Call for Papers: LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture – Altre Modernità N. 20

Call for papers
LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture
edited by Anna Viola Sborgi, Lawrence Napper and Nicoletta Vallorani
This issue of Other Modernities will investigate cultural representations of contemporary London, from the viewpoint of the present historical moment, looking back at how the perception of the city’s cosmopolitan identity has developed. In the 20th and 21st century London has emerged as a global, cosmopolitan capital attracting visitors and migrants alike for its close association with an image of cultural openness, diversity, and inclusion. This association, however, has repeatedly been contested. Periodical resurgences of nationalism in specific historical moments leading to radical socio-political transformations and upheaval have often undermined the perception of a peaceful and inclusive cohabitation within the city: the 1931 Battle of Cable Street, the mid-1970s rise of the British National Front, the Brixton and London riots in 1981 and 2011, respectively, and, more recently, the post-Brexit cultural shock. Although these could be understood as episodic moments of crisis, they were also prepared by an endemic coexistence, within the very space of the metropolis, of different and often very contradictory discourses. London has always been, at one and the same time, a space of opportunity and of widening social inequality, of inclusion and exclusion. 
An exploration of these conflicting discourses and of their cultural representations becomes urgent and crucial in this particular historical moment, in which on the one hand, London is experiencing a deep “crisis of conviviality” (Georgiou 2016) and might be on the verge of losing its cosmopolitan status – and, on the other, the preservation of this particular identity has been strongly advocated both by London dwellers – who perceive themselves as very distinct from the rest of the country – and by the local institutions, in particular by the newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan, with his media campaign #londonisopen. 
The urban space is a privileged site of negotiation for a series of challenges such as overpopulation, pollution, gentrification, urban sprawl and socio-political conflict, social, ethnic and gender inclusion and exclusion (Harvey 2001, Lees 2016, Madden and Marcuse 2016, Massey 1994). These challenges are not only mirrored in cultural representations of the city – from cinema to television, from photography to the press – but they are constantly re-defined and negotiated within these different media, shaping, in a two-way process, the political and social debate about urban life (Brunsdon 2007 and 2009, Georgiou 2013, Shiel 2001, Shonfield 2000, Webb 2014). 
We welcome proposals analysing the cultural representations of London in the 20th and 21st century in a wide range of formats and media (the press, popular and urban culture), with a particular emphasis on the visual (film, television, photography, visual adaptation of literary works), and through different theoretical frameworks – media and urbanism, cultural geography, Queer and Cultural Studies – and approaches – close analysis, historical and archival research. 
Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
– Racial tensions within the city and immigration 
– Cosmopolitanism 
– Brexit and London 
– Crisis 
– Social inclusion and exclusion, especially in relation to class 
– Gender and the urban space: appropriation and loss of spaces (i.e. Soho and the queer community) 
– Housing as a site of social contestation: from the early 20th century slum clearances, to the post-war egalitarian housing project and its crisis 
– The financialisation of the economy, austerity, the economic crisis and the widening inequality gap 
– Gentrification, redevelopment and social displacement 
– Public space and private space 
– Environmental challenges within the city: green spaces, pollution.
To this purpose, the editorial board has established the following deadlines; authors should send in their proposals in the form of a 10 (min.) – 20 (max.) line abstract with a brief bio-bibliography to (both in English and in the language of their choice) by 15th October 2017. Full papers must be received by 15th February 2018. Other Modernities accepts contributions in English, Italian, Spanish, and French. The issue will be published late November 2018.
We also welcome book reviews and interviews to authors and scholars who investigate the aforementioned topics. Contributors are free to contact the editors to discuss and clarify the objectives of their proposals, with a view to making the issue as homogeneous as possible also from a methodological point of view. The editors can be contacted via the Editorial Secretary (

Call for Papers: IAMHIST Blog – ‘A Day at the Archives…’ series

Call for Papers IAMHIST Blog PDF

The IAMHIST Blog is place for analysing film, radio and television history in a discursive context, and offers scholars working within these areas a space to disseminate their findings, knowledge and research.

A new series for the Blog, entitled ‘A Day at the Archives…’, aims to discuss different researcher’s experiences (from PhD student to Professor) of using a variety of archives and/or museums from around the world, particularly those which may help to contribute to and inform our knowledge of film, radio and television history, and thus work to advertise and highlight useful avenues for historical and empirical research for other scholars working within these areas.

If you would be interested in writing a piece for this series, which is intended to run indefinitely, then please email the IAMHIST Blog Editor, Llewella Chapman, with your suggestions and ideas:

llewella . chapman @ gmail . com

It should be noted that researchers are also very welcome to write about their own research projects for the IAMHIST Blog (separate from this series), and if you are interested in writing a more general piece for the Blog then please let Llewella know.

Please refer to the ‘IAMHIST Blog Guidelines’, which can be found [here] if you wish to contribute a piece for the Blog. For this specific series, the title of your piece for the Blog should be ‘A Day at the Archives/Museum… Name of archive/museum, location’. An example of this would be:

‘A Day at the Archives… The National Archives, Kew (UK)’

Tobias Hochscherf and Roel Vande Winkel have recently published what is hoped to be the first piece as part of this series, which can be viewed here: [link].

N.B. Offering to write a piece for this series works on a first-come-first-serve basis. If the archive/museum which you wish to write about has already been suggested by another scholar, then you will be offered the opportunity to write about another archive/museum of your choice (which hasn’t already been claimed).

CALL FOR PAPERS:  Popular Culture / American Culture Association Conference 

The area invites papers and presentations on all aspects of radio and audio media, including but not limited to: radio history; radio programs and programming (music, drama, talk, news, sports, college, religious, ethnic, public affairs, features, interviews, community, low-power, pirate, etc.), new audio media (podcasting, internet radio, streaming audio, etc.); radio literature studies; media representations of radio and audio media; rhetorical research; legal and regulatory policy; economics of radio and audio media; and radio and audio media technology. U.S., international, or comparative works are welcome. Papers or presentations should be planned for no more that fifteen minutes. We encourage you to emphasize audience involvement and elicit stimulating questions and discussions. Media presentations are especially welcomed. We also invite inquires about possible papers or proposals for sessions.
Submit your paper or presentation proposal to
The proposal will include an abstract of 50 words and paper or presentation title, institutional affiliation, and email address.
The absolute deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017. Inquiries to the area chair about possible papers or proposals for sessions are also welcomed.
There will be a strict limitation of one presentation per person for this conference. All presenters must register for the convention and be a member of either PCA or the ACA. Pre-registration for the meeting is required in order for participants to have their names listed in the conference program.
If your paper is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter, registration information, the information you’ll need to join the PCA/ACA, and the room reservation information. For more information on the PCA/ACA, please visit
Address inquiries to:
Matthew Killmeier, PCAACA Radio and Audio Media Area Chair, Dept. of Communication & Theatre, Auburn University at Montgomery, (334) 244-3950,
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