Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)

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Student Publication Grants Deadline Nov 1

Application deadline Nov 1. The Global Urban Humanities Fellowships for graduate students and faculty at UC Berkeley support research on contemporary and historical cities that engages approaches from the arts and humanities and the humanistic social sciences and from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning. Faculty and graduate student fellows will meet once a week to discuss their research. Student fellows receive up to $21,000 for Spring 2020. Faculty fellows receive course relief from one course for one semester. More


Spring 2020 Global Urban Humanities Fellowship Applications are now available!

Application deadline Nov 16. Applications for the Spring 2020 Global Urban Humanities Fellowships are now available. The Global Urban Humanities Fellowships support research on contemporary and historical cities that engages approaches from the arts and humanities, the humanistic social sciences, and from the disciplines of environmental design. They are available for faculty and PhD students advancing to candidacy by Spring 2020. More


Oct 23 Chiyuma Elliot "'My Bad Attitude Toward the Pastoral': The Country and the City in the Poetry of C.S. Giscombe

Our October 23 The City and its People Colloquium session will feature Chiyuma Elliot, Assistant Professor of African American Studies. She will present 'My Bad Attitude Toward the Pastoral': The Country and the City in the Poetry of C.S. Giscombe. More


Oct 30 Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann "Metropolis in Ruins. Berlin's Interval of Time, 1943-1947"

Our October 30 The City and its People Colloquium session will feature Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Associate Professor of History. He will present "Metrpolis in Ruins. Berlin's Interval of Time, 1943-1947." More


Nov 6 Ivonne del Valle "What does Infrastructure do? Water in Mexico City"

Our November 6 The City and its People Colloquium session will feature Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese. She will present "What does Infrastructure do? Water in Mexico City." More


Nov 5 6:30pm Richard Prum "The Evolution of Beauty" 

“Beauty happens.” So writes eminent ornithologist Richard O. Prum in his bestselling The Evolution of Beauty (2017). Prum argues that the spectacular physical and behavioral variety of avian beauty represents not just genetic fitness but also the evolution of form through the purely aesthetic choices of female birds. He argues that Darwin’s forgotten theory of sexual selection is just as important as his theory of natural selection. He will be joined by Nicholas de Monchaux (Architecture) to discuss his book.  More


Watch a video from Siteworks: A Surprise Party performance at the Albany Bulb by GUH Undergraduate Students

Siteworks: A Surprise Party was performed at the Albany Bulb by students from the Siteworks Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio on April 19, 2018. Students studied the physical and emotional landscapes of the Albany Bulb through methods from landscape architecture as well as from dance and theater to explore the former landfill site. This was part of the final project for LDARCH 154/THEATER 114 Siteworks: Understanding Place through Design and Performance in Spring 2018. 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/tbd. Course applications are now available. Students pursuing the Undergraduate Certificate will get priority in the application process. APPLICATIONS DUE OCT 5 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. Course applications are now available. Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate will get priority in the application process. APPLICATIONS DUE OCT 12 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 tbd/RHETOR 240G. Required for the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities. More


 Fall 2018 Colloquium: The City and its People

What is the city but the people? Taking inspiration from William Shakespeare's play Coriolanus, this interdisciplinary colloquium engages questions about the humans who inhabit urban spaces. Guest speakers from a variety of disciplines around UC Berkeley's campus will present their research on urban life and urban form, providing a forum for lively discussion. RHETOR 198-3/ARCH 198-2; RHETOR 244A/ARCH 298-2. Tuesdays from 12-1:30pm in 170 Wurster. Drop-ins welcome. Instructors: Laura Belik (PhD Architecture Student) and Susan Moffat (Project Director). More