History of UHI

Urban humanities at UCLA has both a diverse history across fields, as well as a specific history with relation to the Urban Humanities Initiative. Principal Investigator Dana Cuff, of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, along with Co-Principal Investigators Todd Presner of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris of Urban Planning, and Diane Favro of Architecture and Urban Design, were awarded the largest single grant in the history of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design in December of 2012. The grant, from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was to get the nascent field of urban humanities on its feet at UCLA, uniting what were already several pre-existing research interests on behalf of a wide variety of scholars—from the human-focused research of Dana Cuff’s cityLAB, to the urban focus of many scholars in the humanities. In many ways, however, its history has yet to be written as the terms of this discourse remain to be staked out—and such is the intent of the three-year period of the Mellon grant.

 

 

 

UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative Publications

 

 

UHI Program

 

  • Written Publications and Journals
    • Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
    • “Urban Humanity” Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016
    • “Urban Humanities: Producing Knowledge on the Megacity,” special issue, Urban China 72 (October 2015)

 

  • Arts, Exhibitions, and Presentations
    • Ghost Stories Night. Performance at UCLA for the Urban Humanities Initiative. 2017.
    • West Bund Biennial, Shanghai. Urban Humanities and Urban Regeneration. UCLA Student and Faculty installation. 2015.
    • Crisman, J., and Gu, J. Participants in Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design’s Out There Doing It series. 2015.
    • Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again. Exhibition at UCLA for the Urban Humanities Initiative. 2014.
    • Moore, K., Munaim, AK., Leisure, J., Presented paper at Mediated City Conference. October 2014.

 

  • In the News
    • Perry, M. “Mellon Puts Humanities in Close Touch With Urban Studies”. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (November 11, 2013).
    • Jordana, S. “UCLA’s cityLAB at the School of Architecture and Urban Design”. ARchDaily. (March 23, 2013).

 

 

By Core Faculty & Affiliates

 

  • Professor Dana Cuff (UHI Director)
    • Books and Edited Volumes
      • Cuff, D. (Ed). Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
    • Reviews of Cuff’s Work
      • Urban Humanities Initiative Parry, Marc. “Mellon Puts Humanities in Touch with Urban Studies.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. November 20, 2013.
    • Journal Articles and Book Chapters
      • Cuff, D. and Loukaitou-Sideris, A. “Neither Here Nor There: Engaging Mexico City and Los Angeles,” in Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
      • Cuff, D. and Wolch, J. “Urban Humanities and the Creative Practitioner: A Manifesto” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 12-17) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.12
      • Cuff, D. “Schooled by the City: The Urban Humanities Initiative.” Urban China, 2016.
    • Talks at Professional Meetings
      • “Urban Humanists in Pacific Rim Megacities.” Society for American City and Regional Planning History.” Annual Meeting, Los Angeles. 2015.
      • “Los Angeles: Pacific Rim Comparative Urbanism.” Urban History Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia. 2014.
    • Symposium Organizer and Chair
      • “Scholarship in Action: Urban Humanities in Los Angeles and Mexico City” (With Jonathan Crisman); UCLA. 2016.
      • “Knowledge Design: Making Urban Humanities” (with Jonathan Crisman); International conference at UCLA. 2014.
    • Session Chair, Moderator, or Panelist
      • Closing Session Chair and Moderator, Knowledge Design: Making Urban Humanities, UCLA. 2014.
    • Arts and Exhibitions
      • Ghost Stories Night (with B Leclair-Paquet). Performance at UCLA for the Urban Humanities Initiative. 2017.
      • West Bund Biennial, Shanghai. Urban Humanities and Urban Regeneration. UCLA Student and Faculty installation. 2015.
      • Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again (with J Crisman). Exhibition at UCLA for the Urban Humanities Initiative. 2014.

 

  • Benjamin Leclair-Paquet (UHI Associate Director)
    • Arts and Exhibitions
      • Ghost Stories Night (with D Cuff). Performance at UCLA for the Urban Humanities Initiative. 2017.

 

  • Professor Maite Zubiaurre
    • Books and Edited Volumes
      • Zubiaurre, M. (Ed). Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
    • Writing
      • Banfill, J., Presner, T., Zubiaurre, M. “Urban Humanities Pedagogy: The classroom, education, and New Humanities” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 120-128) DOI:10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.120

 

  • Professor Todd Presner
    • Books and Edited Volumes
      • Presner, T. (Ed). Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
    • Writing
      • Banfill, J., Presner, T., Zubiaurre, M. “Urban Humanities Pedagogy: The classroom, education, and New Humanities in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 120-128) DOI:10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.120

 

  • Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
    • Books and Edited Volumes
      • Loukaitou-Sideris, A. (Ed). Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
    • Writing
      • Cuff, D. and Loukaitou-Sideris, A. “Neither Here Nor There: Engaging Mexico City and Los Angeles,” in Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
    • Invited Talks and Keynotes
      • UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, “Knowledge Design: Making Urban Humanities Symposium,” November 15. 2014.

 

  • Jonathan Crisman (former UHI Associate Director)
    • Writing
      • Crisman, J. (Ed). Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico City to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2016).
      • “Practicing the Future: Exercises in Immanent Speculation,” Boom: A Journal of California 6, no. 3 (Fall 2016). (pp. 25-31)DOI: 1525/boom.2016.6.3.25
      • “Urban Humans,” special issue, Boom: A Journal of California 6, no. 3 (Fall 2016).
      • Jonathan Crisman and Yang Yang, eds., “Urban Humanities: Producing Knowledge on the Megacity,” special issue, Urban China 72 (October 2015).
      • Crisman, J. (Ed). Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again. (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2014)
    • Arts and Exhibitions
      • Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again (with D Cuff). Exhibition at UCLA for the Urban Humanities Initiative. 2014

 

  • Jonathan Banfill
    • Banfill, J., Becerra, A., Mundy, J. “Learning the City: Developing new networks of understanding” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 100-109) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.100
    • Banfill, J., Presner, T., Zubiaurre, M. “Urban Humanities Pedagogy: The classroom, education, and New Humanities in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 120-128) DOI:10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.120

 

 

 

By Students

 

  • Maricela Becerra
    • Becerra, M., Seena K Lin, L., Wendel, G. “The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 32-39) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.32
    • Becerra, M., Callaghan, C., Davis, W., Ko, G., Kolder, B., Ramirez Mendez, A. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágicain Boyle Heights” in Boom: A Journal of California,  6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 89-93) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.89

 

  • Lucy Seena K Lin
    • Becerra, M., Seena K Lin, L., Wendel, G. “The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 32-39) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.32

 

  • Gus Wendel
    • Becerra, M., Seena K Lin, L., Wendel, G. “The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 32-39) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.32

 

  • Will Davis
    • Becerra, M., Callaghan, C., Davis, W., Ko, G., Kolder, B., Ramirez Mendez, A. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágicain Boyle Heights” in Boom: A Journal of California,  6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 89-93) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.89

 

  • Cat Callaghan
    • Becerra, M., Callaghan, C., Davis, W., Ko, G., Kolder, B., Ramirez Mendez, A. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágicain Boyle Heights” in Boom: A Journal of California,  6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 89-93) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.89

 

  • Grace Ko
    • Becerra, M., Callaghan, C., Davis, W., Ko, G., Kolder, B., Ramirez Mendez, A. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágicain Boyle Heights” in Boom: A Journal of California,  6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 89-93) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.89

 

  • Benjamin Kolder
    • Becerra, M., Callaghan, C., Davis, W., Ko, G., Kolder, B., Ramirez Mendez, A. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágicain Boyle Heights” in Boom: A Journal of California,  6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 89-93) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.89

 

  • Alejandro Ramirez Mendez
    • Becerra, M., Callaghan, C., Davis, W., Ko, G., Kolder, B., Ramirez Mendez, A. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágicain Boyle Heights” in Boom: A Journal of California,  6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 89-93) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.89

 

  • Jeannette Mundy
    • Banfill, J., Becerra, A., Mundy, J. “Learning the City: Developing new networks of understanding” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 100-109) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.100

 

  • Angélica Becerra
    • Banfill, J., Becerra, A., Mundy, J. “Learning the City: Developing new networks of understanding” in Boom: A Journal of California, 6 No. 3, Fall 2016; (pp. 100-109) DOI: 10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.100