New issue of Journal of the Urban Cultural Studies 4.1&2

We are delighted to announce that the new, special issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 4.1&2 is now available.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Giving visibility to urban change in Rio de Janeiro through digital audio-visual culture: A Brazilian webdocumentary project and its circulation

Authors: Tori Holmes

Page Start: 63


This article discusses the crowdfunded Brazilian webdocumentary project Domínio Público (produced by the audio-visual collective Paêbirú Realizações Cultivadas), which portrays urban transformations in Rio de Janeiro in the run-up to the city’s hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, with a particular focus on the impact in the city’s favelas. It argues that Domínio Público can be understood as a snapshot of a key moment in the recent history of Rio de Janeiro and of Brazil, which intertwines Rio’s urban transformations with digital audio-visual culture, fundamental for the circulation and visibility of these processes in Brazil and abroad, as well as with national political processes and crises which would go on to take unforeseen directions and proportions after the film’s release. The article shows how circulation and visibility were embedded in the project from the outset, and became an intrinsic part of its critical narrative on urban transformations.


Haptic film spaces and the rhythms of everyday life in São Paulo  in Lima Chamie’s A via láctea

Authors: Andrew C. Rajca

Page Start: 87


In dialogue with Henri Lefebvre’s concept of ‘rhythmanalysis’ and Giuliana Bruno’s notion of ‘haptic cinema’, this article examines the ways that Brazilian director Lina Chamie’s 2007 film A via láctea explores imagined and material experiences of everyday life in the megalopolis of São Paulo. It suggests that a rhythmanalytic approach to the study of film spectatorship can offer new perspectives on multisensorial engagement with the cinematic city that move beyond the traditional focus on gaze in film studies. Via close ‘readings’ of the form and content of the film, the article explores how the cinematic apparatus (e.g. camera placement, editing, soundtrack) can create a haptic filmic space for viewers, where the multiple, contradictory temporal and spatial rhythms of urban environments can be felt and ‘touched’. The article contends that by placing the notions of rhythmanalysis and haptic cinema into a productive dialogue, we can explore new ways to link socialscience-based urban studies and humanities inflected film studies in critical engagement with both the imagined and material city.


Urban fortunes: Spatializing the community of money in Alex de la Iglesia’s La comunidad

Authors: Malcolm A. Compitello

Page Start: 155

This article reads Alex de la Iglesia’s La comunidad (2000) as an act of resistance to urban transformation in Madrid and its deleterious consequences. Crucial to the arguments advanced in these pages are the idea of community and the importance of place. The former is one of the five formative elements of urban consciousness in David Harvey’s project of explaining the urban process under capital. The film presents an extended, problematic, examination of how a grouping that should bind people together can be skewed by money and capital to do the opposite. These pages also underscore the filmmaker’s deep engagement with urban issues in a way that makes the places in which the members of the community interact help form the arguments in favor of resisting the abuses of the urban process that he weaves into its narrative structure.


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CFP: Journal of Science and Popular Culture 1.2

CFP - Journal of Science and Popular Culture 1.2

The integral place of science in global society as well as the proliferation of science and technology on television, in films, and across the internet, makes it more important than ever to examine the dynamic and complex connections between popular culture and society.

The Journal of Science and Popular Culture is a new peer-reviewed publication, which aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle and interpret the interrelationship of science and society.

The first issue will be available in October with ongoing publication starting in 2018. Submissions for consideration in the second issue must be received by November 30.

For more information about JSPC please click here.

Full articles of 6,000 - 8,000 words, shorter proposals and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil:

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NeMLA 2018 CFP
Convention Theme: “​Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds​”

With more than 2,000 members, NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLA affiliates

providing a remarkable opportunity for discussion and academic exchange.
Are you working in Media & Film Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies,
Eco-criticism, Urban Ecology or Cultural Studies?​ NeMLA's annual convention is
an opportunity for scholars across the range of modern languages and literatures
to gather for four days of intensive scholarly inquiry and discovery.
More information can be found on the NeMLA website:
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