ISSN: 20509790
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 1 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2014
Teaching urban: Reflections from Hispanic Studies
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Authors:  Matthew I. Feinberg 
DOI: 10.1386/jucs.1.2.305_1

urbanism,cultural studies,pedagogy,Henri Lefebvre,hispanic studies,Spanish literature

While the ‘urban’ both as a site for research and as a theoretical concept has become a central interest to scholars in a wide range of fields, its role in the classroom has often been unclear. As a result, this article looks to explore what it means to teach about urban space and the urban experience. In particular, it explores the challenges and possibilities for ‘teaching urban’ within the context of Hispanic Studies. Using discussions from a recent seminar entitled ‘Teaching urban’ that took place at the Eleventh Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association as a point of departure, this article reviews some recent scholarship on the incorporation of urban theory and the study of urban space into the classroom. It argues that foregrounding the role of changing communication technologies in producing urban space while asking students to participate in those networks of communication might be one approach to developing language and cultural proficiency while engaging with contemporary discourses of urbanism.
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