COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
February 16, 2021
Working Group 3 is convoking action members interested in taking part in the day-long online webinar, coming April 7, 2021. In preparation for the next steps of our network, we seek to engage in a thought-provoking discussion about the different methods that can be used to perceive, reflect and transform, or — in literary terms — read, write and compose the city. Whether art-driven...
February 16, 2021
Edited by Sonja Novak and Angeliki Sioli. The goal of the mini online conference “Meaningfulness, Appropriation and Integration of/in City Narratives” (November 17th, 2020 over Zoom™) was to initiate a discussion on how the respective terms are understood from a theoretical perspective within the COST Action “Writing Urban Places: New Narratives of the European City.”...
February 10, 2021
For those of you who were not able to join our recent webinar Fieldwork Within Network, organized by WG4, or who joined and would still like to review the event’s discussions, the recordings of the introduction and the three thematic sessions (Mapping, Performing, Sharing) are now available in our YouTube channel, under the playlist Fieldwork.
February 1, 2021
After the November online conference “Meaningfulness, Appropriation and Integration of/in City Narratives”, the webinar “Fieldwork Within Network” also managed to convoke an increasing number of action members. The virtual  event was organized by Working Group 4 (Fieldwork, led by Sloboan Velevski and Luis Santiago Baptista) with active participation from members of all working groups and our...
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...

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…