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Global Urban History Project

Why Join?

Scholars at all stages of their careers and from all parts of the world are warmly invited to join the over 180 scholars who make up the Global Urban History Project. Membership is free of charge for at least the 2017-18 academic year. Scholars interested in cities of the Global South and on periods before 1850 are especially encouraged to join.

Members enjoy:

  • On-line networking opportunities with scholars in the field from across the world through the "Meet Other Members" profile directory and the Global Urban History blog.
  • Opportunities to promote your work, including works in progress, directly to a crucial audience.
  • Opportunities to seek out mentoring relationships.
  • Opportunities to create more specialized on-line forums on the Global Urban History Project website with other members.
  • Advance knowledge about opportunities to participate in Project-sponsored events and access to the GUHP events calendar.
  • Priority opportunity to contribute posts and reviews on the blog
  • Subscription to the Project's newsletter
  • Opportunities to take a leadership role in building the Global Urban History Project.

If you would like to take a more active role in GUHP please send your thoughts to Carl Nightingale at



What is GUHP?

The goal of the Global Urban History Project (GUHP) is to enhance the work of already existing networks such as the Global Urban History blog, the AHRC International Research Network Global Cities: Past and Present, and various groups involved in producing edited volumes on the subject by merging, expanding, and formalizing connections between scholars who share an interest in the field but whose professional lives revolve around otherwise separate academic associations.

Since it was launched in May 2017, GUHP has attracted the interest of 180 scholars from around the world, from all periods of urban history, from several disciplines, and from dozens of primary professional homes.

The Global Urban History Project first came into being at the final meeting of the Global Cities Research Network, convened by Emma Hart (University of St. Andrews) and Mariana Dantas (Ohio University) and hosted by Jessica Roney at Temple University in Philadelphia on February 28, 2017. Michael  Goebel (Freie Universität Berlin) represented the editorial team of the Global Urban History blog, which also includes Joseph Ben Prestel (Freie Universität Berlin) and Tracy Neumann (Wayne State University). Other founding members included Nancy Kwak (University of California San Diego) and Carl Nightingale (University at Buffalo, SUNY).

Working with this Organizing Team, Carl Nightingale has taken the lead in establishing the Project as a tax-exempt organization with its own website. The goals of the website are to introduce ourselves to each other, promote members’ work, and increase awareness of the Project and its upcoming activities. Over the course of 2017-18 GUHP and its new staff members will reach out to members and prospective members to collect and disseminate course syllabi and bibliographical information of work in the field.

Keep in touch as GUHP launches an exciting series of round-tables, calls for papers, panels, and open-houses at the major urban history conferences during the upcoming year.


The Global Urban History Blog

The GUH blog is a foundational element of the Project. It offers short articles, book reviews, and conversations relevant to field of global urban history.

As part of becoming a member of GUHP, please consider becoming a follower of the blog. You will receive notifications of new posts and GUHP events and calls for papers via email. You can also follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter. Also, consider expanding the description of your work on your GUHP member profile into a 1000-1500-word blog entry for the blog.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Blog should email Michael Goebel at



Welcome to the Global Urban History Project!

The Global Urban History Project is a meeting place for scholars interested in exploring the crossroads of urban history and global history. 

The Project was formed by merging several already existing networks of scholars from a wide range of associations and from many parts of the world. By joining the Project as a member you can be part of an effort to expand these networks and join sustained conversations about the challenges we face in this exciting and growing hybrid field.