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.

Publications
The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

The anxiety over death persists in everyday life- though often denied or repressed- lingering as an unconscious worry or intuition that typically seems to compromise one’s feelings of well-being and experience in a range of areas; coming out often as malaise, depression, and anger in much conduct.
The Ethics of Care: Moral Knowledge, Communication, and the Art of Caregiving

The Ethics of Care: Moral Knowledge, Communication, and the Art of Caregiving

The book begins with a focus on the ethical foundations of caregiving in health and expands towards problems of ethics and justice implicated in a range of issues. The content develops the notion of care itself and its connection to practice.
The Reflexive Initiative: On the Grounds and Prospects of Analytic Theorizing

The Reflexive Initiative: On the Grounds and Prospects of Analytic Theorizing

The Reflexive Initiative is an authoritative intervention in the practice and tradition of reflexive social theory. It demonstrates the importance of the reflexive imperative, not only in the investigation of everyday life but across a wide range of human sciences and philosophical perspectives.
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 capabilities...
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...
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...
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.
A Fry-Up and an Espresso: Bewley's Café and Cosmopolitan Dublin

A Fry-Up and an Espresso: Bewley’s Café and Cosmopolitan Dublin

New Hibernia Review, Vol. 11.3, Autumn 2007 Kieran Bonner Publisher: Center for Irish Studies at the University of St.Thomas When Bewley’s Café closed in November, 2004, it seemed as if everyone in Dublin had an opinion on the matter — a “flurry of interpretations,” in the phrase of urban sociologist Kieran Bonner. We open this...
Le Spectacle des Villes/The Spectacle of Cities

Le Spectacle des Villes/The Spectacle of Cities

Special Issue of Sociologie et Sociétés, Vol. 37.1, Spring 2005 Edited by Anouk Bélanger and Jean-François Côté Ce numéro de Sociologie et Sociétés prend appui sur l’idée que la ville est intrinsiquement liée à des processus qui lui permettent de “se donner à voir,” de “se montrer,” et que les modalités de cette “spectacularité” varient...
Continuity, Contradiction, and Change

Continuity, Contradiction, and Change

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 30.2, Fall 2004 Edited by Kieran Bonner, Mervyn Horgan, and Greg Nielsen Publisher: University of Alberta The articles in this special issue on Dublin all examine the struggle that every city faces regarding the desire to maintain a unique identity, as it has emerged in...
New York New York

New York New York

Monopolis: Globalization and Urban Studies International, No. 14/15 Alan Blum Publisher: International Research Center for Cultural Studies Die “sinn-haft”-Doppelnummer “Monopolis” dokumentiert den internationalen Workshop “Globalization and Urban Studies”, der im Oktober 2002 am IFK stattgefunden hat. Die – teils englischen, teils deutschen – Beiträge bewegen sich in den Spannungsfeldern von Globalisierung und Stadtentwicklung, von Einzigartigkeit...
Space, Place and the Culture of Cities

Space, Place and the Culture of Cities

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Vol. 11.1, Summer 2002 Guest edited by Kieran Bonner Publisher: University of Winnipeg This publication announced the beginning of a more sustained focus on the international side of the Culture of Cities Project. The work of three of our European colleagues brings Dublin and Berlin into...