The Urban Cultural Studies session features innovative research that connects urban geography and cultural studies to improve our understanding of urban culture(s). The submissions will explore aspects of urban studies and its relationship with textual forms of culture such as literature, film, graphic novels, music, graffiti, videogames, etc. This session is linked to the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (Intellect Books) and its accompanying blog and podcast series at urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com.
Following the model of a ‘lightning round session,’ each of the 10-14 panelists in the Urban Cultural Studies session will present a 5-minute summary of research or studies in process. A 30 to 45-minute interactive roundtable discussion will follow the presentations. In order to submit an abstract, register for the conference here:
Once registered, proceed to the abstract and session submission console. Select the “New Abstract” button on the console page and follow the on-screen instructions to submit the appropriate abstract type. You will receive an email confirmation after your submission. Format guidelines for AAG can be found in our call for papers at:
The AAG has posted interviews with 25 Geographers from the “Geographers on Film” Archive available here. The first interview is with Carl O. Sauer (1889-1975) from 1970 (Berkeley, cultural [geography], founded Department@Berkley 1923, AAG Pres. 1940, Honorary AAG Pres. 1956).
Call for Papers: AAG Annual Meeting, 9-13 April 2013
Session Title: Consumption, Demand, Global Urbanization
Organizer: William Kutz, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University
Since the publication of the World City Hypothesis (1986), research into the relationship between urbanization and globalization has prioritized the role of production. The transnational capitalist class commanding and controlling producer service industries and their splintered infrastructures under neoliberalized, entrepreneurial regimes highlight the production of space in global cities today. The other side of the coin – consumer demand – remains lacking. Specifically, under what conditions does urban consumption of the built form actively shape urban processes on a global scale? The session aims to present detailed case studies to examine and explain how local consumption shapes the patterns of global urbanization through Continue reading →
AAG Paper session: “Rising to the challenge: defining the contours of a new 21st century critical urban theory”
This session enquires strategically and critically into the current tradition of critical urban theory (CUT) and calls for creative reformulations. The task of articulating alternative forms of CUT has been piecemeal and implicit. Now is the time to formally and explicitly address this exciting challenge.
Brenner at al.’s recent (2012) critically-acclaimed volume, Cities for People, Not for Profit which, while offering some challenging and illuminating perspectives on the impact of the current crisis in global capitalism also admits that current CUT struggles to keep up with the ‘restless periodicity and extraordinary slipperiness of the urban phenomenon’ (p.117). The rapid transformation and expansion of urban space (often referred to these days as ‘planetary’ urbanism) challenges the binary simplicity and clarity of traditional neo-Marxist-based CUT with regards to the formulation of critiques and political alternatives to prevailing urban injustices. As the authors suggest current models of CUT can only ‘partially grasp the contours and consequences of emergent urban transformation’ (p.117).