CFP: "Cities at the Crossroads," Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association

The Urban History Association invites submissions for sessions and papers on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history. We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers. We are particularly keen to see submissions on topics related to cities in/across the various regions of Asia, such at the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

The conference theme, "Cities at the Crossroads," reflects the growing interdisciplinarity of the field of urban history, the role of cities as meeting places, and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation and tension over issues such as climate change, immigration, segregation, and inequality.

We encourage submissions that explore the diversity of the study of cities, including contributions from other disciplines and from historians who interpret notions of "urban" broadly and synthetically, whether politically, geographically, socially, or culturally.  The program committee welcomes proposals for innovative workshops or non-traditional sessions.  Successful panel and paper proposals need not adhere strictly to the conference theme, and the program committee will pay special attention to panels marking the anniversaries of events in or profoundly affecting cities.

Each proposal should have the following format:

Individual paper submissions should include an abstract up to 150 words with up to four keywords, along with a one-page CV, including address and email.  These should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Panel submissions should include a cover page indicating the lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names of the session Chair and Commentator; a one-paragraph overview of the session's themes and significance, plus a description of the format (eg panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address and e-mail, all submitted as a combined, single PDF file.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2018, although we encourage submission by mid-January 2018.  The program committee also plans for a graduate student workshop and a poster session, which will have a separate proposal deadline of May 1, 2018, with details forthcoming.

Please direct inquiries to Program Committee co-chairs LaDale Winling at Virginia Tech and Elaine Lewinnek at California State University-Fullerton (Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com). For any queries about putting together a panel related to cities in Asia, feel free to contact Program Committee member Dinyar Patel at the University of South Carolina (PatelDi@mailbox.sc.edu).

See also http://www.urbanhistory.org/Columbia2018/