Global Urban Humanities Initiative

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Mellon Renews Funding for GloUH

UC Berkeley’s Global Urban Humanities Initiative will conduct four more years of interdisciplinary studies on cities and urban life, thanks to $1.5 million in renewed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In its first three years, the UC Berkeley initiative launched 13 team-taught courses on cities that engaged faculty and students from more than 26 departments, introducing new pedagogical approaches to the study of cities. The courses gave graduate students from anthropology, architecture, art history, city and regional planning, comparative literature, music, performance studies and other departments the chance to work side-by-side in studying contemporary and historical cities.

Now the Initiative is preparing to establish one of the country’s first graduate and undergraduate certificates in urban humanities, as well as Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellowships in collaboration with the Townsend Center for the Humanities to support related interdisciplinary research by graduate students and faculty. The additional funding will also support creation of team-taught courses, symposia, exhibitions and publications that will explore global cities by integrating approaches from the arts and humanities with methods from environmental design. More...

Upcoming Events


Open Engagement Pre-Conference

April 28-29, 2016
The Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

This symposium brings together artists, scholars, curators, industry leaders, community organizers, and cultural administrators to mine the goals, pragmatics, and puzzles of "cross-sector" exchange. In plenary lectures, break-outs, and workshops, we will ask participants to share successful strategies and epic failures in cross-sector collaboration, exploring new practices of art-making, practitioner training, curation, cultural leadership, philanthropy, and cultural investment. GloUH steering committee member Prof. Shannon Jackson will chair and GloUH Project Director Susan Moffat will be a moderator. Learn more

Domestic Disturbances

Artist Ramiro Gomez in Conversation with Lawrence Weschler

Monday, May 2, 2016, 4:00PM
315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

Lawrence Weschler’s book Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez (Abrams, 2016) delves into the life and art of a rising young Los Angeles artist to raise questions of social equity and explore the chasms separating cultures and classes in America today.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, Townsend Center, Department of Ethnic Studies, BAMPFA, and History of Art Department. More info

Mexico City: Materiality, Performance and Power

Final Project Review

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:00AM - 12:30PM
108 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Please join the students and faculty of the Spring 2016 Mellon Global Urban Humanities Research Studio -- Mexico City: Materiality/Performance/Power -- for project presentations with invited respondents:

  • Jonathan Crisman (UCLA)
  • Marcial Godoy Anativia (Hemispheric Institute NYU)
  • Nora Morales (UAM Cuajimalpa)
  • Sarah Selvidge (UC Berkeley)
  • Diana Sepulveda (UAM Cuajimalpa)

Refreshments provided.


Visit our new Opportunities page for a listing of more grants, fellowships, jobs and more related to global urban humanities. This list is updated each week. To get notification of new opportunities as they arise, please sign up for the Global Urban Humanities Initiative listserv.


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

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

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

Latest 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.