City/State/Nation: Historians on Twentieth Century Urbanism

East Asian Connections
The Transnational Humanities at the UW-Madison and Beyond

Friday, April 17, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Curti Lounge (Rm 5243 Humanities)

“The Socialization of Risk in the Neoliberal City”
Sean Dinces / History

“City Stories as National Allegory in Postcolonial Africa”
Emily Callaci/ History

“Tokyo-centrism, or the Ideology of the Metropolis”
Louise Young/ History

With comments by Preeti Chopra/ Art History

Cities were at once the agents and the staging ground for the global movements of the twentieth century: modernism, post-colonialism, neo-liberalism. This roundtable explores global forces through the lens of particular urban sites; examining ways urban forms inflect state power and national ideology, even as they express tensions between the local and the national. UW-Madison historians of Chicago, Dar es Salam, Tokyo, and Bombay assemble to reflect on the meaning of cities in modern times. Participants: Sean Dinces, working on Bulls Markets: Power, Place, and Professional Sport in Late Twentieth-Century Chicago; Emily Callaci, writing a book on Ujamaa Urbanists: Street Archives and City Life in Socialist Tanzania; Louise Young, author of Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan; and Preeti Chopra, author of A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay.

Generous sponsorship provided by: Department of History, Center for East Asian Studies, Harvey Goldberg Center, L&S Anonymous Fund, Institute for the Research in Humanities, and Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison.