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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Urban Workshop Spring 2019

Vegan-friendly fare will be offered at all events, which are free and open to the public.
We will meet on alternate Thursdays at 12.30- 1.50pm in Haskell 315 unless otherwise noted.

April 4: Inés Escobar González, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
“From Informality to Inclusion: Hacienda Santa Fe and the Making of Mexico’s Debtfare State”
Discussant: Christian Rocha, PhD Candidate, History

April 18: Joseph Maurer, PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology
“Building Interracial Youth Power in Chicago through Korean Drumming”
Discussant: Ashley Cureton Turner, PhD Candidate, SSA

Friday, April 26: Catherine Fennell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
“Ends of the House”
Discussant: Chloe Ahmann, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences                                                                                                       Cobb 301, 3-4.20pm

May 9: Karlyn Gorski, PhD Student, Sociology and Franklin Gay, Project Director, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention
“Along the 59: A Photo-ethnography of the Black-Brown Divide on Chicago’s South Side”
Discussant: Chad Broughton, Associate Director, Public Policy Studies

May 23: Alize Arican, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, UIC
“Behind the Scaffolding in Tarlabasi, Istanbul: Manipulations of Time, Delay and Power”
Discussant: Adam Sargent, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern

June 6: Francesco Bianco, MAPSS Student
“The Virgin of Guadalupe Believes the Inerrancy of the Bible: Christianity and Cultural Identity among Latino Chicagoans”
Discussant: Jeffrey Parker, PhD Candidate, Sociology

Papers will be made available via password entry one week prior to meeting here.

With any questions regarding access and accommodation, please contact the workshop coordinator, Rebecca Journey:

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