New issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3 is now available. 


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List of articles (partial list):


Gathering place: Urban indigeneity and the production of space in Edmonton, Canada

Authors: Karen Wall

Page Start: 301


This article examines material and intangible traces of Aboriginal history and cultural presence in a theoretical context concerned with public spaces promoting transformative, dialogic, cross-cultural encounters. Case studies consider urban spaces as gathering places in terms of their relevance to indigenous practices of metissage. What is at stake for settler colonial cities in the recognition and inclusion of indigenous presence and historical relationships? Aboriginal cultures can and must play a critical role in the development of a mature civic identity rooted in a complex mutual history, with implications for urban social and ecological sustainability in the future.


Cartographies of disappearance: Thresholds in Barcelona’s metro

Authors: Enric Bou

Page Start: 347


This article proposes an analysis of Barcelona’s metro system following David Pike’s threshold concept, key to the topography of the ‘vertical city’. This will be done through reading maps and literary texts that illustrate three closely related issues: an interpretation of Barcelona’s metro network and its meanings; the disappearance of some metro stations and underground spaces, such as hidden connecting corridors, which create a shallow presence of the past into the present, examples of urban spaces that are buried and forgotten; and subway life as portrayed in some literary texts with particular emphasis on the use of mythology.


Berlin: Images of a transformed city

Authors: Bastian Heinsohn

Page Start: 381


The question of how to appropriately commemorate a city’s past in the process of urban transformation is a task that is not exclusively reserved for urban planners. In the case of Berlin, it is a particularly complex challenge because of the city’s turbulent history in the twentieth century. This article explores three treatments of a modern urban landscape that incorporates a web of historical layers. 


Literary studies after the spatial turn

Authors: Alexander Beaumont

Page Start: 395

This article examines three recent publications in the field of urban literary studies. It argues that spatiality has become a key term within this discipline, with the inferences of the spatial turn during the 1980s and 1990s having been firmly assimilated with the methodological procedures of textual analysis today. However, the article argues that the textual construction of the relationship between space and identity has not been fully and satisfactorily articulated within the field, with a hard-headedly materialist account of representational space sitting uncomfortably alongside a cultural materialist understanding of identity. This difficulty, it suggests, accounts for some of the theoretical dilemmas represented in the books under discussion, despite their many strengths.


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