Patrick Modiano, cartographie et vaporisation / Mapping and Vaporization

(e)space & fiction

Illustration de Jean-François Martin. Tirée du feuilleton d’Eric Chevillard, à propos de « Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier », de Patrick Modiano. LE MONDE DES LIVRES. 02.10.2014

>Patrick Modiano recent Nobel Prize in Literature, can be called a geographical novelist by the way he intertwines time and space in his novels through picky and unfinished investigations in a misty and troubled atmosphere.Modiano’s books are full of places, addresses and very preciseroutes, mainly in Paris. The reader often follows an investigator compiling archives and old directories, searching back in time for spatial connexions and temporal coincidences.At first sight, Modiano seems a novelist for obsessional cartographers, a natural subject for (e)space&fiction. But why do we have the feeling that something important would be lost  in the mapping of Modiano’s novels ? His space-time narrative is too obvious to be something else than a decoy. We have to…

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David Harvey, “I’m skeptical about the idea of reforming neoliberalism” (complete interview translated)

My Desiring-Machines

Here is my final translation from Spanish; comments are, of course, appreciated.

David Harvey, Marxist geographer and intellectual: “I’m skeptical about the idea of reforming neoliberalism”

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An authoritative voice in the intellectual discussions of the left, and passing through Chile for the last “Puerto Ideas” in November, the professor from CUNY and author of “17 Contradictions of Capitalism” spoke with La Chispa about Marxism today, the crisis of neoliberalism, Latin America and Chile.

LC: In the context of revolutionary theory, in your opinion, what is the validity of Marxism nowadays?

DH: Marx offers a very good form of thinking social change and, at the same time, offers a way of critically understanding how capital functions. I believe that it is particularly important because capital moves in a mysterious way and at times veils what is really happening. Marx does a good job of demystifying these appearances and…

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On a hybrid flaneur/flaneuse (pt.I)

Hybrid Flaneur

Text: Bill Psarras © 2014

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Walking in the city has a long-standing tradition of different conceptual threads. In the words of Rebecca Solnit (2001: 3) it is ‘the most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world’. Urban walking has been the nexus between people and the city by linking them to a series of everyday, socio-cultural and even imaginative terrains. Walking in the streets forms an action that contributes to the choreography of urban rhythms. It is really about a spatial enunciation of place, as De Certeau (1984) has also argued. Maybe the distinction of Wunderlich (2008: 125-139) on walking synopsizes things by referring to it as ‘purposive’ (i.e. everyday from A to B), ‘discursive’ (i.e. flaneur – strolling without specific destination) and ‘conceptual’ (i.e. psychogeographical derive, aesthetic-performative walking actions). Everyone in the city – all of us in our daily lives compose and perform spatial stories…

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JUCS 1.3 content list

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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