Global Urban Humanities Initiative

New Courses for Fall 2015/Spring 2016

 

Fall 2015

Urban Space and Literary Form

WORLD LITERATURE AND THE MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY CITY

 

Mia Fuller, Dept. of Italian Studies, College of Letters & Science
Harsha Ram, Dept. of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures, College of Letters & Science

This seminar seeks to explore the connection between literature and urban form in the modern and contemporary world. How have cities' spatial and social organization informed the thematic and formal choices writers make? And how, in turn, have the imaginative projections of literary texts shaped our experience of the city... more

Mapping City Stories

PEOPLE, NARRATIVE, IMAGE, DATA AND PLACE

 

Susan Moffat, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

In this interdisciplinary workshop-style course, graduate students from many disciplines will learn hands-on techniques of observing, analyzing and representing time, space, and experience in the urban realm in order to better understand and communicate about cities. In this course, we will sample techniques used in archeology, architecture... more

MEXICO CITY

SPACES/CULTURES/HISTORIES

 

C. Greig Crysler, Dept. of Architecture, College of Environmental Design

Open to students from all departments, this interdisciplinary seminar will construct a cross-section through the complex history of Mexico City, beginning with the Aztec period in the 14th century, and culminating in the global present. The course is at once an attempt to provide a comprehensive understanding of the rich layers... more

 

Spring 2016

MEXICO CITY: AESTHETICS AND ACTIVISM

C. Greig Crysler, Dept. of Architecture, College of Environmental Design
Angela Marino, Dept. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, College of Letters & Science

This research studio course will travel to Mexico City to investigate approaches to aesthetics and activism within its layered and complex urban spaces. Considering the city space as a dynamic and fluid environment, a place of (sometimes violent) meeting and exchange, and its integral relationship to other city spaces... more

CITY OF MEMORY

Andrew Shanken, Dept. of Architecture, College of Environmental Design
Lauren Kroiz, Dept. of Art History, College of Letters & Science

In this seminar we will explore theories of the city and built environment with a focus on memory. Considering the combined civic and aesthetic functions of urban spaces, we will examine topics ranging from collective memory to architectural revival and preservation, from historic parks to modes of commemoration enacted... more

THE URBAN ARTIFACT

Nicholas Mathew, Dept. of Music, College of Letters & Science
Nicholas de Monchaux, Dept. of Architecture, College of Environmental Design

This interdisciplinary seminar will investigate the making and influence of urban artifacts: ideas and objects that create, and could only be created in, the city. It will also aim to understand the city as a complex, emergent artifact in itself, readable in its own material traces... more


The Global Urban Humanities Initiative brings together the humanities and environmental design to investigate cities and the urban human experience. Thanks to a generous 3.5-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Initiative is creating innovative cross-disciplinary courses and sponsoring symposia to energize scholarship that challenges traditional boundaries. To keep up to date with us, join our email list.