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Examining the linguo-semiotic landscape of Toronto through flanerie

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Examining the linguo-semiotic landscape of Toronto through flanerie, psychogeography,
phenomenology,
& corpus linguistics

Corso Italia
Dejan Ivković, Anna Augusto Rodrigues, Hannah Mahepath, Jamie Arfin, Nataliya Brylynska, Stacey Bliss, Tiziana Ceccato, Violetta Cupial
FLÂNERIE
Linguascaping Kensington Market
PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY
‘The study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.’ Guy Debord
Dominant Languages
33% signs were pure English
14% signs were pure Italian
9% signs were pure Portuguese
.9% - 3% of signs were either Arabic, French, African, Korean/Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, or Spanish

The Market's History
"Like all of downtown Toronto, the market has changed drastically since it first became a neighbourhood. But one constant over the past fifty years has been the area’s ability to mobilize against unwanted change".
Ross, 2013
Note: you are in charge of your own "block". Also, any volunteer with more experience with Prezi to make the general presentation prettier? To make things simpler, we will follow the same order of presentations from the Grad conference, with a minor change. I will start with an overview of the project (course, project name, methodology), Stacey will briefly introduce the concept of flanerie and psychogeography, then Natalyia will start the data-based part of the presentation (since she nicely summarized all the narratives -- there is an option to finish with her pres. but I think it's better to do it now to orient the audience), then we'll follow the order from the grad conf.
“It is not given to every man to take a bath of multitude: to play upon crowds in an art…Multitude, solitude: equal terms mutually convertible by the active and begetting poet” (From the poem “Crowds” by Charles Baudelaire in Smith (ed.), c1919).
"For Baudelaire, the flâneur was a connoisseur of the details of everyday metropolitan existence as well as a producer of art from the direct observation..." (Kramer, K. and Rennie Short. J. 2012).
Photo (above) by Stacey Bliss, “Caffe Flores and a Moleskin”,
Zagreb 2013
Baudelaire, C. (c1919). In Smith T. R. (Ed.), Baudelaire, his prose and poetry. New York, NY: Boni and Liveright.

Coverley, M. (2012). Psychogeography. Oldcastle Books.

Holmes, D. (2010). Psychogeography. Geography Review, 24(1), 37-39.

Kramer, K. and Rennie Short, J. (2012). Flânerie and the globalizing city. City, 15(304), 322-342.























BIBLIOGRAPHY
"Psychogeography is concerned with uncovering the different elements and layers of landscape; it . . . allows new approaches to interpretation of the urban landscape using modern technology like mobile phones, digital cameras, and GPS." (Holmes, D. 2010)
Is there a causal relationship between superdiversity and citizen
activism in Kensington Market?
1920s
1960s
1990s
Images: City of Toronto Archives
Some Findings
St. Clair Ave W - Lansdowne Ave
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