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This is the eighth in an ongoing series of profiles of GUHP members' work, highlighting the sheer breadth of scholarship in the field of global urban history.

Please consider ordering these titles for your personal and university libraries.

The series also salutes the work of networks and associations whose missions
overlap that of GUHP in significant ways.

Membership in GUHP is free of charge. To join visit ourHomepage

Order and Disorder: Urban Governance and the Making of Middle Eastern Cities
Edited by Luna Khirfan, Planning,
University of Waterloo (Canada)
(McGill-Queens University Press, 2017)

As Middle Eastern cities weather the second decade of the twenty-first century, they face a number of challenges to their economic resilience, competitiveness, and internal stability. In this uniquely tense realm for the urban public, an understanding of the dynamics of decision-making processes, citizen power, and the rule of law is critical to the direction of policy in the future. InOrder and Disorder, Luna Khirfan weaves a cross-national comparison of Amman and Cairo that dissects the many layers and complexities of urban governance. Through case studies on a diverse array of development projects and their associated challenges, the contributors demonstrate how three actors - the state, the market, and civil society - interact with each other within the same urban political space.[more]

Also see Prof. Khirfan’s article in this collection on participatory planning in Amman, Jordan.

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"The Keyi Mappila Muslim Merchants of Tellicherry and the Making of Coastal Cosmopolitanism on the Malabar Coast" inAsian Review of World Histories
by Santhosh Abraham, History
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India)
Vol. 5, no. 2, 2017, 145-162

The Keyi Mappila Muslim merchants of Tellicherry (Thalassery) on the Malabar Coast were one of the few early modern Indian merchant groups who succeeded in carving out a powerful political and social configuration of their own on the western coast of the Indian Ocean during the British period. Today, several branches of Keyi families remain a cultural unit in the Islamic community of Kerala. This article attempts to locate the group in the larger theoretical context of Indian Ocean cosmopolitanism and argues that the Keyis developed a distinct and significant type of coastal cosmopolitanism in an Indian Ocean setting; Chovakkaran Moosa, an influential merchant from a Keyi family during the colonial period, serves as a representative figure. Through their trade and financial relationships with British and local elites, and the characteristic architecture of their warehouses, residences, and mosques, the Keyis successfully integrated the practices of a global cosmopolitan space into a local vernacular secluded commercial space. This article presents a synthesis of a lively coastal urban and local rural cosmopolitanism that included several networks and exchanges, foreign and native collaborations, and an amalgamation of local and external cultural spheres.[full text]

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“Spatially Polarized Landscapes and a New Approach to Urban Inequality”
inLatin American Research Review

by Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Latino and Caribbean Studies,
Rutgers (USA)
Vol. 52, no. 2, August 2017, 241-252

Displays of wealth and opulence in the face of dire need and poverty have become commonplace as the rich and the poor increasingly share city spaces around the globe. Research shows that it is the perception of inequality, more than raw measures of inequality, that has important political consequences and that is most concerning for social well-being. In this article, I propose a theoretical move from a general, statistically driven conceptualization of inequality to a spatially informed concept that recognizes how people experience inequality. Relying on findings that show that the perception of inequality is most important for life chances, I suggest that it is key to understand not only where inequality is located but how it is spatially distributed.[full text]

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“Securing the City, Securing the Nation: Militarization and Urban Police Work in Dalian, 1949-1953”
by Christian Hess, Chinese History, Sophia University (Japan)
Chapter in Toby Lincoln and Xu Tao, ed.,The Habitable City in China: Urban History in the Twentieth Century(Palgrave, 2017)

"Securing the City, Securing the Nation" examines the origins, organization, and early operations of one of Communist China's first municipal police forces, established in November 1945 in the port city of Dalian. While some scholarly attention has been paid to the CCP's takeover tactics in coastal cities like Shanghai, Tianjin, and Hangzhou, comparative work from other regions remains limited. At the southernmost tip of China's northeastern provinces, which had been heavily urbanized and industrialized under Japan, Dalian was home to major port and industrial facilities and was occupied by the Soviet Union after 1945.[more]

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História Urbana e Global
The 2nd International Conference
on Urban Practices
State University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
15-17 May 2018

GUHP salutes fellow member João Júlio Gomes dos Santos Júnior of the State University of Céara in Fortaleza, Brazil. He and his colleagues have organized what, to our knowledge, is the first conference with “global” and “urban” history in the title. We hope to be able to share an English language report from the conference for those who are non-Lusophone in future editions of Noteworthy. We also plan to follow in Prof. Gomes dos Santos’s footsteps soon!

The 2nd International Conference on Urban Practices will take place in Fortaleza/Brazil between the May 15th and 17th. It is an initiative from the Research Group on Urban Practices from the State University of Ceará (Universidade Estadual do Ceará – UECE). Aware of the growing of the field of Urban Global History, and feeling the necessity of think our subjects beyond the national frame, we have decided to broadly discuss those issues under the theme of “Urban and Global History: new tendencies and approaches”.

Our meeting will have two keynote speakers, round-tables, a workshop and communication panels to graduate researchers. We are going to receive professors from universities both from Brazil and abroad, such as University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois, Ohio University, University of São Paulo (USP), Federal University of the Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), State University of the Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Federal University of Ceará (UFC) and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). We believe that Conference can be a perfect opportunity to improve networks and create future projects. The complete schedule can be seen at ourwebsite.

To read back-issues of “Noteworthy in Global Urban History,” please clickhere.

This is the seventh in an ongoing series of profiles of GUHP members' work, highlighting the sheer breadth of scholarship in the field of global urban history.

In this issue we highlight work on colonial cities, a topic that is foundational to global urban history. Each of these works by GUHP members pushes the boundaries of this subfield in imaginative new ways.

Please consider ordering these titles for your personal and university libraries.

The series also salutes the work of networks and associations whose missions
overlap that of GUHP in significant ways.

Membership in GUHP is free of charge. To join visit our Homepage

Claiming the City: Protest, Crime, and Scandals in Colonial Calcutta, c. 1860–1920
Anindita Ghosh, History,
The University of Manchester (UK)
(Oxford University Press, 2016)

As the administrative and commercial capital of British India and as one of the earliest experiments in modern urbanization in the sub-continent, Calcutta proved enormously challenging to both its residents and its architects. In this imaginative study of colonial Calcutta, Anindita Ghosh charts the history of its urbanization from below- in its streets, strikes, and popular urban cultures.[more]

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Beyond the Walled City:
Colonial Exclusion in Havana

by Guadalupe Garcia, History, Tulane (USA)
(University of California Press, 2015)

One of the earliest and most important port cities in the New World, Havana quickly became a model for the planning and construction of other colonial cities.Beyond the Walled Citytells the story of how Havana was conceived, built, and managed. Examining imperial efforts to police urban space from the late sixteenth century onward, Guadalupe García shows how the production of urban space was explicitly centered on the politics of racial exclusion and social control. Connecting colonial governing practices to broader debates on urbanization, the regulation of public spaces, and the racial dislocation of urban populations, Beyond the Walled City points to the ways in which colonialism is inscribed on modern topographies.[more]

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Just Out
“The Entangled Spanish and British Empires in the Indian and Pacific Ocean World: The View from Manila” in Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, ed.,Entangled Empires: The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830

by Kristie Flannery, History, U Texas (USA)
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

The history of the entangled Spanish, British, and Portuguese empires is the history of connected cities. From Seville, London, and Lisbon, to Kingston, Cartagena and Lima, this volume illustrates that urban centers were the spaces where imperial formations were organized and imagined. Cities were also the sites where empires clashed. Look out for Kristie Flannery’s chapter that examines Manila under British occupation during the Seven Years War. Flannery reveals how the Spanish missionaries, Chinese merchants, and soldiers of all nations who converged in the cosmopolis determined the fate of Spain’s Asian empire. It also considers the colonial government’s major, post-war reorganization of Manila as it attempted to tighten its grip on this global city.[more]

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The Hong Kong History Project

The Hong Kong History Project, hosted at the University of Bristol, and funded by the Hatton Trust, aims to encourage and facilitate the study of the history of Hong Kong in the UK, and to build collaborations with partners in Hong Kong, specifically in terms of collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Hong Kong, as well as other interested HEI and community/NGO partners. This initiative will support cutting edge research into the history of Hong Kong, by funding research studentships, visiting fellowships, conferences and workshops, exploring new and under-researched areas in Hong Kong history.[more]

In Memory of Fellow GUHP Member
Juliana Cordeiro da Farias Bosslet

In this issue, we note the tragic death in December of Juliana Cordeiro da Farias Bosslet, a GUHP member and historian of late colonial Luanda, Angola, who was a PhD student at SOAS University of London. GUHP members can read a more thorough tribute to Juliana and her contribution to the topics of colonial cities and decolonizationhere. Her Master’s Thesis in the History Department of the Universidad Federal Fluminense in Portuguese entitledA cidade e a guerra: relações de poder e subversão em São Paulo de Assunção de The City andthe War: Power relations and subversion in Luanda, 1961-1975can be accessedhere. Information on her list of publications which was growing in the months before her death, can be found on herGUHP profile.

To read back-issues of “Noteworthy in Global Urban History,” please click here.