The focus of this year’s Urban Culture area is the current state of cities. We seek presenters who explore the varied ways in which cities are changing (or not) and the continuous efforts of people to make cities more habitable. Papers addressing issues such as displacement, multi-cultural encounter, hybridization, and the production or loss of public space in the context of the metropolitan city are welcome. How do the home, museum, street performance, ethnic food, architecture, spoken and written word, photography, film, sound, music, and movement help us negotiate our urban desires and to what end? What is the role of new technologies in such negotiation? Historical or ethnographic studies of cities, poetic accounts of personal geographies through cities, and explorations of highly orchestrated or surprisingly improvised events in designated areas in the city are encouraged.
If interested in participating in a workshop on “writing the urban,” in addition to presenting a paper, please, indicate so.
Please, send your 1-page paper abstracts (including preliminary titles and current contact information) and 1-paragraph recent bios as virus-free, Word attachments to:
by June 15th, 2005.
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 6th Floor,
New York, NY 10003
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