COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
January 22, 2021
The second in a series of across-network workshops organized within our COST network will be led by Working group 4 (Field-work) and will take place as a whole-day online event on Friday 29th January 2021. We cordially invite you to this webinar entitled Fieldwork within Network: Mapping, Performing, Sharing via Zoom link provided in the...
January 16, 2021
Researchers are cordially invited to submit original research papers for the 6th issue of Writingplace journal, edited by our action chairs Klaske Havik, Susana Oliveira, and WG2 leaders Sonja Novak and Angeliki Sioli. Please find the call for papers with all relevant details (deadline, submission procedure, peer review etc.) in the file below. The topic of this...
December 16, 2020
We have launched our YouTube channel, Writing Urban Places, where we expect to upload videos from our activities, meetings, and other initiatives related to our Action. Our first uploads are the recordings of the online mini-conference organized by Working Group 2 (Theory) past November 17, where the three major theoretical lines that guide our action...
December 11, 2020
Sophia Journal is currently accepting the submission of articles and photographic work for its upcoming issue, guest-edited by Wilfried Wang (University of Texas, Austin) and titled “Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations”. The journal is “interested in material processes where photography is explored as a significant research tool for critical and innovative...
December 4, 2020
In order to get to know each other and our work a bit better, we have upgraded our team page, to include all action members. https://writingurbanplaces.eu/about/team/ Most of us appear now with a photo, a short biography and in some cases even contact details. We can see all members at once, or divided into Working...
December 2, 2020
* Deadline: December 31, 2020 * Dear COST Action 18126 members of all WGs, We are reaching out to you to pick your brains regarding methods and techniques to explore and communicate the city from a variety of disciplines. We are looking for methods and approaches to analyze, experience, capture and narrate the city. In...

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…