Introduction: Andrew Barnfield



My name is Andrew. I am Assistant Professor in Public Health and the Built Environment at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). My main areas of interest are practices of physical activity, Post-Socialist Cities, and autonomous geographies. My interests are associated with the interrelations of moving bodies and space, and how these develop novel experiences, affectual intensities and all sorts of interactions within cities. My interest in moving bodies has developed to include questions of physical activity and public health policy within cities, primarily in the form of recreational running clubs and post-socialist urbanism. I predominately write about Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is a city that I am pleased to call home and a place I miss every time I am away.


My main focus in my research is on recreational running as it is a democratic and ubiquitous activity, while at the same time challenging the notions that cities are sites of alienation and decline. I am fascinated by the novel ways small urban practices can inform notions of autonomy and the desire to establish pluralistic versions of urban life. I am primarily a qualitative researcher and I utilise a range of research methods. These include participant observation, ethnographic studies, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and go-along methods. I am extremely excited about working with my fellow assistant editors to help grow the Journal of Urban Cultures and explore new avenues of urban analysis. I hope that together we will be able to participate in a journal that brings thought-provoking scholarship and beautifully written pieces to a wide audience.

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

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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Hello in the New Year

My name is Jason Luger and I am a human geographer and lecturer in urban studies at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley. My research and academic interests lie at the intersection of urban space, politics and policy; specifically, I have been exploring the linkage between art, activism, politics, and the city.

San Francisco, my adopted hometown, has always been a place with an intimate relationship between art and urban space, from the art/music/activism of the 1960s to the political street art that now adorns the walls of the Mission district, telling stories of gentrification, police violence, inequality and injustice (see below). In a city where economic divides increasingly define the everyday experience, where homeless encampments drape the sidewalks beneath exclusive towers, and where digital data pulses through the city’s arteries and veins just like the precious drinking water, art remains a crucial medium through which to consider identity, power, justice, and truth.

I am happy to join Urban Cultural Studies as assistant editor for 2017-2018, and hope that I can help stimulate conversations and debates about the difficult, complex, and uncharted waters that cities now find themselves in, as socio-cultural and political hurricanes ravage – and challenge – the status quo around the world. This represents a crucial opening for provocative, enriching, diverse and intersectional conversations about urban culture – and I eagerly invite such conversations.


Street Art in the Mission neighborhood, San Francisco, 2016 (Author’s Photo)


A brief introduction


My name is Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, and I am a Professor of German at the University of North Texas. Since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, I’ve been fascinated with the city of Berlin, its ever changing cityscape, and the ways that the city wrangles doing justice to its history while simultaneously embracing the future. In my capacity as Assistant Editor and contributor to this blog, I hope to entice you to explore the ways that memory, urban studies, and area studies intersect, and pique your curiosity about culture and urban studies in Germany.

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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