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.

Book Series
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...
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...
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