Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


course enhancement grants 

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH) provides course enhancement grants and workshops for faculty teaching graduate or undergraduate courses on cities and urban life.  Faculty will each receive $2,000 to be used for travel, technical training, books, research assistance, guest speakers, etc. and will participate in a syllabus workshop to share ideas with colleagues in different disciplines. More

Guillermo Galindo

Tuesday, February 27 2:00pm-3:30pm
Kroeber 235
Experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media artist Guillermo Galindo redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition and the intersections between all art disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social awareness. Presented as part of the Global Urban Humanities graduate research studio, Borderwall Urbanism ​

Call for Maps and Ideas:
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Deadline March 4
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) invites scholars, activists, policy analysts, artists, and organizers whose substantive focus is on the Bay Area -- either historical or contemporary -- to contribute to a collaborative atlas visualizing and exploring the causes, dynamics, and consequences of displacement in the Bay Area. Selected contributions will be included in an atlas supported by the Global Urban Humanities Student Publication Grant. More

amateurism across the arts conference 3/9
9:30am-6:15pm Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Amateurism Across the Arts is an exploration of vernacular, popular, fannish, kitsch, informal, self-taught, user-generated, and DIY productionin music, architecture, literature, the visual arts, dance,  and new media– especially in relation to raced, classed, and gendered notions of value. More

Seeing Cities: Video Workshop
with Artist Neil Goldberg

Friday, March 16, 1-5 pm
This workshop draws on artistic traditions of street photography and walking the city and seeks to unleash video's potential to heighten our experience of our immediate surroundings. Participants will learn to identify and engage with aspects of everyday experience that might otherwise go overlooked or unnoticed. Neil Goldberg’s videos and photography are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the City of New York. More.

Students Dig into Landfill
with Performance: Photo Blog

GUH is expanding into undergraduate education for the first time with an experiential research studio course called Siteworks: Understanding Place through Design and Performance. The course is part of the new Undergraduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities. Check out the course blog to see photos of students experimenting with mapping potential performance sites and using bodies to explore space and history at an art park emerging from a contested landfill. More.​

GUH Faculty Greig Crysler wins award

Architecture Professor Greig Crysler was honored for his work with the Arcus Endowment for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment with the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity (CAAIEE). Professor Crysler has been an important leader in the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, teaching a studio course on Mexico City and participating as a GUH-Townsend Fellow.  More


Populism is intrinsically about people, social interactions and collective identifications. But as much as it is embodied, populism also shapes—and is shaped by—urban environments around the world, constructing the very terms of ‘the people’ and civic belonging through various kinds of utopian, contingent and informal design. More...


This year, the Research Studio will focus on the Albany Bulb, a construction debris landfill in San Francisco Bay known for its informal art, spectacular views, and for many years, a longstanding homeless community.  What will the Bulb become?  Using methods of urban and natural observation and experiments in performance and documentation, students will seek to understand this complex space. More


See the latest undergraduate certificate electives here.

See the latest graduate certificate electives here