Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)

Website shift: Global Urban Humanities Initiative Friends, come see us at Future Histories Lab!

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative is excited to launch our new project, Future Histories Lab. From now on, if you're interested in Global Urban Humanities courses, workshops, and certificate programs, come on over to the Future Histories Lab website.  Future Histories Lab is a project under the umbrella of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, and it is where the bulk of GUH activities are now taking place. The GUH website that you are visiting now will continue to function as an archive of our many past courses, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and projects.

You can also join our Future Histories Lab Community Facebook group. If you're on the old GUH newsletter list, you'll get Future Histories Lab newsletters moving forward. If you're not on the mailing list now, you can sign up here.


Mellon Foundation Grants $800,000 to Future Histories Lab, a Project of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative

UC Berkeley is launching a new project that aims to reveal hidden place-based histories of race, inequality, and immigration, thanks to a three-year $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for 2020 through 2023. Future Histories Lab will look forward as well as backward, examining urban history with an eye to shaping future urban plans, policies, and community designs. The project will take the Global Urban Humanities in a more local, community-engaged direction, with a sharpened focus on social justice, race and place. More


Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Receives SFAC Cultural Equity Grant

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project was one of 154 art nonprofits and individual artists who was awarded a Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. The grant will be used to support the publication of their print atlas, Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance Counterpointsa publication also supported by the GUH Student Publication Grant. View the full list of 2020 grantees here.


Beginning Fall 2020, City and Regional Planning Lecturer and GUH Faculty Jason Luger will be teaching as Associate Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. Luger is an urban geographer interested in the production of urban space; urban politics, policy and identity; and art-led social movements and activism. He has co-taught the GUH graduate seminars Populism, Art and the City (2018) and The Demos: Politics, Art and the City (2020).



Congratulations to the 2020 GUH Graduate and Undergraduate Certificiate Recipients

We are excited to announce that 16 graduate and undergraduate students completed the Certificate in Global Urban Humanities this year. They come from departments and programs including City Planning, Landscape Architecture, Film & Media, Music, Development Practice, Urban Studies, Geography, and American Studies. Their research in site-based studio courses that focused on Berlin, East Bay, New Orleans, and Lagos produced new knowledge about urban life by combining methods from the humanities and the design disciplines. Learn about our 2020 Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate Recipients.

Architecture PhD Candidate Ettore Santi Receives 2020 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Architecture PhD Candidate Ettore Santi received a 2020 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship for his research on Chinese rural land design history. The full announcement is provided by CED News. Ettore completed the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities in 2018. More




MLA Student Felix De Rosen Writes about Conceptualizing Space in Times of Quaratine

GUH Graduate Certificate student Felix de Rosen has published an article for UPenn's McHarg Center for Ecology & Urbanism. "Stories of Space in Times of Quarantine" looks at COVID-19 as an expression of how we design space and more generally how we inhabit the planet. It is also a subjective exploration of what many of us are feeling at this particular moment in time. More



2020 ARC Poetry Fellow Menat El Attma Writes about Sensing as a Way of Knowing

GUH undergraduate student and English major Menat Allah El Attma was a 2020 Poetry Fellow of the Arts Research Center's Poetry and the Senses Fellowship. She wrote a compelling blogpost for the ARC blog about sensing as a way of knowing and the between space where art can flourish. Menat also organized the Spring 2019 DeCal course Peoples and Places: Memory of Cityscapes. Read the blogpost here.



Journalism Graduate Student Hannah Ricker Writes for NYT California Today Newsletter

The New York Times has teamed up with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism to report stories about the COVID pandemic in California. GUH graduate student Hannah Ricker wrote the latest piece of those we’ve lost to the coronavirus: Detective Marylou Armer of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Hannah is a GUH Graduate Certificate student and received the GUH Undergraduate Certificate in 2018. Read her piece here.