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Call for papers:

DiSSGeA, Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobility and the Humanities, University of Padova, Italy, organizes a seminar “Mobilities of/in the Book” and in co-operation with Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) a symposium “Mobilities of/in Urban Narratives” at University of Padova, 27 Semptember 2019.

Please see more details in the original call for papers on the conference website: https://www.dissgea.unipd.it/sites/dissgea.unipd.it/files/Mobilities_OF_IN_the_Book_Padova_27_September.pdf

If you are interested in taking part in the discussion, please send a title and an abstract (max 250 words) and a short bio by 30
June 2019 to the following address: mobileurbannarrative@gmail.com.

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Call for contributions:

We invite expressions of interest in an edited volume provisionally titled “The City and Civilization: Representations of Urban Spaces in Italian Culture” and scheduled to be published in late 2020/early 2021.

The concept of space, its representations as well as the social, cultural and political forces that shape it and inhabit it have drawn increasing attention from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Urban spaces, in particular, have come to the fore as crucial
subjects of investigation and reflection.

The city has always occupied a special position in cultural production. From the earliest surviving literary texts, city images interrogated readers as complex intersections of creative and destructive energies. In the modern era, urbanization grew as a byproduct
of the Industrial Revolution and was accompanied by the emergence of new social movements and cultural avant-gardes.

The complexity of connections among urban centers on a global scale has increased dramatically within the past two centuries. Today more than half of humanity lives in urban spaces. The imperative to fully comprehend this central space of our collective life is
becoming increasingly urgent.

In this context, this volume aims to investigate the Italian city seen as a microcosm of Italian society. We plan to organize the book chronologically, following the representation of Italian urban landscapes from the early modern period to the twenty-first century, and thematically.

In particular, we invite contributions that focus on:

  • city landscapes
  • urban utopias and dystopias
  • the opposition between urban and rural environments
  • the process of urbanization
  • representations of urban spaces as socio-political commentary
  • the influence of the arts in shaping city spaces.

If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract (200 words max.), contact details, and a brief bio to both editors’ email addresses: ascapolo [a] kennesaw.edu and angela.porcarelli [a] emory.edu by and no later than April, 5th, 2019.

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Call for panelists:

Call for panelists for the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) 2019 (Pamplona, Spain, 6-8 June 2019). The panel on urban literary studies centres on the contemporary practice of psychogeography and psychogeographical literary works. It raises the question of how such a genre or discursive method can evoke a re-examination of our experiences of and in real urban spaces. As defined by Guy Debord of the Situationist International, psychogeography is “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals” (1955). Contemporary psychogeography continues the practice of the dérive (drift) in urban settings. At the same time, it attends to the walker’s potential to actively unearth and generate narrations that counter urban scripts that have long been naturalised by formal institutions and repeated social practices.

Possible topics for the panel include:

  • Psychogeography as a genre
  • Psychogeographical literary moments as a discursive method
  • Textual cues and cognitive stylistics in psychogeographical literary moments in contemporary works (1999 and beyond) as triggers of reader emotion
  • Effects of (embodied) metaphors in contemporary psychogeographical writings
  • Urban rhythms and politics in contemporary psychogeographical writings
  • Second-generation cognitive approaches (such as enactment and experientiality) to psychogeographical writings
  • Walking-writing of the self and the imagination/fantasizing of (urban) space
  • Representation of the Thirdspace in psychogeographical writings
  • Effects of contemporary psychogeography on ideology
  • Lived spaces versus urban programmes
  • Representation and effects of urban designs, cognitive processes, and triggered experiences in psychogeographical literary moments
  • Psychogeographical walks in urban spaces (Pamplona)
  • Wordless histories: Walking as practical narration

Other topics that are related to psychogeography and the concerns of this panel are also welcomed.

See more information here: Call for Panelists ISSN 2019

If you are interested in joining the panel, please contact Kai Tan (kai.tan@ifaar.rwth-aachen.de) with a short description of your proposed paper by 31 July 2018 (Tuesday).

Call for applications:

ISTANBUL STUDIES CENTER DOCTORAL/POST-DOCTORAL RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP 2018-2019

Istanbul Studies Center at Kadir Has University invites applications for a nine-month Doctoral Residency Fellowship and a nine-month Post-doctoral Residency Fellowship starting in the Fall Semester of 2018 – 2019 academic year. We are interested in proposals that involve comparative perspectives and methods of understanding the city in general, and Istanbul in particular.

Call for applications here: ISC_Fellowship_call_2018

Please address the application material to the Director of Istanbul Studies Center (isc@khas.edu.tr). The deadline for application is 15 May 2018. Applications will be considered as they come.

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CityLAB VI: City Aesthetics and Citizenship

Five day summer school on interdisciplinary approaches to urban aesthetics and citizenship, organized by the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute, July 2-6 2018.

This summer school, organized by the Urban Studies Institute (USI) at the University of Antwerp, in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA), will investigate both the impact of the aesthetic imagination on cities and the structural tensions between artistic visions and the social and material constructions of cities.

The application deadline is 3 April 2018. Candidates can apply by sending a letter explaining personal motivation and interest in the program (max. 500 words) and their brief CV.

Read more on University of Antwerp website: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/citylab-vi-city-aesthetics/

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Call for applications:

The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) joins together the competences and resources of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technical University of Dortmund, and the University of Duisburg-Essen with the aim of further developing their performance and competitive position.

Within the framework of the Volkswagen Foundation’s sponsorship of the graduate research group Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions (see http://www.amstudies-ruhr.de), the universities of the UA Ruhr seek to fill the following positions for a total of four years from the period September 1, 2018-August 31, 2022:

7 Research Assistantships for Doctoral Candidates (TV L 13, 65%) as well as 1 Postdoctoral Position (TV L 13, 100%)

Please send your documents in PDF form (max. three attachments) with the subject line “Application: Scripts Graduate Research Group” and the code 201 18 to the speakers of the group, Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau (e-mail: barbara.buchenau@uni-due.de) and Prof. Dr. Jens Martin Gurr (e-mail: jens.gurr@uni-due.de), by April 13, 2018.

See more information Call-for-Applications_GraduateResearchGroup_Scripts_Postindustrial-Urban-Futures.pdf