PSA Newsletter Summer 2016, Special Issue: Post/Colonial Cities

PSA Newsletter Summer 2016, Special Issue: Post/Colonial Cities

Call for Contributions

Since the Arab uprisings in 2011, cities have become more than ever the sites of political, grass roots resistance to the ongoing forms of colonialism, discrimination and social injustice that continue to shape our contemporary world. Processes of gentrification, austerity policies and the increased privatisation of urban space drive marginal populations out of the city, whilst the few remaining public spaces—from Tahrir Square to Gezi Park—function as a key locus for postcolonial forms of resistance to them. Furthermore, cities have become global hubs for different kinds of cultural production, from literary writing to performance poetry, and street art and graffiti to art installations, that might help us to diagnose the new kinds of colonialism that are shaping our cities and even imagine alternative future trajectories that might help us think past, or beyond them. As Andy Merryfield argues in his 2014 re-writing of Manuel Castells’ 1977 book, The Urban Question, the ‘new urban question’ for radical theory ‘means figuring out the curiously novel mode of urbanisation we have in our midst today’, whilst the ‘new urban question for radical politics […] means figuring out what to do about all this?’

The next issue of the PSA Newsletter will explore the ways in which literary and cultural forms might allow us to rethink the way in which we inhabit increasingly divided and discriminatory city spaces. We encourage contributions from a range of disciplines that explore both literary and visual methods of cultural production. We also welcome pieces that focus both on the postcolonial dimensions of European/American cities as well as the neo-colonial aspects of cities in the Global South. Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

– How have cities become locations in which new forms of colonisation are taking place?
– How have cities become locations in which new forms of resistance and political engagement are taking place?
– To what extent can we identify these urban forms of resistance as ‘postcolonial’?
– Can we still draw distinctions between cities in the Global North and the Global South? Can we compare them?
– How do literary writings and other kinds of cultural production intersect with urban forms of political protest?
– Can these cultural productions imagine alternative urban futures? And if so, how?

Articles should be between 300 and 1200 words, and should be fully referenced. Contributors should feel free to contact the editors as soon as possible with any inquiries or proposals. The deadline for final submissions will be Sunday 31st July 2016. Please write with an expression of interest to Dominic Davies at dominic.davies@ell.ox.ac.uk.

 

Call for Assistant Editors: Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

CALL FOR
ASSISTANT EDITORS (2017 & 2018)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 20 NOVEMBER 2016

The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal exploring the cultures of cities and blending humanities and social science approaches to the urban phenomenon. The journal publishes research articles (subject to peer review) of 7,000-10,000 words and short-form articles (subject to editorial review) of 2,500-4,000 words.

We seek assistant editors to serve two-year terms beginning 1 Jan 2017 and ending 31 Dec 2018. Junior scholars and recent PhDs are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Editors will:

• work collaboratively with journal editors to recruit, vet, edit and publish short-form articles, interviews, reflections, and reviews meeting the journal’s scope. (www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=225/)

• author and submit one short-form article yearly.

• contribute monthly to the journal’s blog.

(urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com)

Scholars from all relevant fields and geographical areas interested in these unpaid/volunteer assistant editor positions should send 1) a cover letter detailing interests in urban cultural studies, 2) a brief CV and 3) a sample of published work to the editor at urbanculturalstudies@gmail.com by 20 November 2016.

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[new issue] 3.1 (2016) – cinematicity

Pleased to present the latest issue, guest-edited by David B. Clarke and Marcus A. Doel:
Volume 3 Issue 1

Cover Date: March 2016

Contents
Cinematicity: City and cinema after Deleuze
Authors:  David B. Clarke And  Marcus A. Doel

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Cinema, thought, immanence: Contemplating signs and empty spaces in the films of Ozu
Authors:  Andrew Lapworth

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The architectural cinematicity of Wang Shu and the architectonic cinema of Jia Zhangke: Diagrammatically decomposing the ‘main melody’ in monu-mental assemblage art
Authors:  David H. Fleming

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Paris vs providence: Framing the crystalline city in Jean Renoir’s La Chienne (1931)
Authors:  Barry Nevin

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Topographies of liminality in 1960s’ New York underground cinema: Peter Emanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence (1965)
Authors:  Berit Hummel

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Held captive in frames: Reconstructing 1970s New York through Chantal Akerman’s Hotel Monterey and News from Home
Authors:  Marlon T. L. Fink

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Exploring pop-up cinema and the city: Deleuzian encounters with secret cinema’s pop-up screening of The Third Man
Authors:  Ella Harris

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Of other worlds: A dialogue on the disappearing gardens of Fez and the different worlds they foster

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LIVING MAPS REVIEW [new journal]

LIVINGMAPS REVIEW

First issue of new online journal

Livingmaps Review explores map making as a democratic medium for visual artists, writers, social researchers and community activists. The journal has its roots in the highly successful series of seminars, walks and learning events presented by the Livingmaps network over the past two years across London. Many of the contributions to the first issue are drawn from material presented at those events.

LMR crosses boundaries between the arts, humanities and sciences, and also between professional and amateur mapmakers. We encourage the use of experimental audio-visual, interactive and graph- ic formats and especially welcome contributions from younger and unpublished   contributors.

The journal will document and disseminate innovative and participatory forms of cartography, opening up new spaces of debate and making visible what is hidden or erased by conventional mapping.

Highlights of the first issue include Phil Cohen on critical cartography and the struggle for a just city; Jerry White on Charles Booth’s maps; Andrew Motion talking about his poem ‘Discovering Geographies’; Jerry Brotton on the relationship between poetry and mapping; Kei Miller reading from his award winning collection ‘The cartographer tries to map a way to Zion’, also reviewed in this issue; plus maps by artists Emma McNally and Stephen Walter.

The journal has five sections. Navigations carries longer scholarly articles about key issues in cartographic theory and practice. Waypoints has shorter, more experimental pieces. Lines of Desire explores the cartographic imaginary in literature, performance and the physical arts. Mapworks is a gallery in which contemporary visual artists exhibit and comment on their work. There is also a review section for books, exhibitions, and events.

Forthcoming themed issues will focus on indigenous cartography and smart cities.

The journal will come out twice a year in Spring and Autumn. The editorial team brings together leading academics, artists and activists drawn from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives.

Access the launch issue:

www.livingmaps.review

Further information about LivingMaps:

www.livingmaps.org.uk

Walk [Your City] started as guerilla public art statement, now a small business.

Mental Flowers

I think it is a great activist approach to promoting healthy behaviors in a playful way. I’m also thrilled to see that there is a huge demand for this playful kind of sign creation and development, and Tomasulo has been able to turn it into a business.

The signs, the brainchild of then-graduate student Matt Tomasulo, were meant to help people think differently about distances in the city, and to encourage them to get out of their cars and explore the place under their own power.When it debuted in 2012, the project drew international notice and received lots of favorable press coverage, including here on CityLab. It also got the attention of Raleigh’s city government, which eventually took the signs down for violating local ordinances. But the city’s planning director was a fan of the concept behind Tomasulo’s action, and soon they reached a compromise. The signs went back up…

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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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