Global Urban Humanities Initiative

Nature, Culture, and Conflict at a Shoreline Landfill: The Albany Bulb

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1-2PM
106 Wurster Hall

Part of the Reading Cities, Sensing Cities colloquium

Susan Moffat, project director of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, will give a talk on The Atlas of the Albany Bulb, her oral history and mapping project about a landfill on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, which has been the location of bitter battles between people holding different notions of the proper uses of public space, and of what a park should be.

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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: and

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.