Statutes of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS)



The aims of the Association for Literary Urban Studies are to provide an international and interdisciplinary platform for scholars studying the city in literature. 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.

The Association for Literary Urban Studies is a non-political and non-religious organization.


  1. Membership

Membership of the Association for Literary Urban Studies is open to all persons working within fields relevant to urban literary studies. No fee is required for membership. The board can suspend, refuse or terminate membership in case of prolonged inactivity of the member, or in case of behavior deemed bringing disrepute to Association for Literary Urban Studies.

  1. Board

The Association for Literary Urban Studies Board consists of the following:

Elected Members of the Board:

Vice-President, acting president, principal conference organizer: Lieven Ameel (Tampere University, Finland)

Secretary: Anni Lappela (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Treasurer (remains unnamed, post to be filled when and if necessary)

Other members of the board:

Appointed Post Holders:
o        Bibliography editor: Meeria Vesala (Tampere University, Finland)
o        Newsletter editor: Chen Bar-Itzhak
o        Up to 5 members of the board without specific responsibilities: Patricia Garcia, Silja Laine, Liam Lanigan, Giada Peterle, Markku Salmela
o        Up to 3 vice members without specific responsibilities: Peter Jones, Juho Rajaniemi

Members of the board are elected during a yearly general meeting. The posts are tenable for two year at the time, four years at the maximum.

The board meets at least twice a year, once at the annual meeting and once at another time that can be freely specified.

Advisory board of the Association for Literary Urban Studies: Bart Keunen (University of Ghent, Belgium), Jeremy Tambling, Tone Selboe (University of Oslo, Norway) and Marc Brosseau (University of Ottawa, Canade).

  1. Meetings

General meetings are conveyed by the president of the board. Meetings for specific purposes (bibliography, newsletter, conference) can be conveyed by appointed post holders.


  1. General Meetings

General meetings are organized yearly. All members will be notified one week (at the latest) on beforehand of the meeting and the meeting’s program. In order to ensure that members not residing in Finland can attend the meetings, the board aims to set the date of the meeting one month on beforehand, and to provide all members with information about the upcoming meeting.

During general meetings, the aims and activities of the Association for Literary Urban Studies are discussed and further developed. Members attending the general meetings vote for the elected members of the board, and appoint the appointed post holders. Members who are unable to attend can be candidate for elected positions, and they can also cast a vote in absence. Members should notify their candidature for a position, and/or their willingness to cast a vote in absence, by notifying the members of the board via email 5 days prior to the general meeting.


  1. Symposiums

Symposiums are organized twice a year at the various institutions/universities where members function, on a rotating basis. All members will be notified of upcoming symposiums, and are invited to present ongoing research.


  1. International Conferences

Conferences are organized every two year at the institutions/universities where members function, on a rotating basis. The international conferences will be structured around a specific theme relevant to literary urban studies, and will be advertised and use an open call for papers.


  1. Newsletter

A newsletter will be distributed at least four times per year, keeping members up to date about the activities of the Association for Literary Urban Studies, relevant calls for papers, and relevant new publications in the field of literary urban studies.

It is the responsibility of all members to regularly (at least twice yearly) contribute to the bibliography and/or list of relevant calls for papers.


  1. Amendments to the statutes

The statutes of the Association for Literary Urban Studies can be amended during the general meeting. Amendments are subject to a 2/3 majority vote.