On March 28th and 29th, 2014, a group of scholars from across the continent will gather at the University of New Mexico for a conference entitled “Transnational Cities: Past into Present” to address one of the most pressing issues in the study of urbanism: the need to transnationalize the field. The existing paradigms of urban, planning, and architectural history remain predominantly bounded by the nation-state even as other areas of history have been challenged and in some cases transformed by the “transnational turn.” The conference will bring together people who are well situated to think through the practice and direction of transnational urban history and planning at an early point in their development. Drawing upon their own research, they will exchange ideas about methodology and theory; and in light of the way that other fields have been transformed by the transnational turn, they will consider how best to frame future contributionsThey also key in the field
Confirmed participants include Erica Allen-Kim, University of Toronto; Daniel Arreola, Arizona State University; Leandro Benmerguí, SUNY-Purchase; Matthew García, Arizona State University; Richard Harris, McMaster University; Carola Hein, Bryn Mawr College; Nancy Haekyung Kwak, University of California, San Diego; Amy Offner, University of Pennsylvania; Margaret O'Mara, University of Washington; Muchan Park and Lucien Wilson, Columbia University; Roger Rouse, University of Pittsburgh; Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania.
The conference, which is sponsored by the Center for the Southwest, the School of Architecture and Planning, the Department of History, and the Office of the Provost. The discussion sections will take place during the day (see attached schedule). There will be a dynamic public event on Friday at 5:30 in George Pearl Hall: a PechaKucha Night in which six of the participants will present their research in a 20x20 (twenty slides narrated for twenty seconds each), followed by comments by faculty from Architecture and Planning and participation by the audience.
A full set of paper abstracts (in the form of a seventeen-page .pdf file) is available to all members of the community—please contact conference organizer History Professor Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz at email@example.com for the abstracts, a conference schedule, or any other information about the event.