Culture of Cities Centre


The Culture of Cities Centre fosters international community among those working to uncover and cultivate culture in the city. The Centre engages an international public through book series, journals, research projects, salons, film series and conferences. The publications, workshops and special events are dedicated to uncovering new ways of representing, shaping and defining urban culture.

The Culture of Cities Centre is located in downtown Toronto at The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI Annex). The Centre’s character is at once public and private, reflective and engaged, but always oriented to the very social order that it seeks to elucidate. Now in its eighteenth year of operation, this website was re-launched to showcase the collective’s work, starting from the inception of the SSHRC-funded Culture of Cities Project in 1999, to the founding of the Culture of Cities Centre in 2000, to the collective’s branching out in 2005 to study discourses of health in the Grey Zone of Health and Illness project, to work on the city that continues continues to this day. The Culture of Cities Centre is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes, a network of humanities-based centres and institutes that fosters cross-disciplinary dialogue among faculty and researchers the world over.