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Maps & Mapping Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 13:37:56

Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma (2014)

unmappable is a documentary short that weaves together the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood. This meditative portrait will unveil the inner workings of a man whose work is lauded as poetic, artful and innovative – a man who unapologetically pushes boundaries both personally and professionally. The film explores the events that have defined his life by pointing at ideas, thoughts and beliefs that we usually do not think of as being mappable or explainable.

Iconoclastic Mapmaker With a Sordid Past Is the Subject of a
New Documentary
Wired feature, 17 October 2014.

Sentimental Cartography

Maps & Mapping Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 13:20:31

Reblogged from SubmaP: Mapping Sao Paulo Development Blog

Sentimental Cartography

Suely Rolnik

“To encounter is to find, to capture, to steal, but there is no method for finding, only a long preparation. Stealing is the contrary to plagiarizing, copying, imitating or doing as. The capture is always a double-capture, the stealing, a double-stealing, and this is what makes not something mutual, but an asymmetrical block, an a-parallel evolution, marriages, always ‘outside’ or ‘in-between’.”

-Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues Cartography: a provisional definition
To geographers, cartography-distinct from maps which are representations of a static whole -is a drawing that accompanies and creates itself at the same time as the transformation movements of the landscape.

Psychosocial landscapes can also have cartography. Cartography, in this case, accompanies and creates itself at the same time as the dismantlement of certain worlds-its loss of sense-and the formation of other worlds. Worlds that create themselves to express contemporary affects, in relation to which the cogent universes became obsolete.

If the task of a cartographer is to provide a language to demanding affects, it is basically expected of him that he would be immersed in the intensities of his time, and aware of the languages he encounters, he devour those which seem to him possible elements for the composition of those cartographies that deem themselves necessary.

The cartographer is first and foremost an anthropophagite.

The cartographer

The practice of a cartographer refers to, fundamentally, the strategies of the formations of desire in the social field. And little does it matter which sectors of the social life he chooses as an object. What matters is that he remains alert to the strategies of desire in any phenomenon of the human existence that he sets out to explore: from social movements, formalized or not, the mutations of collective sensitivity, violence, delinquency. . . up to unconscious ghosts and the clinical profiles of individuals, groups and masses, whether institutionalized or not.

Similarly, little matters the theoretical references of the cartographer. What matters is that, for him, theory is always cartography-and, thus being, it creates itself jointly with the landscapes whose formation he accompanies (including, naturally, the theory introduced here). For that, the cartographer absorbs matters from any source. He has no racism whatsoever regarding frequency, language or style. All that may provide a language to the movements of desire, all that may serve to coin matter of expression and create sense, is welcomed by him. All entries are good, as long as the exits are multiple. For this reason the cartographer makes use of the most varied sources, including sources not solely written nor solely theoretical. Their conceptual operators may equally arise from a film as from a conversation or a philosophy treatise. The cartographer is a true anthropophagite: he lives of expropriation, appropriation, devourment and delivery, transvalorized. He is always searching for nourishment to compose his cartographies. This is the criterion for his choices: to discover which matters of expression, mixed to which others, which language compositions favor the passage of intensities that traverse his body in the encounter with the bodies he intends to understand. In fact, “to understand”, for the cartographer, has no relation whatsoever with explaining and least of all with revealing. For him there is nothing high up there-skies of transcendence-, nor down under-the mists of essence. What there is high up there, underneath and everywhere are intensities looking for expression. And what he wants is to dive into the geography of affects and, at the same time, invent bridges to undertake his crossing: bridges of language.

We see that language, for the cartographer, is not a vehicle of messages-and-salvation. It is, in itself, creation of worlds. Flying carpet. . . Vehicle that promotes the transition to new worlds; new forms of history. We may even say that in the cartographer’s practice history and geography integrate themselves.

This allows us to make two further observations: the problem, for the cartographer, is not that of the false-or-true, nor of the theoretical-or-empirical, rather it is that of the vitalizing-or-destructive, active-or-reactive. What he wants is to participate, embark in the constitution of existential territories, constitution of reality. Implicitly, it is obvious that, at least in his happiest moments, he does not fear the movement. He allows his body to vibrate in all possible frequencies and keeps inventing positions from which these vibrations may find sounds, passage channels, a lift towards existentialization. He accepts life and surrenders. With body-and-language.

It would remain to know which are the cartographer’s procedures. Well, these do not matter either, for he knows that he must “invent them” based on what the context in which he finds himself demands. For this reason he does not follow any type of normalized protocol.

What defines, therefore, the profile of the cartographer is exclusively a type of sensitivity, which he sets himself to make prevalent, wherever possible, in his work. What he wants is to place himself, whenever possible, in the surroundings of the cartographies’ mutations, a position which allows him to welcome the finite unlimited character of the process of production of reality that is the desire. For this to be possible, he makes use of a “hybrid compound,” made out of his eye, of course, but also, and simultaneously, of his vibrating body, for what he looks for is to apprehend the movement that arises from the fecund tension between flux and representation: flux of intensities escaping from the plan of organization of territories, disorienting its cartographies, disrupting its representations and, in this way, representations stagnating the flux, channeling the intensities, giving them sense. It’s because the cartographer knows there is no other way: this permanent challenge is itself the motor of the creation of sense. A necessary challenge-and, in any way, insurmountable-of the vigilant coexistence between macro and micropolitics, complementary and inseparable in the production of psychosocial reality. He knows that the strategies of this coexistence are countless-peaceful merely in brief and fleeting moments of the creation of sense; as well as countless are the worlds that each one engenders. This is basically what interests him.

Since it is not possible to define his method (not in the sense of theoretical reference, nor in that of technical procedure) but, only, his sensitivity, we may ask ourselves: what type of equipment does the cartographer take, when he sets afield?

Cartographer’s manual

What the cartographer carries in his pocket is very simple: a criterion, a principle, a rule and a brief route of preoccupations-this, each cartographer defines and redefines to himself, constantly.

You already know the evaluation criterion of the cartographer: it is that of the degree of intimacy that each one allows oneself, at each moment, with the finite unlimited character that desire prints on the desirous human condition and its fears. It is that of the value that is given to each one of the movements of desire. In other words, the criterion of the cartographer is, fundamentally, the degree of openness towards the life that each one allows oneself at each moment. His criterion takes as its premise its principle.

The principle of the cartographer is extra-moral: the expansion of life is his basic and exclusive parameter, and never a cartography of any kind, taken for a map. What interests him in situations with which he deals is to what extent life is finding channels of effectuation. It may even be said that his principle is an antiprinciple: a principle that obliges him to constantly change his principles. For both his criterion as well as his principle are vital and not moral.

And his rule? He has only one: it is a sort of “golden rule.” It provides elasticity to his criterion and his principle: the cartographer knows that it is always in the name of life, and of its defense, that strategies are invented, no matter how preposterous. He never forgets that there is a limit to how much can be borne, at each moment, the intimacy with the finite unlimited, the base of his criterion: a limit of tolerance for the disorientation and reorientation of affects, a “threshold of deterritorialization.” He always evaluates the extent to which the defenses that are being used serve or not to protect life. We could name his instrument of evaluation the “threshold of possible disenchantment,” since, after all, this deals with evaluating how much can be borne, in each situation, the disenchantment of the masks which are constituting us, their loss of sense, our disillusion. How much can disenchantment be borne so as to free those recently emerged affects to invest in other matters of expression, and with this allow new masks to be created, new senses. Or, on the contrary, the extent it is being upheld for not being able to bear this process. Of course this kind of evaluation has nothing to do with mathematical calculations, standards or measures, but with that which the vibrating body captures in the air: a type of feeling that varies completely based on the singularity of each situation, including the limit of tolerance of the vibrating body itself that is evaluating, in relation to the situation that is being evaluated. The rule of the cartographer is thus very simple: never forget to consider this “threshold.” Rule of prudence. Rule of gentleness towards life. Rule that expedites yet does not attenuate his principle: this rule allows him to discriminate the degrees of danger and potency, functioning as a warning sign whenever necessary. Because after a certain limit-which the vibrating body recognizes quite well-the reactivity of the forces ceases to be reconvertible in activity and begins to act in the sense of pure destruction of one’s self and/or of the other: when this happens, the cartographer, in the name of life, can and must be absolutely impious.

With these informations in hand, we can attempt to better define the practice of the cartographer. We affirmed that it refers fundamentally to the strategies of the formation of desire in the social field. Now we may say that it is, in itself, a space of active exercise of such strategies. A space of the emergence of nameless intensities, a space of incubation of new sensitivities and new languages throughout time. From this perspective, the analysis of desire ultimately refers to the choice of how to live, to the choice of criteria with which the social, the real social, is invented. In other words, it refers to the choice of new worlds, new societies. Here, the practice of the cartographer is immediately political.

Extracted from Suely Rolnik, Cartografia sentimental, transformaç§es contemporéneas do desejo, Sâo Paulo: Editora Estaçâo Liberdade, 1989, p.15-16; 66-72, translated from the Portuguese by Adriano Pedrosa and Veronica Cordeiro.

Artist Fuller’s Hand-drawn City Maps

Maps & Mapping Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 13:14:47

Artist Fuller’s intricate hand-drawn maps accepted by Bristol and London museums

BBC News 27 April 2016:

Marxist Thought and the City

Cities & Space Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 13:08:07

Marxist Thought and the City
Henri Lefebvre

Translated by Robert Bononno
Foreword by Stuart Elden

University of Minnesota Press 2017.

One of the most influential Marxist theorists of the twentieth century, Henri Lefebvre first published Marxist Thought and the City in French in 1972, marking a pivotal point in his evolution as a thinker and an important precursor to his groundbreaking work of urban sociology, The Production of Space. Marxist Thought and the City—in which he reviews the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels for commentary and analysis on the life and growth of the city—now appears in English for the first time.

Rooted in orthodox Marxism’s analyses of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, with extensive quotations from the works of Marx and Engels, this book describes the city’s transition from life under feudalism to modern industrial capitalism. In doing so it highlights the various forces that sought to maintain power in the struggles between the medieval aristocracy and the urban guilds, amid the growth of banking and capital.

Providing vital background and supplementary material to Lefebvre’s other books, including The Urban Revolution and Right to the City, Marxist Thought and the City is indispensable for students and scholars of urbanism, Marxism, social geography, early modern history, and the history of economic thought.

A Cartographic Turn

Maps & Mapping Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 13:02:40

A Cartographic Turn: Mapping and the Spatial Challenge in Social Sciences
Jacques Lévy (ed.) EPFL Press (2016)

The Cartographic Turn contains contributions on maps and cartography from multiple authors from various disciplines: geography, demography, cartography, art theory, architecture and philosophy. While such diversity could imply that this book is a collection of independent contributions gathered only by their topic, this impression would be misleading. Rather, this book develops four simple propositions that actually can be streamlined into a single concept expressed through four different perspectives. Above all, maps convey rational, aesthetic, ethical and personal messages, at times separately but more often in unison, and this mix offers ample fields for studying social complexity. Beyond that, maps are, by their very existence, both representations of pre-existing spaces and creations of new spaces. Consequently, the historical or anthropological analysis of maps as semantic objects should be connected to the production of new maps, namely those that take advantage of the powerful tools provided by digital technology. Finally, the issues of contemporary mapping should be read in light of recent innovations within social sciences on space. Before this cartographic turn, technicians, historians, users and exegetes were distinct and decidedly turned away from each other.The era of the singular engineer-designed map is past. Maps have gained many new actors, and these actors are critical thinkers. This book would modestly like to contribute to a durable association between mapping and reflexivity. Cartographers, historians of cartography, geographers, visual scientists and artists, social scientists as well as advanced students in these disciplines will appreciate and benefit from reading The Cartographic Turn.


  • Foreword (Rob Kitchin)
  • Introduction: Mapping Is Thinkable, Thinking Is Mappable (Jacques Lévy)
  • Part 1: Map as Resource – When Maps Reflect (Christian Jacob) – Maps in Perspective, What can philosophy learn from experimental maps in contemporary art? (Patrice Maniglier) – The Cartographic Dimension of Contemporary Art (Marie-Ange Brayer) – What the Atlas Does to the Map (Elsa Chavinier, Carole Lanoix, Jacques Lévy and Véronique Mauron)
  • Part 2: Map as Language – Space for Reason (Jacques Lévy)
  • Cartographic Semiosis: Reality as Representation (Emanuela Casti) – Doing the Right Map? Cognitive and/or Ethical Choices (Jacques Lévy and Elsa Chavinier)
  • Part 3: Where Are We on the Map? – Mapping Ethics (Jacques Lévy) – A Reappraisal of the Ecological Fallacy – Mapping Otherness (Emanuela Casti) – Mapping the Global Mobile Space: The Nomadic Space as Sample (Denis Retaillé)
  • Part 4: Who is the Author of this Map? – ‘My’ Maps? On Maps and their Authors (Patrick Poncet) – Lost in Transduction: From Digital Footprints to Urbanity – Augmented Reality and the Place of Dreams (André Ourednik)
  • After Cartography (Tim Ingold)

Seven Sisters Indoor Market

Film, Space & Place Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 12:55:37


At its heart, this is a film about risk. It is about what we stand to lose in the course of a colossal social transformation reflected in the way our cities are being re-designed. A stroll in central London will show you what this transformation entails. Developers and politicians are building a new skyline, and with it, bearing a new standard of living costs. While recognising that change is inevitable, this film asks: what do we risk losing as this transformation unfolds?

In asking this question, a portrait is painted of a market in Tottenham, north London, called the Seven Sisters Indoor Market. On face value, it is a fairly common market, with numerous and diverse businesses sit side-by-side vying for custom. Looking more closely, it’s evident that it also doubles as an informal cultural centre for immigrants from Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere. This, too, is common enough among various parts of London and cities like it.

Upon closer reflection, however – and it is this reflection that the film attempts – a brilliance emerges. It is a brilliance in which public and private, social and commercial, native and foreign, are merged into a social attitude of inclusiveness – an example of humanity exceptionally embedded into urban space. It is a market imbued with a ‘living room’ feeling made up of informality and spontaneous cosmopolitanism. Imagine trying to cross a corridor amid multilingual chatter, and being blocked by a child practicing karate.

This portrait is painted using hybrid film language that borrows from documentary and fiction styles, as well as ethnographic modes of representation. At times, past and present are merged in the course of invoking personal stories of migration. At other times, static shots allow stories to unfold before the camera, resulting in a language as spontaneous as the spirit of the market itself.

The story of the Seven Sisters Indoor Market is a reminder of what is possible in a city, as well of what we risk losing through the systematic dismantling of the conditions that keep it open.

This emergent conflict is not passive – in this particular site, you may join the members of the Ward’s Corner Community Coalition in their struggle to preserve the market. The first step towards organised resistance, however, is a reflection triggered.

It’s this reflection on risk that this documentary offers.

Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

Director, The Seven Sisters Indoor Market

New Book – Cultural Turns

Spatial Humanities Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 12:44:27

Cultural Turns: New Orientations in the Study of Culture
Doris Bachmann-Medick.
Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2016. ISBN 978-3-11-040297-1. contemporary fields of the study of culture, the humanities and the
social sciences are unfolding in a dynamic constellation of cultural
turns. This book provides a comprehensive overview of these
theoretically and methodologically groundbreaking reorientations. It
discusses the value of the new focuses and their analytical categories
for the work of a wide range of disciplines. In addition to chapters on
the interpretive, performative, reflexive, postcolonial, translational,
spatial and iconic/pictorial/visual turns, it discusses emerging
directions of research. Drawing on a wealth of international
research, this book maps central topics and approaches in the study of
culture and thus provides systematic impetus for changed disciplinary
and transdisciplinary research in the humanities and beyond – e.g. in
the fields of sociology, economics and the study of religion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural Turns – New Orientations in the Study of Culture 1-37
Chapter I: The Interpretive Turn 39-71
Chapter II: The Performative Turn 73-101
Chapter III: The Reflexive/Literary Turn 103-130
Chapter IV: The Postcolonial Turn 131-173
Chapter V: The Translational Turn 175-209
Chapter VI: The Spatial Turn 211-243
Chapter VII: The Iconic Turn/Pictorial Turn 245-278
Outlook: Are the Cultural Turns Leading to a Turn in the Humanities and Study of Culture? 279-298

Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

Spatial Humanities Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 12:21:41

Tim Cresswell lecture on Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the

Re-blogged from Varve

Bike Share Mapping

Maps & Mapping Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 12:17:04

Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin

Researchers in Germany have turned GPS data from three major world bike share programmes into living, breathing visualisations of the cities themselves.

The Guardian, 9 August 2016:

Ballard’s Island: Literary Geographies special issue

Spatial Humanities Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 12:04:13

Literary Geographies Volume 2 (1) 2016: Special Issue on JG Ballard’s Concrete Island edited by Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin

Table of Contents

Special Issue Introduction

Ballard’s Island: Histories, Modernities and Materialities
Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin 1-15

Special Issue Articles

Sounding Surrealist Historiography: Listening to Concrete Island
Jeannette Baxter 16-30

An Expanding Field: Sensing the Unmapped
Sue Robertson 31-47

From a ‘metallized Elysium’ to the ‘wave of the future’: J.G. Ballard’s
Reappraisal of Space
Jarrad Keyes 48-64

Ballard and Balladur: Reading the Intertextual and the Architectural in
Concrete Island
Richard Brown 65-78

‘Everything Can Always be Something Else’: Adhocism and J.G. Ballard’s
Concrete Island
Craig Martin 79-95

Ballard’s Island(s): White Heat, National Decline and Technology After
Technicity Between ‘The Terminal Beach’ and Concrete Island
Alexander Beaumont 96-113

ISSN: ISSN 2397-1797

Early City Maps

Maps & Mapping Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 11:51:16

The Forbidden City to Convict’s Landing: rare early city maps – in pictures

From London when it had only one bridge, to a pictorial rendition of Sir Francis Drake’s invasion of Santo Domingo, these global city maps date back to the 1500s and are taken from Great City Maps, published by DK.

The Guardian
, 1 September 2016:

New Town Utopia

Film, Space & Place Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 11:37:04

New Town Utopia
is a documentary feature film that explores the original utopian dreams of a post-war British New Town – Basildon, Essex – and compares this to the modern concrete reality. We’re close to finishing production, and after four years of serious hard work, have hundreds of hours of footage ready to be crafted into a poetic, challenging film.

It is a meditation on British social history that asks the question: do people make the place… or does a place make the people?

New Book – Sacred Mobilities

Liminality & Landscape Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 11:28:50

Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of Belief and Belonging – Avril Maddrell, Alan Terry © 2015 – Routledge

This collection draws on the Mobilities approach to look afresh at notions of the sacred where they intersect with people, objects and other things on the move. Consideration of a wide range of spiritual meanings and practices also sheds light on the motivations and experiences associated with particular mobilities. Drawing on rich, situated case studies, this multi-disciplinary collection discusses what mobility in the social sciences, arts and humanities can tell us about movements and journeys prompted by religious, more broadly ’spiritual’ and ‘secular-sacred’ practices and priorities. Problematizing the fixity of sacred places and times as territorially and temporally bounded entities that exist in opposition to ’profane’ everyday life, this collection looks at the intersection between the embodied-emotional-spiritual experience of places, travel, belief-practices and communities. It is this geographically-informed perspective on the interleaving of religious/ spiritual/ secular notions of the sacred with the material and more-than-representational attributes of associated mobilities and related practices which constitutes this volume’s original contribution to the field.

New Book – Practising Rhythmanalysis

Rhythm & Temporality Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 11:16:46

Rhythmanalysis – Theories and Methodologies

by Yi Chen (London College of Communication, University of
the Arts)

This book explores rhythmanalysis as a philosophy and as a
research method for the study of cultural historical experiences. It formulates
‘rhythm’ as a critical concept which is defined in dialogic relationships to
intellectual traditions, yet introducing unique philosophical positions that
serve to re-think ways of conceiving and addressing cultural political issues.

Engaging with the notion of ‘conjunctural shift’, which for Stuart Hall
captures the ruptured social landscape of Britain in the 1970s, the book then
puts the method of rhythmanalysis to work by testifying the changing cultural
experiences in rhythmic terms. This particular rhythmanalytical project
instantiates while opening up ways of using rhythmanalysis for exploring
cultural historical experiences.

You can order the book and find more information here:

New book – Haunted Landscapes

Liminality & Landscape Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 11:13:55

Edited by Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing | Pages
256 | Size 9.00 x 6.00
Series: Place, Memory, Affect

Examines the concept of landscape as a multitude of places
and spaces haunted by spectres, memory, trauma and nostalgia in literature, art
and film from Victorian times to the present.

Haunted Landscapes offers a fresh and innovative approach to
contemporary debates about landscape and the supernatural. Landscapes are often
uncanny spaces embroiled in the past; associated with absence, memory and
nostalgia. Yet experiences of haunting must in some way always belong to the
present: they must be felt. This collection of essays opens up new and
compelling areas of debate around the concepts of haunting, affect and
landscape. Landscape studies, supernatural studies, haunting and memory are all
rapidly growing fields of enquiry and this book synthesises ideas from several
critical approaches – spectral, affective and spatial – to provide a new route
into these subjects. Examining urban and rural landscapes, haunted domestic
spaces, landscapes of trauma, and borderlands, this collection of essays is
designed to cross disciplines and combine seemingly disparate academic
approaches under the coherent locus of landscape and haunting. Presenting a
timely intervention in some of the most pressing scholarly debates of our time,
Haunted Landscapes offers an attractive array of essays that cover topics from
Victorian times to the present.

Madrid Movie Map

Film, Space & Place Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 11:03:32

“Geografía y cine” compiles a varied series of works produced by a group of researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, interested in the study of relations between the geographical and filmic space. Particular attention is given, on the one hand, to the way the film uses the geographical space as support for shooting locations and, secondly, to the subsequent dissemination of images from the exhibition of films. That is why mapping these filming locations is an essential step for any analytical study. A task that this group of researchers is carrying out in recent years and that, in the case of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, is displayed through an interactive map called MadridMovieMap.

Voicing Experience – Autoethnography conference

Conference CFPs Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 10:46:00

Voicing Experience:

The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography

15-16 June, 2017, University of Sussex, Brighton

This interdisciplinary conference aims to provide an open,
creative space in which to explore the power of autoethnographic work as
expressed through its heterogeneous practices, productions and performances.
What happens when we begin to take our experiences of the worlds we inhabit
seriously and to give reflexive and diffractive voice, through manifold
creative means, to that experience? What resonances do we find with other
narratives and voices articulating experiences from other spheres? How does
voicing experience speak to and challenge the larger structures within which we
live? And how do these different spheres shape, in turn, the quality and style
of voices being expressed – their tone, mode of expression, fluency and

The conference seeks to explore the power of
autoethnographic work, as expressed, for instance, in dynamics of resistance,
critique, healing or assistance.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, performances
and other creative works.

Please submit proposals with abstract (250 words) and, if
relevant, session plan (max 250 words) to<>
by 10th February 2017.

The presentations will be arranged in the following ways:

· 90-minute
3-person presentation sessions.

· 90-minute
single presentation sessions.

Please indicate which presentation format you would prefer.

Conference fee for this 2-day event (excluding
accommodation): £75

We have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets (£45) for
students and unemployed.

For general enquiries, please write to:<>

Please see the website for full details and registration:

Organising Committee: Dr Jamie Barnes (Sociology, Sussex),
Dr Michael Hayler (Education, Brighton), Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology,

This Conference is initiated by Brighton Autoethnography
Group with sponsorship & support from the Departments of Anthropology and
Sociology, University of Sussex.

Cinemagoing, Film Experience and Memory

Memory & Heritage Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 10:41:49

Memory Studies Special Issue: Cinemagoing, Film Experience and Memory
Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2017

Annette Kuhn, Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers (issue editors)


Annette Kuhn, Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers
Memories of cinemagoing and film experience: An introduction

Jacqueline Maingard
Cinemagoing in District Six, Cape Town, 1920s to 1960s: History,
politics, memory

José Carlos Lozano
Film at the border: Memories of cinemagoing in Laredo, Texas

Lucie Česálková
‘Feel the film’: Film projectionists and professional memory

Pierluigi Ercole, Daniela Treveri Gennari and Catherine O’Rawe
Mapping cinema memories: Emotional geographies of cinemagoing in Rome in the


Melvyn Stokes and Matthew Jones
Windows on the world: Memories of European cinema in 1960s Britain


‘Film Culture: Brno, 1945 – 1970.’ The History of Distribution,
Reception and Exhibition, Reviewed by Alice Lovejoy

John Seamon, /Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory/,
Reviewed by Ian O’Loughlin

CarrieLynn Reinhard and Christopher Olson (eds.), /Making Sense of
Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship/,
Reviewed byEmma Pett

Karina Aveyard,/The Lure of the Big Screen: Cinema in Rural Australia
and the United Kingdom/, Reviewed by Julia Bohlmann

Marcia Landy, /Cinema and Counter-History/, Reviewed by Mélisande

Archiving the City

Conference CFPs Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 10:37:43

Archiving the City/ City as Archive

Thursday 16 March 2017, 9.00am to 6.00pm

A symposium organised by the Archiving the City research strand.

We are inviting abstract submissions for a one-day symposium entitled Archiving the City/ City as Archive. This event, hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies, considers the cultural forms through which the modern city is archived. It examines the different ways—via institutions, public art, collective practice, and more—in which urban history and memory are organised and presented in contemporary culture. It also engages with how the spaces and architecture of the city may themselves present an archive, offering up reminders of social and cultural processes, imaginaries, struggles and events.

The symposium critically engages with Henri Lefebvre’s (2014) argument that the reign of the city is ending; that the city now only exists as an image and an idea. In addition, the gentrification and museification of the historic urban core reveals, at least in part, the deep sense of loss through which that the modern metropolis is increasingly remembered. This connects more broadly with Derrida’s (1996) notion of ‘archive fever’, which, he understands, is part of a compulsive, repetitive culture; a ‘homesickness’ born of a ‘nostalgic desire to return to the origin’ (ibid: 167). As such, the symposium is interested in perspectives that make links between contemporary archiving processes (both formal and informal), city museums, visual culture, heritage urbanism, ‘authenticity’ and the cultural regeneration of historic urban spaces. Particularly welcome are proposals that critically examine the ways in which the city is archived to create the impression of a post-conflictual present or in ways that make the city a more exclusive or restricted place. In addition, we welcome abstracts that explore how archiving the city can, in ways reminiscent of Benjamin’s Arcades Project, reveal the immediacy and fragmentary nature of metropolitan experience. The symposium will take an open-minded and critical approach to understanding how, why and where the modern city is archived and what such processes reveal about history, memory, social conflict and urban imaginaries.

Abstracts of no longer than 250 words to be sent to by 5pm on Friday January 6th. We especially welcome abstracts from postgraduate and doctoral students.

Confirmed external speakers include Rebecca Madgin (University of Glasgow) and Graeme Gilloch (University of Lancaster).

Registration for University of York staff and students is free. Please book your place here:


Derrida, J. (1996) Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression. Chicago: Chicago University Press
Lefebvre, H. (2014) ‘Dissolving city, planetary metamorphosis’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32: 199-202

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building