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September 2019

New Directions in British Urban History

September 12 - September 13

This conference will bring together leading scholars working in the field of modern British urban and planning history. Bridging this sub-field in the UK and in the US, this conference has three main objectives. The first is to provide a forum for discussing the current flurry of written work on British urban life (seven of the participants have recent or forthcoming monographs on twentieth-century British urban history). Our long term goal is to produce a special issue in "Planning Perspectives"…

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November 2019

Indigenous Peoples and Borders: decolonization, contestation, trans-border practices

November 11 - November 12

Indigenous Peoples’ sovereignty, cultural integrity, connection to the land and their overall well-being continue to be threatened, defined and constrained by borders. This symposium aims at offering a rare opportunity for indigenous (focused) scholars and practitioners to engage in dialogue in and through border studies. This burgeoning research field can enrich our global knowledge community and vice versa, stimulate border studies scholars to address topics of particular importance for the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples. In a separate background note,…

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April 2020

Claiming the State: Civics, Inclusion, and Power from the American Revolution to the Civil War


Generations of research on the history of marginalized people in the United States have made it impossible for many scholars of American history today to cleave to a triumphant, teleological, or even hopeful narrative of American liberal governance. Yet for most groups marginalized within the United States, throughout its history, there has been little viable alternative to engagement with the state. We are convening this symposium to discuss the question: where do we go from here? Our small, focused gathering…

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