international collective of
scholars, poets and artists
engaged in the humanistic
examination of the city,
and its social forms.


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Captured by the City cover imageUrban Culture Conference 

For over ten years the Urban Culture Conference has met annually within the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Conference to examine the varied ways in which humans inhabit the city (real, imaginary, lost) and negotiate their urban desires. Over the years this conference has brought forth innovative studies addressing issues such as displacement, multicultural encounter, hybridization, and the production or loss of public space in the context of the metropolitan city. We are interested in historical and 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.



            New Book:
Captured by the City cover imageCaptured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies
Edited by Blagovesta M. Momchedjikova
Cambridge Scholars Press
Captured by the City: New Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies is a collection of eighteen essays on urban places, people, and phenomena. In it, cities in North America, Europe, and Asia offer themselves as dynamic encounters to those who study them and to those who live in them on a daily basis. Different disciplines – sociology, anthropology, performance studies, architectural history, linguistics, media studies, and documentary poetics, to name just a few – intersect here to help shape a unique field of inquiry – that of Urban Culture Studies. This multi-perspectival approach grants us a more wholesome understanding of how we inscribe cities and how cities inscribe us in return: as we plan, inhabit, remember them – in reality or in dreams.  MORE INFO including excerpts and contributors

Captured by the City cover imageStreetnotes
Ethnography, Poetry and the Documentary Experience

Streetnotes is a peer-reviewed biannual journal for the interdisciplinary study of the city, its lifeways and social relations, with a special concern for the cultural and aesthetic forms that arise through its traffic. We publish qualitative sociology, critical essays, documentary photography, poetry and visual arts informed by the ethnographic exploration of contemporary and historic urban forms.

Our name, Streetnotes is a turn on the word ‘fieldnotes’, as such our journal seeks methodological innovation and critical engagement through works which lay bare the poetics of discovery, display and analysis of street observations. Towards this end we publish work of seasoned and aspiring scholars, social scientists, artists, photographers and poets engaged in creative ways of making sense of, and questioning the familiar and strange of urban life in the effort to build empirically based social theory.  VISIT STREETNOTES


Urban Culture Studies Collective is an international collective of scholars, poets and artists engaged in the humanistic examination of the city,  and its social forms.international collective of scholars, poets and artists  engaged in the humanistic examination of the city, and its social forms.

BlagovestaBlagovesta M. Momchedjikova, Ph.D. in Performance Studies, is a Senior Language Lecturer at New York University where she teaches writing, art, and the city. She is the editor of Captured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) and the guest-editor of Streetnotes: Urban Feel (Spring 2010). Her work appears in The Everyday of Memory: Between Communism and Postcommunism (Peter Lang, 2013), Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York (W. W. Norton & Co., 2008), The Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, Tourist Studies, Streetnotes, Genre: Imagined Cities, and PIERS. She chairs the area of Urban Culture for the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) and leads specialized tours of the Panorama of the City of New York in the Queens Museum. Email: blagocita@gmail.com

Nathalie BoucherNathalie Boucher holds Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Urban Studies programme at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Centre Urbanisation Culture Société, Montreal. As a postmodern researcher, she cumulates urban research experiences in Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, India, Canada, United States and Australia, while developing a focus on the urban Pacific area. Although interested in various aspects of social life in contemporary cities, her area of specialization is the urban public space and the social interactions it hosts. Her thesis brought her in the fragmented Downtown Los Angeles, while her ongoing postdoctoral researches focuses on the public beaches and pools of Australia (Center of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, University of Western Australia) and the public baths of Taipei (Chair of Taiwan Studies, University of Ottawa). She teaches here and there and publishes on qualitative methodology, urban ambiance and public spaces, and works in the community under the cover of the Organisme R.Es.P.I.R.E.  She is member of the executive of the Canadian
Anthropology Society since 2011, and holds an MA in that disciple from Laval University. info@organismerespire.com

Joseph TrottaJoseph Trotta is an expatriate American who has been living in Sweden since 1986; at present he is an associate professor of English Linguistics at the Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Joe’s early research focused primarily on theoretical approaches to English grammar and syntax, but over the past ten years his work has shifted toward the use of English in popular media. Most of Joe’s recent publications deal with issues of identity and linguistic representation in different Popular Culture channels such as TV dialogs, music lyrics, ads, tabloids, online games, social media, etc.  His research in this broad area is best characterized as an interdisciplinary combination of sociolinguistic and grammar theories with elements of media studies and cultural studies.

Jorge de La Barre Jorge de La Barre has a Ph.D. in Sociology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris (2004). Associate Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Department of Sociology and Methodology of Social Sciences (GSO). Researcher at the Núcleo de Estudos Cidadania, Trabalho e Arte (NECTAR/UFF), Researcher at the Laboratory of Metropolitan Ethnography (LeMetro/IFCS-UFRJ), Associate Researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Center for the Study of Music and Dance (INET-MD/UNL). Acting on the following themes: urban culture, urban renewal, cultural globalization, techno-culture, music and city. Email: jorge.delabarre@gmail.com.

David MichalskiDavid Michalski is a cultural theorist and urban ethnographer. He is the author of The Dialectic of Taste: On the Rise and Fall of Tuscanization and other Crises in the Aesthetic Economy (Palgrave, 2015) Cosmos and Damian: a World Trade Center Collage (Bootstrap Press, 2005) and has published a variety of essays on urban culture and aesthetics. Since 1998, he has been the editor of the urban culture and documentary poetics journal Streetnotes. David holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from University of California, Davis, where he is the Social and Cultural Studies Librarian.  Email: michalski@ucdavis.edu

Ines Rae
Inés Rae is currently Lecturer in Media Arts (Photography) at Plymouth University, UK. Her research explores the photographic image in terms of the vernacular, cultural anthropology and material culture. Recent publications include Kurl up n Dye, a monograph published by Wild Pansy Press incorporating photographs and typography investigating the vernacular in British high street culture. Current work in progress is The Grammar of Glamour: Shooting the High Street — an investigation into the materiality of photographic media, social space and the street. Email: ines.rae@plymouth.ac.uk

Samuel NeuralSamuel Neural is currently pursing a doctorate in Anthropology at the Université Lyon II Louis Lumière. His study centers on First Nation cultures in Canada (James Bay Cree, Mohawks) and contemporary issues such as cultural ecology, native media, and native urban culture. His prior research includes the pastoral societies in Chile, contemporary Hunting and Gathering societies in Argentina and Australia, and fishing in Oceania.

AaronBreetworAaron Breetwor is a photographer from San Francisco currently living in New York City. Through his work he explores both physical and cultural movement in the city. He has spoken at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association on the nature of image authorship and collaboration between the photographer and subject.

Aaron is also involved with a number of periodicals. Previously the editor of SkateSlate (a publication focused on downhill skateboarding), he now works as publisher for ISO magazine (a bi-annual photography journal), and as editor-in-chief of DownGrade Magazine.
Website: www.aaronbreetworphoto.com Email: aaron.breetwor@gmail.com

Joe LucianoJosef Luciano is a director, screenwriter, and film theorist from greater Philadelphia. Josef’s primary interests include film authorship and the politics of media in private and public urban spaces. Josef is a Master's Candidate and film instructor at CUNY Staten Island, as well as a location coordinator for the NYCHA. Seeing parts of the city few people know about, Josef has worked with TV and film productions throughout the five boroughs, including with Law and Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Orange is the New Black, The Bag Man, The Cobbler, et al. Josef is also a senior contributor for horror periodical Diabolique Magazine.
Email: Luciano.josef@gmail.com




David Michalski
Social and Cultural Studies Librarian
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University of California, Davis
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