The Urban Workshop

Co-sponsored by UChicago Urban and the Council on Advanced Studies, the Urban Workshop provides a forum for presenting research that broadly engages conceptions of (the) urban in ways that crosscut fields, media, topics, areas, periods, and disciplines. By building on existing approaches, workshop attendees pursue the ongoing development of analytic frameworks, methods, and practices that take (the) urban (or its critique) as a frame of reference. Past topics have included gentrification and urban renewal; architecture and design; low-income housing; urban poverty; and street art. We look forward to receiving papers that address topics including (but not limited to) linguistic landscapes and soundscapes; industrialisms and post-industrialisms; urban photography; and ways to rethink the rural–urban divide. Graduate students from any discipline are welcome to submit papers.

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Winter 2018 Schedule

Thursdays 12:30–1:50pm | Campus North Residential Commons 154
Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Download the Winter 2018 workshop poster.

January 25
Coline Ferrant

PhD Student, Sociology, Northwestern University and Sciences Po
"Why Do Some People Throw Stale Bread in a French Disadvantaged Urban Neighborhood?”

February 1
Public Discussion

Hosted by Josh Babcock (PhD Student, Anthropology), Pranathi Diwakar (PhD Student, Sociology), and Paul Durica (Founder, Public Historian, and Public Programmer, Pocket Guide to Hell)
“Space, Sound, History: Developing a Hyde Park Walking Tour”

February 8
Harold Gabel

MAPSS 2017 (History)
“Technocrats of Transport: How Anti-Politics, Expertise, and the World Bank Shaped CODATU in the 1980s”

(Joint session with the Money, Markets & Governance workshop)

February 15
Japonica Brown-Saracino

Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
“How Places Make Us”

February 22
Nicolas Delon

Law and Philosophy Fellow, University of Chicago Law School
“The Boundaries of Cities and Captivity: The Case of Urban Animals”

March 1
Lily Ye

PhD Candidate, Comparative Human Development, UChicago
“The Social Stratification of Knowledge Production in American Urban Education, or Middle Management”

For copies of presenters’ papers or memos; for more information; or to learn more about workshopping a paper, please email Pranathi Diwakar ( or Josh Babcock ( Presentation spots are currently available for the 2018 Winter and Spring terms.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact or for assistance.