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City and Society

Faculty Coordinators: Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (Geography), Carl Nightingale (Transnational Studies), Victoria Wolcott (History)

Urban Studies is among the most interdisciplinary fields in the humanities. UB has a large concentration of Urban Studies scholars that are spread across many disciplinary departments and professional schools. We seek to create a forum that would bring these scholars together for regular meetings. And we hope to provide a link between faculty and graduate students based on the North Campus with the longstanding Center for Urban Studies housed in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, as well as members of Buffalo’s own rich community of activists and urban planning professionals. The “City and Society” workshop will explore urban theory, the politics of urban space, urban institutions, and urban practices across time and throughout the world.


Spring 2016

Thursday, February 25, 6:30pm
Merriweather Library, Jefferson and East Utica
Community Benefits Agreements: Development by the People for the People of Buffalo
Robert Silverman (Urban Studies), John Washington (PUSH Buffalo), Sam Magavern (Open Buffalo)

Wednesday, March 9, 12pm
1004 Clemens Hall
Settler Colonialism in the City: From Theory to Global History
Carl Nightingale, Transnational Studies


Fall 2015

Friday, September 18, 12:30-2pm
532 Park Hall
Davarian Baldwin, “The ‘800-Pound Gargoyle’: The Long History of Higher Education and Urban Development on Chicago’s South Side”

Tuesday, October 27, 3-4:30PM
107 Capen Hall
Brian Milbrand and Grace Andriette

Friday, December 4, 12:30-2PM
532 Park Hall
Works in Progress
Adam Wolkoff
“Every Man His Own Avenger: The Politics of Property Seizure from Urban Tenements to Tenant Farms in the Nineteenth Century United States”