CFP-"Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"

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Special Issue of International Journal of Iberian Studies guest edited by Benjamin Fraser
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Call For Papers/CFP
International Journal of Iberian Studies
Eds. Georgina Blakeley & Fernando León Solís

Special Issue on
"Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"
Guest edited by Benjamin Fraser

This special issue of the International Journal of Iberian Studies—titled "Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"—is conceived as a response to the growing interest in what are two complementary subfields of Hispanic Studies: Urban Studies and Cultural Studies.

Each essay in this special issue will 'read' a cultural representation of a specific Spanish city (through cultural products such as film, literature, graphic novel, music, advertising campaigns), simultaneously reconciling an analysis of the representation's artistic/formal properties with an urban studies approach to the same city as an object of inquiry in its own right.

A variety of theoretical approaches to the city are appropriate to this Spanish Urban Cultural Studies issue, but contributors may want to consider work on urban space/urbanized consciousness by Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Georg Simmel, Louis Wirth, Manuel Delgado Ruiz, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Sallie Marston, Michel de Certeau, Walter Benjamin as well as a variety of other thinkers from urban and human geography. Regardless of the theoretical approach chosen, it is important that the application of the theory should be the main focus of the article.

Priority will be given to essays written in English that:
• implicitly (or explicitly) engage 'cultural studies' as a method of giving equal weight to both cultural product and the city itself.
• emphasize one aspect of urban life in a single Spanish city during a given time period.
• rigorously deal with existing theory or criticism from Urban Studies, broadly considered and apply this clearly to both the cultural product and city chosen.
• examine in detail the artistic/formal properties of the cultural product chosen.
• are written in a clear and concise manner and accessible to the wide, non-specialist audience that IJIS attracts.

—100-250 word abstracts are due by December 20, 2011 to
—completed articles (if requested) are due by October 15, 2012.

Please keep in mind that the IJIS publishes on topics related to 20th and 21st century Spain only.

Send any queries to Benjamin Fraser (, Dept. of Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston (