• 28 Mar 2023 1:30 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s (VMCH) inaugural public history symposium will take place on November 4, 2024. We welcome presentations, panels, and posters from public and academic historians alike that address the theme of “discovery” in Virginia history.

    Presentations can relate to either:

    1. historic discoveries made in Virginia or by Virginians

    2. research that represents pioneering storytelling in Virginia history

    Our symposium is an opportunity for historians to share their work in a supportive, public-centric environment that values accessibility and engaging storytelling. The VMHC looks forward to welcoming you to share new perspectives on the unparalleled history of Virginia.

    For full detail on the event and submitting a proposal, see here

    Deadline: April 14, 2023 

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:11 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Race: Reclaiming Harold Washington’s Multiracial Coalition

    MON MAR 27, 5:30 pm CDT

    This will be online via Zoom and will feature Gordon Mantler, who has a new book titled The Multiracial Promise: Harold Washington’s Chicago and the Democratic Struggle in Reagan’s America, along with Jakobi Williams (IU), author of From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago, and Lilia Fernández, discussing Chicago's multiracial coalitional history and the upcoming election. Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez will be moderating.

    This event is co-hosted by UIC's History Department and the Great Cities Institute. They ask that you register in advance here to get the Zoom link:

  • 27 Feb 2023 9:17 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The European Association for Urban History (EAUH) invites session proposals for its sixteenth international interdisciplinary conference, which will take place from 4 to 7 September 2024 in Ostrava (Czech Republic) and follows the successful EAUH 2022 conference in Antwerp.

    The main theme is Cities at the Boundaries, but the conference will be also open to other topics and research aspects in the field of urban history.

    The Call for Sessions runs from January 5 to March 15, 2023. You can register at where you can find the form and registration instructions.

    All further information is available on the website

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact


  • 15 Feb 2023 10:03 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)


    MOSEC 2023 or Modernization by the State and its Ecological Consequences Conference 2023 is an interdisciplinary online conference for the environmentally focused humanities and social sciences, organized by the Center for Economic and Social History, University of Ostrava, Czechia. MOSEC 2023 aims to explore, discuss and disseminate new cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge about the global environmental crisis with a particular focus on the role of the state and state institutions.


    BART ELMORE, Associate professor of Environmental History at the Ohio State University. Author of the praised Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism and Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future. Recipient of the Dan David Prize in 2022. 

    ZSUZSA GILLE, Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prize winning author of the highly influential From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History most recently co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Waste Studies.


    Anthropogenic forces have reduced ecosystem resilience by decreasing biodiversity, altering the physico-chemical environment via climate change, pollution, and land clearance. Today, the global environmental crisis is the single most important challenge humanity faces. Regarding sustainable development, the sovereign nation-state has been the most important actor and stakeholder. Essential part of state sovereignty is the ownership of resources, which often have been sources of conflict and violence, as well as ecological degradation.

    Critics of the modern state pointed out that the ecological impact of bureaucratic regimes has been substantially contributing to the worsening of the global environmental crisis. Modern states organized their societies according to the technocratic principles of “high modernism” and have failed to take local knowledge into account thus amplifying the forces of ecological homogenization and uniformity.

    In 2023, the Center for Economic and Social History at the University of Ostrava cordially invites contributions from all social sciences and humanities disciplines as well as adjacent scientific fields to explore, discuss and disseminate new cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge about the global environmental crisis with a particular focus on the role of the state and state institutions.

    MOSEC 2023 welcomes papers with all geographical-, and thematic focuses.

    Recommended themes, however include to explore and reflect on the role of the state with regard to climate change, biodiversity loss, resource-, and energy scarcity, toxic emissions, environmental diseases, marine pollution, urban congestion, and sustainability from the perspective of human values, stories, qualitative reasoning, case studies, and traditional-, and sensory knowledge.

    Individual paper proposals should consist of 300-word abstracts accompanied with brief, approximately 50-word long bios of the contributor.  

    Complete panel proposals consisting of three to four papers should consist of a 500-word panel-abstracts which include the overall themes of the panel and papers presented as well as brief, approximately 50-word long bios of all contributors.

    Roundtables, posters and unconventional formats are also welcome. For details please contact organizers.

    All proposals should be sent by 31 March 2023 to organizers at


    50 EUR/ 1250 CZK (regular registration fee*)

    40 EUR/ 1000 CZK (discounted registration fee**)

    90 EUR/ 2250 CZK (solidarity registration fee***)

    Free participation (limited availability****)

    *Full registration fee: participants with income above 1,000 euros a month

    **Discounted registration fee: available for participants with income below 1,000 euros a month

    *** Solidarity registration fee: participants with income above 3,000 euros a month. Paying a solidarity fee enables the participation of another scholar from the Global South and Ukraine (recommended to scholars based in United States, Canada, UK, Norway, Iceland, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as selected EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden.)

    ****Free participation: University of Ostrava employees and students, limited number of selected participants from war zones and the Global South. 

  • 30 Jan 2023 12:32 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The UHA is seeking a secretary to serve approximately 1-2 hours per week between May and September and 2-3 hours between October and April for a term of 5 years. Among the secretary's responsibilities are circulating announcements and reminders for scheduled meetings and maintaining the UHA meeting calendar. The secretary also takes minutes and ensures all meeting minutes are formatted, stored, and distributed in compliance with best practices and legal requirements for non-profits. If you are interested, have questions, or would like to make a recommendation, contact Ally Moralez

  • 30 Jan 2023 11:07 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The AISU (Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana) would like to inform UHA members about the Congress in Ferrara, Beyond the Gaze, Interpreting and understanding the city (scheduled from September 13th to 16th, 2023).

    They also invite scholars under 40 to submit contributions that will be published in a monographic issue of the magazine "Urban History" dedicated to the history of Italian cities.

  • 30 Jan 2023 10:52 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues, 

    We hope this annual letter to our membership, officers, and staff finds you well and enjoying the New Year. As the New Year gets underway, we are writing to extend our deepest gratitude to you for both your membership and ongoing contributions to the mission of the Urban History Association. Your abiding support and help continue to be indispensable to the success of our organization. In addition to expressing appreciation for your support, we are also writing to bring you up to date on our accomplishments, challenges, and plans for the current calendar year.

    Our achievements unfolded along multiple lines of activity during 2022. We continued our very fruitful relationship with the Journal of Urban History; increased the Association’s operating budget; improved our organizational structure; established plans for the 2023 biennial conference, to be held in Pittsburgh; and, finally, and perhaps most important, we created an executive planning committee to craft a “Five-Year Plan” to help set priorities and channel our work over the next half decade. Under the editorship of David Goldfield, selected UHA members continued to play a vital role on the editorial board of the JUH, while scores of other members served as reviewers for recently published books and referees for articles under consideration for publication in the journal.

    In addition to our collaboration with the JUH, the UHA’s prize committees selected the winners of the established Hirsch, Jackson, and Katz awards, as well as the award for the Best Book in Non-North American Urban History. On behalf of the UHA, we extend congratulations to all 2022 Award Winners! In reviewing our list of awards, the board discussed the prospect of expanding the number and diversity of prizes to reflect the changing geographic and demographic reach of the organization. A committee on UHA awards has been established and is dedicated to achieving that goal.

    In the spring of 2022, we were awarded $75,000 in funding from the American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program, an opportunity made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Thanks to this grant, we were able to strengthen the financial package of the Executive Director (Allyson Moralez); add a new Operations and Special Projects Assistant (Daniela Sheinin); and supplement modest existing stipends for Avigail Oren, Ryan Reft, and the editing team for The Metropole. In addition to being awarded grant funding, the UHA was especially pleased and grateful to President Elect Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz for securing generous sponsorships from Penn State University’s Department of History and its College of the Liberal Arts. The Penn State grants have enabled The Metropole editors to offer modest compensation to blog theme month contributors. Reinforcing its keen interest in expanding the financial base of the UHA, the board approved an increase in membership fees (effective in 2023) to keep pace with the rising costs of services to our members.

    Moreover, in order to strengthen the organizational structure of the Association and help to maximize its resources, the board approved changes to the by-laws governing the newsletter, secretary, and treasurer. Following up on these changes, the board approved the appointment of James Wolfinger, Dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University, as the new treasurer; and Amanda Boston, University of Pittsburgh, to succeed Kara Schlichting, Queens College, as membership secretary. The new general secretary’s post remains open. The UHA membership also elected a stellar slate of new members to the Board of Directors: Emiliano Aguilar, Taylor Desloge, Claire Dunning, Sandra I. Enriquez, Georgina Hickey, Nancy Kwak, Kyle T. Mays, and Kevin Mumford; for their immense service to the organization, we also thanked outgoing board members Harold Bérubé, Guadalupe García, Paige Glotzer, Clayton Howard, Alejandro Velasco, Matthew Vitz, and Constanze Weise.

    Over the past year, we invested considerable energy into planning the 2023 biennial conference of the UHA, our first in-person conference since meeting in Columbia, South Carolina in 2018. Under the Conference Theme, “Reparations & the Right to the City,” our conference will be held at the Westin Pittsburgh in the heart of the Central Business District this October 26-29, 2023. Conference planning is in the able hands of a stellar roster of Program and Local Arrangements Committee members and co-chairs. Marcus Hunter, UCLA, and Alison Isenberg, Princeton, are co-chairs of the 12-member Program Committee, while historians Laurence Glasco, University of Pittsburgh and Andrew Masich, the Heinz History Center, are co-chairs of the 16-member Local Arrangements Committee.

    Both committees are hard at work organizing an innovative conference that will include among other exciting features a collaboration with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit and Symposium. This collaboration will allow us to explore Wright’s “Unbuilt'' works (not just his iconic buildings like Fallingwater) in the Pittsburgh region from the bottom up as well as the top down. Another creative dimension of the conference entails cooperation with the A. W. Mellon-funded multi-city national reparations project, “Crafting Democratic Futures: Situating Colleges and Universities in Community-Based Reparations Solutions.” Drawing upon selected papers from the 2023 UHA biennial conference, we also envision assembling and publishing an edited state of the field collection of essays on reparations, past and present.

    Finally, and no doubt most significant for the future of the UHA, we created a new strategic planning committee. Under the leadership of the UHA executive committee, we charged this committee with crafting a “Five-Year Plan” for submission to the Board of Directors. The board will in turn review, comment on, and help to refine the “5-Year Plan” during calendar year 2023. We invite our members to share their thoughts on setting priorities and goals that will shape the vision of the UHA over the next five years.

    In the meantime, most immediately, we urge our members to visit the conference website ( and submit proposals for the 2023 program. Your engagement with the theme will help ensure the conference’s deep resonance for the academy, activists, policy makers, workers, educators, and the general public. The deadline for papers is February 20, 2023.

    Again, many thanks for your ongoing commitment to the UHA. Enjoy a fruitful New Year.


    Joe William Trotter, Jr., President

    Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, President-Elect

  • 26 Jan 2023 9:11 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Riyadh Region Municipality is delighted to invite you to participate and attend the 19th International Association for the Study of Traditional Environment (IASTE) conference which will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 5-9, 2024 in collaboration with King Saud University and the Ministry of Culture.

    Scholars, professionals, and practitioners in the field of traditional environments are invited to showcase their latest research, projects, and innovations in the field. The conference theme of IASTE 2024 is titled “The Dynamism of Tradition”, where we refer to the adaptability and continuity of tradition to evolve as a legitimate manifestation of the socio-cultural and socioeconomic spheres through space and time.

    For details on the conference theme and submission requirements, please use the following links:

    • IASTE 2024 webpage:

    • IASTE 2024 CFA poster:

    • IASTE 2024 Submission link:

    The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to share knowledge, collaborate with peers, and exchange ideas with experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, urban studies, sociology, and history.

    Deadline: May 1, 2023

  • 17 Jan 2023 7:51 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The European Association for Urban History (EAUH) will hold a one-day online symposium on 6 September 2023 focusing on cultural and material exchanges between urban Europe and the wider urban world, extending across all historical periods. Our aim is to contribute to the larger global urban history currently being written by helping to situate European cities, not solely as the locus of post/colonial power but also as sites of exchange. 

    Exchange might include one or more of the following:  

    • Movements of people and goods   
    • Trade flows and relationships  
    • Cultural exchange: foods, street naming, statuary, etc.  
    • Transformation of technologies e.g. sanitation, across urban settings  
    • Architecture and planning: collaborations and influences  
    • The export and import of ideas between urban spaces  

    Above all, we are looking for presentations that stimulate new thinking about the relationship of urban Europe with other parts of the world.  

    KEYNOTE LECTURE: Peter Stabel (Centre for Urban History, Antwerp)  on the comparative and entangled urban history of Latin Europe, the Islamic Worlds and the Byzantine Empire.   

    The conference committee welcomes proposals (max 300 words) from scholars at all career levels, including graduate students, and that address diversity.  For more info, click HERE. 

    Deadline for Submission: 1 April 2023  

    Submit proposals and inquiries to:  

    Simon Gunn  

    Rosemary Wakeman  

  • 17 Jan 2023 7:39 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Apply to participate in Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Rust Belt: Co-Creating Regional Humanities Ecosystems, a two-week residential institute for higher education faculty members. This National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project focuses on the importance of regional storytelling in fostering a sense of place. June 4 through June 18, 2023 at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Click HERE for more info. 

    Deadline: March 3, 2023

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