Fringe Reading Group


The FRINGE Reading Group engages with urban theory from intersectional perspectives. 


We combine classic and contemporary articles from a variety of perspectives, including literature and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, history and architecture. Participants from all disciplines are invited to join and suggest texts for discussion. We read texts circulated by the session moderator two weeks in advance of the Zoom meeting. Sessions are moderated on a rotating basis to ensure the inclusion of various perspectives.

The Reading Group welcomes academics at all stages of their career and all disciplines as well as artists and members of the public interested in the urban. To join us, contact: Olga Springer.


Tue 28 Sept (5pm CET)

Article: Stavrides, Stavros. “Navigating the Metropolitan Space: Walking as a form of negotiation with otherness”, Journal of Psychogeography and Urban Research, Vol. 1.1., 2001.

“Can we however possibly discover a different, latent, potential in the metaphor of navigation? Can we then perhaps transport this potential from the virtual space of the "net" to the actual space of the urban environment?”


Article: Stavrides, Stavros. “Commoning the city. Reinventing togetherness”, Eurozine, May 2020.


Tue 9 Nov (5pm CET).

Chapter 5. City of Fear, from: Kern, Leslie. Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World. London: Verso, 2020.

What would a metropolis for working women look like? How do social control and geography work together?

Tue 7 Dec (5pm CET).

A section TBA from: Ameel, L.; Finch, J.; Salmela, M. Literary Second Cities, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.

Tue 1 Feb (5pm CET).

Article: Hayden, Dolores. “What would a Non-sexist City be Like: Speculations on Housing, Urban Design, and Human Work”, Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 1980. 

Tue 15 March (5pm CET). 

Essay: Cole, Teju. "Black Body", from Known and Strange Things, 2016.

Tue 26 April (5pm CET). 

A section from: Mernissi, Fatima. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, 1994. 

Tue 7 June (5pm CET).

Short story:  Evaristo, Bernardine. "Carole", Girl, Woman Other, 2019.


Wed 10 March (5pm CET). Article: Cities and Sexualities (Hubbard et. al., 2015)​

Wed 21 April (5pm CET). Article: The Invisible Flâneuse (Janet Wolff, 1985)​

Wed 2 June (5pm CET). A section on social class and the urban from The Worst Street in North London (Jerry White, 1986)