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"Dream Conversations" in Urban History

Schedule of Events

Urban Theory For, Of, and By Urban Historians

Cities, Empires, and (Dis)Contents

Cities and Inequalities

Cities and the Anthropocene

Wednesday, October 27, 10 AM-12:30 PM EST (2 PM-4:30 PM UCT): 

Readers Meet Author: Richard Harris's How Cities Matter"

INAUGURAL EVENT in Dream Conversation #1 Urban Theory Of, For, and By Urban Historians

Description and Participants:

In How Cities Matter, the first "Element" in the new series of Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History, Harris elegantly inventories and comments on so many of the theoretical concepts that urban historians have used over the past half-century or more. At the heart of the matter - and Harris element-  of course, is "the City," as vexed a concept as it is universally familiar.

Participants are invited to purchase and read How Cities Matter in advance of the discussion.

Then: join us on October 27 as we plumb his text  and begin a multi-year effort to dig deeper into the question of "Theory Of, By, and For Urban Historians."

Discussants: Rosemary Wakeman, chair, Alexia Yates, Carl Nightingale

Response: Richard Harris,

Further Discussion: The Audience

To register click here.

Thursday October 28, 2021 3-4:30 PM EDT (7-8:30 UCT)

Roundtable on Cities and Inequalities

INAUGURAL EVENT in Dream Conversation #3 Cities and Inequalities

Event Co-Sponsored by the Urban History Association as part of Urban History Month

Description and Participants:
The "Cities and Inequalities" roundtable is the inaugural event of the Global Urban History Project Dream Conversations initiative on the topic of inequalities. Roundtable participants Constanza Castro (Universidad de los Andes), David Huyssen (University of York), Hilary Jones (University of Kentucky), and Michael Vann (Sacramento State University) will kick off our year-long conversation by discussing the role inequality, examined through a global urban history perspective, has played in their research and writing. The discussion will be moderated by Zephyr Frank (Stanford University).

Registration information:
Please use this form to register for this event. A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you provide a day or two before the event.

Friday, 15 October, 2021, 7-9 PM EST (11PM-1AM UCT):

UHA Plenary: “The State of the Global City: Problems and Possibilities”


The Urban History Association President and Program Committee Co-Chairs are pleased to announce the second plenary of Urban History Month, 2021: “The State of the Global City: Problems and Possibilities.” This plenary brings together some of the leading voices writing on cities around the world, those who have been pushing at the boundaries of global history (from a variety of methodological, historiographical, and subject interests as well as traditions) by researching and writing about modern 20th and 21st century global cities as both historians and public intellectuals. These panelists have each been asked to offer their thoughts on the state of global cities, both in terms of the state of the literal cities in which countless people in the world reside today (so that we might hear their perspectives on where we are, and where might be headed), and also in terms of the state of the field of global urban history (so that we might hear their equally important perspectives on where it could, should, or might, head as it continues to evolve and grow).


Bryant Simon, Professor of History, Temple University, and UHA Program Committee co-chair

Cyrus Schayegh, Professor of International History and Politics, Graduate Institute Geneva
Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, Assistant Professor of History, University of California Riverside
Michael Goebel, Associate Professor of International History, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Nancy Kwak, Associate Professor of History, University of California San Diego
Debjani Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor of History, Drexel University
Sheetal Chhabria, Associate Professor of History,Connecticut College

How to sign up:

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This webinar will be held online via Zoom. All attendees must register in advance. Follow the registration link above to sign up. Once you do so, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. If you do not see the confirmation email, please check your spam folder.

When you register, please do not share your confirmation email or the Zoom link with anyone else. If you know others who may want to join this event, please send them this event link and encourage them to sign up on their own. We will not permit entry to anyone who has not registered in advance.

Please direct any questions about this event to Hope Shannon, UHA Executive Director, at