Association for Literary Urban Studies

The Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) provides an international and interdisciplinary platform for scholars studying the city in literature. It was formerly known as Helsinki Literature and the City Network (HLCN). Membership is free, and all scholars working within literary urban studies are warmly invited to join the association. It welcomes approaches that examine city narratives in a broad understanding, including approaches that combine urban studies, cultural geography, urban planning, future studies, and other relevant fields with the examination of narratives of cities. It aims to foster interdisciplinary research on city literature, including literature written in all languages and encompassing all historical periods. The Association for Literary Urban Studies organizes meetings twice a year in Finland for members residing in Finland or passing through, and one international conference every two years. It aims to cooperate with other international organizations to organize international seminars, conferences and events.


Scholars interested in the city and literature from all fields of study are most welcome to join ALUS. For further information on joining the network you can contact the ALUS secretary Riikka Pulkkinen at riikka.p.pulkkinen [a] or ALUS acting president Lieven Ameel Lieven.Ameel [a]


If you wish to add to the ALUS bibliography, please send details of published works on literary urban topics to the bibliography editor:
Meeria Vesala meeria.vesala [at]