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 2018 Schedule

Thursdays 3:30–4:50pm | Cobb 402
Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided.


Oct 11

“Legacies and Remnants of the Chicago School” 

Joshua Babcock (PhD Candidate, Anthropology) and Pranathi Diwakar (PhD Candidate, Sociology)

Oct 18

“That Kind of Neighborhood: Creating, Contesting, and Commodifying Place Reputation”

Jeffrey N Parker (PhD Candidate, Sociology)

Nov 1

“Public Transportation and the ‘Politics of Indiscipline’ in Dakar, Senegal”

Danielle Jacques (MAPSS)

Nov 8

“The reallocative effects of mobility restrictions on workers and firms: An application to the West Bank”

Chiara Fratto (PhD Candidate, Economics)


For copies of presenters’ papers or memos; for more information; or to learn more about workshopping a paper, please email Lily Ye (

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

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