Urban Cultural Studies AAG session in Boston – April 6, 2017

If you are heading to the American Association of Geographers, make sure to stop by our Urban Cultural Studies interactive Short Paper Session with 11 different presenters.

Interactive Short Paper Session:

2201 Urban Cultural Studies is scheduled on Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Room 101, Hynes, Plaza Level

10:00 AM   Introduction: Benjamin Fraser – East Carolina University, Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and Co-Editor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series

10:05 AM   Author(s): *Gillian C. Rose, Prof – The Open University
Abstract Title: Digital/visual/urban

10:10 AM   Author(s): *Andrew C Rajca – University of South Carolina
Abstract Title: Imagined Spatial Aesthetics and Everyday Life in São Paulo in Lina Chamie’s A via láctea

10:15 AM   Author(s): *Phillipa Gardner – University of Sheffield
Abstract Title: Remaking the Museum, Reshaping the City

10:20 AM   Author(s): *Sinead Petrasek –
Abstract Title: “Allied with the Antimaravilla: Arts-based Community Practices and Resistance to Authorized Heritage Discourse in Quito, Ecuador”

10:25 AM   Author(s): *Juan Pablo Melo – Stanford University
Abstract Title: Building the Abstract Public Sphere: Enrique Peñalosa’s Urbanism and the Production of Space in Bogotá

10:30 AM   Author(s): *Allison Huetz – University of Geneva
Abstract Title: Fairground attractions and Amusements Parks in Geneva (1890-1914). Picturing the world, creating Weltstadt

10:35 AM   Author(s): *Adam D. Morton – University of Sydney
Abstract Title: Spatial Serge: The Urban Revolution in Victor Serge

10:40 AM   Author(s): *Nino Lannes Bozzetti Navarro –
Abstract Title: London’s literary landscapes: urban tensions in Zadie Smith’s NW

10:45 AM   Author(s): *Pablo Sendra – University College London
Abstract Title: Representation of London’s Modernist Estates in Films: Communities and their Neighbourhoods as Movie Sets.

10:50 AM   Author(s): *Agustin Arosteguy – Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Abstract Title: The territory as a space for leisure

10:55 AM   Author(s): *David L. Prytherch – Miami University
Abstract Title: Rendering a More “Complete Street:” Mobility Justice from Planning Discourse to Urban Design

11:00 AM   Discussant: Benjamin Fraser – East Carolina University

Session Description: The AAG session on Urban Cultural Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the culture(s) of cities.

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 (http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=225/) and its accompanying blog at urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com.

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