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GNCS to Publish Special Issue on "Nineteenth-Century Global Cities and Urban Worlds"

Following on the heels of a successful international symposium, the SGNCS's flagship publication issues a call for papers.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2025


Nineteenth-Century Global Cities and Urban Worlds

Twenty years ago, Richard L. Stein speculated that the city, as a research subject, may be appealing to scholars specifically because of the ‘demand’ it places on any single discipline ‘to borrow’ from others. In this respect, the city often serves as ‘a perfect interdisciplinary object’. At the same time, researchers in varied disciplines, often motivated by distinct interests and concerns, ask different kinds of questions about cities, urbanization, and urban life. Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, published by Liverpool University Press, invites submissions for a special issue on “Nineteenth-Century Global Cities and Urban Worlds” from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics may include (but are not limited to):


-Realist fiction and the city

-Urban Romanticisms

-Cities as sites of international and transnational transfer and exchange

-Relationship of cities to political ideologies, movements, and cultural forms

-Transnational linkages in urban planning and suburbanization

-Histories of indigenous urbanization

-Policing cities

-Port cities (gateways, hubs) and the urban spaces of which they were part

-Spectacle and sartorial display in urban settings

-Painting, art markets, and urban worlds

-Cities and global migration

-Housing, sanitation and hygiene

-Spaces of leisure (clubs, bathhouses, restaurants, theatre, cinema, museums)

-Comparative urbanization

-City games: Sport and urban space

-Colonial cities

-Urban religious communities

-Subterranean spaces

-Queer geographies of cities

-Urban infrastructure, layout, architecture, and transportation

-Clock time in urban contexts

-Urban types (the flâneur, the malandro, the dandy, the chica moderna)

-Cities and early cinema culture

-Gothic global cities / urban gothic

-Cosmopolitan dreamscapes

-Fictitious cities

-Urban efficiencies

-Relationships among translocal, transurban, and transnational

-Cities as birthplaces of literary avantgardes

-Creole cities

-Soundscapes of global cities (from street hawkers to music halls to opera houses)

-Cities and state power

-Urban topography and affective life

-Global south cities today: resurrections of (as Mike Davis argues) nineteenth-century Dublin, Naples, or London’s East End?  

-Transnational exchange (traveling theatre, exhibitions, book tours)

-Global cities as sites of transnational spectacle and consumption (department stores, world fairs)

-High culture, popular culture, and cities

-Global cities, urbanization, and environmental crises

-City poems in a globalizing age


Submissions should be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Supporting files, including illustrations, figures, and tables, must be submitted with the written text. Essays should generally be in the range of 9,000 words (including notes and bibliography).


Because the journal uses double-anonymous review, no identifying information should appear in the manuscript. Your submission should be compiled in the following order: title; abstract (100–150 words); keywords (5–7); main text; acknowledgements (if any); references; end notes. For initial submission, illustrations/figures/tables should be inserted either directly in the text or appear as appendices in the same file. Although initial submissions may be in any format, essays must, as a condition of acceptance, conform to the journal’s style guide.


An email cover letter should provide the author’s or corresponding author’s contact information. The submission should be saved as <surname given name> with no commas between the two names. For example: Doe Jane.

Manuscript submissions may be sent to by 15 January 2025. The expected date of publication is autumn/winter 2026.


To learn more about Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, please visit Liverpool University Press’s website at GNCS is a publication of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies. To learn more about this geographically and disciplinarily diverse network of scholars who share an interest in the world’s connectedness between 1750 and 1914, visit




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