Call for papers: Urban Space and the Body

Published at: 6 November 2017

CALL for PAPERS: Annali d’italianistica, Volume 37, Year 2019

Urban Space and the Body

Guest-editors: Silvia Ross (University College Cork) and Giulio Giovannoni (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Cities consist of much more than the built environment and the physical space they occupy: they are experienced by and through the body. As humans, we inhabit, traverse and construct our urban space, shaping the city, as it in turn shapes us. This interdisciplinary issue of Annali d’italianistica intends to explore the many ways in which the city is perceived by the body and how urban space influences the corporeality of those who pass through or abide within it. This volume aims to investigate the ways in which Italian cultural production and related disciplines engage with the body and urban issues in areas encompassing architecture, urban planning, literature, film studies, geography, history, linguistics, philosophy, art history, sociology, drama and theatre studies, anthropology, among others. We are particularly interested in: the performance of place; ruins, wounded cities and sick bodies; in and out of place — gender and sexuality in the city; architectures of affect and emotion; mobility and immobility in the city; disability and the urban sphere; industrialization, the environment and the body; invisible subjects and hidden spaces; the migrant body in the urban sphere; streetwalking and flânerie; post-human approaches to urban studies; sensing the city; bodies, borders and abject spaces; urban spaces of childhood; public assemblies and urban spaces; danger zones and bodily safety; policing the body in the city; cyborgs and virtual worlds; systems of urban circulation; public festivals, bodies, and ideologies; urban space, bodies, and the affirmation of collective and individual identities.

Goals and outcomes
The 2019 Annali issue on “Urban Space and the Body” seeks to (1) advance the debate on urban space and the body within the Italian context as well as from different disciplinary perspectives, taking into account their mutual influences; (2) explore theoretical perspectives, as well as theoretically informed case studies on the corporeal and urban space in a comparative context; and (3) enhance critical awareness about the complex and problematic (political, social, economic, cultural, etc.) effects of architecture and urban design on the body. This volume explores a theme which was also the subject of an international conference (with keynote speakers Gillian Rose and Serenella Iovino) organized through the “Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Urban Space” network of scholars and universities (, held at University College Cork on 9-10 June 2017, and announced at: [ ] (


This volume, however, is not a conference proceedings but rather a peer-reviewed journal issue dedicated to the topic described above.

Submission process Interested authors should submit as soon as possible a 200-300-word abstract of their research topic, outlining their theoretical approach and their paper’s focus. Essays, in Italian or English, are due in September through December 2018. The volume will appear in the fall of 2019. Contributors should familiarize themselves with the editorial norms of the journal, available online, for all essays, in English or Italian. Please send the abstract, contact details, a brief bio, and essay to both guest-editors’ email addresses: Silvia Ross:; Giulio Giovannoni:

Full-length essays (ranging typically from 6,000 to 9,000 words) should be submitted to both guest-editors as an attachment in Word no later than 31 December 2018.
Early submissions of essays are most welcome.
See also the Annali d’italianistica website