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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Spring 2018 Schedule

Thursdays 12:30–1:50pm | Saieh Hall For Economics 141
Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Download the Spring 2018 workshop poster.

April 19
Panel Discussion: The Politics of Informality and Redevelopment

Featuring Liza Weinstein (Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University), Marco Garrido (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UChicago), and Pranathi Diwakar (PhD Student, Sociology, UChicago)

May 10
Mary Bunn

PhD Candidate, School of Social Service Administration, UChicago
“Restoring Social Bonds: A Study Exploring the Affects of War & Displacement on Social Relationships of Syrian Refugees in Jordan and the Role of Social Connection in Rehabilitation”

May 17
Kristin Hickman

PhD Candidate, Anthropology, UChicago
“Vernacular Language and the City”

May 24
Hyde Park Audio Tour: Test Run

Hosted by Josh Babcock (PhD Student, Anthropology) and Pranathi Diwakar (PhD Student, Sociology)

Session will involve approximately 60 minutes of walking between Saieh Hall and the Hyde Park Art Center. Walking routes are wheelchair accessible. The tour will depart from Saieh Hall promptly at 12:30pm.

May 31
Daniel Gan Rong Yao

PhD Candidate, Centre for Ageing Research in the Environment, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore
“Everyday Activity Spaces for Psychosocial Health of Older Adults in Social Housing”

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 (

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