Call for Papers – Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain. Photo by Juan Laurent (taken around 1870)

The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (JUCS) is pleased to announce its permanent call for papers for authors working on cultural productions and urban studies. JUCS is a peer-refereed, international journal that blends humanities and social science approaches to the culture(s) of cities. The journal is open to studies that deal with culture, urban spaces, and forms of urbanized consciousness from all over the world.

JUCS is particularly interested in submissions that give equal weight to: a) one or more aspects of urban studies, and b) the analysis of one or more specific forms of cultural/textual production in relation to a given urban space or spaces. JUCS publishes both research articles and short-form articles. Research articles (7,000 to 10,000 words, including references and notes) are the hallmark of the journal and represent an original contribution to the field. JUCS also publishes short-form articles of 2,500–4,000 words.

Short-form articles can take many forms: interviews, analyses of art installations, review essays (pitched globally and discussing at least three book titles) or discussions of theoretical debates and interdisciplinary issues relating to urban cultural studies. Please notice that the journal does not publish ‘book reviews.’ JUCS is also interested in receiving proposals for special issues by guest editors working individually or in teams of two, and original, unpublished artwork on the topic of cities. Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Revision and submission

Research articles are subject to peer review, while short-form articles are subject to editorial review. All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. To learn more, please refer to our journal website:

https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-urban-cultural-studies

Submissions should be sent by email to:

jucssubmissions@gmail.com<mailto:jucssubmissions@gmail.com>;

Any other correspondence with the editor should be sent to:

 urbanculturalstudies@gmail.com

This blog, http://urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com is another way to keep up with the Urban Cultural Studies community, find out about upcoming events, new books, and publishing opportunities, and listen to our series of Urban Cultural Studies Podcasts.

Vibrant’s Dossier on Urban Peripheries

Vibrant is an online journal published by ABA, the Brazilian Anthropology Association, that just released a dossier specifically on Urban Peripheries that might be of interest to readers of this blog. It offers academic research in English, French, and Spanish, besides their translations to Portuguese.

The themes will be divided as such, with thematic axes I and II already published in Volume 14 number 3 (Dec. 2017).

  • Axis 1: Public Security, Crime, Violence
  • Axis 2: Gender, identity, sexual orientation
  • Axis 3: Leisure, Artistic Expressions, Cultural Consumption
  • Axis 4: Urbanization, Management, Relations with the Public Power
  • Axis 5: Rural-Urban, Migration
  • Axis 6: Generation, Youth

The first axis includes discussion on Pacification Police Unit programs in Rio de Janeiro, which has been stirring debate around the country. Also worth checking is another previous Dossier published in Volume 8 Number 2 from 2011 on Urban Anthropology.

This open-acess journal went through some financial problems back in 2015, but has managed to continue publishing open-source research specifically focusing on Brazil for an international audience.

The first issue [Free Access] of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies [It’s Official]

Very happy to announce that…

the long awaited first issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is now posted on Intellect’s website! click here to see its contents, [and remember to have your library subscribe…] The contents of the first issue can be accessed free of charge here.

Thanks to all who have made this possible — and particularly to the crew at Intellect, the JUCS editorial board & numerous external peer reviewers, (it does take a village), but most of all thanks go to the authors whose interdisciplinary humanities-social science work has made this all so worthwhile.

Issue 1.2 will be on the way soon enough!

[newer] eflyer – Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (Intellect)

JUCS_UrbanCulturalStudies_1.1_eFlyer

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF THIS eFlyer

Guest-edited special issue: Madrid and Urban Cultural Studies

1364971XThe guest-edited issue on the topic of “Madrid and urban cultural studies” has been published in the International Journal of Iberian Studies (26.1-2 [2013]: pp. 3-102). Click here for link to publisher’s page.

Editorial and four articles include: Continue reading

Biutiful Barcelona [10-15-minute video research article trailer]

My undergraduate students are busy making iMovie video final projects for a non-traditional literary survey class and I figured I might give it a try (theirs are much better I assure you). I’ve done this as a 10-15-minute video version of the argument I make in a recent article. Maybe it is more like a research article trailer… Anyone else out there making video articles? [It helps that youtube (at least for my account) allows video uploads of up to 15 minutes.]

The article is:

Fraser, B. “A Biutiful City: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Filmic Critique of the ‘Barcelona             model.’” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 9.1 (2012): 19-34.

JUCS full speed ahead

Just a quick note explaining all the reblogs recently, the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is well underway and we’re hoping to finalize content for the first issue in the coming months. Thanks to all who have submitted and reviewed so far. Volume 1 issue 1 should be in production for a while appearing at the end of 2013 if all goes according to plan. Submissions are rolling/continuous, so pass the word! As we get closer I hope to reveal the list of content here for those interested.

URBAN – Journal – Polytechnic University of Madrid / School of Architecture

In Madrid I was able to talk with Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago — who runs the multipliciudades blog [for readers of Spanish] and is also editor of the journal “Urban” [web site in Spanish and English here]. Urban has recently published a number of interesting pieces, here is the list of the last four issues in the ‘new series’ of Urban [which was originally launched in 1997]–note the special issue on Henri Lefebvre…

urban NS04
Doreen Massey / Carlos Jiménez Romera, Jorge Leon Casero, María Mercedes di Virgilio & María Soledad Arqueros Méjica & Tomás Guevara, Jesús Leal & Miguel Martínez & Antonio Echaves & Enrique García / Alexandre le Maître / Estíbaliz López de Munain & Leire Romero & Victoria Vázquez
September 2012

urban NS03
Los conflictos de la ciudad contemporánea / Conflicts of contemporary cities
Don Mitchell / Alain Bertho, Fabrizio Bottini & María Cristina Gibelli, Cristina Fernández Ramírez & Fernando Roch Peña, Imanol Zubero, Luis Miguel Valenzuela Montes & Julio Alberto Soria Lara, Clara Irazábal & Gabriel Fumero
March 2012

urban NS02
Espectros de Lefebvre / Spectres of Lefebvre
Grégory Busquet / Jean-Pierre Garnier, Laurence Costes, Cynthia Ghorra-Gobin, Kanishka Goonewardena, Peter Marcuse, Andy Merrifield, Thierry Paquot, Claire Revol, Carlos Sánchez-Casas, Łukasz Stanek / Christian Schmid 
September 2011

urban NS01
Los futuros de la planificación / Planning Futures
John Friedmann / Neil Brenner, Jamie Peck & Nik Theodore / Erik Swyngedouw / Frank Eckardt / Jordi Borja / Stuart Elden & Derek Gregory 
March 2011

Toward an Urban Cultural Studies [prezi]

I just returned from delivering an invited lecture at the University of Kentucky, which I titled:

Toward an Urban Cultural Studies: Henri Lefebvre, Space and the Culture(s) of Cities.

Clicking on the above link will take you to the prezi that accompanied the talk, which includes video and audio clips, although it leaves out the first 15-20 minute set-up which was devoted to the academic spat between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis in their 1959 and 1962 lectures (see an earlier post). The talk was a form of organized rambling at a general level about Lefebvre’s insights into cities, the timeliness of urban cultural studies, interdisciplinary issues in general, David Harvey, city rhythms, and so on, so a lot is left out of the prezi alone, but it may still be interesting to watch. Given that I was pitching the talk so broadly, I was thrilled that so many non-Hispanic Studies faculty/students were able to make it.

If you haven’t seen or used prezi before (higher functionality/privacy free for educators with an .edu email address) I can say that it may blow your mind as a presentation format (I was blown away when I first saw this used at a conference last year). After watching a prezi (many are ‘public’/freely available on the site to view) it becomes clear just how much power point presentations are linked to the cultural moment in which I grew up–which revolved around linear slideshows of non-digital photography (didn’t you hate it when that one slide got stuck in the projector?).

Special thanks to U Kentucky Professors Susan Larson and Aníbal Biglieri in particular, and also to many other faculty members from both the Department of Hispanic Studies there (and its fantastic graduate students) and beyond, for making it such a great experience!