Past Events: 2017

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THURSDAY, 04/13/17 12:00PM – 1:00PM 

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH) is pleased to announce a new Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities and funding for student publications. On April 13th GUH hosted an Info Session at BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt at 12PM where students learned about both opportunities. 

The Certificate offers graduate students in the Division of Arts & Humanities, the College of Environmental Design (CED), and other UC Berkeley divisions and schools the opportunity to enhance their graduate study with courses that explore cities through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The Certificate emphasizes the intersection of interpretive approaches from the arts and humanities with methods from the environmental design disciplines.

GUH is also excited to offer support for interdisciplinary publications on cities and urban life. GUH invites graduate student teams to submit proposals for an online or print publication. GUH support covers a one-time collection of research, essays, and/or visual materials around an urban topic or theme that draws on the knowledge of a variety of disciplines. Detailed application information is available here. Proposals are due September 25, 2017.  


FRIDAY, 03/24/17 6:00PM – 8:00PM 

GUH, along with the Department of Comparative Literature, was pleased to co-sponsor Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop- Turning tables: physical dialogues on mental furniture, human commodification, and the architecture of power. This workshop is part of the Dialogue & Round series.  

Jiwon Chung, artistic director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, collaborated with Carol Mancke, artist in residence in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, to present a workshop that use games and exercises to explore questions of social justice. 

During February and March 2017, Mancke created the installation Dialogue & Round in the newly opened Media/Maker Lab space (175 Dwinelle) and is curating a series of workshops and performances with students, visitors and staff that experiment with different forms of conversation and collaborative thinking.

Jiwon Chung is artistic director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, adjunct professor of Theater and Social Justice at the Starr King School and past president of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed.

The focus of Jiwon's work is the application of theater as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist and transform systemic oppression and structural violence, and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to individual, interpersonal and institutional change is informed by his background as a veteran, martial artist and over 3 decades of vipassana meditation.

Carol Mancke is an artist, architect and educator working at the intersection of art and cities through her practice, machina loci. (  A graduate of UC Berkeley’s school of Architecture, Carol’s practice engages a range of time frames and scales from drawing, photography, sculpture and installation through to architecture and urbanism.  Her work has featured in solo and group shows in Britain and Japan, including the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in 2009. In 2011-12, she was artist in residence at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth, Australia. Carol was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London (2004-2014); has degrees from M.I.T., UC Berkeley and the University of the Arts London and is currently pursuing a PhD in fine art practice at the Royal College of Art in London.

In Table 18, Mancke  mapped international spaces of protest on a surface that facilitated discussion and debate in an installation at the Tate Modern in London in 2016.  She is now in residence at  the Department of Comparative Literature's new maker space at Dwinelle Hall.  


FRIDAY, 03/03/17 12:00PM – 1:00PM 

Jason Luger presents Awakening the Dragon: Art, Urban Space, and Authoritarianism. This talk will explore Luger's fieldwork looking at grassroots art activist movements in Singapore, as well as current research which looks at art-activism in authoritarian contexts around the world, including his upcoming book (June, 2017) entitled Art and the City: Worlding the Conversation Through a Critical Artscapes (Routledge). 

Luger is an urban geographer with research interests focusing on urban policy, urban social movements and activism, comparative approaches to economic development, and global cities. His work has been featured in academic journals such as IJURR, CITY, Media and Culture and Geoforum. He conducted field research in Singapore from 2012-214, exploring state-society relations, urban policy, and art-led activism. This event is part of the GUH Brown Bag Series on Cities.

Gendered Citizenship in Urbanizing China:
Lanchih Po

WEDNESDAY, 2/22/17, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

China's household registration (hukou) system has created an unequal "right to the city" in a rapidly urbanizing China. In Gendered Citizenship in Urbanizing China, Lanchih Po examined how women's land activism is affecting this system in the Pearl River Delta region. Read GUH Project Director Susan Moffat's blog post about the event.

Po is associate adjunct professor in International and Area Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley. She received her doctorate from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley in 2001, and taught at Peking University in Beijing from 2001 to 2006. Her research interests encompass divergent developmental paths in China's transitional economies and the socio-economic transformations associated with China's (sub)urbanization process, as well as the connections between urbanism, architectural space, literature, and media culture in China and Taiwan. This is event was part of the GUH Brown Bag Series on Cities.