WIGH Seminar: Sebastian Schmidt, "Global History of Global Cities"


Monday, October 31, 2016, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Lower Level Library

"Global History of Global Cities"
Sebastian Schmidt, Fellow, WIGH; PhD, History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture and Art, MIT

Commentator: Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Graduate Student Commentator: Jacob Anbinder, PhD Candidate in History, Harvard University

This paper is part of a larger project studying the relationship between WWII and cities. Specifically, I look at the ways in which urban thinking changed in response to the global scale of the war, and develop an approach of writing post-WWII urban history as global history. This
paper uses the case of West Berlin to address these issues. On October 31, before the paper discussion, I will give a brief introduction explaining some of the historiographical stakes of the project.
-Sebeastian Schmidt

This graduate-faculty research seminar is designed to bring together interested faculty and students on a continuing basis to cover topics on global history. It is part of History 2950A, Approaches to Global History, and includes both reading sessions designed for graduate students and research sessions open to the interested public during which students and faculty participants will present current research. Faculty participants will be drawn from a number of schools, and, most especially, from the group of fellows in global history who are spending the academic year 2015/16 at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Discussions will be moderated by Professors Sugata Bose and Charles S. Maier.

Papers will be precirculated and available on the course website (Harvard ID required) or by request to jbarnard@fas.harvard.edu one week ahead of time.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are in the Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, from 4:00-6:00pm.

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