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Global Urban History Project

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. 

GUHP's goal is to encourage the study of cities as creations and creators of large-scale or global historical phenomena. This requires minimizing the Eurocentric and U.S.-centric focus of urban history, while also connecting early-modern and pre-modern historians with those who work on more recent periods.

Founded in 2017, GUHP became a member-supported organization in January 2019. This year, GUHP held two conferences, co-sponsored by the World History Association and the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. Going forward, the Project plans to sponsor a series of ongoing events in many formats and sizes, both independently and in collaboration with other associations. It has an explicit goal to hold an event on all inhabited continents within the next six to ten years. GUHP is committed to building a fund to support travel for scholars otherwise underrepresented in discussions of the field.

Scholars at all stages of their careers and from all parts of the world are warmly invited to join the Global Urban History Project. Those interested in cities beyond Europe and the U.S. and in periods before 1850 are especially encouraged.

Members and Events

Since 2017, over 500 scholars have posted profiles on the GUHP site, which acts as a living, searchable inventory of scholarship in the field.

In its first year and a half, GUHP sponsored events at five conferences around the world, and we sponsored two major conferences in 2019. Information on events is available under the "Conferences" tab above.



Why Join?

As of February 2019, GUHP is a member-supported organization.

Members support a wide array of benefits for fellow scholars in the field.
Information on contributions and benefits can be found here.



The Global Urban History Blog

The GUH blog is a foundational component of the Global Urban History Project. It offers posts, reviews, and conversations and manages our facebook and Twitter accounts (see below).

Anyone interested in contributing to the Blog should contact Michael Goebel, Editor-in-Chief, at