful postface essay by Marxist scholar Georges Labica, a former philo prof at Nanterre.[1] Labica says Métaphilosophie is a very important book, as important for us today as it was important for Lefebvre himself back then. Indeed, it’s perhaps Lefebvre’s mostimportant…

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The Urban Lens: Documenting Gentrification’s Toll on the Mom-and-Pops of Greenwich Village | 6sqft

Online Urban Theory Discussion – Cibola

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), the new Cibola Manager Laura Vazquez Blazquez (ABD, The University of Arizona), and Palmar Alvarez-Blanco (Carleton College). It will be about the relationships between urban studies and Hispanic culture. Everyone is welcome!

For Thursday, 2/4, we will be discussing Harvey’s “The Urbanization of Consciousness”. If you need the text, please let us know. We will meet  at 5:00 p.m. Tucson time (7p.m. EST). 

We hope to see you at the event. In order to access Cibola, you will need to install Firestorm in your computer (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/cibola/26/180/28). Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. If you need help, please contact any of us.

new Journal of Urban Cultural Studies volume 2 issue 3 published

Volume 2 Issue 3

Cover Date: September 2015

Contents
Alternative geohistories of global cities in Salman Rushdie’s novels
Authors:  Madhumita Roy And  Anjali Gera Roy

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Imagine(d) space: Experiencing the urban phenomena of the gallery

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Polyrhythmia, heterogeneity and urban identity: Intersections between ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ narratives in the socio-spatial practices of Australia’s Gold Coast
Authors:  Zelmarie Cantillon

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Grotland explored: The fleeting urban imaginaries of post-war inner West London
Authors:  Jason Finch

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The twentieth-century city: Socialist, capitalist, modern

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Online story-telling and the non-fiction city: An interview with Cassim Shepard, Founding Editor of Urban Omnibus
Authors:  Sarah Barns And  Donald McNeill

Page Start: 307
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Touring ethnicity, race and multiculturalism in urban contexts
Authors:  Adam Kaul

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Homeless Projection: Place des Arts: An Interview with Krzysztof Wodiczko
Authors:  Marc James Léger

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‘Montreal might eat its young, but Montreal won’t break us down’: The co-production of place, space and independent music in Mile End, 1995–2015
Authors:  William Bedford

Page Start: 335
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To dock in on the future: Dystopic science fiction scenarios and urban sustainable visions

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Contested Cities conference in Madrid 4-7 July 2016

reposted from Georgia Alexandri via URB-GEOG-FORUM:
Please see below the links for the International Contested_Cities Conference to be held in Madrid, 4th-7th July 2016 (both in English and in Spanish).

The CONTESTED_CITIES conference will be a forum of radical academics, practitioners and activists from different theoretical, disciplinary and geographical backgrounds coming together to probe the multiple forms of urban injustice that shape cities across the world. Cities have always been contested spaces in which struggles over different political visions of urban development, planning and life take place; yet urban contestation is increasing. In recent years this has been manifested through austerity urban-ism, crisis politics and processes of financialisation. Millions of urban citizens are experiencing dispossession, displacement and expulsion on a daily basis; their ‘right to the city’ has been denied by diverse forms of neoliberal and authoritarian urban governance. At the same time there is growing global resistance and counter-strategies to these injustices, varying in form, scale and approach. The conference will develop counter-dialogues and perspectives, fighting against these injustices, in an attempt to go beyond neoliberalism.

CONTESTED_CITIES is a network of researchers from Europe and Latin America that researches and analyses the processes of neoliberalisation of space, gentrification and social contestation. Our research has involved methodological innovation in particular through audio-visual methodologies. At this conference we will present our findings and open up a dialogue with colleagues, practitioners and activists from across all continents. The conference will be structured around the following five streams:

1. CONCEPTS FOR CRITICAL URBANISMS – BEYOND THE NEW GLOBAL URBAN QUESTION
2. THE GLOBAL URBAN HOUSING QUESTION
3. NEW REGIMES OF EXPULSION – SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE VIOLENCE OF DISPLACEMENT
4. NEW FORMS AND LIMITS OF GENTRIFICATION
5. THE NEW URBAN ALTERNATIVES – SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, THEIR SOCIO SPATIAL PRACTICES, AND THE USE OF VISUAL METHODOLOGIES

For more info:
http://contested-cities.net/congreso2016/en/home/
http://contested-cities.net/congreso2016/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/12/e_CC_International_Conference_Announcement.pdf
http://contested-cities.net/congreso2016/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/12/esp_CC_Congreso_Internacional_Circular_final.pdf

Discussion of Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis

Good afternoon,

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) 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!

For Thursday, 1/21, we will be discussing Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis. If you need the text, please let us know. We will meet  at 5:00 p.m. Tucson time (7p.m. EST). 

We hope to see you at the event. In order to access Cibola, you will need to install Firestorm in your computer (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/cibola/26/180/28). If you need help, please contact any of us.