Call for Panelists: “Smart Growth Strategies for U.S. Metropolitan History”
For SUSTAINABLE CITIES?
Fifth Biennial Urban History Association Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 20-23, 2010
The historiography of American metropolitan areas has in important respects replicated the developmental trajectory of its subject matter. With the growth of the New Suburban History, the field has sprawled, with new nodes and growth centers of scholarship highlighting the diversity of suburban communities and their complex economic, political, and social histories and decentering large cities. At this point it is worth asking whether, like historical suburbs, these histories are supporting fragmentation and whether the recognition of so many particular suburban histories may threaten to overwhelm our ability to grasp or preserve connections between places in metropolitan systems of economy, culture, or politics. This panel will take its cue from New Regionalist and Regional Equity discussions in the social sciences to assess the prospects of a smarter, more sustainable, and more integrated way of thinking about metropolitan places in historical perspective. Acting as historians, may we pursue “smart growth” in our fields by strategically adopting a metropolitan or regional framing for our studies? May we enrich both urban and suburban studies by understanding the connections between these fields as parts of regional or metropolitan systems? And, like advocates of mixed-use development as an antidote to thoughtless sprawl, may we in scholarly practice benefit from the densification or juxtaposition of methods, theories, and approaches that integrate analyses from multiple disciplines into historical research?
This panel seeks papers or talks that:
systematically analyze the connections between different metropolitan spaces and/or dynamics operating on metropolitan scales that have affected the development of local places.
Assess metropolitan movements for environmental protection, equity, and sustainability in historical perspective, highlighting the relationships between local interests and broader scales of organization, action, and analysis.
Apply the methods, theories, and practices of scholars in other metropolitan-oriented fields to historical research.
Map synthetic approaches to the New Suburban History, urban history, or other spatial framings of metropolitan places in history
Assess social formations (race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality) in a purposefully metropolitan framework.
Evaluate the construction of metropolitan/regional identity or the tension between local and regional senses of place.
Interested panelists are asked to please send contact information and an abstract or brief description of the paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 25, 2010. Included panelists will be notified by email and should be prepared to submit a one-page abstract and brief biography on or before January 31, 2009 to meet the February 1 deadline for submission of the panel.
Michan Andrew Connor
School of Urban and Public Affairs
University of Texas at Arlington
601 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76019-0419 Email: email@example.com
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