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Affective Cities: Scenes of Innovation II Conference Proceedings IASCC 2014

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Affective Cities:  Scenes of Innovation II

Affective Cities: Scenes of Innovation II

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...