Global Urban Humanities Initiative

New 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.


Mexico City


C. Greig Crysler, Dept. of Architecture, College of Environmental Design
Angela Marino, Dept. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, College of Letters & Science
María Moreno Carranco, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa

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

Sound and the City

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

This seminar takes place at the intersection of sound studies and urban studies, architectural theory and musicology, making and thinking. It asks what each of these practices, emerging and long-established, has to learn from a range of premises: that sound and space are inseparably entangled, that sound crucially shapes... more


Art+Village+City Website and Exhibitions

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative's Spring 2015 Research Studio has produced a its travels and inquiries into the human condition in China's Pearl River Delta. The website features watercolor illustrations by MFA student José Figueroa and text by Anthropology PhD student Brittany Birberick and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Winnie Wong.

The Research Studio has also created an exhibition in Wurster Gallery that will close November 14. A smaller exhibition is being shown October 1-December 31 at the West Bund Biennale in Shanghai. Images of both exhibitions can be found here.

Michael Dear in inaugural issue of GeoHumanities

Global Urban Humanities teaching faculty and steering committee member Michael Dear has a new piece on practices in the transdisciplinary classroom in the inaugural issue of GeoHumanities, a new journal of the Association of American Geographers, edited by Tim Cresswell and Deborah Dixon and published by Taylor and Francis. 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.