Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

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Volume (6): Issue (2-3)

Cover date: 2019

From local space to global spectacle: World Heritage and space utilization in Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Philippines
Page: 129-154
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00007_1
Chinatown Invisible: Hybrid-mapping and making-do
Authors: Liska Chan
Page: 155-181
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00008_1
Editorial: Working-class heritage and the city
Page: 183-197DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00009_1
The heritagization of postindustrial re-development and social inclusion in Amsterdam
Page: 199-218
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00010_1
‘That once romantic now utterly disheartening (former) colliery town’: The affective politics of heritage, memory, place and regeneration in Mansfield, UK
Authors: Jay Emery
Page: 219-240
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00011_1
Between ‘creative’ boost and political dysfunction: An exploration of class, culture and economic dislocation in East Berlin
Page: 241-264
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00012_1
Rust Belt Chic: Deindustrialization, place and urban authenticity
Authors: James Rhodes
Page: 265-286
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00013_1
Tracing working-class cultural historical heritage through one building’s story: ‘La Grande Brasserie du Levant’
Authors: Mira Kfoury
Page: 287-310
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00014_1


Volume (6): Issue (1)

Cover date: 2019

Tricking memory, remaking the city: Trompe l’oeil and the visual transformation of a historic city in China: Chengdu
Authors: Yanshuo Zhang
Page: 3-29
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00001_1
Imagining mid-nineteenth-century Beirut as a ‘City of the World’: Public intellectuals, photography, cartography and historical literature
Authors: Rita Sakr
Page: 31-57
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00002_1
Cartographies of Paris: Everyday mobilities in Michèle Rakotoson’s Elle, au printemps and Alain Mabanckou’s Tais-toi et meurs
Page: 59-78
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00003_1
Consumption on the Orient Express: Commodification and gamification of urban mobility in Tokyo Metro campaigns
Authors: Mina Qiao
Page: 79-94
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00004_1
Cultural gentrification: Gourmet and Latinx immigrant food trucks vendors in Los Angeles
Authors: Lorena Munoz
Page: 95-111
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00005_1
Out in the cold: Busking Copenhagen’s Nørreport Station and the urban affects of music
Page: 113-122
DOI: 10.1386/jucs_00006_1
Volume 5 Issue 2

Cover Date: June 2018

Making worlds in urban cultural studies

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The beach as microcosm of a cosmopolitan city: Imagining and experiencing urban encounters at Trieste’s Pedocin beach
Authors:  Milou van Hout

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(Re)Addressing Mostar: Global imaginaries, local activisms
Authors:  Giulia Carabelli

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Of ‘Godziners’ and ‘Designer Citizens’: The emergence of designers as political subjects in Cape Town
Authors:  Laura Nkula-Wenz

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Bourgeois worlds and urban nightmares: The post-Ottoman Balkan City through the lens of Milutin Uskoković’s Newcomers

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Favelas at the biennale: Exhibiting Brazilian informality in Europe
Authors:  Simone Kalkman

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Urban encounters: Performance and making urban worlds
Authors:  Dan Swanton

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Seeing the self in the world: Attending to banal globalism in urban visual cultures
Authors:  Simon Ferdinand

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Defiant worldings from Manchester, England: Expulsed global solidarities and the international homeland of dignity

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Mobile worlding: Exploring the trans-urban circulation and the interconnectedness of migrants’ urban world-making practices
Authors:  Luce Beeckmans

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Volume 5 Issue 1

Cover Date: March 2018

Cultural studies, behind the scenes: Notes on the craft of interdisciplinary scholarship

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Writing around Paterson: Critical urban poetics in Williams, Olson and Ginsberg
Authors:  Nate Mickelson

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Borders and trajectories: Remapping cities in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films
Authors:  Xiao Cai

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‘Kerist I wish I was a skyscraper’: John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer, skyscrapers and the predatory modern city
Authors:  Adam R. McKee

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An interdisciplinary look at metropolitanisms

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Los Angeles is Latin America: Art, driving and the city

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Digital personal space: From the plaza to the global canopy
Authors:  Silvio Carta

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Volume 4 Issue 3

Cover Date: September 2017

Zombie urbanism and the city by the bay: What’s really eating Geelong?
Authors:  Fiona Gray And  Matt Novacevski

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‘Comics on the Main Street of Culture’: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell (1999), Laura Oldfield Ford’s Savage Messiah (2011) and the politics of gentrification
Authors:  Dominic Davies

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A dark imaginarium: The Bridge, Malmö and the making of a ‘non-existent’ place

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Glossy postcards and virtual collectibles: Consuming cinematic Paris
Authors:  Isabelle McNeill

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New South, ‘New Athens?’: Angels, mobility and myths
Authors:  Jason Luger

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Smoothing space in Palestine: Building a skatepark and a socio-political forum with the SkatePal charity
Authors:  Dani Abulhawa

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Global social activism, DIY culture and lack of institutional help

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Multiple landscapes of capital cities

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Volume 4 Issue 1-2

Cover Date: July 2017

Edited by Araceli Masterson-Algar and Stephen Luis Vilaseca
Through the Looking Glass: Windows to ‘Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World’

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Pharmakopolis: Cesário Verde’s Lisbon

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Rehoused but unhomed: The effects of Portugal’s Special Rehousing Program as represented in Pedro Costa’s Juventude em Marcha

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‘La Callejera’: Streetwalks through Minas Gerais in Autran Dourado’s Uma vida em segredo (1964)

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Giving visibility to urban change in Rio de Janeiro through digital audio-visual culture: A Brazilian webdocumentary project and its circulation
Authors:  Tori Holmes

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Haptic film spaces and the rhythms of everyday life in São Paulo in Lina Chamie’s A via láctea
Authors:  Andrew C. Rajca

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Noise, soundscape and heritage: Sound cartographies and urban segregation in twenty-first-century Mexico City

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Contested urban heritage: Discourses of meaning and ownership of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain
Authors:  Brian Rosa And  Jaime Jover-Báez

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Urban fortunes: Spatializing the community of money in Alex de la Iglesia’s La comunidad

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The irresistible outside: Innocence, desire and transgression in a Brazilian urban utopia

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Edward Soja’s postmetropolis: A contemporary urban phenomenon as seen in Latin American cinema
Authors:  Andrea Franco

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Digital Barcelona: An interdisciplinary urban cultural studies digital project
Authors:  Benjamin Fraser And  Camille Kresz And  Irina Swain

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Edited by Huma Mohibullah and Martin Lund
Introduction: Imagining Ground Zero
Authors:  Huma Mohibullah And  Martin Lund

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No safe spaces: Notes on the National September 11 Museum
Authors:  Laura Frost

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‘Every day is 9/11!’: Re-constructing Ground Zero in three US comics
Authors:  Martin Lund

Page Start: 241
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Sacred space: Muslim and Arab belonging at Ground Zero
Authors:  Huma Mohibullah

Page Start: 263
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Frozen thought: Physical representations of power and the rebuilding of Ground Zero

Page Start: 283
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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

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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

Page Start: 407
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Volume 3 Issue 2

Cover Date: June 2016

Wu Jianren’s New Story of the Stone and interrogating turn-of-the-century urbanist ideology in China
Authors:  Tom Marling

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A Bildungsroman for a waterfront development: Literary genre and the planning narratives of Jätkäsaari, Helsinki
Authors:  Lieven Ameel

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Urban segregation, game arcades and codified porn: Representations of youth in Madrid (1980–1995)

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Imagining the pavement: A search through everyday texts for the symbolism of an everyday artefact
Authors:  Megan Hicks

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Housing for whom? Wole Soyinka’s Beatification of Area Boy and the audacity of a new Nigeria
Authors:  Chinenye Amonyeze

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Festival and tradition in contemporary Florence
Authors:  Christian Frost

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Tracing the Politics of Urbanism and Abjection: Space and Identity in Trainspotting

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‘Reading the territory’: Psychogeography and urban intertextuality
Authors:  Ella Mudie

Page Start: 275
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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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Volume 2 Issue 3

Cover Date: September 2015

Alternative geohistories of global cities in Salman Rushdie’s novels
Authors:  Madhumita Roy And  Anjali Gera Roy

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Imagine(d) space: Experiencing the urban phenomena of the gallery

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Polyrhythmia, heterogeneity and urban identity: Intersections between ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ narratives in the socio-spatial practices of Australia’s Gold Coast
Authors:  Zelmarie Cantillon

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Grotland explored: The fleeting urban imaginaries of post-war inner West London
Authors:  Jason Finch

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The twentieth-century city: Socialist, capitalist, modern

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Online story-telling and the non-fiction city: An interview with Cassim Shepard, Founding Editor of Urban Omnibus
Authors:  Sarah Barns And  Donald McNeill

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Touring ethnicity, race and multiculturalism in urban contexts
Authors:  Adam Kaul

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Homeless Projection: Place des Arts: An Interview with Krzysztof Wodiczko
Authors:  Marc James Léger

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‘Montreal might eat its young, but Montreal won’t break us down’: The co-production of place, space and independent music in Mile End, 1995–2015
Authors:  William Bedford

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To dock in on the future: Dystopic science fiction scenarios and urban sustainable visions

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Volume 2 Issue 1-2

Cover Date: June 2015

Text to street: Urban cultural studies as theorization and practice

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Cape Town and the sustainable city in the writing of Henrietta Rose-Innes
Authors:  Loren Kruger

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‘X marks the spot’: Urban dystopia, slum voyeurism and failures of identity in District X
Authors:  Martin Lund

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Electronic music scenes: A comparison of the diverging spatial contexts of the electronic dance music scenes of Berlin and Amsterdam
Authors:  Hade Dorst

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Vagón fumador: Desire and dissatisfaction in the neo-liberal nocturnal city
Authors:  Fernando Sdrigotti

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Urban soundscapes and critical citizenship: Explorations in activating a ‘sonic turn’ in urban cultural studies

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Dead industrial atmosphere: Popular music, cultural heritage and industrial cities
Authors:  Giacomo Bottà

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At home, I’m a tourist: Musical migration and affective citizenship in Berlin
Authors:  Luis-Manuel Garcia

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Our sounds, our city: Urban soundscapes, critical citizenship and the ‘LimerickSoundscapes’ project
Authors:  Aileen Dillane And  Tony Langlois

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Ragged places and smooth surfaces: Audio walks as practices of making and doing the city
Authors:  Kate Moles And  Angharad Saunders

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‘Our Sonic Playground’: A model for active engagement in urban soundscapes
Authors:  Eric Leonardson

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The right to the city (If You Want It): Marshall Berman and urban culture
Authors:  Gareth Millington

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Neo-liberalism: Persistence and resistance
Authors:  Linus Owens

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Public art practice and urban change: An interview with public art activist Jack Becker

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Madrid’s Gran Vía: An urban cultural history and digital project
Authors:  Benjamin Fraser

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Volume 1 Issue 3

Cover Date: September 2014

Inaugural editorial: Urban cultural studies – a manifesto (part 2)
Authors:  Benjamin Fraser

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The worst tourists in the world: Gangsters, heterotopia and the space of global capital In Bruges
Authors:  Erica Stein

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Alternative sprawls, junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and horizontal urban epistemologies

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‘Alas, alas. House, oh house!’: The collapse of the Cologne City Archive
Authors:  Dora Osborne

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Spaces for reading, a cartography of used books in urban Latin America
Authors:  Marcy Schwartz

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Urban tellurics in Barcelona: Between a Heideggerian rock and a postmodern swimming pool
Authors:  Edgar Illas

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Geographies of street art: Shepard Fairey and the trans-scalar imagination
Authors:  Mark Long

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Bodies and sculptures: Moving mountains
Authors:  Kate Evans

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‘Psychogeography of the Boundary’: An author interview with Eric Hazan
Authors:  Matthew Beaumont

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Sydney’s Chinatown/Chinese cities
Authors:  Donald McNeill

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Volume 1 Issue 2

Cover Date: June 2014

New Jerusalems: Derek Walcott’s poetics of the Caribbean city

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Re-enchanting the city: Hybrid space, affect and playful performance in geocaching, a location-based mobile game
Authors:  Maja Klausen

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The projection on the wall: What audio-visual architectural mapping says about Catalan identity

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Richard Price’s Lower East Side: Cops, culture and gentrification
Authors:  Thomas Heise

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Colonial modernity and urban space: Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo
Authors:  Bede Scott

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The London 2012 Olympics: The cultural politics of urban regeneration
Authors:  Michael Silk

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Temporalizing urban space: The making of place by three Hong Kong writers
Authors:  Winnie L. M. Yee

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Teaching urban: Reflections from Hispanic Studies

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Jane Jacobs and the problem of the city

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Reclaiming the city through archive and activism: An interview with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)
Authors:  Susan Divine

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Volume 1 Issue 1

Cover Date: March 2014

Inaugural editorial: Urban cultural studies – a manifesto (Part 1)
Authors:  Benjamin Fraser

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Disaster, pre-emptive security and urban space in the post-9/11 New York City of Cloverfield and The Visitor
Authors:  Stephanie Simon

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Tokyo, gender and mobility: Tracking fictional characters on real monorails, trains, subways and trams

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The harlot city?: Prostitution in Hollywood, 1920–40
Authors:  AnneMarie Kooistra

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Liberty at the merry-go-round: Leisure, politics and municipal authority on the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, 1760–1939

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Misuse of The Monument: The art of parkour and the discursive limits of a disciplinary architecture
Authors:  Matthew D. Lamb

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Unpicking the musical city: On Adam Krims’s Music and Urban Geography
Authors:  David Beer

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Félix Guattari and urban cultural studies

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Cardboard Towns/Città Di Cartone: An artist interview with Marco Bigliazzi
Authors:  Benjamin Fraser

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Societies of Occupy: Scenes from occupied Pittsburgh
Authors:  Keith Spencer

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Its first issue launched in late 2013 (dated March 2014), the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (JUCS) is a peer-refereed, international journal that blends humanities and social-science approaches to the culture(s) of cities. Its pages are devoted to rigorously argued research centered on urban themes that attempts to fuse urban studies- and cultural studies-perspectives. Articles give more or less equal weight to: a) one or more aspects of urban studies (everyday life, built environment, architecture, city planning, identity formation, transportation…) and b) one or more specific forms of cultural (textual) production (literature, film, graphic novels, music, art, graffiti, videogames, online or virtual spaces…) in relation to a specific urban space or spaces. The journal is open to studies that deal with culture, urban spaces and forms of urbanized consciousness the world over.

Research Articles of 7,000-10,000 words (including works cited and notes) should be sent by email attachment to the Editor. We also publish Short-Form Articles of 2,500-4,000 words in a variety of formats (interviews, assessments of the field, general and theoretical musings…). JUCS is also open to proposals of special issues by guest editors working individually or in teams of two. All citations in other languages should be translated into English for the journal’s international reading public.

While we do not publish single book reviews, we do encourage review essays—which should discuss 3-5 recent books on a shared topic or theme (or place) and run from 2,500 to 4,000 words. These essays will be reviewed in house. We also are interested in publishing original (unpublished) artwork on the topic of cities. Send an initial inquiry to the journal editor with the images you would like to publish. Final images will have to be sent as high-resolution files.


Executive Editor: Benjamin Fraser, University of Arizona

Associate Editors:

Araceli Masterson-Algar, University of Kansas

Stephen Vilaseca, Northern Illinois University


The strengths of the editorial board currently run from urban geography to literature and film, photography and videogames, gender and sexuality, creative economy, Marxist approaches, fashion, urban planning, anthropology, sociology, Deaf culture, built environment, philosophy, architecture, detective fiction and noir, and more…

Stuart Aitken, San Diego State University

Dirksen Bauman, Gallaudet University

David Beer, University of York

Liz Bondi, University of Edinburgh

Esther M.K. Cheung, Hong Kong University

Ella Chmielewska, University of Edinburgh

Sara Cohen, University of Liverpool

Samuel Collins, Towson University

Malcolm Compitello, University of Arizona

Monica Degen, Brunel University

Stuart Elden, University of Warwick

Rebecca Haidt, The Ohio State University

Sonia Hirt, Virginia Tech

Amanda Holmes, McGill University

Eric Laurier, University of Edinburgh

Donald McNeill, University of Western Sydney

Angela McRobbie, University of London (Goldsmiths C)

Michael Nitsche, Georgia Institute of Technology

Gyan Prakash, Princeton University

Les Roberts, University of Liverpool

Mary Ellen Schwartz, Rutgers University

Rob Shields, University of Alberta

Steven Spalding, United States Naval Academy

Will Straw, McGill University

Roberta Tabanelli, University of Missouri-Columbia

Robin Visser, UNC-Chapel Hill

Brigitta Wagner, Indiana University

Andrew Webber, University of Cambridge (Churchhill C)

Richard J. Williams, University of Edinburgh


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, journals in 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 journal publications that are open to these new interdisciplinary directions of scholarship. This means that scholars in Language and Literature fields are forced to submit their innovative work to journals that, in general, do not yet admit the link between humanities studies of the representations of cities and more social-science focused urban studies approaches.

The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is thus open to scholarship from any and all linguistic, cultural and geographical traditions—provided that English translations are provided for all primary and secondary sources citations. Articles published in the journal draw equally from both the humanities and the social sciences in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities. Although the journal is open to many specific methodologies that blend humanities research with social-science perspectives on the city, the central methodological premise of the journal is perhaps best summed up by cultural studies-pioneer Raymond Williams—who emphasized giving equal weight to the “project (art)” and the “formation (society).” Essays will be sent out for peer-review 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. Essays will ideally address both an individual city itself and also its cultural representation.

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  4. Thanks so much UCS for linking up – I’m very interested in this area and look forward to seeing contributions to your new journal. Defining identity through urban culture is a particular interest of mine plus seeing how we respond to personalise our urban environment. Returning to Melbourne after a long stay in the UK – pockets of culture are more noticeably expressed at a simple and very personal level and often with very wry humour.

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