Global Urban Humanities Initiative

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Spring 2017 GUH-Townsend Fellows

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Global Urban Humanities - Townsend Fellows, a group of faculty and graduate students engaged in the study of contemporary and historical global cities. Fellow affiliations include Architecture, Slavic Studies, Rhetoric, Anthropology, English, History, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and will meet regularly in the spring to discuss their research projects. These fellowships are offered in collaboration with the Townsend Center for the Humanities. More...



fall 2016 studio: the museum and the city

This graduate-level studio course will provide an opportunity for students from the arts and humanities, the environmental design disciplines, and other divisions and schools across campus to work together to investigate the relationship of a major cultural institution with its urban surroundings, and to propose physical and programmatic changes to those relationships. More...


Mellon Renews Funding for Global urban humanites

UC Berkeley’s Global Urban Humanities Initiative will conduct four more years of interdisciplinary studies on cities and urban life, thanks to $1.5 million in renewed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In its first three years, the UC Berkeley initiative launched 13 team-taught courses on cities that engaged faculty and students from more than 26 departments, introducing new pedagogical approaches to the study of cities. The courses gave graduate students from anthropology, architecture, art history, city and regional planning, comparative literature, music, performance studies and other departments the chance to work side-by-side in studying contemporary and historical cities.

Now the Initiative is preparing to establish one of the country’s first graduate and undergraduate certificates in urban humanities, as well as Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellowships in collaboration with the Townsend Center for the Humanities to support related interdisciplinary research by graduate students and faculty. The additional funding will also support creation of team-taught courses, symposia, exhibitions and publications that will explore global cities by integrating approaches from the arts and humanities with methods from environmental design. More...

Latest Photos and Videos

From the Art, Politics & the City in Mexico and China symposium

Both photos and videos from GloUH's Fall 2015 Symposium, held on October 23rd, are now available online. Many thanks to our volunteer photographers--Ryan Hoang, Quan Huynh, Tamara Kalo, Hien Nguyen, Shamsher Virk and Jeffrey Yung--and to ETS for documenting this event.