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Conference 2014: Schedule

 Day One Location: Creation Lab, CSI Annex, 4th Floorn9:00 – 9:30 n9:30 – 10:30 Registration: Bagel Breakfast, fruit, coffee and teanWelcome and Keynote:nThe Provocative Uses of Affect in Imagining the Life of the CitynAlan Blum, Executive Director, Culture of Cities Centre; Senior Scholar, Department of Sociology, Social and Political Thought, Communication and Culture, York University;...
Future Food Salon: Cricket Anyone? Aug 14 in Manhattan

Future Food Salon: Cricket Anyone? Aug 14 in Manhattan

Future Food Salon NYC FUTURE FOOD SALON A HIT IN TORONTO & IN MANHATTAN If you would like to book a Future Food Salon for your organization, city or festival, please contact us. Upcoming Future Food Salons planned in Austin, Texas; and Montreal, Quebec. Read and View Reviews of the Future Food Salons & Interviews...
Now Accepting Manuscripts for New Book Series: URBANITIES

Now Accepting Manuscripts for New Book Series: URBANITIES

This new book series continues interdisciplinary research and theorizing inaugurated by the Culture of Cities Centre in Toronto and its projects on the arts, material culture, and everyday life in cities. We are now accepting manuscripts that focus upon investigations of the urbane as a regime of thinking, feeling, and action. Urban centrality has always...
New Orleans' Newest Tourist Attraction

New Orleans’ Newest Tourist Attraction

Posted by Stephen Svenson “Disaster Tours: New Orleans after Katrina” is a documentary film or series of films that happened quite literally, ‘by accident.’ I had volunteered previously with the clean up after Katrina and had incorporated some of my experiences into a course I was teaching on ‘Social Activism and the Media’ at McMaster University....
Hannah Arendt Goes to Zuccotti Park: Part 2

Hannah Arendt Goes to Zuccotti Park: Part 2

Posted by Kieran Bonner On the website of OccupyTogether is the following statement: “The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people’s assemblies…we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the...
Hannah Arendt Goes to Zuccotti Park: Part 1

Hannah Arendt Goes to Zuccotti Park: Part 1

Posted by Kieran Bonner “Action and speech are so closely related because the primordial and specifically human act must at the same time contain an answer to the question asked of every newcomer: ‘Who are you?’ This disclosure of who somebody is, is implicit in both his words and his deeds; yet obviously the affinity...
Notes from Indoors: Urban Life and the Hospital

Notes from Indoors: Urban Life and the Hospital

Posted by Jan Plecash One element of urban life deserving but not often thought of when all is well, is the hospital as an actual place, enterprise and kind of experience for those who run it and those who need it. From this point of view, the hospital is to the city somewhat as a...
The Problem with Bicycling in the City

The Problem with Bicycling in the City

Posted by Saeed Hydaralli The recent arrival of Bixi, the bicycle sharing service, in Toronto has given me occasion to reflect on the practice of bicycling in the city and the conflicts that surround it. Bicycling in the city as a practice is conventionally framed as reflecting the urban versus suburban, or uptown versus downtown, divide...
Peter McHugh: In Memoriam

Peter McHugh: In Memoriam

Posted by Alan Blum My friend and collaborator Peter McHugh (d. January 5th, 2010) is the subject of a special issue of Human Studies devoted to discussions of his work and influences by friends, collaborators, and former students. Together Peter and I worked out an approach to theorizing and its methods that grounds my work on the...
Giving Back to New Orleans But Can New Orleans be Brought 'Back'?

Giving Back to New Orleans But Can New Orleans be Brought ‘Back’?

Posted by Stephen Svenson Given the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan this past Friday, we may all be in a more reflective mood.  In this age of global media, disaster never seems very far away. This past Tuesday, New Orleans experienced its largest Mardi Gras celebration since Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, Mississippi, and...
For the Wandering Urban Mind

For the Wandering Urban Mind

Posted by Alan Blum Our interest in body and mind and the vagaries of mentalities leads us to suggest a link to this interesting new journal on the Wandering Urban Mind: Dérivateur Magazine.
The City, The Grey Zone of Alcohol Consumption Part 2

The City, The Grey Zone of Alcohol Consumption Part 2

Posted by Kieran Bonner Since the late nineteenth century, alcohol consumption has also raised the phenomenon of addiction. While up to then, moderation was understood to be a concern of character development, the idea of addiction proposed the idea that a substance might itself have overwhelming powers for some people. As a consequence of this...
The City, The Grey Zone of Alcohol Consumption Part 1

The City, The Grey Zone of Alcohol Consumption Part 1

Posted by Kieran Bonner My initial work on this project was focused on researching the relation between the Grey Zone of health and illness as pointing to a fundamental ambiguity between the part (e.g., illness) and the whole (e.g., the body, the person, the community). This interest flows out of the work undertaken in the...
Midwifery and Representations of the Collective Body

Midwifery and Representations of the Collective Body

Posted by Tristanne Connolly In my work on midwifery and representations of the reproductive body, I was beginning from an established point of complexity: the traditional historiography, whether the medical view of progress or the feminist view of disempowerment, was recognized as too simple. Adrian Wilson, for instance, had already shown that medical men and...
The Lear Effect Alan's Findings on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

The Lear Effect Alan’s Findings on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by Alan Blum I found a model of transmission that rules the situation of counseling the Alzheimer’s caregiver whether family or professional, first, about how to respond to the apparently bizarre behavior by not finding its accusations and ravings ‘personal’ but typically to be a function of brain deterioration, cognitive impairment, and the like....