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City Maps

City Maps is a series of workshops encouraging doctoral students to explore, discuss and experiment with different ways of conceptualising and studying cities in the arts and humanities. The main learning outcome is to equip participants with knowledge, tools and approaches for expanding their horizons and engaging the urban as an object of study in their own research.

City Maps

Various dates October 2018 - July 2019

City Maps is a series of workshops encouraging doctoral students to explore, discuss and experiment with different ways of conceptualising and studying cities in the arts and humanities. The main learning outcome is to equip participants with knowledge, tools and approaches for expanding their horizons and engaging the urban as an object of study in their own research.

In ordinary conversation, we often take cities for granted as distinct and identifiable places. But when the city becomes an object of study, it quickly becomes elusive, layered, interconnected and potentially boundless. A city can be a built environment of myriad structures and infrastructures, its people and their differences, a series of representations or aesthetic impressions, an object of politics or public address, a node for global flows, and many other things besides. Often going hand-in-hand with these disparate aspects of the city are specific disciplinary preferences and domains.

Doctoral students taking workshops within this series will be inspired to rise above narrowly disciplinary or highly attenuated orientations to the city. Each session will approach the urban as an inherently trans-, inter- and pluri-disciplinary object, bringing together CHASE expertise and an invited workshop leader, who will collaborate and develop a format appropriate to the workshop’s focus. This might include site-specific presentations, cases studies, reading discussions, screenings, and hands-on workshops.

The series will comprise five workshops moving from specific urban research cases to how students might situate themselves and seek publication in what has been termed urban cultural studies:

  1. The transdisciplinarity of urban experience. Iain Borden from the UCL Bartlett School, whose work has explored a range of topics in architecture and urban culture, will lead a workshop in collaboration with Mari Paz Balibrea (Birkbeck). Participants will be invited to think about the urban via the fundamental transdisciplinary concept of experience, and how it has been deployed in Borden’s work on public interaction with urban built environments. 31 October 2018, Birkbeck, Bloomsbury campus.

  2. Researching screen media and global cities. In this workshop, Johan Andersson from King’s College London will lead a workshop with Lawrence Webb (Sussex), building on themes introduced in their co-edited 2016 book Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media. This will likely comprise a programme of screenings and discussion at the Birkbeck Cinema, at which students will discuss the challenges of researching cinema and the city at a time when both have been destabilized as objects of study.  21 November 2018, Birkbeck, Bloomsbury campus.

  3. Urban spaces and scalar traces. Clancy Wilmott, University of Manchester (with Scott Rodgers. Birkbeck). 28 March, University Square Stratford.

  4. Mapping urban media infrastructures (provisional title). Shannon Mattern, The New School (with Scott Rodgers. Birkbeck). 30 May 2019, venue TBC.

  5. Urban cultural studies: getting oriented, getting published. This workshop provides an overview of the emergent field of urban cultural studies. Participants will explore what types of work this field makes visible, and be given specific advice on making their work publishable in peer reviewed journals. Ben Fraser from University of Arizona, the Executive Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, will lead the workshop in collaboration with Mari Paz Balibrea. __ July 2019, Birkbeck, Bloomsbury campus.


Fifteen places will be available for each workshop, with CHASE-funded students having first priority, followed by students researching any aspect of cities (with first places going to students at CHASE institutions). Provision will be made to document each session, via a combination of blogging, photos, and/or audio/video recording.

Participants are encouraged to attend all five workshops, although this is not essential.


Workshop 1 - Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Birkbeck, Bloomsbury campus.

The Transdisciplinarity of Urban Experience

Iain Borden

10.00 Arrive/coffee

10.30-12.00 Introduction: Experience and Transdisciplinary Urban Research

A talk by Iain Borden covering research methods, tactics and aims when undertaking research that involves consideration of experience, and with particular reference to his own work on skateboarding, automobile driving, architecture and recent work on large urban structures. Some of the main theoretical conceptions of what might constitute experience will be introduced, but this talk – and subsequent workshop – will focus predominantly on more practical matters of research, including the role of different kinds of sources, data gathering, categorisations of subject, articulation (visual, filmic, sonic, textual, performative etc.) and dissemination. The questions of research impact and public engagement will also be addressed.

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.45 Task 1

The 15 participants will divide into groups of 3, and asked to consider ways in which research on experience could be undertaken for the following subjects (one subject per group):

•        Domestic workers in Manila

•        Call centres in Mumbai

•        Ageing in Florida

•        Graffiti and street art in 1990s Berlin

•        Streets in nineteenth century London

Groups will have 45 minutes for reflection, followed by a 10 minute presentation/discussion of each group’s work.

14.45-15.00 Break

15.00-16.45 Task 2

The 15 participants will again divide into groups of 3, and this time are asked to consider ways in which experience could be explored in each other’s PhD project. Groups will have 45 minutes for reflection, followed by a 10 minute presentation/discussion of each group's work.


Workshop 2 - Wednesday 21 November | 13.00-18.00

Birkbeck, Bloomsbury campus

Researching screen media and global cities.

In this workshop, Johan Andersson from King’s College London will lead a workshop with Lawrence Webb (University of Sussex), building on themes introduced in their co-edited books Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media (2016) and The City in American Cinema: Film and Postindustrial Culture (forthcoming, 2019). This will comprise a film screening and a workshop at the Birkbeck Cinema. In the workshop session, Andersson and Webb will lead a discussion on the challenges of researching cinema/screen media and cities at a time when both have become destabilized as objects of study. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own PhD projects to consider a range of research methodologies and theoretical approaches to screen media and cities. Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb will present on their own recent research projects and talk about the challenges of interdisciplinary research and publication. Topics will vary depending on the doctoral students participating, but are likely to include: film, media and the digital turn; gentrification; landscape theory; genre; queer studies; urban history; archival research; location shooting; and urban institutions. Doctoral students working on any urban/national context or historical period are welcome to attend.


Workshop 3 - Thursday 28 March 2019 | 10.00-16.00

Birkbeck, University Square Stratford

Urban spaces and scalar traces

In this workshop, Clancy Wilmott from the University of Manchester will lead a workshop with Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck) that asks participants to consider urban cultural studies through spatial theory - specifically concepts of scale, situatedness, and global-local encounters. Based at Birkbeck’s Stratford Campus, participants will conduct an in-situ geo-graphical exploration of traces across material and digital landscapes, evident and pertinent to their own research, in order to map how different scales – such as global, local, architectural and bodily - blend together, co-forming and conflicting in everyday urban spaces.


Terms and conditions

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

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