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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Fall 2017 Schedule

Thursdays 12:30–1:50pm | Saieh Hall for Economics 146
Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Download the Fall 2017 workshop poster.

October 12
John Eason

Associate Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University
“‘It’s Like the City, Only Quieter’: Making the Rural Ghetto”

October 19
Matt Furlong

Anthropology, UChicago
“En Obra Negra: Mexico’s ‘New Urban Peripheries’ as Territorial Aporia”

October 26
Adam Almqvist

Political Science, UChicago
“Megaprojects and Crony Capitalism: The Political Economy of the Egyptian New Town Program, 1974–2011”

November 2
Geoff Boeing

Postdoctoral Fellow, Urban Analytics Lab, UC Berkeley

November 9
Nora Taplin-Kaguru

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, Sociology and the College, UChicago
“Grasping for the American Dream: Racial Segregation, Residential Mobility and Homeownership”

November 16
Sneha Annavarapu

Sociology, UChicago
“Improvisational Disobedience: An Ethnography of Driving in Hyderabad, India”

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.

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