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September 2019

New Directions in British Urban History

09/12/2019 - 09/13/2019

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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October 2019

Book Parts


The field of book history has never been more vibrant, nor has the importance of interrogating the material dimensions of text, its creation and circulation and consumption, been more clear, as digital media upend traditional modes of publishing, reading, and even academic librarianship. “What is a book?” is a question whose stakes have never been higher, and book historians and bibliographers have risen to the challenge, producing work that examines not just how books exist as physical objects, but how…

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November 2019

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

11/11/2019 - 11/12/2019

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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An Urban World: The Changing Landscape of Suburbs and Cities

11/14/2019 - 11/15/2019

3:00 pm to 6:30 pm on November 14th and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on November 15th.  RSVP to: smk2209@columbia.edu PROGRAM Thursday November 14, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm 2:30–3:00 pm  REGISTRATION 3:00 pm    WELCOME Ira Katznelson, Interim Provost & Ruggles Professor of Political Science & History, Columbia University Lisa Keller, Chair, Seminar on the City, The University Seminars, Columbia University 3:15 pm    KEYNOTE ADDRESS Introduction: Ann Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian, Columbia University Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun…

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