CFP: Urban Culture and Writing the City (e-journal)

full name / name of organization: 
Ian McKay
contact email: 

(apologies for cross posting)

The following may be of interest to theoreticians working in the broad-based field(s) of
'urban culture' and 'writing the city'. We strongly encourage submissions which comprise
an attempt to re-think urban writing.


     *** Call For Contributors ***

     The Journal of Psychogeography
           and Urban Research


The Journal of Psychogeography and Urban Research is a new online peer-reviewed journal
being launched in September 2001 as a vehicle for astute, informative, and dynamic thought
on the subject of psychogeography and urban studies. The journal will publish work from a
range of methodological positions, on various historical moments, and across diverse
geographical and academic locations.

The journal can be found at:

Primarily, the role of the journal will be to establish new ground for debate, to
encourage new research and thinking on the urban, and to question existing orthodoxies and
methodologies pertaining to urban research.

Among the many topics to be considered:

* Cartographies of Transgression
* Performance and Place
* Architectures of Power
* Territoriality and Desire
* Urban Geographies and Race
* Contesting Space
* The Contemporary Flâneuse
* Land/City/Media-scapes
* The Urban Gaze
* Rethinking Psychogeography
* Rethinking the Avant-Garde
* The Failure(s) of Contemporary Psychogeographical Critique
* Rethinking Situationism
* Psychogeography and Conservatism

In the form of:

* Refereed Academic Articles
* Refereed Review Articles
* Non-Refereed Working Papers
* Non-Refereed Shorter Reviews



The Journal of Psychogeography and Urban Research invites contributions from individuals
or groups, regardless of disciplinary location. We encourage contributions in a variety of
formats including academic articles, book and film reviews, dérive reports, and



The Journal of Psychogeography and Urban Research publishes theoretical papers which
should not be longer than 8000 words. All submissions should be accompanied by a 150-300
word abstract, and should be fully referenced and may contain endnotes (but not



+ Book Reviews: ...may include reviews of celebrated texts, as well as recent
publications, and can be between 1000 and 3000 words. Longer review articles (up to 5000
words) will be considered where they deal with a number of publications linked by a common
theme, for example 'Psychogeographical writing on London'. A list of books currently
awaiting review can be found at If a
prospective author wishes to review any of the books listed on that page, a proposal
should be submitted which includes details of the author's subject specialism(s).

+ Film and television reviews: We encourage submission of reviews of mainstream
productions, as well as the less well known. The key criterion is that the review should
make productive connections between psychogeography, urban studies, and city cultures, and
encourage reflection upon popular media formats such as cinema and television as a means
to investigating the urban form.

+ New media and the internet: Information and communication technologies have given rise
to new forms of mediated interaction which, in some way, can address certain issues
pertaining to drift theory, navigation, and psychogeography. For this reason, The Journal
of Psychogeography and Urban Research encourages reviews of new media, such as internet
sites (both private, corporate and institutional) or discussion groups. Reviews can cover
anything from ideological analyses of websites to summaries of relevant discussion group



Dérive reports are strongly encouraged if they engage reflexively with the theory of
practice and the practice of theory.



Interviews present the opportunity to explore issues and themes relating to urban
perception and inquiry in an open and explorative dialogic format. Whilst they are less
formally structured than a traditional academic article, they enable complex issues and
ideas to be examined from alternative political/social locations.



All textual contributions must be written in English and should not have been published,
or submitted for publication elsewhere. All submissions should be accompanied by a 150-300
word abstract (including 6 keywords) for purposes of review. Submissions undergo blind
peer review. Therefore, the author(s) name, address and email should appear only on a
detachable cover page and not anywhere else on the manuscript. If a submission is
accepted, a disk version of the manuscript will be required. Submissions must be fully
referenced and may contain endnotes (but not footnotes).

All submissions should be submitted to the following address:

PO Box 1059
SO16 5AG

Abstracts only may be electronically submitted to the Editor if advice on suitability is
required prior to submission:



Prospective contributors who are based in the UK should note that in its regular review of
research performance in the United Kingdom, the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE)
has stated that digital publications may be submitted for RAE assessment and should be
subject to the same quality criteria as papers published by 'traditional' means.

All contributions to The Journal of Psychogeography and Urban Research will be reviewed by
two referees with academic expertise in the appropriate area. Contributors will be kept up
to date on the status of their contributions via regular email correspondence.



* Editor:
  Ian McKay

* Editorial Assistant:
  Marcus Lynch

* Editorial Board:

Dr. Chris Atton (Napier University)
Dr. Alastair Bonnett (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
Will Barton Catmur (Coventry School of Art and Design)
Dr. Tony Chapman (University of Teeside)
Dr Julie Charlesworth (Open University)
Prof. Stephen Duncombe (New York University)
Dr. Lisanne Gibson (Griffith University)
Dr. Leslie Hill (Thames Valley University)
Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University)
Mark Little (University of Northumbria)
Prof. Anne Massey (Arts Institute at Bournemouth)
Ian McKay (Editor)
Dr. Stephen Perrin (Liverpool Hope University)
Helen Scalway (Artist/Writer & Open University)
Dr. Peter Stanfield (Southampton Institute)
Prof. Julian Wolfreys (University of Florida)

* Editorial Address:

  PO Box 1059
  SO16 5AG
  United Kingdom

* Email:

* FAX: +44 (0)8707052927



The Journal of Psychogeography and Urban Research now has an Email Discussion Group. To
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