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.

JUCS 3.3 available!

Volume 3 Issue 3

Cover Date: September 2016

Contents
Comics art and urban cultural studies method through Chris Ware’s Building Stories (2012)
Authors:  Benjamin Fraser

Page Start: 291
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Gathering place: Urban indigeneity and the production of space in Edmonton, Canada
Authors:  Karen Wall

Page Start: 301
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Not a fantasy city: Composition, fotogènia and the reconquesta del real in the theatrical and cinematic land/lang-scapes of Barcelona
Authors:  Loredana Comparone

Page Start: 327
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Cartographies of disappearance: Thresholds in Barcelona’s metro
Authors:  Enric Bou

Page Start: 347
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Re-thinking cinema and the city in crisis: Film, narrative agency and urban transformation in selected recent publications
Authors:  Mark Schmitt

Page Start: 373
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Berlin: Images of a transformed city
Authors:  Bastian Heinsohn

Page Start: 381
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Issues of space and spatiality in contemporary Spanish Peninsular studies
Authors:  Vinodh Venkatesh

Page Start: 389
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Literary studies after the spatial turn
Authors:  Alexander Beaumont

Page Start: 395
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Between crisis and creativity: Esther M. K. Cheung’s study of the everyday
Authors:  Winnie L. M. Yee

Page Start: 407
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Announcing JUCS Asst. Editors for 2017-2018

While we received too many compelling applications to move forward with, the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is pleased to announce that there are six new assistant editors serving on the journal for the 2017-2018 period:

Andrew Barnfield

Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

Juliana Luna Freire

Jason Luger

Jasmine J. Mahmoud

Gareth Millington

Please keep an eye out for a self-introduction post by each in January 2017 to ring in the new year. We’re grateful to all for joining the team and we look forward to the energy they will bring to both the print/online journal and the blog!

Welcome!

 

CFP: Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World

Dr. Stephen Luis Vilaseca

CALL FOR PAPERS
CITIES IN THE LUSO-HISPANIC WORLD

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The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is open to
scholarship that crosses the humanities and the social sciences
while giving priority to the urban phenomenon, in order to
better understand the culture(s) of cities. We are particularly
interested in essays that achieve some balance between
discussing an individual (or multiple) cultural/artistic
product(s) in depth (film, literature, music…) and also using
one of many social-science (geographical, anthropological,
sociological…) urban approaches to investigate a given city.

For this special volume, we are calling for papers
(7,000 to 10,000 words including references and notes)
grounded in urban processes in cities throughout the Luso-Hispanic
World.

To submit, send an abstract by August 1, 2016 to:
urbanculturalstudies@gmail.com

Deadline for finished papers: February 1, 2017

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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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