Global Urban Humanities Initiative

The Tokyo Model:

Lessons in Slum Non-Clearance from the World's First "Megacity"

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5-6:15PM
106 Wurster Hall
Part of the Reading Cities, Sensing Cities colloquium

Professor Jordan Sand from Georgetown University will present his research on the activities of a Tokyo slumlord at the turn of the 20th century. Note: This talk begins at 5PM, not 1PM.

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Co-presented by the Center for Japanese Studies


Public Art/Housing Publics

Conversations on Art and Social Justice

with Rick Lowe (ARC 2014 Artist-in-Residence), Raquel Gutierrez (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Professor Walter J. Hood (UC Berkeley), Aubra Levine (Satellite Affordable Housing Associates), Elena Serrano (EastSide Arts Alliance), Jordan Simmons (East Bay Center for the Performing Arts)

Friday, November 21, 1-6pm
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice symposium will explore innovative collaborations across cultural and social justice sectors. How can we sustain affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods in our communities? How can we sustain a thriving artistic life for our citizens? Most importantly, how can we answer both of these questions together? Timed to coincide with the residency of UC-Berkeley Regents Lecturer, Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, participants will include artists, scholars, civic organizers, and affordable housing developers from around the Bay Area.

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Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center, Global Urban Humanities Initiative, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and UC-Berkeley Regents Lecture series.


In the Site of the Strange

A Pearl River Delta Roundtable

with Marco Cenzatti (Urban Planning), Tim Choy (Anthropology), Margaret Crawford (Architecture) Aihwa Ong (Anthropology), Lanchih Po (International Studies), Winnie Wong (Rhetoric)

Thursday, October 23, 5-7pm
(no entry after 6pm)
Center for Chinese Studies
1995 University Avenue, 5th Floor

The Pearl River Delta region, encompassing the British post-colony Hong Kong, the Portuguese post-colony Macau, the historic port city of Guangzhou, and the post-Mao model city Shenzhen, is a site of exceptions to both national, transnational, and global discourses of space and culture. Join six scholars of the region as they introduce the strangest and most confounding sites they have encountered in their research.

Co-sponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GloUH) in association with the Art+Village+City Spring 2015 graduate research studio. For more info, visit: http://globalurbanhumanities.berkeley.edu/ and http://globalurbanhumanities.berkeley.edu/art-village-city-in-the-pearl-river-delta

Image source: Richard Yuan/Flickr


New Course for Spring 2015

ART + VILLAGE + CITY in the Pearl River Delta

Architecture 209 / Rhetoric 250
T-TH 1-3PM

Instructors: Margaret Crawford (Architecture) and Winnie Wong (Rhetoric)

This research studio will critically investigate a wide range of urban art villages in the Pearl River Delta, exploring their historical development, current state, and future potential. Throughout the region, villagers, artists, officials, migrants, developers, and entrepreneurs have leveraged art practices in order to reimagine urban life and urban citizenship. This studio documents and investigates their efforts, and will propose its own interventions.

This studio entails a 14-day intensive fieldwork trip in the Pearl River Delta during the Spring Semester break. Throughout the studio, students will explore multidisciplinary methods in urban research, documentary and ethnographic fieldwork, and developing tools for visualization, analysis, and presentation. The research studio will culminate in a public project exhibition and symposium to be held at UC Berkeley.

The course is one of three new interdisciplinary, team-taught courses offered each year by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative. To learn more about this research studio and how to apply, click here.


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.