The Culture of Cities Centre is an urban centre for the study of culture and the city. Its primary function is to engage an international public through book series, journals, research projects and conferences. Our publications, workshops and special events are devoted to new ways of representing, shaping and defining urban culture.

New Books

New Books

The Culture of Cities Centre is pleased to announce 3 new publications by its members. For more details, click to read the description of each book.
IASCC Conference 2016: Heritage in Transition, July 27-29, Syros

IASCC Conference 2016: Heritage in Transition, July 27-29, Syros

The aim of this meeting is to focus upon how cities create cultural landscapes in which heritage is both tangibly marked by the built environment, by official scripts and policies and also by their seemingly intangible influences of collective memories and collisions in values about the meaning of place that...
Libidinal Circuits: Scenes of Innovation III, Liverpool, July 8-10, 2015

Libidinal Circuits: Scenes of Innovation III, Liverpool, July 8-10, 2015

The Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts (CAVA), School of Architecture School of the Arts (CAVA), University of Liverpool and the Culture of Cities Centre is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC).
Press Release: Eating Innovation: The Art, Culture, Science and Business of Entomophagy

Press Release: Eating Innovation: The Art, Culture, Science and Business of Entomophagy

On the occasion of World Food Day, the Future Food Salon Group, in collaboration with the Montréal Space for Life’s Insectarium, announces the First International Conference on Entomophagy in North America. Eating Innovation: The Art, Culture, Science and Business of Entomophagy will take place at the Montréal Space for Life...
International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities

International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities

The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities is an international and interdisciplinary forum for colleagues who share intellectual interests in developing innovative approaches to interpretive arts, methods, strategies and programs of inquiry for representing qualitative vectors of urban life. The Association organizes a structure of collegial...
Publications
The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

The anxiety over death persists in everyday life- though often denied or repressed- lingering as an unconscious worry or intuition that typically seems to compromise one’s feelings of well-being and experience in a range of areas; coming out often as malaise, depression, and anger in much conduct.
The Ethics of Care: Moral Knowledge, Communication, and the Art of Caregiving

The Ethics of Care: Moral Knowledge, Communication, and the Art of Caregiving

The book begins with a focus on the ethical foundations of caregiving in health and expands towards problems of ethics and justice implicated in a range of issues. The content develops the notion of care itself and its connection to practice.
The Reflexive Initiative: On the Grounds and Prospects of Analytic Theorizing

The Reflexive Initiative: On the Grounds and Prospects of Analytic Theorizing

The Reflexive Initiative is an authoritative intervention in the practice and tradition of reflexive social theory. It demonstrates the importance of the reflexive imperative, not only in the investigation of everyday life but across a wide range of human sciences and philosophical perspectives.
Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban

Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban

Edited by Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault Engaging with place, image, and media to understand the complexity of urban life.  Media are incorporated into our physical environments more dramatically than ever before – literally opening up new spaces of interactivity and connection that transform the experience of being in the city. Public gatherings and movement, even the capabilities...
The Method of Metaphor

The Method of Metaphor

By Stanley Raffel Publisher: Intellect Both sides in controversies tend to argue they have logic on their side. This book proposes that the interminable nature of these controversies suggests there is a problem with the main tool of logic, the syllogism. Drawing on contemporary developments in social theory and philosophy, Stanley Raffel argues that metaphors are...
Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus: Scenes of Innovation NYC 2013

Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus: Scenes of Innovation NYC 2013

We welcome work that explores the diverse strategies and tactics aimed at transforming city life by reconfiguring social interaction, refashioning public spaces, extending the sensory experience of the city, developing new modes of activism and social change...
Spectacular Death

Spectacular Death

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and (Un)representability Edited by Tristanne Connolly Publisher: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press; Intellect Book Catalogue An interdisciplinary collection of essays on the medical and social articulation of death, this anthology considers to what extent a subject as elusive as death can be examined. Though it touches us all, we can...
Circulation and the City

Circulation and the City

Essays on Urban Culture Edited by Alexandra Boutros and Will Straw Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press The lived experience of cities has long been defined by motion. As urban dwellers travel to work, home, and play they carve random or predictable pathways across neighbourhoods and districts. Circulation and the City investigates the urban capacity for movement,...
Urban Enigmas

Urban Enigmas

Montreal, Toronto, and the Problem of Comparing Cities Edited by Johanne Sloan Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press The practice of comparison is implicit in every act of imagining, representing, and studying urban experience. Urban Enigmas contributes to recent interdisciplinary interest in cities by introducing comparison as a key methodology for urban cultural analysis. Contributors, part of...
The Imaginative Structure of the City

The Imaginative Structure of the City

Alan Blum Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press In The Imaginative Structure of the City Alan Blum explores the symbolic and imaginative nature of the city as a vital part of everyday life in modern civilization. He introduces the city as a community that must struggle to maintain its collective identity against typical problems – problems that...
World Film Locations: Berlin

World Film Locations: Berlin

Edited By Susan Ingram Publisher: Intellect Press One of the most dynamic capital cities of the twenty-first century, Berlin also has one of the most tumultuous modern histories. A city that came of age, in many senses, with the cinema, it has been captured on film during periods of exuberance, devastation, division, and reconstruction. World...
Of Indeterminate Birth

Of Indeterminate Birth

Studies in the Culture of Origins, Fertility and Creation Edited by Elke Grenzer and Jan Plecash This book presents interdisciplinary studies of birth as a social phenomenon and symbolic order whose signs can be read in the practices, contested histories and controversies surrounding birth in professional settings and everyday life. Contributors offer cases in which...
The Grey Zone of Health and Illness

The Grey Zone of Health and Illness

Alan Blum Publisher: Intellect The University of Chicago Press Culture, Disease, and Well-Being: The Grey Zone of Health and Illness series With The Grey Zone of Health and Illness, Alan Blum offers a new perspective, outlining a highly nuanced theoretical approach to health, illness, suffering and disease and the ethical and aesthetic implications of medical...
Le Spectacle des Villes/The Spectacle of Cities

Le Spectacle des Villes/The Spectacle of Cities

Special Issue of Sociologie et Sociétés, Vol. 37.1, Spring 2005 Edited by Anouk Bélanger and Jean-François Côté Ce numéro de Sociologie et Sociétés prend appui sur l’idée que la ville est intrinsiquement liée à des processus qui lui permettent de “se donner à voir,” de “se montrer,” et que les modalités de cette “spectacularité” varient...
Continuity, Contradiction, and Change

Continuity, Contradiction, and Change

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 30.2, Fall 2004 Edited by Kieran Bonner, Mervyn Horgan, and Greg Nielsen Publisher: University of Alberta The articles in this special issue on Dublin all examine the struggle that every city faces regarding the desire to maintain a unique identity, as it has emerged in...