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Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS):
Beyond the Creative City

Call for Papers

The Journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) is preparing a special issue, under the title Beyond the Creative City. The issue will be edited by Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, Jose Antonio Bandeirinha, and Paulo Peixoto.

The point of departure for this special issue is the politically prevalent, but heavily criticized trend for cities to participate in an international race for 'hip' promotional identities and economic competitiveness through investing in flagship architectural projects, and building districts to attract mobile creative talent. While contributing to interesting urban renewal and 'economic reinvention' strategies in many cities, these approaches also tended to neglect issues of social equity and inclusion, dislocation of existing artist/creative communities, and favoured 'big and flashy' globally circulating art products (exhibits, performances, artists) over nurturing approaches to 'authentic' local cultures and heritage. While this approach is still evident, it is no longer seen as the only path to creative urban renewal and economic development, and there is a growing need to propose and examine alternate approaches that are more culturally sensitive to local realities and issues, environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable, and attentive to issues of inclusion, justice, and multicultural realities.

This special issue seeks to bring together creative and interdisciplinary perspectives from socio-anthropology, arts and cultural studies, architecture, cultural policy, and other disciplines examining the organization, uses, and images of urban space. Topics of articles may analyze (but are not restricted to): urban lifestyles and means of resistance, socioeconomic conditions and empowerment of residents through artistic/cultural initiatives, the impacts of tourism and 'creative city' initiatives on cities over the last decade, affirmations of cultural expressions, and the democratic governance of cities.

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted works are graded by three reviewers, and ranked for academic quality, originality, and relevance to the objectives and thematic scope of this issue. The issue will be published in Portuguese with abstracts in French, English, and Portuguese.

Interested authors should submit their papers by 31 March 2012 to rccs@ces.uc.pt

For further information about this special issue, please contact: Nancy Duxbury at duxbury@ces.uc.pt

RCCS information for authors is available at www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/normaspubrccs.pdf