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.

Affective Cities—Scenes of Innovation II Toronto Aug. 5-7 2014

Affective Cities—Scenes of Innovation II Toronto Aug. 5-7 2014

The focus of this conference is on how affect and its management, expression and diversification animate scenes of urban innovation. Such registers and tone of the city are manifest in varied ways: in art practices and products and in the affective range of urban life that displays ambition, disappointment, marginality,...
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
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...
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...
Material Losses

Material Losses

PUBLIC 42: Traces Elke Grenzer Publisher: Public Journal The growing proliferation of images, memorials, and exhibitions devoted to visualizing the Nazi destruction of European Jewry in Berlin and the controversies surrounding their materialization can be understood within the context of the city’s relation to the problem of the trace. If the notion of the trace...
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...
Preserving the Notion of Preservation

Preserving the Notion of Preservation

The Venice Charter Revisited, ed. Matthew Hardy Alan Blum Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing The Venice Charter of 1964 was a major step towards better conservation of traditional buildings and places. It has since become the founding document of ICOMOS, the organisation for professionals in conservation. However, the requirement of clause 9 that new work “must...
A Dialogical Exploration of the Grey Zone of Health and Illness

A Dialogical Exploration of the Grey Zone of Health and Illness

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 30.2, Feb. 2009 Kieran Bonner Publisher: SpringerLink This paper takes a phenomenological hermeneutic orientation to explicate and explore the notion of the grey zone of health and illness and seeks to develop the concept through an examination of the case of alcohol consumption. The grey zone is an interpretive area...
Arendt's Citizenship and Citizen Participation in Disappearing Dublin

Arendt’s Citizenship and Citizen Participation in Disappearing Dublin

Acts of Citizenship, eds. Engin Isin and Greg Nielsen Kieran Bonner Publisher: Zed Books This book introduces the concept of ‘act of citizenship’ and in doing so, re-orients the study of what it means to be a citizen. Isin and Nielsen show that an ‘act of citizenship’ is the event through which subjects constitute themselves...
Health, Desire, City: Theorizing and the Method of Analogy

Health, Desire, City: Theorizing and the Method of Analogy

Ziel des Bandes ist, eine Darstellung des gegenwärtigen Wissenschaftsstandes und eine Diskussion innovativer Forschungsansätze und Methoden für eine interdisziplinäre, kulturwissenschaftliche Beschäftigung mit urbankulturellen Phänomenen im zentraleuropäischen Kontext vorzulegen.