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UCL Press Round-up for January

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Alison Fox

Happy New Year! We’re really proud to kick off 2020 with an exhibition of some of our recent, and most popular, publications in the UCL main library – you’ll find us in the large display cabinet, halfway up the main staircase! Do take the time to look at our wide range of publications, all of which are available to download directly from this site, just use our search function to locate the book you’re interested in.

In January we also publish another new book in our Fringe series, Re-centring the City.  And we continue to publish into our Europe and the World and the International Journal of Social Pedagogy journal special issues. For more information on all of these publications, and links to their content, please keep reading.

Re-Centring the City
Global Mutations of Socialist Modernity

Edited by Jonathan Bach and Michał Murawski

What is the role of monumentality, verticality and centrality in the twenty-first century? Are palaces, skyscrapers and grand urban ensembles obsolete relics of twentieth-century modernity, inexorably giving way to a more humble and sustainable de-centred urban age? Or do the aesthetics and politics of pomp and grandiosity rather linger and even prosper in the cities of today and tomorrow?

Re-Centring the City zooms in on these questions, taking as its point of departure the experience of Eurasian socialist cities, where twentieth-century high modernity arguably saw its most radical and furthest-reaching realisation. It frames the experience of global high modernity (and its unravelling) through the eyes of the socialist city, rather than the other way around: instead of explaining Warsaw or Moscow through the prism of Paris or New York, it refracts London, Mexico City and Chennai through the lens of Kyiv, Simferopol and the former Polish shtetls. This transdisciplinary volume re-centres the experiences of the ‘Global East’, and thereby our understanding of world urbanism, by shedding light on some of the still-extant (and often disavowed) forms of ‘zombie’ centrality, hierarchy and violence that pervade and shape our contemporary urban experience.

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Europe and the World

“Considering EU External Relations after Brexit”, is a Special Issue that considers the questions around what the future of EU external relations will look like without the UK.

Read more and access the first articles here.

International Journal of Social Pedagogy

This new Special Issue is entitled "Creativity and Social Pedagogy".  Articles published draw on a wide range of topics from across the social professions to discuss forms of creative activity, including theatre and drama, film, poetry, music, and symbols.

Read more and access the first articles here.

To find out more about the 8 Open Access journals we publish, and to download any of their content, take a look here.

January 21st 2020

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