• 16 May 2017 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH), an interdisciplinary society of scholars and planning practitioners, announces its biennial awards competition. The awards will be presented at SACRPH’s 17th National Conference on Planning History, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 26-29, 2017. For more information, see

    Deadline to apply for Publication Prizes and Teaching Award: August 1, 2017

    Deadline to apply for Conference Paper Prize and Student Travel Awards, August 15, 2017


    (For work published between August 2015 and July 2017)

    Lewis Mumford Prize ($250)

    Best book on American city and regional planning history. Please send or direct your publisher to send three copies to the following addresses:

                Robert Fishman, Chair

                Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

                2000 Bonisteel Blvd.

                Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069

                Brent D. Ryan

                Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

                Room 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue

                Cambridge MA 02139.

                Lily Geismer

                5180 High Crest Avenue

                Los Angeles, CA. 90041

    Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize ($250)

    Best scholarly article on American city and regional planning history in any journal. Please send a PDF of your published article to Matthew Lasner:

                Matthew Lasner, Chair

                Hunter College, CUNY

                Anthony Raynsford

                San Jose State University

                Aaron Shkuda

                Princeton University

    John Reps Prize ($250)

    Best master’s thesis and best doctoral dissertation in American city and regional planning history. Please submit one copy of your manuscript to each of the addresses below:

                Greg Hise, Chair

                972 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Unit D

                Pasadena, CA 91105

                David Sloane

                Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 313

                Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

                June Williamson

                39 Claremont Ave #103

                New York, NY 10027

    Journal of Planning History Prize ($100)

    Best article published in the Journal of Planning History. Authors do not need to submit copies. All articles published between August 2015 and May 2017 (inclusive) will be considered.

                Eric Sandweiss, Chair

                Indiana University

                Elizabeth Macdonald

                University of California Berkeley

                Renia Ehrenfreucht

                University of New Mexico


    (for papers accepted for presentation at the 17th National Conference on Planning History, Cleveland, Ohio, October 26-29, 2017)

    Student Paper Prize ($100)

    Best conference paper submitted by a full-time student. For consideration, students should send their paper as a PDF to Kristin Larsen:

                Kristin Larsen, Chair

                University of Florida

                Mariana Mogilevich

                Oculus, NYAIA

                Brian Goldstein

                Swarthmore College


    Lawrence Gerckens Prize ($250)

    Awarded to a scholar-teacher who has demonstrated sustained teaching excellence and educational leadership in the field of planning history. Teaching excellence refers to the nominees influence in the classroom. Educational leadership involves, among other things, curriculum development, colleague and student mentoring, and pedagogical publishing.

    Letters of nomination should be sent electronically to Domenic Vitiello:


                Domenic Vitiello, Chair

                University of Pennsylvania

                Mary Ryan

                Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

                Lawrence Vale

                Massachusetts Institute of Technology

                Richard Longstreth

                George Washington University

    4. Student Travel Awards (up to $250 each)

    The Robert S. Birch Endowment supports the activities of students within SACRPH and helps fund travel to the conference for students whose proposals have been accepted by the program committee. Individual grants will not exceed $250. Students presenting papers should send an electronic copy to Sara Stevens:

                Sara Stevens, Chair

                University of British Columbia

                David Smiley

                Columbia University

                Jennifer Hock

                Maryland Institute College of Art

  • 15 May 2017 5:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings from the Global Urban History Project!

    The Project's Organizing Team warmly invites you to join this new initiative as a member.

    As you may have already heard, the Global Urban History Project represents the merging of several networks of scholars interested in exploring the intersection of urban and global history. We are sending this email to you in recognition of your work in one of those networks and in the hope that you’ll join a new phase of their work in this exciting, challenging, and expanding hybrid field.

    The first goal of the Project is to introduce scholars working in the field to each other, since we are so dispersed geographically and we span so many primary associational homes. To become a member of the Project visit the new GUHP website at and follow the prompts to Join GUHP. You will be directed to a simple six-step process to post a profile. Through this profile you can inform other members of GUHP about the approach you take to the field. You can also let us know about your published work as well as any work in progress you’d like to share. From this, we hope to create a dynamic biographical and bibliographical resource for everyone involved in the Project.

    Once you are done with your profile, go to “Edit Your Profile” to upload a picture of yourself so we can give the site a “global city square” feel.

    Membership will entitle you to learn about other GUHP members through their on-line profiles, as well as various ways to promote your work, or seek advice and mentorship. We will also post and publicize events in the field, and look to members for guidance on how to expand the activities of the project, including organizing our own workshops and professional meetings. For 2017-18, membership in GUHP is free of charge, though you are very welcome to make a donation to help offset our start-up costs.

    In addition, we urge you to follow the Global Urban History blog. A foundational element of the Project, the GUH blog provides periodic posts, reviews, and conversations on the subjects in the field. Please also consider writing a 1000-to-1500-word post about your work for the blog in the near future.

    Finally, do not hesitate to pass this email on to other members of your own networks. We are especially interested in reaching out to scholars working on Global-South urban histories as well as on pre-1850 periods. Scholars at all stages of their careers are most welcome.

    We look forward to getting to know you and your work … and to years of learning from each other.

    Our very best,

    Carl Nightingale, Coordinator

    for the GUHP Organizing Team:

    Michael Goebel, Joseph Ben Prestel, and Tracy Neumann, editors of the Global Urban History blog

    Emma Hart and Mariana Dantas, organizers of the Global Cities: Past and Present AHRC Research Network

    Nancy Kwak, co-organizer and co-editor, with Andrew Sandoval-Strausz of Making Cities Global: The Transnational Turn in Urban History (Forthcoming: University of Pennsylvania Press).

    Also, special thanks for advice and support from Richard Harris, President of the Urban History Association; Carola Hein, President of the International Planning History Associationand organizer of the "The Global Petroleumscape"Conference and Exhibition; Shane Ewen, member of the International Scientific Committee of the European Association for Urban History; Rebecca Madgin and Nicholas Kenney, organizers and co-editors ofCities Beyond Borders: Comparative and Transnational Approaches to Urban History (Routledge: 2016); Ayala Levin of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborativeand Sara Lopez, her colleague at the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities; and Jeremy Adelman, director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University.    

  • 10 May 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The History of Bicycle Transportation and Planning

    Call for Papers for lectern or poster presentation

    Important aspects of the bicycle’s role in the development of modern transportation systems have been documented by historians, planners, and engineers. It’s well understood, for example, how early bicycle technologies, such as ball bearings, chain drives, and differential gears, contributed to the development of automobiles. Similarly, the role of bicyclists in advocating for paved roads in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries —through organizations like the League of American Wheelmen and the National League for Good Roads—has been well studied.

    Many other aspects of the bicycle’s role in transportation planning remain incompletely understood, however. Since the 1990s a renewed attention on planning and designing communities to facilitate bicycling has been effective at increasing the use of active modes of transportation. But the resurgence of bicycle advocacy and action raises questions about the impact of the bicycle on transportation systems between the technology’s infancy in the 1800s and early 1900s and this recent period of activism.

    Deepening our understanding of the history of bicycle planning (and of bicycle activists’ relationships with planners, engineers, public health specialists, and other professionals) can provide important lessons for today’s transportation planning and engineering communities. With the increasing visibility and impact of Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and other safety and multi-modal initiatives, the time is right to study the history of the bicycle’s role in transportation planning in greater depth.

    With this call for papers, the members of TRB’s Transportation History (ABG50) and Bicycle Transportation (ANF20) committees encourage researchers to explore the bicycle’s place in transportation planning and engineering histories. We invite researchers to submit papers addressing any aspect of the transportation history of the bicycle, including (but not limited to) topics such as these:

    • twentieth century changes in infrastructure specifications and standards to accommodate bicycles on roads and streets
    • case studies of the transformation of urban environments to accommodate bicycles
    • bicycle transportation’s role in the creation of new avenues of mobility and autonomy for women
    • initiatives to promote public health through bicycling
    • connections between bicycling and the environmental movement
    • conflicts between motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in urban environments
    • the impact of the 1990s Critical Mass movement on bicycle advocacy and its effectiveness in shaping urban transportation policy
    • the establishment of bicycle clubs and advocacy groups for people of color
    • comparisons of the North American experience of the bicycle as an urban transportation mode with Asian, European, Latin American, African, and Australian experiences
    • the impact of the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic on planning and engineering for bicycle transportation
    • the impact of the 1970s bicycle boom and oil embargos on bicycle planning and advocacy
    • pre-ISTEA sources of funding and support for bicycle planning efforts
    • the relationship of bicycle racing to recreational and commuter bicycling
    • the history of urban shared bicycle use programs
    These are suggestions only and any topic linking bicycle transportation to historical analysis is welcome.

    For More Information: See TRB’s Paper Author Resource webpage ( and the following three online documents:

    • Writing a Paper for the Transportation Research Record:
    • Submitting a Paper to TRB and What Happens Afterwards:
    • Preparing Papers for Peer Review and Presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting:

    Committees’ Contact Person and Email Address: Bradley Flamm (
  • 25 Apr 2017 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Summer School “History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change” will bring together from 4 to 15 September 2017 international young researchers – historians, art historians, archaeologists, cultural and social scientists, city planners and architects. This year’s programme is focused on the complex and multi-layered history of Belgrade and Sarajevo. The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the Gerda Henkel Foundation invite the participants to study the connections between historical events and spatial development.

    Since 2003 we have invited up to twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate students) annually to take part in studies programmes in various locations. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography, architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is 'read' as a historical source – 'History Takes Place'. 

    Please find here the link to the call for applications:

    Further information can be found under

    The deadline for applications is 29 May 2017.


  • 22 Apr 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Department of History at Columbia University invites applications for a tenured position to fill the Bernard Hirschhorn Professorship of Urban Studies. The department is seeking a distinguished scholar with a focus on the history of cities in the global south. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in urban history, the successful candidate will be expected to direct the joint Columbia-Barnard Urban Studies major. The successful candidate should have an effective undergraduate teaching record and administrative experience. Review of applications to begin August 21, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

    To apply please visit: 

    Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

  • 21 Apr 2017 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CityLAB V Summer school - The smart city. An interdisciplinary approach

    Five day summer school on interdisciplinary approaches to the smart city organized by the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute. 

    This summer school on ‘The Smart City’ aims to address the smart city from an interdisciplinary perspective. We assess how the introduction of ICT-technologies and data infrastructures transform contemporary cities and put the smart city in historical perspective. We analyse dynamics of in- and exclusion and the role of citizens in smart cities and look at the political economy of the smart city. The summer school also includes field trips to bottom-up smart city initiatives and the Antwerp City of Things project and provides room for participants to present and discuss their ongoing smart city projects.  The summer school combines lectures by a range of distinguished external speakers and local staff from the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute with field trips and discussion sessions.

    Guest speakers include Guy Baeten (Lund University), Christine Boyer (Princeton University), Ilse Mariën (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), MIT Senseable Lab (MIT), Tsjalling Swierstra (Maastricht University), Paolo Cardullo(Maynooth University), Steven Latré (University of Antwerp, City of Things) and Wouter Van Dooren (University of Antwerp).

    For full program, see:


    When and where

    4 - 8 September 2017

    Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium


    Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies or related fields (including urban planning and design, urban history, architecture, urban geography, urban economics, urban sociology, urban cultural studies). 

    Registration fee

    €300. University of Antwerp students are entitled to a refund of €150.

    Application details

    Online before 5 June 2017


    3 ECTS credits are awared upon successful completion of the programme.

    More information

  • 09 Feb 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2017/2018 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s schol­arly journal. 

    Applications for the 2017/2018 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2017.Download application guidelines from our web site ( or request guidelines or further informa­tion from:


    Research Grants

    State Historical Society of Iowa

    402 Iowa Avenue

    Iowa City  IA  52240-1806


    Phone: 319-335-3931


  • 30 Jan 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Race/Ethnicity network for the Social Science History Association (SSHA) invites scholars to submit papers for the 42nd annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on November 2-5, 2017. The conference theme is “Changing Social Connections in Time and Space.”

    The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 3rd, 2017, and the submission portal is now open at Please note, all SSHA requires to submit at this point is an abstract. You can find more information at:, including the general Call for Papers.

    Our main goal is to structure sessions so that they explicitly draw on an interdisciplinary group of scholars who hail from different institutions. We are also trying to put together a number of sessions that were discussed at the network planning meeting, including:

    -“Scholars Ignored:” Patterns of Exclusion in Academia

    -Social Movements and Politics

    -History and Memories of Rights Battles

    -Pedagogy, preservation/continuity of struggle

    -Defining an Intersectional Politics

    -Sexuality, Solidarities, and Networks of Activism

    Race and Politics: Panels addressing the contemporary political situation

    -The Far Right Movements

    -The Far Right and Racialization

    -Resistance to Far Right Movements

    -White Nationalism, the construction of Whiteness



    -Criminalization as Racialization

    -Spatialization of Racialization (e.g., ghettos and internment camps)

    -Intersections of Race and Religion

    -First Nations: Histories, Activism

    You are welcome to submit papers regarding any of these topics, or on a topic relating to your own research.  If you would be interested in putting together an entire session, let us know and we would be happy to provide you with details as to how to do this.

    Feel free to forward this call widely, particularly to graduate students. There is funding available for graduate students to travel to the conference; the new application process for this funding can be found at

    Finally, please feel free to check our Facebook page, which you can find by searching for "Race/Ethnicity Network - Social Science History Association” or by following the link:

  • 10 Jan 2017 9:34 PM | Timothy Neary


    Click here to  for the full CFP:


    Society for American City & Regional Planning History
    Westin Cleveland Downtown
    Cleveland, Ohio
    October 26-29, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 17th National Conference on Planning History. In order to submit a proposal, please complete the online submission form included below.

    Call for Papers

    SACRPH cordially invites scholars and practitioners to present papers and talks on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history and their relationship to urban and metropolitan studies. Particularly welcome are papers, talks, roundtables, and sessions addressing the theme of Theory and Practice in Planning History. What is the relationship between the ideas shaping metropolitan development and the history of the built environment?

    SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history.

    The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions (of three or four papers) and for individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. Proposals must be submitted by February 25, 2017 via the online submission form included below.

    Each proposal must include the following:

    • For individual paper submissions: a 100-word abstract
    • For individual paper submissions: a one-page CV, including address, phone, and e-mail (PDF or Word)
    • For panel submissions: a single document (PDF or Word) including cover page (indicating lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names—if available—of the session Chair and Commentator); a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address, phone, and e-mail
    • For all submissions: four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic

    Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations.

    Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Julian Chambliss, Professor of History, Rollins College, Florida; or David Freund, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park.

  • 22 Sep 2016 3:06 PM | Timothy Neary

    Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in History of Architecture and Urban Planning at TU Delft

    The Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Department of Architecture is offering a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. The Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning works closely with other departments within the faculty and holds a key position in the interdisciplinary Design and History research programme. The committee is particularly interested in an Assistant Professor who will complement and built upon the expertise of the current members of the chair, notably in Dutch and European architectural and urban history, while also participating in collective research activities. The new faculty member will be able to take on a leading role in the development of a research project. The Assistant Professor will work across international borders and acknowledge the importance of networks and flows of architecture and their impact on built and urban form. The quality of research will be competitive on the level of European research programmes. The Assistant Professor will teach classes in the fundamental courses in the Bachelor programme (in Dutch or English) on the long-term development of architectural and urban form (Grondslagen/Foundations I, II, III) and give focused lectures on specialised topics (in English) in the Master and PhD programmes according to his/her individual research interests. He/she will also supervise Master and PhD students. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and professional experience.

    For more information please check:…/w…/jobs/faculty/ud-os-ssc-csa/q/%2A/
    For further questions please contact

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