Category Archives: urban

On Urban Trajectology. Algorithmic Mobilities and Atmocultural Navigation (with Andrea Pavoni)

(Submitted to Distinktion. Journal of Social Theory) Abstract In this piece, we introduce the notion of ‘atmoculture’ as a conceptual tool to analyse the new forms of mobility supported and enacted by digital algorithms. In historical perspective, we analyse how modernity has created a movement-space where the problem of finding one’s way through an increasingly […]

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Review of Farzaneh Haghighi “Is the Tehran Bazaar Dead? Foucault, politics, and architecture”

  Brighenti 2020 review Haghighi

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Vertical Vision and Atmocultural Navigation. Notes on emerging Urban Scopic Regimes (with Andrea Pavoni)

Forthcoming in Visual Studies Abstract. This paper analyses vertical vision by tracing its possible genealogy and exploring the forms it takes in the contemporary city. In the first section, vertical vision is situated in the context of its cosmographic tenets. In the second section, the critique of verticality is complemented by a topological approach where […]

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Urban Animals – Shifting Ecologies of Proximities : Special Issue Completed!

Andrea’s and  my introduction ‘Situating urban animals – a theoretical framework’ has now been published: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2020.1788131 The Special Issue ‘Urban Animals – Shifting Ecologies of Proximities’ is now complete! Bundled here.  

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Teoria Sociale. Un percorso introduttivo

OUT NOW! cover-estesa qui (pdf)

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Urban Phases: Crystallisation

  Paper at TCS Philosophy & Literature Conference 2019, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria, May 29th – June 2nd, 2019 Now published in City, Culture and Society   Abstract An analysis of the city through its crystallising processes is here proposed. Because crystallisation involves phase transition, a review of the latter, as well of the notion of […]

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The Visibility of Perception. On the Experience of Urban Environments

              A lecture and seminar at https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/home Lecture : https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/visibility-perception-experience-urban-environments Seminar : https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/faculty-workshop-andrea-mubi-brighenti

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Comparing what? Conceptualizing comparison in ethnographic research

OUT NOW – Special Issue of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa XII: 2 Comparing what? Conceptualizing comparison in ethnographic research  – Edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Nicholas DeMaria Harney https://www.rivisteweb.it/issn/1973-3194 Introduction (pdf)  

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On my way towards The Tag Conference

Will be my pleasure to join Javier Abarca and the other fellows at http://thetagconference.com/ Programme here

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Face & The City

Now Out in Body & Society Abstract. This piece sets out an exploration of the relations between the city, the body, and the face, seeking to understand in particular how the city and the face could be articulated with reference to an image of the body. It is suggested that the face and the city […]

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Urban Phases: Crystallisation

  An analysis of the city through its crystallising processes is here proposed. Because crystallisation involves phase transition, a review of the latter, as well of the notion of phase in its relation to order, is first submitted. Then the question is posed: Can we suggest that cities have phases? What would it imply to […]

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Urban Animals – Domestic, Stray and Wild

Urban Animals—Domestic, Stray, and Wild Notes from a Bear Repopulation Project in the Alps by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Andrea Pavoni Finally OUT in Society & Animals https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341580 Abstract. This piece explores ‘domesticity’ as a social territory defined by the relationship it entertains with the conceptual and material space of ‘the wild’. The leading research […]

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“Artveillance” paper included in “Surveillance Studies – A Reader”

I’m pleased that my paper “Artveillance: At the Crossroads of Art and Surveillance” (2010) has been reprinted in Surveillance Studies. A Reader Edited by Torin Monahan and David Murakami Wood (Cambrdge University Press, 2018)

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Book Review – “Cities Contested” Edited by Martin Baumeister, Bruno Bonomo & Dieter Schott

Cities Contested. Urban Politics, Heritage, and Social Movements in Italy and West Germany in the 1970s Available here: https://aro-isig.fbk.eu/issues/2018/2/cities-contested-andrea-brighenti

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Urban thresholds and modes of domestication

A lecture I’m giving today @ERC Homing project led by Paolo Boccagni: https://webmagazine.unitn.it/evento/sociologia/47230/urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication https://homing.soc.unitn.it/2018/10/05/new-seminar-a-m-brighenti-urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication/ NEW – Video recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YZvboJ83c8

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Walls is out!

https://books.google.it/books?id=txBqDwAAQBAJ https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Walls-Political-and-Cultural-Meanings-of-Vertical-Structures-and/Brighenti-Karrholm/p/book/9781138304338  

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Urban Animals – Shifting Ecologies of Proximities

Currently working (day & night…) at this Special Issue with Andrea Pavoni: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/jmv06250-rsoc-si-cfp-urban-animals

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Beyond rhythmanalysis: towards a territoriology of rhythms and melodies in everyday spatial activities (with Mattias Kärrholm)

NOW PUBLISHED in CITY, TERRITORY & ARCHITECTURE Abstract: The recent, rich scholarship on rhythms, following in the wake of Lefebvre’s book Éléments de rythmanalyse (1992), proves that rhythmanalysis is an important sensitising notion and research technique. Despite its increasing recognition, however, rhythmanalysis has not yet become a proper science as its proponents had hoped. In […]

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Urban Animals – Guest Lecture @ U of Toronto

July 23, h.12:00, University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall

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Atmospheres of retail and the asceticism of civilized consumption (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Nout out in Geographica Helvetica – https://www.geogr-helv.net/73/203/2018/

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The Vegetative City

OUT NOW in CULTURE, THEORY AND CRITIQUE The vegetative stratum is a layer of existence that is inherent not only in plants. Here, I propose to look at how vegetative life – or, the vegetative mode of existence – affects cities. The vegetative mode of existence is not focused on activities, routines, achievements. Here appears […]

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Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

Volume Edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Mattias Kärrholm. Published by Routledge – Classical and Contemporary Social Theory Series, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Walls-Political-and-Cultural-Meanings-of-Vertical-Structures-and/Brighenti-Karrholm/p/book/9781138304338 Informal link to pdf : http://b-ok.xyz/book/3608940/7fc062 In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls has been built around the world. Walls built in urban areas are particularly striking in that they have exacted a […]

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Airspacing the City. Where Technophysics meets Atmoculture

(with Andrea Pavoni) NOW PUBLISHED in Azimuth 10.   In this paper, we seek to show how the notion of technophysics can be applied to better understand the experience of contemporary urbanism. We argue that technophysics exists in dynamic relation to an atmoculture of urban space, whereby the technological and the cultural meet on a […]

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Animals, Sociology, and The City. Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

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Cineforum TRANSIZIONI TERRITORI / 4 – I tempi dei villaggi e delle città al cinema

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