JUCS enters year 5 of interdisciplinary research on the culture(s) of cities



Thanks to all who have helped the journal through our first four years – editorial team, editorial board members, our new assistant editor team, authors of all types (research articles, short-form articles, blog posts), the team at Intellect publishers, and especially our peer-reviewers and readers!

We’re thrilled to have published four special sections to date and more are on the way (already published:”Urban Soundscapes” in vol 2.1-2; “Cinematicity” in vol. 3.1; and both “Imagining Ground Zero” and also “Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World” in vol. 4.1-2).

Araceli, Stephen and I are pleased to be entering year five with the publication of issue 5.1 (going through production) – and therein you’ll find an editorial (“Urban Cultural Studies, Behind the Scenes: Notes on the Craft of Interdisciplinary Scholarship”) where we review the first years of the journal and emphasize the need to continue to forge places for both interdisciplinary scholarship and reflections on…

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CFP: Affects and Collective Practices of the Undercommons

[forwarded from Alan Moore, member of SQuatting Europe Kollective (SQEK)]:

another conference CFP —

a stream co-organized by SqEK-supporting  Stevphen Shukaitis of  Minor Compositions in USA in August ’18 — with plenty of room for work on subjectivity of squatting!

Stevphen Shukaitis is with Jack Bratich CFP: Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons
For the affect inquiry / making space conference
August 8-11, 2018 Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Stream Organizers: Jack Z. Bratich & Stevphen Shukaitis
What affects circulate within the undercommons today (Harney & Moten 2013)?
This stream proposes to inquire into the relation between affective spaces and aesthetics in the construction of forms of collective intelligence and subjectivities, particularly in the ways this relation is worked with to expand the commonly understood realm of political action. It will explore processes of affective composition through which fleeting and ephemeral relations and performance are involved in what George Katsiaficas describes as “engaging aesthetic rationality in the process of political transformation, of turning politics into art, everyday life into an aesthetically governed domain.” (2001: 310) This is what Nick Thoburn terms a “minor politics” (2003): one that is not based upon calling forth an already existing identity or position, but rather a politics based on a continual intensive and affective engagement of constant self-institution.
“Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons” proposes to explore the relation of affective relations and aesthetics in the construction and operation of formations of collective intelligence and subjectivity, particularly when these forms are brought about in a way intended to expand and modulate understood spaces for political action. These relations and their affectivity embody and express the movement of the social imaginary, or the constant process of becoming: what Raoul Vaneigem referred to as the revolution of everyday life. Everyday life and forms of political action residing in it, whether unseen or encoded in a hidden transcript, exists as a privileged location for political analysis and action precisely because it is where forms of collective intelligence, creativity, and social wealth are manifested.
The everyday manifestations and embodiments of collective imagination and intelligence through collective practices take part in the movement of this transformation of subjectivities. Forms of self-determining community and sociality, which have been understood and theorized as creating the possibility for exodus from relations of domination and the creation of other relations within the present, is premised upon working through, and extending these relations, intensities, and experiences.
“Affects & Aesthetics of the Undercommons” will explore the multiple fields and paths where these relations, intensities, and modulations of collective subjectivities are expressed and transformed through aesthetic expression and movement. This fleeting and ephemeral realm, one of both improvisation and ritual that Amendant Hardiker and Miekal And characterize as the space of the anartistic (1995) provides a unique and valuable entrance point for understanding and theorization of the relation of mind, culture, and collective imagination in constant movement.
Potential topics/possible intersections including but not limited to:
– Infrapolitics & creative subversion
– Black radicalism and genealogies
– Experimental education & nomadic pedagogy
– Creating spaces within and against institutions
– Autonomous spaces & protocols
– Study & Sociality, Convivial Research
– Infrastructure & Logisticality
– Performativy of/in the Commons
250-word paper abstracts can now be submitted to capacious@millersville.edu. The final deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Literary Atlas

Here is a reposting of a flyer about an upcoming seminar on digital mapping.

A Literary Atlas for Wales

With Dr. Kieron Smith

Chair: Mike Duggan

Venue: The Nash Lecture Theatre, Kings College, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS (Note: Entrance on the Strand – A member of the team will be waiting to sign you in at reception)

Date: Wednesday 10th January 2018

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

In this seminar Kieron Smith will introduce the Literary Atlas project to discuss how digital mapping technologies and deep mapping techniques may be used to develop a socio-spatial understanding of Welsh literature.

Literary Atlas is an interdisciplinary digital intervention in the emerging field of Literary Geography. Its primary aim is to build an innovative online atlas providing digital deep maps of twelve English-language novels set in Wales. It hopes to provide insights into the complex relationships between people, places, and literary culture. It asks: what role does literature play in the construction of places? What role does place play in the production of literature? How does literature impact on the ways individuals and communities inhabit places? Can digital deep maps play a role in strengthening community identity? For more information visit: http://literaryatlas.wales/

JUCS ISSUE 4.3 now available!


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

Page Start: 309
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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

Page Start: 333
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A dark imaginarium: The Bridge, Malmö and the making of a ‘non-existent’ place
Authors:  Robert A. Saunders

Page Start: 361
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Glossy postcards and virtual collectibles: Consuming cinematic Paris
Authors:  Isabelle McNeill

Page Start: 387
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New South, ‘New Athens?’: Angels, mobility and myths
Authors:  Jason Luger

Page Start: 407
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Smoothing space in Palestine: Building a skatepark and a socio-political forum with the SkatePal charity

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