JUCS 3.3 available!

Volume 3 Issue 3

Cover Date: September 2016

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

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

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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

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

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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

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Berlin: Images of a transformed city
Authors:  Bastian Heinsohn

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

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Literary studies after the spatial turn
Authors:  Alexander Beaumont

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

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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!



CFP: Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World

Dr. Stephen Luis Vilaseca



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

To submit, send an abstract by August 1, 2016 to:

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



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.


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.



[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

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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