[Podcast] 2013 Year in Review

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the city twitter icon - finalOver three podcasts, we revisit the year’s critical urban discussions on topics and ideas ranging from transportation along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor, the degradation of work in postindustrial urban economies, gentrification in Vancouver’s Chinatown, feminist urban futures and social movements, the making of Stanley Park, arts and cultural spaces, and much more.

In Part III of the 2013 Year in Review, former city councillor and Women Transforming Cities founder Ellen Woodsworth discusses the major issues from the past year.

Part I

Part II

Part III (featuring Ellen Woodsworth)

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Biblio (71) Films


Planum, the Italian online urban planning magazine, is publishing a series of links to urbanism-related films, with interesting examples. Most of the clips are historical, but there are also recent films, that are not freely visible online, but which seem quite interesting, as “unfinished Italy”, in which among other things you can see a re-use of an unifinished road viaduct.

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[new book] Loren Kruger’s Imagining the Edgy City (Johannesburg)

Reposted from the U of Chicago Urban Network Site:Loren Kruger_Cover_0“All roads lead to Johannesburg”—admits the narrator of Alan Paton’s famous novel, Cry the Beloved Country, even though he dislikes the city. Taking its cue from this admission of a kind of guilty pleasure in this vibrant but unnerving place, Loren Kruger’s new book, Imagining the Edgy City takes readers into the heart of South Africa’s largest city. The book explores a wide range of  fiction, film, architecture, public art, performance and other urban practices from trade to parades in Johannesburg across the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Read the full essay from Professor Kruger on her new book and the connections between Chicago and Johannesburg.

Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference – 3-5 July, 2014

Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference – 3-5 July,

Over the past decades, certain creative actions in the city have centered the debate around whether considering them an aggression on the city and its users, whether building them as not only a sociological and anthropological response but also, an “artistic” or constructive one to the built environment.

However, and even though a consensus has not been reached, the focus on these practices and their actors has increased considerably, inside and outside the academia. In 2008, the Tate exhibition, Street Art at Tate, re-centered the debate around these practices, being preceded and followed by further exhibits in museums, galleries and other institutions; in the editorial quadrant, several authors have focused their attention and research in creative actions on the city (such as Graffiti and Street Art).

Lisbon has been “put in the map” of such phenomenon. And for that reason we invite scholars, researchers and the academia to join us in this International Conference to present and debate manifestations that can be placed within the scope of Urban Creativity as there is no doubt today that these urban phenomenon are a tool for a more participated, and sustainable future.

Therefore and due to the urban (multiple) personality of such practices, we invite proposals that focus on four macro-narratives; the four sections have quite generic titles once we are concerned with bringing forward as many different points of view and debates as possible in order to create an inter- and multi- disciplinary debate during the conference.

This conference is institutionally framed by the Art History Institute/line of Contemporary Art Studies (IHA/EAC) of The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – NOVA University of Lisbon; and the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA) of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.

CFP at http://www.urbancreativity.org

MLA 2014 Hispanic Urban Studies roundtable (Jan. 9)

Just in from Susan Larson:

2014 MLA Convention Hispanic Urban Studies Roundtable
devoted to discussing the contributions of the “spatial turn” to recent Latin American, Spanish, U.S. Latino, and Chicano cultural criticism and the future of Hispanic urban theory and pedagogy.

Thursday, 9 January
Erie, Sheraton Chicago
5:15–6:30 p.m.

Participants: Malcolm Alan Compitello, Univ. of Arizona; Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Univ. of Oregon; Matthew I. Feinberg, Oberlin Coll.; Benjamin Fraser, Coll. of Charleston; Amanda Holmes, McGill Univ.; Marcy Ellen Schwartz, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; Víctor Valle, California Polytechnic State Univ.
Presiding: Susan Larson, Univ. of Kentucky

Click here for pdf with more information re: MLA 2014 Hispanic Urban Studies Roundtable

CFP: Cinematicity: City and Cinema after Deleuze

CFP: Cinematicity: City and Cinema after Deleuze

Organizers: David B. Clarke, Marcus A. Doel, Richard G. Smith

This session focuses on the ‘co-production’ of filmic and urban space. That term, as it features in the conference theme, relates to knowledge – proposing that ‘new encounters are disrupting conceptions of where knowledge resides.’ Engaging Deleuze’s discussions of cinema, this session questions the framing of co-production in terms of dwelling. The reciprocal presupposition of cinema and city would seem, rather, to embody a sense of becoming. Thus, Deleuze’s conceptions of the cinemas of the movement-image and time-image recall Lewis Mumford’s claim that, ‘In the city, time becomes visible.’ How does cinema think the city, and vice-versa, to generate new, transformative senses of cinematicity? Contributions exploring the connections between cinematic and urban space are invited, potentially including work on early cinema and living pictures; considerations of specific cities, films or genres; conceptions of city and cinema as spiritual automata; and a multiplicity of other creative conceptualizations of cinematicity.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words by 14th February to:  Continue reading

Articles on the Urban Experience written by 28 Hispanists in 1983 [Conference held 21-22 Oct. 1983]

“Los escritores y la experiencia de la ciudad moderna” was the title of the conference that year.

Edited by J. Cruz Mendizábal, here are the papers read at the 9th annual Hispanic Literatures conference, Oct. 21-22, 1983, sponsored by the Spanish section of the Foreign Languages Department at IUP in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Click here to access conference papers [379 pp.]

[I put up the table of contents a while back — due to complications involving the spiral binding of the publication, it has taken quite a bit of time to get this scanned.]

For me this is a great window into the interest that urban themes have enjoyed within Hispanic Studies for over thirty years.