MAPACA

Mid-Atlantic Popular &
American Culture Association

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Urban Culture

Area chair

Blagovesta Momchedjikova (New York University)

The Urban Culture Area seeks presenters who explore the varied ways in which humans inhabit the city (real, imaginary, lost) and negotiate their urban desires. Essays addressing issues such as displacement, multi-cultural encounter, hybridization, and the production or loss of public space in the context of the metropolitan city are welcome. How do the home, the museum, world’s fairs, ethnic food, architecture, spoken and written word, street performance, photography, film, sound, music, and movement help us inscribe the city and to what end? How does the city inscribe us? Historical or ethnographic studies of cities, poetic accounts of personal geographies through cities, and explorations of highly orchestrated or surprisingly improvised events in designated areas in the city are encouraged.

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