Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


April 17-18 Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative is pleased to announce its upcoming Spring 2019 symposium Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power on April 17-18, 2019 at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Whether in Berlin, New Orleans, or Seoul, monuments are just one way that cities embody memory. Our spring symposium will bring together scholars, artists and activists from around the world to consider techniques as new as augmented reality and as old as storytelling as ways of building urban meaning out of memory. More

Feb 25 Ned Sublette "Kalunga: Kongo Thought in Africa and the Americas" 

4-6pm in the Maude Fife room (315 Wheeler). This public lecture is part of the Spring 2019 GUH studio course New Orleans: Historical Memory and Urban Design. Ned Sublette is a historian, musicologist, musician and record producer. His books include Cuba and its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (2004), The World that made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square (2008), The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans (2009), and, with Constance Sublette, The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry (2015). More

Mar 14 Yanbo Li "Surfing in Globalization: The Misplaced Urban Reaction and Community-Based Resilience in Shanghai"

12-1:30pm in 170 Wurster. Globalization is a universal context nowadays though which is not a new concept. China used to be an essential participant and even positive advocator among the earlier rounds of it. But in modern times, China became a passive follower in the globalization tides. For each time the country was trying to adapt itself to the outside world, a specific reaction could be seen. However, it is not an easy mission to appropriately greet the world with such a huge socio-spatial volume. By reviewing the process of urban development, one can read those crucial but misleading choices in historical, community and social perspectives in local cases even in global mega-cities, like Shanghai. More

Spring 2019 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: New Orleans

How can a city's past become a meaningful platform for its future? The GUH Undergraduate Studio Course will focus on New Orleans as a case study on urban design rooted in the historical memory of the city. This course is taught by Anna Livia Brand (Landscape Architecture) and Bryan Wagner (English) and listed as LDARCH 154+199/AMERSTD 102. More

Spring 2019 Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is a dense hub of inspiring creativity, hustle and entrepreneurship. Lagosians have devised ingenius ways of making things happen in the face of their city's ever-expanding population, massive infrastructural challenges and controversial practices of state-sanctioned land capture. This course is taught by Charisma Acey (City & Regional Planning) and Ivy Mills (History of Art) and listed as CYPLAN 291/HISTART 290. More

Spring 2019 Graduate Seminar: The City, Arts, and Public Space

Local urban practices and artistic interventions are recreating public spaces in metropolises around the world. This theory and methods course taught by Teresa Caldeira (City & Regional Planning) and Shannon Jackson (Rhetoric and Theater, Dance and Performance Studies) examines a foundational set of readings in urban humanities. CYPLAN 291/RHETOR 240G. Required for the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities. More