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Carol Lynn McKibbenNeed Panelists for a panel about the impact of social change on specific (famous and infmous) places, once the media glare is gone: "Urban Places in Urban Spaces" i.e. The UFW and its long term effects on Salinas California1970s-presentLocation (if relevant)papers with chair and commentProfessormckibben@stanford.eduTwitter handle (if relevant)Other Notes or Ideas
Dylan Gottlieb/Tim LombardoIn need of a panelist for our panel: "Consuming the City: Food and Drink in Urban Life" I would love to join in with a paper on food traditions of the Great Migration North (Katie Singer, Rutgers-Newark) I hope I was supposed to write right on this form!Two papers on post-1945; open to other periodsU.S.Trad. papersPhd candidate; Asst.
Bench Ansfield / Yuhe Faye WangLooking for a panelist for our panel, "Race and Risk in U.S. Cities." Particularly interested in histories that examine how racial frameworks both shape and are shaped by risk assessment and insurance (life, health, property, casualty).
Open to multiple time periods--one paper is late 19th/early 20th century, another is late 20th centuryU.S.
Traditional papersPhd Jenkins will be our discussant
Samuel Avery-QuinnSamuel Avery-QuinnMid-20th CenturyU.S.mid-century urban renwal in small towns; urban renewal and religious communities; failed urban renewal plans; other mid-century adventures in urban planning by the Fels Institute(?)Traditional
Victoria HensleyCommunity building and resistance in the urban, New South (but not necessarily limited to South if others have ideas!)19th, 20th, 21st Community building post-emancipation, n American neighborhoods (segregation or resistance), zoning protections, grassroots efforts against displacementPanel or roundtableMTSUPh.D.
Clinton GlennLGBT visibility, queer tactics of appropriation in post-Soviet/post-socialist cities; this panel will focus on how the right to the city is being contested by LGBT activists in Central and Eastern European cities. My research focuses on pride marches, but this could be expanded to other types of interventions including sit-ins, protests, and appropriation of spaces of national memory/identity, etc.20th, 21stCentral and Eastern EuropeTraditional PapersPh.D.
James LonghurstI'm here volunteering as comment or chair for panels; I'm planning on attending but I don't believe my current research project, on parking history, will be ready for presentation. 20th, 21stUSHappy to comment or chair on panels regarding urban environmental policy, US urban history, transportation history, and
Carl ZimringMay present a paper on NYC urban environmental history, specifically on waste management. Open to chairing.1898-presentUSUrban environmental history, discard studies.roundtable, trad papers.Professor
Jackson Smith/Pedro RegaladoLooking for panelists: "Illicit Work, Race, and the Urban Economy from Prohibition to the War on Drugs," This panel will explore the centrality of “dirty capital” (Jackson Smith) or “drug capitalism” (Pedro Regalado) to the urban economy in American cities. We will interrogate the relationship between processes of racialization and the heavily policed boundaries between licit and illicit work, paying close attention to how working-class politics have been shaped by this relationship. This panel will also bring together scholarly conversations about these dynamics during Prohibition with work on the War on Drugs in an effort to better understand the role of illicit work within the urban experience in the U.S. throughout the twentieth century. We are interested in submissions covering such topics as the drug economy, illicit alcohol production and distribution, sex work, illegal gambling, and more.
20th/21st centuriesUSSee panel descriptionTraditional papersPhD candidate; postdoctoral are hoping to receive abstract submissions by January 10th
Brian TochtermanLooking to get a jump on some new research and present on a paper on the development of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN; open to chairing and commenting on a panel as well1970s/80sUSDowntown redevelopment; urban renewal; sports related development; urban midwest historytraditional paper; roundtableAssoc.
Shiloh Green/
Sara Fingal
Looking for panelists: panel or a roundtable on fair
housing or housing more generally. Shiloh's work
analyzes the Irvine Company's resistance to fair
housing, and Sara is looking at why the California
Coastal Commission’s initial fair housing policy was
reversed in 1976. Open to presentations related
to this theme.
1970s-1990Southern CaliforniaFair/affordable housingTraditional paper; roundtablePhD Student;
Asst. Professor
Ryan Reft and Adrianna Rosamilia
The intersection of race, drug abuse, and treament in urban America. Ryan's paper is on the confluence of methadone treatment, and responses by the black community in late 1960s early 1970s DC including black nationalism. Adriana is working on how black mothers struggling with addiction to crack were often subject to policing and surveillance rather than treatment. Would love a third panelist plus a commentator. Panel formed (1/10/2020)
1960s-2000D.C./U.S. race and health; black nationalism; community agency; drug abuse; drug treatment/policy traditional panel Historian, Library of Congress (Ryan) and PhD student at Temple University (Adrianna)
Brian WhetstoneLooking for panelists/presenting on a panel: my research examines historic preservationists' construction of a homeownership ideal in the 1960s and 1970s that equated homeownership with owning property in addition to a set of cultural values that located homeowners as white, heterosexual, middle-class families. My research argues that while preservationists articulated this ideal as an antidote to the ramifications of the urban crisis, preservationists in fact entrenched that crisis. Utilizing Springfield, Massachusetts as a case study, preservationists worked to make this ideal manifest in the built environment through a preservation agenda that sought to restore Springfield neighborhoods to their supposed nineteenth-century origins as bastions of single-family homeownership. Doing so required an aggressive denial and revision of Springfield’s historic and contemporary reality. Making the homeownership ideal real required the demonization or erasure of anyone that preservationists did not consider a homeowner from the historical record—tenants, lodgers, nonwhite people, and transient populations present in the city’s history. Preservationists fused this historical project with the vigorous policing, management, and outright expulsion of “non-residents” from their neighborhoods. My research thus straddles the historiography of public history, historic preservation, and urban history. I would be interested in presenting on a panel that examines any facet of the urban crisis, urban redevelopment, or postwar urban change more broadly.1960s-1980sU.S. (Massachusetts)historic preservation; urban crisis; urban redevelopment; homeownership; allPhD Student at University of Massachusetts
Pam SpornLooking for co-panelists to use my documentary film "Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route" as a frame to discuss the impact that racist housing policies, capital flight, and neoliberalism have had on Black urban communities, and the continuing legacy of resistance.
20 & 21 CenturiesDetroit and other de-industrialized cities/ screening; round table; accompanying bus tourInd. Filmmaker, adjunct
David Schley / Elvan CobbWe are looking for one or two additional presenters and a chair/comment for our panel, "Contested Mobilities in the Nineteenth Century." We have two papers currently: one looks at policing and the criminalization of movement in nineteenth-century New York City, and the other at encounters between camels and trains in Izmir. We welcome presentations or commenters who are interested in questions of mobility, broadly conceived, in the long nineteenth century, particularly those who can add another geographic perspective.19th/early 20thGlobalMobility, policing, transportation, environmental historyTraditional papersAssistant Professor / Postdoctoral,
Bryan KesslerLooking to present a paper from some of my disseration work, which is on local grassroots resistance to fluoridation as a public health initiative in the post-WWII US. My project spans from 1940s-1980s, and varies geographically within those time frames, but I'm most interested in presenting material from chapters on the 1980s, centered around MA activists; the late 1950s/60s, centered around NYC; or the early/mid 1950s, centered around either WI or Pacific Northwest. Although my particular specialty is on the political history of these urban spaces, I can also shape a paper around public health or environmental concerns.20th (1940s-1980s)U.S. (NYC, Pacific Northwest, WI, or MA)Utilities, urban politics, environmental historyTraditional papersPh.D. or
Sam Collings-WellsLooking to present. Paper Title: “From Mobilization to Surveillance: Philanthropy, Black Power and the Origins of Community Policing, 1965-1975”.
Examining the rise of community policing/crime prevention initiatives in cities during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Particularly interested in how grassroots community organizing efforts were co-opted by police forces in attempting to legitimise the “War on Crime”, as well as the relationship between community policing, race and surveillance.
Also looking at the transnational influences on US urban policing, particularly from the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
20thUSPolicing, commununity-building, grassroots activism, surveillance, transnationalPhD at University of
Matt Kautz
Kenneth Alyass
Looking to organize a panel that examines the impact of Milliken v. Bradley on Detroit's schools and the surrounding suburbs, specifically thinking about connections between schools, young people, and police.
My proposed paper looks at desegregation efforts and the Milliken's decision impact on the administration of Detroit's schools, including changing disciplinary practices and increasing use of police.

Kenneth's paper examines how suburban fear of urban crime in Detroit partially propelled the anti-busing movement of the early 1970s and laid down lasting foundations in the metropolitian politics since then.
1940-1980DetroitTraditional papersPhD
Louis MercerHistory of police in Chicago's schools. Role of police in integration efforts, impact of police on students of color in integrating schools1950s-1980sUS, ChicagoPolice in schoolsPapers, RoundtablePhD
Walter SternCriminalization of youth of color during school desegregation; the role of schools and educational/youth policy in the expansion of the carceral state. My work examines links between desegregation, high school student activism, school violence, and mass incarceration in the New Orleans metropolitan area.1960s-1970sUSSee panel descriptionPapers, RoundtableAssistant Professor
Jessa Dahl and Dan KnorrWe’re forming a panel on how globalization and colonialism shaped urban development in cities that did not become typical global cities, contrary to the hopes of boosters, government officials, and commercial interests. Through histories characterized by “failure” or “mixed success” we want to better understand the full range of experiences of global urban modernity. Current papers focus on cities in China and Japan. We welcome pitches from all parts of the world.Open - papers currently focused on late 19th/early 20th centuryGlobalspatial history, infrastructure, property development, urban policy, (semi)colonialismTraditional papersPhD Candidate/PhD @dknorrhistorian
Kenneth Alyass and Alyssa SmithThis panel focuses on crime in American suburbs during the twentieth century. We are looking at how the suburb was a space that produced a political and cultural desire for punitive policing and mass incarceration in the latter half of the twentieth century. Suburban clamor for more crime control shaped national political realignment, metropolitan politics, and the political economy of the carceral state. At the same time, the carceral regime altered suburban life and politics. Fear of urban criminality, for example, hardened suburban-urban divides and reinforced racial and class segregation. Crime discourse and law-and-order politics coated local disputes over housing, density, transit, schools, and budgets. This panel seeks to investigate how the suburb created the carceral state and how that carceral state shaped the suburb.20th century, postwar particuarlyUSSuburban policing, crime control politics, fear of crime, prison building, support for punitive policiesPapersPhD
Charlotte RosenLooking to present either on 1) the politics of prison overcrowding + prisoner resistance in late-twentieth c Philadelphia, with a focus on either a) the role the DAs office in blocking potentially decarceral jail reforms and/or b) how local prison overcrowding litigation shaped federal policymaking on prisoner conditions


2) a paper that uses state-level concerns about prison overcrowding (my case study is Pennsylvania) to reframe the 1980s as an era of carceral crisis rather than one of settled law and order politics, which in turn highlights the contingency of the rise of the carceral state
late 20th century, 1970s-1990sUS, Pennsylvania/Philadelphia in particularPrisons, prison conditions litigation, criminal legal system, prison reform, prisoner resistancePapersPhD candidate
Emma ManiereI am hoping to present on my early dissertation work, which examines the politics of queer suburbanization. More specifically, I analyze Ferndale, Michigan–a inner-ring suburb on the northern edges of Detroit–and the twin processes of delayed white flight and nascent gay politics that lead to its emergence as a “hip,” queer (and implicitly white) enclave.

Thematically, I’m thinking this could be paired with either a) other presentations regarding sexuality or b) other presentations on Detroit suburbs.
Late 20th century, 1970s-2000sUS, DetroitSuburbanization, sexuality, LGBTQ, local politics, community-buildingPapersPhD
Shakti CastroI am looking to present a paper I've written on the history of a New York City Department of Health program called The Narcotics Register Project. This relates to drug policy and public health policy as racialized surveillance. I specifically examine the Register, run from 1966-1973, as it that tracked drug users, and how this program, and other policy at the time, constructed Puerto Ricans as narcotics users. I think this would work well with a panel focused on race and drugs, public health and surveillance, or the experience of Latinxs and other POC during the urban crisis period. 1960s-1970sUS, NYCdrug and public policy, Puerto Rican/Latinx communities and experiences, public health and surveillancePaperPhD
John WorsencroftI am interested in putting together a panel that examines how cities negotiated the end of the Cold War, how they confronted the closure of major military installations and affiliated industries, and how they invented new uses for the land/buildings/infrastructure that were left behind. I have two possible papers: 1. on the Philadelphia Navy Yard, how members of congress and local officials attempted to stop the closure of this important piece of the postwar industrial economy, and how the city dealt with its loss. or 2. I could give a paper on the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area in northern Louisana that looks at the fraught relationship between the municipalities and the Air Force in the post-Cold War era. 20th and 21st centuryUS Cold War, deindustrialization, military-industrial-complex, militarization of American workforce/economy, urban history, Sunbelt, Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC)PaperAssistant
Janet BednarekJohn Worsencroft -- this might fit with some of the research that I am doing on Dayton -- an USAF town. Janet Bednarek
Emma Maniere and Kenneth AlyassWe are looking for one-two additional presenters to join our panel on race, sexuality, and Detroit's suburbs. While our work focuses on the late 20th century, we would be open to expanding that temporally. Late 20th centuryUSSuburbs, race, sexuality, LGBT, metropolitan politics, blightPapersPhD
Katherine Zubovich, Emily Elliott, Antony KalashnikovWe are looking for a discussant to join our panel, which will address the legacies on monuments created in Moscow and Soviet monumentalism. We will focus on the afterlives of several structures, including Stalinist skyscrapers, the Moscow metro, and the 1980 Olympic village.20th centuryUS and CanadaLegacies and Memories of Monuments and Monumentalism in the Soviet Uniontraditional papersAsst. professor, Fixed-term asst. professor,,, kalashni@ualberta.caOur panel is set in terms of papers, and we can send our abstracts to those interested. We seek a discussant and chair.
Francesco De SalvatoreI am hoping to present on some research, which will help further contextualize the rise of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his politics of revanchism, and the call for more punitive sentencing against juveniles in the 1990s. I am currently researching and writing about how ideologies of race and gender were incubated through the public’s fear of juvenile crime in New York City’s outer boroughs between 1970 and 1990. I am examining relations between poor and working-class young people in New York City’s outer boroughs—specifically, moments of racial strife, such as the murder of Willie Turks (1982), Michael Griffith (1986), and Yusuf Hawkins (1989). Additionally, I look to the ways in which cultural productions, Mayor Edward Koch’s administration, social workers, and sociologists responded and represented NYC’s outer boroughs and its young people.Late 20th century, 1970s-1990sUS, NYCFear of crime, racism and violence, urban racial and gender formationsPapersPhD
Viviana PupezaI would like to present some of my recent results from my master's dissertation entitled 'Government Railways in Cape Town in the 1900s. A Resource for Resistance' on the socio-political impact of the railway programme. My topic touches upon following: British colonial history, public and private, infrastructure. Thus, I am looking for a panel on colonialism or nism.1890-1910South , Cape Townpublic and private, colonialism, infrastructure, railways as tool for resistance from below and above; perhaps fits together with no.23.?!Single, traditional paperMPhil/PhD
Sam CorenUPDATE: Organizing a panel with Joseph Watson of Louisiana State and seeking a third or fourth. Themes include but are not limited to infrastructure, the built environment, and petroleum-related industries . Both of our presentations center on the East Coast/NYC region, but other regional foci are welcome.  circa 1900-presentUS and US-occupiedautomobility, infrastructure studies (esp transportation infrastructure), architecture, the built environment, the nature of urban nature, urban ecology, environmental justice.TBDPhD
Mark Souther“ 'The Heart of Georgia': Metropolitan Ambitions and Regionalism in Macon and Middle Georgia." Abstract: My paper will examine efforts in Macon, a smaller city (pop. 40,000-120,000 during period of study) in the center of the state, to stave off the impact of Atlanta’s ascent and, that failing, to promote its central location to attract economic development. I study these efforts between the 1910s, when local leaders campaigned to move the state capital from Atlanta to Macon, and the 1970s, when Macon leaders were striving to make the city a “point of destination” for tourists. My paper will explore a range of local initiatives, many reflecting alliances with surrounding rural counties, including making Macon a hub and resource for regional industrialization, agricultural diversification, transportation development, and conventions and tourism.20th century (1910s-70s)US, Southcities in rural regions, 20th-century urban South, small cities, image, boosterism, regionalismTraditional papersProfessor (open to all)
Godefroy Lauzon1. As part of panel on teaching urban history, immigration, progressivism, or turn-of-century intellectual history: currently working on paper on the "names of migrations" as research results (in turn-of-century literature and militancy for immigration restriction round 1900-1920), also seen as (debatable) approach to teaching urban history. Based on my reading of immigration-restriction literature and reports of (Dillingham) Immigration Commission (1907-1911). Also based on undergrad teaching experience and related reading of history textbooks. Tentative title: "“New immigration,” “Tides,” “Races or Peoples”: On the sustainability of naming immigration to the United States between 1880-1920"1880-1920US, intellectual historyimmigration, assimilation, progressivism, late-19th and early 20th centuries, intellectual history of urbanization, teaching urban
Godefroy LauzonJimmy Baldwin! Anyone interested in joining a panel on the recent and current uses and relevance of James Baldwin's writing, in any aspect of our work including teaching and thinking about cities?1930-2020US, intellectual historyintellectual history, civil rights, writing about the city, Black Lives Matter, teaching postwar urban history and civil
William DemarestLooking to join or start a Latin America panel, we can make anything work. Or if anyone wants to do something comparative with Latin America, or Asia (say 1920s-1970s) that could be interesting. I have several projects ready to present including: 1) urban planning (both in terms of real projects and its emergence as a new cultural field and technocratic idea in Medellín); 2) urban spaces of consumption and mid-century modernization projects, 2b; 3) the introduction of condominiums; 4) Business and private organization's state-like role in Medellín's urban planning; 5) 1940s Latin American urbanization through the lens of LIFE photographer Dmitri Kessel. 1500-1980, but mostly 1920s-1970s. Latin America Traditional or rountable if panel is unusually cohesive. Phd.
Rocky DouglasLooking to present a paper, join a panel, or participate in a roundtable with my project titled "“Weak Gentrification:” The Contours of Development and Stagnation in Providence, RI". Working with a local housing group, this paper maps the institutional mechanisms fueling -- and the organizing strategies resisting -- patterns of development and stagnation in a non-global, weak market city, Providence. By expanding both the range of contexts and the range of methods that inform our understanding of contested neighborhood change, this investigation promises to reframe and reimagine the challenges of gentrification, not only in theory but in praxis as well.2000sUSGentrification, Stagnation, Institutional Mechanisms, Weak Market, Mixed MethodsOpen!Ph.D. student at Brown
Mary P. RyanI am working with two Latin American Historians to create a conversation across historiographc1790-1850US and Latin America
borders. We need another historiain of the United States to join the panel "Rethinking the Urban."
Issues include urban space, state formation and municipal soveregnity
The intersection of race, drug abuse, and treament in urban America. Ryan's paper is on the confluence of methadone treatment, and responses by the black community in late 1960s early 1970s DC including black nationalism. Adriana is working on how black mothers struggling with addiction to crack were often subject to policing and surveillance rather than treatment. Would love a third panelist plus a commentator. Panel formed (1/10/2020)