Dear colleagues!

Urbis et Orbis. Microhistory and Semiotics of the City is a scientific peer-reviewed open access journal. The journal is established to discuss theoretical problems related to urban space, cities in literary texts, as well as visual-semiotic and microhistorical studies.

The journal provides a platform for independent, critical, and reflective discussion of topical issues in urban studies, anthropology, and macrosociology of the city, the role of visual images in various discourses of the humanities and social sciences.

The editorial board accepts articles in English, German, and Russian.

Publication frequency: semiannualy

The journal was established in 2021 by the Russian-Armenian University (Yerevan, Armenia) with the support of Yaroslav the Wise Novgorod State University (Veliky Novgorod, Russia).

The Journal publishes interdiscursive and interdisciplinary studies of the City and Urban Space in a broad cultural and anthropological context, primarily in the field of connotative semiotics, and integral (verbal-transverbal) analytics.

We accept for publication papers on the following topics:

  • Urban forms of cultural communication. Languages of the city. Synchronic and diachronic communication in an urban environment.
  • Futuristic and utopian models of the city and their implementation. An ideal city in theory and in practice.
  • Visual semiotics of the city. Urban architecture as a semiotic system. Visual ecology. City code.
  • Social stratification and marginalization in the urban community. Urban types.
  • The historical city as a heritage and a problem of modernity. Styles of urban architecture as lifestyles.
  • The structure and structuring of urban space. Participation of citizens in the formation, specialization, and transformation of urban spaces.
  • The city in a personal biography. Mental maps of cities.
  • Mythology and mythologization of the city in synchrony and diachrony.
  • Geographical environment as part of the urban landscape. Urban landscape and urban “view”.
  • The "Imaginary" of the city.
  • Urban folklore.
  • City and university, university-city. The university as the city-forming beginning and the driver of the territory.
  • The artistic image of the city. The city in fine art, cinema, photography, music video, advertising, and comics.
  • The city as a statement, description, prescription, quotation, metaphor, text, and palimpsest.
  • City and landscape. The artificial and natural in the urban cultural space.
  • The character, image, and brand of the city. The evolution of images of the city. The city as a brand of the territory and the country.
  • Sacred spaces of the city; sacralization, desacralization, and re-sacralization in the city; secular and post-secular urban spaces.
  • Urban coloristic as visual semiotics and aesthetics.
  • Presentation and representation in the forms and ways of organizing the urban environment.
  • The city in literary and documentary texts.
  • Macrosociology of the city.
  • Virtual city.