Thank you to everyone for an outstanding 2017 SACRPH Conference. See you again in 2019!
SACRPH held its 17th National Conference on Planning History in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017. The Society wishes to thank all involved — from organizers to attendees — for making this event possible. We especially thank those who took on leadership roles, including those members pictured above (l-r): Margaret Crawford (now Past-President), J. Mark Souther (Local Arrangements Committee C0-chair), and Program Committee Co-chairs Julian Chambliss and David Freund. Local Arrangements Committee Co-chair Stephanie Ryberg-Webster is not pictured.
In case you could not make it to Cleveland, please check out the conference webpage for more info, including a copy of the program and details on tours (with some online content that can still be enjoyed, even after the conference).
The conference also marked changes in the Society’s leadership. We welcome D. Bradford Hunt as SACRPH’s next President, Nancy Kwak as President-Elect, and several new board members: Willow Lung-Amam, Angel Nieves, Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, J. Mark Souther, and Sanjeev Vidyarthi.
At the Saturday night reception, we announced the winners of the 2017 SACRPH awards. Please see the Awards page for further info.
The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) was founded in 1986. The organization promotes scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, and bridges the gap between the study of cities and the practice of urban planning.
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POSTDOCTORAL opportunity at UC San Diego
"Claiming the City: Urban Citizenship, Hybrid Cultures, and Governance in the Modern Era"
apps due 3.15.2018
UCSD’s International Institute is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to participate in a year-long “Sawyer Seminar” focusing on the theme of "Claiming the City: Urban Citizenship, Hybrid Cultures, and Governance in the Modern Era". The Institute is grateful for a grant for this seminar from the Mellon Foundation. Our seminar will bring together faculty and graduate students at UCSD and other regional institutions to think together about urban spaces as sites of citizenship, governance, and environmental resilience. The year’s activities will include a series of invited speakers, workshops and classes held in 2018-19. For more details about the seminar, please see internationalinstitute.ucsd.edu/_files/sawyer-proposal-for-ii-website.pdf.
The International Institute, a newly founded interdisciplinary center at the University of California, San Diego coordinates and supports scholarship and teaching on international issues at UC San Diego. The II is a vibrant international and multidisciplinary intellectual community that produces and supports research and policy ideas from across disciplines. The II is committed to fostering international knowledge that encompasses multiple levels, from local knowledge of languages and sub-national groups, to regional and state knowledge, to global knowledge of international systems, institutions, and organizations. To foster these collaborations, the II provides funding to cross-divisional faculty groups and collaboratories, and convenes an annual conference dedicated to one of the university’s four research themes across regions of the world. Fellowships for student research is also awarded on an annual basis. Further information about the Institute can be found at internationalinstitute.ucsd.edu/.
Salary will be $48,216 plus benefits.
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CFP: Transforming Cities: Urbanization and International Development Policies in the Global South in the Twentieth Century
International Conference, Berlin, October 11-12, 2018
Convenors: Sönke Kunkel, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies/Free University of Berlin; Marc Frey, Universität der Bundeswehr München
Over the last years, the rise and global role of cities has become one of the most vibrant fields in global history, with studies now also increasingly focusing on processes of urbanization in the context of decolonization and the post-1945 world. In those years, the dramatic growth of postcolonial metropoles and the emergence of Megacities fundamentally changed the living conditions of millions of people, raised hopes and anxieties, and confronted urban administrations with immense social, economic, ecological, and infrastructural challenges. In response, global development institutions increasingly shifted their focus to cities from the 1950s onwards, raising global awareness for the challenges of postcolonial cities and formulating new urban development policies. However, we still know very little about the trajectories, effects, and local contexts of those policies. Histories of global development typically address ideas, motivations, aims, and interests of Western donors, but they only rarely take an interest in the actual spaces of development policies and their local ramifications. Meanwhile, even though urban history has opened up to transnational and global approaches in recent years, ideas and practices of international development in the cities of the global South have not played a significant role. There are only few histories of urban development. For the most part, the field continues to be dominated by social scientists, geographers, city planners, architects, and urban anthropologists.
Connecting global urban history to the history of development, humanitarian aid, international organizations, and INGOs, the conference therefore seeks to bring in a decidedly historical perspective on one of the defining processes of the twentieth century. Our aim is to explore how and why urban development policy established itself as a global policy field, what transformations it engineered on the ground, and how concepts and practices changed over time. We also seek to understand how urban development policies in the global South linked up with transnational urban movements such as the “Urban International” (Pierre-Yves Saunier) and what role urban administrations played. Instead of focusing on single cities, we aim at tracking global and transnational connections, thus comparing differing experiences. And instead of investigating single governments or national contexts, we aim to explore international networks of actors and their efforts to orchestrate the social, economic and ecological changes of cities in the global South. Exploring those issues, we believe, adds new insights and fresh perspectives not only to global urban and development history, but also to global histories of the environment, global knowledge regimes, global governance, international organizations, and INGOs.
We therefore invite papers that address, but must not necessarily be limited to, the following issues:
Urban development policies and the “Urban International” in the global South,
‘urban metabolism’, resource systems, and waste management,
housing and the social challenge of slums,
the remaking of urban infrastructures,
sustainability, resilience, and climate change,
‘good governance’ in the city,
transnational knowledge exchanges and the transformation of the urban,
case studies of individual projects, architects, engineers, experts, or institutions.
The conference will take place in Berlin. Participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses and accommodation. We are planning to publish select conference proceedings with a well-established university press.
Scholars interested in participating in the conference are asked to send an abstract (200 to 400 words, in English) and a short curriculum vitae to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org before March 18, 2018.
In order to facilitate scholarly interchange, participants will circulate their papers before the conference, and will give only very brief oral summaries. Final papers (7000 to 8000 words, fully footnoted) are due October 1 and will be available to conference participants only.
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