WEBSITE The Culture of Suburbs

The Leverhulme Trust funded Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at

The Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia) and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. It aims to further the scholarly, professional and public understanding of the cultures of the modern (post-1900) suburbs through international and interdisciplinary research. Launched in 2011, the project’s interests are transhistorical, international and cross-disciplinary. The Network facilitates research, organises events and conferences and fosters collaboration between scholars, community groups, professionals and other interested parties.

The website is an important feature of the Network and hosts a wealth of online information about suburban cultural studies for scholars, professional groups and local communities.

The front page of the site features the latest news, activities and media feed coverage of suburban issues. More detailed pages are highlighted in the front page menu, which has quick and easy access to the following sections:

About (containing profiles of the Network Partners and Network Advisory Board members, plus contact details);
Network News and Events (the latest news on Network activities; conferences and calls for papers, and the Network event archive);
Links (information about research centres and projects; non-Network conferences; suburban groups and societies; external events and exhibitions);
Researcher Database (including search facility)
Resources (libraries and archives; digital collections, and useful websites);
Publications (bibliographical resources; Network publications; online articles; forthcoming publications and links, and working papers);
Suburbs in the Media (current media articles; archived media articles; media interviews);
Suburban Histories (oral histories; case studies; maps and architectural plans; suburban statistics);
Creative Suburbs (notification of arts events, exhibitions and commentaries; artistic re-visionings of the suburbs)
Postgraduate Page (notices and available awards);

Special Features of the site include:
Virtual exhibition (a range of paintings and photographs by leading artists, focusing on the suburbs)
Forum (your chance to discuss, inform and debate relevant issues – password required)

Forthcoming Features include:
International suburban oral histories and life writing projects
Our own Network HistoryPin Channel to feature stories and research by place

To find out more, to join our mailing list or add your name to our researcher database email us at

Becky Nicolaides
Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Advisory Group, The Cultures of the Suburbs Network –