Association for Literary Urban Studies

The Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) provides an international and interdisciplinary platform for scholars studying the city in literature. It was formerly known as Helsinki Literature and the City Network (HLCN). Membership is free, and all scholars working within literary urban studies are warmly invited to join the association. It welcomes approaches that examine city narratives in a broad understanding, including approaches that combine urban studies, cultural geography, urban planning, future studies, and other relevant fields with the examination of narratives of cities. It aims to foster interdisciplinary research on city literature, including literature written in all languages and encompassing all historical periods. The Association for Literary Urban Studies organizes several meetings and symposia, and one international conference every two years. It aims to cooperate with other international organizations to organize international seminars, conferences and events.


Scholars interested in the city and literature from all fields of study are most welcome to join ALUS. For further information on joining the network, you can contact the ALUS secretary Riikka Pulkkinen at alussecretary [a] or ALUS president Cecile Sandten at cecile.sandten [a]


If you want to add titles of published works in literary urban studies to the ALUS Bibliography (updated frequently), please send the reference details to the Bibliography editor Meeria Vesala: meeria.vesala [at]

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