Global Urban Humanities Initiative

Urban Space, Spectacle, Memory and Music in Nineteenth-Century Vienna

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1-2PM
106 Wurster Hall

Part of the Reading Cities, Sensing Cities colloquium

Associate Professor Nicholas Mathew (Department of Music) will give a presentation on the role of music and sound in the emergence of modern civic sensibilities in Napoleonic Vienna, and how printed music came to shape a new politics of urban pedestrianism.

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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: 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.