Author Archives: A Fu

A Conversation w/ new City & Community book review editors Sofya Aptekar & Ervin Kosta

Albert Fu: Sofya and Ervin, first of all, congratulations on your new role as book review editors for City & Community. Can you tell us a little bit more about the new initiative on non-English book reviews?

Sofya Aptekar: Thank you, Albert. We’re pretty excited to be part of the effort of running this journal. The idea of adding reviews of books published in languages other than English was broached to us by the new editor-in-chief Richard E. Ocejo. Both Ervin and I thought it would be great for C&C readership, and have begun the exciting work of tracking down books published across the world.

Albert: Why did you think it is important?

Ervin Kosta: This initiative resonated with us at various levels. City & Community has increasingly become more international in scope, both in authorship as well as coverage, earning a global reputation as an important node of urban research and scholarship. We want to build upon and expand the international reach of the journal by covering, even if in the brief format of book reviews, titles our readers might otherwise miss. We hope this initiative will not only benefit from the expertise of our multilingual scholars, but also bring in voices who might otherwise not see City & Community as their intellectual home to date.

Sofya: In addition, we also want to heed continuing calls within urban studies to expand our categories of analysis such that they pay closer attention to urbanisms that do not neatly map onto the proverbial metropolitan experience of the Global North. Various recent articles and special issues in City & Community on regional cities, small cities, and our March 2021 special issue on Global South, point to the importance of decentralizing and destabilizing analytical categories of research and theorizing of urban studies utilized for most of the twentieth century. We like Garrido, Ren, and Weinstein’s advice that we could “open up” existing concepts such that they are capable of accommodating diverse urban experiences, all the while continuing to engender conversation about and across urban differences. We hope this initiative might bring in perspectives that do just that.

Albert: That sounds great. How are you planning on getting this initiative off the ground?

Ervin: We have started reaching out to people in our networks to identify books to review, as well as multilingual reviewers. One of our hopes is to spark new connections and collaborations for C&C readers that extend beyond the Anglophone world.

Albert: What can we do for you? Any advice for our readers?

Sofya: Yes. We absolutely need the help of the C&C community to make this a success. Please reach out to us to (1) suggest  recently published non-English books that you think would be interesting to C&C readers and (2) suggest multilingual  urban scholars who may be interested in writing book reviews, or better yet, volunteer yourself!  Our emails are Sofya.Aptekar@slu.cuny.edu and Kosta@hws.edu.

Message from Communications Team (Summer 2020)

2020 represented a significant change from how CUSS has managed communications to its members. This process began under our past chairs Miriam Greenberg and Rachel Dwyer. We have now shifted our focus away from a traditional PDF newsletter to a combination of email, our website (comurb.org), Facebook, and Twitter (@ComUrbASA). For instance, current chair Japonica Brown-Saracino has been sending out a monthly digest of section updates and announcements via the listserve. This digest is also posted on our Comurb.org and tweeted out by members of our team. While we are relying more on social media to get information out, we will be collecting items from the past year and posting a PDF. That way we can continue to have an archive of traditional newsletters, even as technology continues to evolve. It also continues the great work of Bill Holt, our newsletter letter editor since 2001.

As we move forward, we welcome suggestions as to how we can better serve CUSS members. This includes using the website to highlight the great work – advocacy, scholarship, and teaching – that is done by you all. We would love to post short essays or editorial-style pieces on Comurb.org. If you are interested, pitch us your ideas.

  • Albert Fu <afu@kutztown.edu>
  • Kyle Galindez <kgalinde@ucsc.edu>
  • Lora Phillips <laphillips216@gmail.com>
  • Steven Schmidt <stvnschmidt@gmail.com>

Urban Sociology Resources on ASA TRAILS

ASA TRAILS

Prepping your fall courses? Did you know ASA TRAILS has a number of urban sociology resources that can help you get ready? Here are a few examples:

Don’t forget that you can also submit teaching resources to TRAILS.

Mentorship Sessions at ASA 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

This is the last call for participants for the mentoring sessions for the ASA annual meeting in NYC! 

Thanks to all who have already signed up. Our team will begin matching folks soon, but we want to give one last chance to anyone else. Perhaps your schedule shifted and you’ll be attending? Perhaps you know a grad student whose paper was accepted and can now participate?

Fill out the form (CLICK HERE) by Friday, May 31st, and we’ll find a place for you.

Jon Wynn and Albert Fu

Chair’s Message (Winter 2019)

Rachel Dwyer
Ohio State State University
CUSS Newsletter, 2019 Winter, Vol 32, No 1

Autumn 2018 has brought sobering reminders of the power of community, for good, but also for terror, for bringing people together, but also for erecting walls. In the worst cases, communities of hate encourage the vile impulses of oppressing and excluding any defined as “other”, even to the point of mass violence. Communities of hate all too often get goaded on and strengthened by powerful and cynical interests in the service of their own pedestrian wills toward greed and power. At the same time, our highest hopes of social inclusion and human flourishing arise out of strong and diverse communities that foster openness, connection, learning, and tolerance.

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