What is kult-ur?

What is kult-ur?

How do we live and how do we want to live in society? How do we act in our immediate social contexts? kult-ur, a journal and a plural, transversal and interdisciplinary blog that invites broad debate on how we think about the city, sets out to answer these questions. But those of us working to produce kult-ur also want to transform the existing urban space (not only physical) and construct a city that is desirable, far removed from absurd illusions, a utopian city waiting to be imagined and constructed, a city that demands the participation of multiple agents.

kult-ur is conceived as a multidisciplinary academic space for research and experiment that broaches the complexity of everything related to ways of living in the city, but that pays particular attention to emerging formats, to new ways of sharing space and to the infinite variety of conversations that arise at its heart. In sum, kult-ur offers a blank page where a wide range of perspectives on city cultures can come together: from the structure of the territory to economic, social, political activities, –public and private–, governance and local development, citizen participation, changes in social and economic models, dynamics of exclusion/inclusion in every sphere, redistribution of goods and resources, access to health, education, work and enjoyment of life, etc.

On the name of the journal

kult-ur, with its sub-heading, Revista interdisciplinària sobre la cultura de la ciutat (in Catalan; in English, interdisciplinary journal on city culture) and kult-ur blog come from the two key words that define the "city culture" project and that derive from two fragments of them: "cult" and "ur" (the latter being the name of the first known city in ancient Mesopotamia). The hyphen makes it clear that we are dealing with two words. By breaking down the first word and changing the c to k we force a rethink of the initially accepted use of "culture" that combines surprise; exclusivity and originality; proximity, identification and recognition; internationality; appreciation of past history and a view to the future; recognition of the complexity and value of constructing knowledge from different viewpoints; and intellectual –and of course political– commitment.

Rossana Zaera's excellent graphic work, and the depth of meaning in the name and the design, together with her use of a different typography, sets 'ur' apart as a separate, recognisable word; 'ur' implies a sense of foundation, and the low angle foreshortening one apex of the ziggurat against the sky adds a broad, ambitious view from the human construction out to the world, emphasising still further the meaning we want to give to kult-ur.

Who edits the journal?

kult-ur: revista interdisciplinària sobre la cultura de la ciutat and kult-ur blog are digital publications from the Socio-cultural Activities Service (SASC) —through the University Extension Programme (PEU)— of the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló de la Plana, Spain.

Foto de cabecera: Paco Marco:  "Sin título" ,2009, Fotografía.

Revista kultur, número 1