Call for Abstracts – Association of American Geographers Conference (AAG, 2020)

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The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies invites submission of abstracts to be included in the interactive short paper session -described below- at the Association of American Geographers Conference on April 3-7, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

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

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:

After submitting your abstract, please contact Dr. Araceli Masterson-Algar with your assigned PIN number via email at aracelimasterson [at] gmail [dot] com

The abstract submission deadline is October 30, 2019. Feel free to contact Dr. Masterson-Algar at any time should you have additional questions. 

MLA 2014 Hispanic Urban Studies roundtable (Jan. 9)

Just in from Susan Larson:

2014 MLA Convention Hispanic Urban Studies Roundtable
devoted to discussing the contributions of the “spatial turn” to recent Latin American, Spanish, U.S. Latino, and Chicano cultural criticism and the future of Hispanic urban theory and pedagogy.

Thursday, 9 January
Erie, Sheraton Chicago
5:15–6:30 p.m.

Participants: Malcolm Alan Compitello, Univ. of Arizona; Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Univ. of Oregon; Matthew I. Feinberg, Oberlin Coll.; Benjamin Fraser, Coll. of Charleston; Amanda Holmes, McGill Univ.; Marcy Ellen Schwartz, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; Víctor Valle, California Polytechnic State Univ.
Presiding: Susan Larson, Univ. of Kentucky

Click here for pdf with more information re: MLA 2014 Hispanic Urban Studies Roundtable

CFP: Cinematicity: City and Cinema after Deleuze

CFP: Cinematicity: City and Cinema after Deleuze

Organizers: David B. Clarke, Marcus A. Doel, Richard G. Smith

This session focuses on the ‘co-production’ of filmic and urban space. That term, as it features in the conference theme, relates to knowledge – proposing that ‘new encounters are disrupting conceptions of where knowledge resides.’ Engaging Deleuze’s discussions of cinema, this session questions the framing of co-production in terms of dwelling. The reciprocal presupposition of cinema and city would seem, rather, to embody a sense of becoming. Thus, Deleuze’s conceptions of the cinemas of the movement-image and time-image recall Lewis Mumford’s claim that, ‘In the city, time becomes visible.’ How does cinema think the city, and vice-versa, to generate new, transformative senses of cinematicity? Contributions exploring the connections between cinematic and urban space are invited, potentially including work on early cinema and living pictures; considerations of specific cities, films or genres; conceptions of city and cinema as spiritual automata; and a multiplicity of other creative conceptualizations of cinematicity.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words by 14th February to:  Continue reading

THE MEDIATED CITY – Two Multidisciplinary Conferences [April & October 2014]

THE MEDIATED CITY – two multidisciplinary conferences examining “the city”…… a virtual, filmic, social, political and physical construct.

Place: London
Dates: 01-03 April 2014
Host: Ravensbourne (University)

Place: Los Angeles
Dates: October 2014 (TBC)
Host: Woodbury University


The nature of the city is a contested concept. For architects it is generally a question of bricks and mortar – a physical entity. For human geographers it is a place of human interaction and engagement. For filmmakers it is a site for action and futuristic nightmare. For animators and computer programmers it becomes a virtual world – a second life, a SIMulated city. For sociologists, it is a defining aspect of cultural identity. For political activists and theorists, it is a place to ‘occupy’ and the site of the polis.

THE MEDIATED CITY conference offers a platform for multiple and diverse examinations of the city. It aims to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and fragment, multiply and reconfigure our readings of the city; to offer multiple and conflicting discipline perspectives. The intention is to share views of the city as physical entity, online community, film set, photographic backdrop, geographical map, sociological case study, political metaphor, digital or video game etc…. – to examine it as a mediated and shared phenomenon.

Key dates – Conference 1 – London

15 September 2013. Deadline for abstracts / initial proposals

15 January 2014. Deadline for full papers / detailed proposals

01 April 2014. Conference –1

For full details visit:

Visualising atmospheres: digital placemaking in the 21st century (one-day conference)

We are delighted to announce details of the forthcoming exhibition and one-day conference: ‘Visualising atmospheres: digital placemaking in the 21st century’

The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, August 19th – 31st 2013.

For further information and images please contact: 020-7916 0957

Please register to attend the conference at


In the so-called ‘experience economy’, architecture and urban design have become vital to place-making and urban branding strategies as cities re-invent themselves on a global stage. Digital visualisations of buildings and places are crucial tools for imaginig and designing new urban developments, as well as for projecting what they will feel like. They have become an ubiquitous part of the urban visual landscape, and now constitute the main platform for interaction and communication between architects, developers, planners, and the public.

This exhibition takes a closer look at digital Continue reading

A SYMPOSIUM ON SÃO PAULO? (U of Chicago May 10-11, 2013)


Call For Papers (English and Portuguese)

[see original posting and information at]South America’s largest city and the self-proclaimed “modern city” of Brazil, São Paulo is a dynamic site from which to (re)consider a variety of themes important to contemporary scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and public policy.  This conference brings together disciplinary and regionally diverse scholars to present work that adds to historic, ethnographic, political, literary and artistic understandings of São Paulo as well as addresses how the study of the city reflects and/or challenges broader Continue reading

Urban Change in Iran — Conference (deadline Oct 1, 2012)


[reposted from URB-GEOG-FORUM]

Make sure you don’t miss the early bird registration deadline, 1st October 2012, for the International Conference on Urban Change in Iran to be held at University College London on 8-9 November 2012.

You can see the latest updates on the event, including the list of our guest speakers and latest supporters, in the following poster. Once you follow the link to the larger image you can right click the image to save it and print it. The actual poster size is A3.

Early bird registration fees (until 1st October 2012)
Built Environment Professionals/Academics
Built Environment Professionals/Academics
The prices will go up £20 for students and £50 for non-students after 1st October. To register visit or email
We are looking forward to welcoming you to this unique event.
Conference Organisers
International Conference: Urban Change in Iran
8-9 November 2012
University College London

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The Post-Crash City (University of York Centre for Urban Research)

[more information in original context here]:


The Post-Crash City


The global financial crisis has provoked re-analysis of the limits and social harms associated with our economic systems and its relationship to urban life. The move to conditions of an economic reverse, a crash of arguably unprecedented scale, has been met with wavering commitments to expand and draw-back from the public financing of both private and state institutions. Proposals in many western and other countries globally for massive public cuts raise the prospect of economic stagnation and indeed social pain generated by the withdrawal of state supports for the most marginal members of society. This context presents important challenges to critical social analysis.

What will this crisis, and its unwinding in different social spheres and spatial contexts, mean for cities globally and nationally? How can we effectively monitor, critique and add to public debates, community action and institutional ways of thinking that might encourage more genuinely progressive and incisive diagnoses of the collapse of urban conditions? This conference series has been created to address these issues by creating a space for dialogue and the dissemination of research and ideas around how urban life has and will Continue reading

AAG “Consumption, Demand, Global Urbanization”

[reblogged from URB-GEOG-FORUM]

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: “21st century critical urban theory”

[reblogged from URB-GEOG-FORUM listserv]

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).

We propose the following framework by which Continue reading