is an international electronic discussion network. H-URBAN was established
in February 1993 at the University of Illinois at Chicago UIC to provide
a forum for scholars of urban history and urban studies. It was the first
forum created by H-NET
(Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine), an international scholarly network
that is supported in part by Michigan State University and private donations.
The primary purpose of H-URBAN
is to enable historians and others interested in urban history and urban
studies to communicate current research and research interests easily;
to query and discuss new approaches, sources, methods and tools of analysis;
and to comment on contemporary historiography. To accomplish these goals,
H-URBAN informs historians of announcements, calls for papers and conferences,
awards, fellowships, reviews of books and websites, availability of new
sources and archives, as well as reports on new research and teaching
tools, which may include books, articles, works-in-progress, research
reports, primary historical documents (e.g. model ordinances, federal/state/local
reports, addresses of city officials), syllabi, bibliographies, software,
datasets and multimedia publications or projects.
H-URBAN exists through the dedicated
efforts of numerous volunteers who are broadly representative of the state
of scholarship in urban history and urban studies. H-URBAN's Advisory
Board and Editorial
Staff enable H-URBAN to provide extensive and useful resources
to the field of urban history and urban studies that strive to meet the
highest standards of scholarship and professionalism.
Those who wish to join in this effort are encouraged to contact H-URBAN
H-URBAN@H-NET.msu.edu for more
Subscribers and Subscriptions
H-URBAN is a moderated international discussion list whose daily mailings
are available through a no-cost subscription. Subscription involves completing
a short survey about yourself and your scholarly interests. All postings
are also available from H-URBAN's web site, without subscription. (Subscribe
Use the buttons below for detailed instructions on how to make changes
to your subscription manually through your
email program or directly online through
your web browser.
MESSAGES TO H-URBAN
do I post a message to H-URBAN?
Send all messages intended for posting to H-URBAN at H-URBAN@H-NET.msu.edu
to make sure your message gets to the list.
may post a message to H-URBAN?
You do not have to be subscribed to H-URBAN to submit a message to the
What languages are used?
H-URBAN functions in English, the working language of most of its members.
In order to encourage international participation, messages and documents
are accepted in French, Spanish, and German. Where possible, an English
summary of a posting should be included, since translation cannot be guaranteed.
I am doing research. May I post
a query asking about scholarly sources?
Queries on scholarly sources are most welcome, and, when constructed according
to the policy below, have provided some of the most fruitful postings
In general, all queries for sources should be accompanied
by a description (about a paragraph in length) of the research that is
being undertaken on the topic on which sources are requested. Such requests
should include the titles of at least a couple of the "standard" sources
that have been consulted using traditional bibliographical search methods.
The reason for this policy is twofold: to fulfill H-URBAN's policy of
disseminating information on research that is underway in the international
community, and to discourage the use of H-URBAN to take the place of basic
Are all messages posted automatically
In processing postings to the list, the List Editors
examine each message or contribution before forwarding it to the list
subscribers, or before adding the document to an archive. The editors
may alter the text to make minor grammatical and spelling corrections,
to add the originator's name and address, and to ensure that the postings
conform to the scholarly style and substance of H-URBAN. Should the editors
believe that more substantial changes are needed to achieve this goal,
they may send the posting back to the subscriber with a statement of their
concerns and suggested changes. In some cases, the editors may reject
a posting without contacting the sender.
add keywords to the subject
line of a posting to aid reading and searching the posts.
H-URBAN is primarily
intended for the discussion and dissemination of scholarship on urban
history and urban studies. In general advertisements are not permitted
and will be removed from a message, or can be the cause of a post
being rejected for publication to H-URBAN. Educational announcements that
include advertising content may be edited.
cannot and should not promote political causes, nor advocate on behalf
of particular political interests, except where those impact directly
on the scholarly pursuits of subscribers or on the future of H-URBAN itself.
Therefore, H-URBAN will not post messages or documents which seek to promote
specific political campaigns or particular political interests.
Ad hominems, unattributed
quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without
permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional
courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the
other guidelines I should follow in my messages?
The default editorial
style for H-URBAN is a scholarly conversation -- less formal and structured
than an article, but more formal than unsupported statements of opinion
or casual chats among colleagues well versed in the topic (although *occasionally*
these are appropriate). The audience for H-URBAN ranges from graduate students
to senior scholars, and H-URBAN functions to educate as well as to encourage
collaboration and consultation. Thus, H-URBAN welcomes references to scholarly
books and articles within messages, and, if the author of the posting has
time, to a brief statement about how the book fits into the discussion (although
this is not required).
Because H-URBAN is an international
list, those who post are also encouraged to explicitly solicit feedback
on their topic in an international context, rather than focusing on practices
within a particular nation. This is not always possible, but it facilitates
comparison too often lacking in discussions focused on a single nation.
All mail to H-URBAN must include name, institution, and, if possible,
department. Send all messages intended for posting to H-URBAN
The H-URBAN editors will delay posting until authorship
and email address are confirmed. If you are an independent scholar, feel
free to include a note to the editors indicating whether you would like
that indicated, or just include your name in the posting.
technical difficulties, messages should be sent to H-URBAN in plain text:
no styles, html, special fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters
(except diacriticals, which are acceptable). Signature files are subject
to editing for content and length. Advertisements in signatures will be
removed. As a courtesy to hard working editors, please remove or turn
off <.vcf> files, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments.
The H-URBAN list cannot accept attachments. If you have important material
you wish to publish on H-URBAN, rather than attempt to send it as an attachment,
copy and paste it into an e-mail message with appropriate formatting.
has the copyright to messages posted to H-URBAN?
H-URBAN supports fair access to and fair use of digital materials, and
seeks to balance the rights of intellectual property holders with the
informational and instructional needs of students, scholars, libraries,
and the informed public.
H-URBAN considers posting to H-URBAN (as contrasted with private e-mail
correspondence) to be a form of publication.
Messages: Although authors of messages posted to H-URBAN retain
the copyright for those messages, sending a message for posting will
constitute permission to H-NET and to H-URBAN and its subscribers for
electronic distribution and downloading for nonprofit educational purposes
with proper attribution to the author, the originating list, and the
date of original posting. Original messages to H-URBAN are not in the
public domain, and may not be used for other than educational, nonprofit
purposes without the permission of the copyright holder and notification
works: Unless otherwise indicated, book reviews, essays, and
multimedia materials commissioned by H-URBAN are copyrighted by H-NET.
H-NET permits the redistribution and reprinting of these materials for
nonprofit, educational purposes, with full and accurate attribution
to the author, location, date of publication, H-URBAN, and H-NET: Humanities
& Social Sciences Online. For any other proposed use, contact the H-NET
Works: Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity
in scholarship and education, contributors are encouraged to transmit
copyrighted works to or through H-URBAN, with the express permission
of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions
of copyright law.
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H-URBAN publishs peer-reviews
of books and multimedia, which it commissions. Reviews are posted to the
H-URBAN discussion list and archived on the H-NET
Reviews website, which has powerful search tools.
Go to H-URBAN
Reviews for a list of only H-URBAN reviews published to date. H-URBAN
welcomes recommendations of books and software to review, and encourages
scholars to volunteer to review books.
One goal of H-URBAN
is to promote dissemination of information on the methods of teaching history
to graduate and undergraduate students in diverse settings. With that in
mind, the H-URBAN Teaching Center provides
urban-related syllabi, instructor comments, articles, outlines, handouts,
and guides to term papers, as well as encourages discussions of pedagogy
in urban history and urban studies.