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.

Members
Alan Blum, Executive Director

Alan Blum, Executive Director

Alan Blum is the Executive Director and Founder of The Culture of Cities Centre and is currently affiliated with the University of Waterloo as an Adjunct Professor in the faculty of Arts and is Professor Emeritus in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Communication and Culture, at York University, Toronto. He has a BA in...
Elke Grenzer, Director

Elke Grenzer, Director

Elke Grenzer holds a doctorate degree in sociology from York University, where she currently teaches as an adjunct professor. Her work on the built environment spans academic research, documentary film-making, cultural event curating, teaching, consulting and writing in a variety of media. She combines her research interests with a desire to build audiences across sectors,...
Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey

My research has been fundamentally concerned with the construction and performance of social identity and especially the role of systems of mediated communication in such processes.In viewing social situations as symbolic fields as well as venues for action and interaction, my work has blended a concern for the interpretive competencies of social actors as well...
Diego Llovet

Diego Llovet

I recently defended my PhD in the Department of Sociology at York University and have been a researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre for nine years. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and my MA from York University. My recent publications include research on end-of-life medical decision...
Kevin Dowler

Kevin Dowler

My work with the Culture of Cities extends from the first MCRI Culture of Cities Project through to the recent CIHR Grey Zone project.  As my training is in media and the fine arts, my research focussed on initially on urban cultural policy, which continued on with a focus on the role of arts and...
Kieran Bonner

Kieran Bonner

Kieran Bonner completed his undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin and his graduate degrees at York University in Toronto, where he studied under Alan Blum, Peter McHugh, and their colleagues. He has taught at York University, Galway University, and Augustana University College and is currently Professor of Sociology and Director of the Human Sciences Initiative...
Saeed Hydaralli

Saeed Hydaralli

My abiding interest in the relationship between urban life and well-being is mirrored in the focus of my dissertation with the Graduate Programme in Sociology at York University: “PathogeniCITY: Public Health and the Environment of the Urban Everyday.” In that work, I examine four cases (women’s reproductive health; anaphylactic food allergies; noise pollution; street foods)...
Stephen Svenson

Stephen Svenson

As a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo with degrees in Geography and Sociology, I employ an interdisciplinary background to the study of leisure, health, and community. My work has examined the nature and meanings of various leisure practices, including cottaging, volunteer tourism, online gaming, and festivals. My dissertation examines the nexus of modern...
Amelia Howard

Amelia Howard

Amelia Howard is a doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Waterloo. While broadly interested in interpretive social theory and methodology, Amelia is particularly drawn to the application of these theories and methodologies to the study of urban sociology, healthy cities and innovative communities. She also concerned with issues in higher education and the relationship...
Gord Thompson

Gord Thompson

Gord Thompson teaches at Sheridan in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and is a PhD candidate in the department of Communication and Culture at York University. His research addresses questions of community and constituency in relation to art and craft in the city. Areas of interest include craft theory, cultures of making, art...
Marta Marín-Dòmine

Marta Marín-Dòmine

Marta is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University, and a new addition to the Culture of Cities Centre. Her research interests include Spanish and Catalan postwar literature, the literature of concentration camps, memory studies, and psychoanalysis and translation in literature. She is the co-founder of both Doletania: Research Group...
Helen Yung

Helen Yung

Helen has traveled the gamut as a cultural practitioner – from patron to volunteer, arts manager to cultural consultant, advocate to facilitator/community organizer, artist to researcher. A member of the Advisory Council of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Helen has received support from the Ontario Arts Council to research and experiment with artistic presentation in suburban...
Han Zhang

Han Zhang

Han Zhang (www.han-studio.com) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the subject of language, translation, meaning, and cross-culture communication. She questions the problematic issues in literary translation: loss of meaning, vulnerability of language structure, and subjectivity of interpretation. Wood, thread, paper, ink, glass, mirror and other fragile materials are the resources which Han Zhang uses to construct...
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