Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


English Associate Professor Nadia Ellis Receives 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award

The Academic Senate Committee on Teaching announced Nadia Ellis, Associate Professor of English, as a recipient of the 61st Annual Distinguished Teaching Award. This award is given to faculty in recognition of their inspired and transformational teaching across Berkeley's academic landscape. Nadia Ellis was a 2018 Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellow. More

English Professor Bryan Wagner Launches Louisiana Slave Conspiracies Project

English Professor and GUH Faculty Bryan Wagner launches the Louisiana Slave Conspiracies project dedicated to the research and preservation of the history of two slave conspiracies at Point Coupee Post in the Spanish territory of Louisiana in 1791 and 1795. The website uses a custom facing-page display to present French and Spanish manuscripts alongside original transcriptions and English translations, permitting users to search, browse, and navigate among documents and interactive maps derived from a database tracking persons, places, and assertions. Bryan Wagner is a 2020 GUH Fellow and co-taught the 2019 GUH undergraduate studio course on New Orleans. More

Global Urban Humanities Initiative Working Remotely through Spring 2020

In compliance with recent COVID-19 restrictions and shelter-in-place policy, the Global Urban Humanities Initiative office will be working remotely through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact program coordinator Sarah Hwang at Read the Chancellor's message here.

Global Urban Humanities at 2020 CED Circus

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative is participating in this year’s CED Circus, an annual showcase of exemplary work by CED students. Now in its 10th year, Circus will be accessible online due to Berkeley's decision to offer remote instruction to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More

GUH Alumnus Sben Korsh Releases Audio Documentary "Detouring the Market Landscape"

Architecture alumnus Sben Korsh released an audio documentary exploring topics revolving landscape architecture, climate change, finance, and the role of designers in the making of the Anthropocene. Produced for the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) with his colleague Maxime Decaudin, the documentary features well-known voices, such as sociologist Saskia Sassen, designers, urban historians and climate activists in British Columbia. Sben’s research was made possible through his award from the Emerging Curator Fellowship at the CCA. More

GUH Student Laura Belik Organizing Housing Injustice Conference

Laura Belik (PhD Architecture) recently published a book review of Catherine Seavitt Nordenson’s Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is currently doing fieldwork in Brazil for her dissertation research and completed the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities in 2019.

Spring 2020 Core Seminar: The Demos: Politics, Art, and the City

The "demos" suggests the people, so often referenced in political discourse as the core of democracy. Yet, from its inception, exclusions and the promised benefits for those who operate within the demos (in western societies typcally as white citizens with property) have generated long-standing inequities and division. This course looks at contending sturggles to undo and reconstitute the demos in urban spaces through art, performance, and media. This course is taught by Jason Luger (City and Regional Planning) and Angela Marino (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) and listed as CYPLAN 291/THEATER 266.1 More

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: East Bay

This course delves into the history of the East Bay in the 1960s and 1970s, with particular attention to the emergence of countercultural and social-movement communities. In this project-oriented course, students will work in teams as they reconstruct and analyze particular sites of protest and culture-making across the East Bay, from Berkeley to Emeryville and Oakland. This course is taught by Greg Castillo (Architecture) and Scott Saul (English) and listed as AMERSTD 102/ENVDES 109. More

Spring 2020 Traveling Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: Berlin

Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has intertwined its urban renewal with landscapes of reconciliation and commemoration. The "New Berlin" that politicians imagined in the 1990s was to be forged by international investment, materialized in high-profile commissions to "starchitects," alongside preservation and memorialization of the city's past, often seen through the seemingly inevitable lens of the Holocaust, and more recently Colonialism. Yet the relationship between developing a European metropolis and preserving sites of memory is troubled, making Berlin the archetype of the contemporary guilt environment.  This course is taught by Lauren Kroiz (Art History) and Andrew Shanken (Architecture) and listed as ARCH 209/HISTART 290. More