New Urban Aesthetics



This PhD seminar has two main aims: to identify and think through the implications of new (or newly recognized) urban forms in the era of globalization, and to address new concepts and paradigms in urban theory. How are cities - and city life - changing in response to developments such as transnational migration, new media culture, and environmental engineering? How does cultural production - ranging from the visual arts to architecture and design - inform or contribute to those changes? What value do critical concepts such as the cosmopolitan, the global, the exurban, and the postmetropolitan have in current debates about cities? What new concepts and categories do we need to address emergent urban scenes and new formations of urban identity? These questions are at the center of this seminar, which aims to stimulate discussion, exchange, and debate on key urban topics within the humanities.