This book series' focus is upon investigations of the urbane as a regime of thinking, feeling, and action. Urban centrality has always functioned as a lure for those seeking to be near the seat of action and sensuality in any civilization, giving the city the aura of the contemporary, creating the spell of the experience of the mode and the moment, inducing any and all to address what it is to be attuned in any present.
The coexistence of participation and detachment as a sensual encounter in the midst of change that distinguishes urbanity as a means of self fashioning in any present, invites the systematic reinvention of ideas and conduct in the marketplace of influences, including styles and scenes in consumption, fashion, arts and information, knowledge and technology, and regimes of care for self and other.
The social practices of urbanity are observable in the arts and sciences, aesthetically, ethically, and politically, in the organization of public and private settings of everyday life, in the various projects, enterprises and initiatives that mark the institutional landscape of the contemporary in ways appealing to the authority and code of urbanity and to being up-to-date, and in the social scripts, public writings, and collective formulae that purport to describe the present as eventful.
Alan Blum, Director, Culture of Cities Centre (Toronto), University of Waterloo: email@example.com
International Advisory Board:
Steve Bailey, Professor and Head, Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, York University.
Kieran Bonner, Professor, Department of Sociology and Program of Human Sciences, St. Jerome's University and The University of Waterloo.
Steve Clark, Visiting Professor, Graduate Department of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo.
Tristanne Connolly, Professor, Department of English, St. Jerome’s University; The University of Waterloo.
Jean-François Côté, Professor of Sociology, Université du Québèc à Montréal.
James Donald, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales.
Kevin Dowler, Professor, Program of Communication and Culture, York University.
Ben Fraser, Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston, South Carolina.
Elke Grenzer, Phd, Research Associate, Culture of Cities Centre.
Saeed Hydaralli, Phd, Research Associate, Culture of Cities Centre and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Susan Ingram, Professor, Department of Humanities, York University; Comparative Literature, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Jerry Krase, Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor, Brooklyn College of CUNY.
Marta Marin-Domine, Professor, Department of Department of Languages and Literatures, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Philippe Mesnard, Professor, Comparative Literature, University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Director of the Auschwitz Foundation, Brussels, Belgium.
John Phillips, Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.
Stanley Raffel, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Edinburgh.
Maura Spiegel, Professor, Department of American Studies, and The Program in Narrative Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Richard Tardanico, Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University.
Ricard Vinyes, Professor, Contemporary European History, University of Barcelona, Spain. Committee of the Memory Law in Catalonia, and the Committee for the Victims of Violence, Basc Country.
Ger Zielinski, Phd. Research Associate, Culture of Cities Centre.