Just got back from Tampa, one of these years I will spend more than 1 full day and a half day at the AAG conference — too many interesting things going on to see in such a short time, particularly with a packed schedule of 10 presentations on Thursday including work by those from language and literature fields, architecture, history, sociology as well as geography (in two linked sessions: “Urban Cultural Studies 1: Geography and the Humanities” and “Urban Cultural Studies 2: The Culture(s) of Cities”). Looking forward to next time, perhaps 2015 in Chicago.
Thanks for all who attended the sessions for your interest, if you dropped by, remember that the first issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is available for free here (some presentations delivered reflect articles published in issue 1.1, some of the other presentations reflect work that will appear in the second issue, and still others were new faces that we were happy to hear from about their original and intriguing work –unfortunately the second issue won’t include free content, but have your library subscribe to the print or online format of the journal through Intellect).
Also note that on this very blog you can find podcast interviews with at least three of the presenters from the sessions (also available on itunes). Just follow the menu bar to listen.
[from URB-GEOG-GORUM] Submissions are invited for the panel “Metropolitan Streets: Everyday Temporalities and Contemporaneity”, as part of the forthcoming conference “Metropolitan Temporalities”, November 20 – 22, 2014 at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany.
Over the past three decades, both urban studies and globalization studies have predominately focused on spatial concerns, often neglecting the important temporal dimensions of global urban development. Our third annual conference therefore seeks to systematically examine the diverse temporal aspects of global exchange and metropolitan development in four thematic clusters: metropolitan pasts and futures; politics of time; metropolitan rhythms; and economies of time.
Historically, streets and their social and spatial orders have changed over time according to the respective societal setting. Streets have always been the most profound units of urban life and the main elements to structure urban form and transportation. However, with the rise of the profession of urban planning, streets have been increasingly reshaped, according to the planner’s ideals of their time.
Today, streets with their specific spatial and social orders are the most dynamic space-time settings in a metropolis: they comprise a high degree of mobility, varying uses, agents, everyday practices and activities, norms, values, symbolic meanings, and power relations as well as a constant negotiation in between them. All of these coexist and Continue reading →
New York City I (1942). Mondrian. Paris, musée national d’Art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou.
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), pioneer of abstract painting, is not in theory an artist inclined to evoke real places in his works. Since 1913 and the discovery of cubism in Paris, Mondrian has made it a goal to find out a visual language for reporting the abstract reality behind the natural one and looking for the essence beyond the material and visible world (Wikipedia). This language is based on geometric rectangular shapes in primary colors crossed by black lines. His paintings have abstract titles like Composition with red, yellow and blue or Composition No. 7. After he fled from Europe to New York in 1940, he incorporated in the titles of his new pictures many real place names: New York City, Trafalgar Square, Place de la Concorde, Broadway Boogie-Woogie. Is…
Keynote Address: Professor Mariana Valverde (University of Toronto) and Michael McKinnie (Queen Mary University of London)*
Keynote: Friday 6th June 6pm (open to the public)
Symposium: Saturday 7th June (all day)
Deadline for abstracts: Monday 7th April
How have infrastructures of performance shaped civic ideas and ideals in mundane and spectacular ways? How are these ideas and ideals contained, contaminated, revealed and concealed spatially, temporally, legally and historically through cultural activity? How does cultural activity shape and see the city?
Seeing Like a City is an interdisciplinary symposium centred on the relationships between theatre, performance and urbanism. In the past, theatre and performance scholars including Marvin Carlson, Jen Harvie, D.J. Hopkins, Ric Knowles, Kim Solga, have seen the city as a fertile site for considering a range of urban performances. Seeing Like a City builds on this work; it invites researchers to take up the challenge of accounting for contemporary urban performance.
This event is inspired by Mariana Valverde’s article ‘Seeing Like a City’ (2009), which offers a reading of the urban that acknowledges Continue reading →
With continuing interest in DH work and Urban Studies, I’ve just been referred to this interesting project:
Views of Rome is the online home of the 1773 edition of Pirro Ligorio’s Anteiquae Urbis Imago (Image of the Ancient City) held at Emory University. Originally published in 1561, the Imago is a cartographic reconstruction of fourth-century AD Rome. A high-resolution scan of the map exists as an interactive digital tool for use by students in the classroom and by members of the general public.
Most of our urban public interactions with strangers are not particularly intimate, except perhaps when being pressed way-too-intimately against anonymous bodies in the subway during rush hours. Even then we try to maximize personal space such as through the unspoken rule of maintaining distance when picking seats on transit. We also like to play with our phones, which helps us to avoid catching the eyes of others. This seems to have replaced the role that newspapers once played.
Online we relate to strangers quite differently. Consider the popular blog Humans of New York, which has over 2 million followers on Facebook alone. The blog is a collection of snapshots of urban strangers, accompanied by a short personal story or wisdom shared by the individual portrayed. Below is an example of a picture posted on January 9, 2014:
The book entitled “
Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place
” edited by Julia Hallam and Les Roberts has just been released. It includes 11 chapters exploring the relationships between films and places through maps from a variety of perspectives. This truly interdisciplinary project provides an extensive overview of the ways scholars in film studies, geography, cartography, history, and communication studies have mapped films.
Topics include cinematic practices in rural and urban communities, development of cinema by amateur filmmakers, and use of GIS in mapping the spatial development of film production and cinema going as social practices.
My new book Antonio López García’s Everyday Urban Worlds: A Philosophy of Painting is entering production with Bucknell University Press – it should be available in August 2014 (appearing on amazon at present for pre-order).
It represents rather a new form of writing for me – inspired by the meandering and philosophical style of Spanish author / civil engineer Juan Benet’s El ángel del señor abandona a Tobías (1976) where he mixes a range of disciplinary questions together, using the famed painting of the same name by Rembrandt as a point of departure.
Here I’ve devoted a chapter each to specific paintings (Gran Vía, Madrid desde Torres Blancas, and Madrid desde la torre de bomberos de Vallecas…), which I use as points of departure to fold Spanish literature, film and urban planning together with larger interdisciplinary and philosophical, geographical questions.
If you CLICK HERE you can see a ‘prezi’ that I’ve used with a lecture focusing on an excerpt of the second chapter’s Madrid desde Torres Blancas (visuals only).