COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
June 2, 2020
Action member Pablo Costa has launched a survey as part of his PhD research on urbanism (FA-ULisboa). The aim is to evaluate temporary intervention scenarios and proposals for interim uses (a topic he also developed with a Writing Urban Places STSM grant: https://writingurbanplaces.eu/wup-news/short-term-scientific-mission-notes-on-places-movement-and-images/) for 3 abandoned spaces in the city of Barreiro – a shrinking...
May 30, 2020
Edited by Klaske Havik, Kris Pint, Svava Riesto and Henriette Steiner (WG2) “In this Vademecum we present a set of concepts that help us to explore new ways of thinking about and experiencing urban places, by introducing a diversity of concepts that might reveal blind spots in urban discourse or bring insights from one discipline...
May 20, 2020
The Centre for Intercultural Studies is pulling together an Edited Collection called Intercultural Studies for Business: Concepts and Dialogues across Shifting Spaces and we would like to invite you to consider submitting one or more chapters. This edited volume explores how the promotion, marketing and branding of culture led to the development of economic strategies, e.g. through...
May 15, 2020
Dalia Milián Bernal, Finland – WG3 I am Mexican. Only three years ago, I moved to Tampere, the second largest urban area and third most populous individual municipality in Finland, they show off in Wikipedia. Mid-March, as in many other European countries, Finland declared a state of emergency; if possible, we were all to avoid...
May 14, 2020
Maria Bostenaru, Romania – WG4 Since the 22nd of March, a Sunday, masses are not celebrated with public in Romania anymore. I am Roman Catholic, so I’ve had Easter on the 12th of April. The majority of Romanian population is Orthodox, my father was too, and Easter was on the 19th of April. On orthodox...
May 13, 2020
The Bucharest Municipality Museum, The College of Letters of the University of Bucharest, the “Ion Mincu” University of Urbanism and Architecture of Bucharest, Romania, and the University of Valladolid, Spain, are proud to announce the 6th edition of the International Conference of Urban Anthropology, with the theme Public spaces: places of the city, places of...

New Narratives of the European City

Writing Urban Places proposes an innovative investigation and implementation of a process for developing human understanding of communities, their society, and their situatedness, by narrative methods. It focuses particularly on the potential of narrative methods for urban development in European medium-sized cities.

By recognising the value of local urban narratives – stories rich in information regarding citizens socio-spatial practices, perceptions and expectations – the Action aims to articulate a set of concrete literary devices within a host of spatial disciplines; bringing together scientific research in the fields of literary studies, urban planning and architecture; and positioning this knowledge vis-à-vis progressive redevelopment policies carried out in medium-sized cities in Europe.

Working Groups

WG 1 – Science Communication

Working Group 1 is responsible for the overall communication and output of the initiative, via the dissemination of the status…

WG 2 – Theoretical Framework

Working Group 2 is concerned with how theoretical reflections can stimulate the thinking and praxis of narrating urban places of medium-sized…

WG 3 – Methodological Framework

The objectives of WG3 include the investigation and development of appropriate analytical and projective methods to understand narratives…

WG 4 – Fieldwork

The core of WG4 fieldwork’s activities is site-specific research. Each study consists of two phases, an analytical and a projective phase…