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March 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Summer 2016 | Global Cities, Past and Present Info Session, March 14

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During summer 2016, three Ohio University faculty are leading a new two-week program that explores the historical relationship between globalization and urbanization, with a special focus on Ohio.

An information session for the new summer program, Global Cities, Past and Present, is Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in Bentley Hall 110.

The faculty leaders are Dr. Mariana Dantas, Associate Professor of History, Dr. Joseph McLaughlin, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Marina Peterson, Associate Professor of Performance Studies.

From July 18 to 29, participating students will work closely with Ohio University faculty and invited international scholars to examine the notion of the global city from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective. With visits to Columbus and the Little Cities of Black Diamonds (the old mining towns of Southeast Ohio), students will explore the connection between globalization and urbanization in Ohio’s past and present. A film series and guided visits to different Athens businesses and organizations will help students consider the presence of the global in the local experiences of both cities and small towns.

The program is open to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduate professionals interested in urban studies, urbanization and urban planning, and the influence globalization has had on the urban experience. Students may register for credit or request a certificate of completion.

The application deadline for students is April 1, 2016. For more information, visit Global Cities, Past and Present or contact the program directors:

The Global Cities, Past and Present summer program is supported in part by an 1804 grant received by the three Ohio University faculty members in 2015. One of the main goals of the grant is to expand the Global Opportunities Office’s offerings of summer programs that can attract domestic and foreign students to Ohio University, while also expanding course offerings during the summer sessions. The other goal is to strengthen Ohio University faculty and student engagement with the Global Cities International Research Network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK. The 1804 grant has made it possible to invite four distinguished members of the international research network to give public lectures and lead a research and writing workshop with students of the summer program.

The study of the global city from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective is part of the larger objective of the Global Cities AHRC international research network led by Dantas and her colleague Emma Hart, Senior Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews. Hart and Dantas received an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant in 2014 to organize four international and interdisciplinary workshops focused on the themes space, political economy, and people of the global city. The research network’s first three workshops have attracted scholars of the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa currently working within the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, art history, geography, history, political science, sociology, and urban planning. The final workshop, planned for November 2016, will bring back together a select group of network members to work on the production of an edited volume. The 1804 grant has enabled Peterson to attend the Political Economy workshop in November 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. McLaughlin is scheduled to attend the People workshop at the Institute for Historical Research in London in May 2016. Their participation in these events, and the presence of members of the AHRC international research network at Ohio University this summer, will solidify the central role Ohio University has played in the development of the Global Cities project. The Global Cities, Past and Present summer program also offers students an opportunity to become directly involved with the Global Cities international research network.

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