Myers Symposium

Thursday, May 17, 2018  6-7:45pm

Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago

Welcome: Sarah Herda, Director, Graham Foundation
Introduction: Jesús Escobar, Northwestern University

Panel I moderated by Ayala Levin, Northwestern University

  • Reinhold Martin, Columbia University: “Technics and the Polis: Lewis Mumford’s Urbanisms
  • Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania: “Conflated Boundaries, Entangled Identities: History, Wall, and the Shaping of Mongol Cities”
  • Kenny Cupers, University of Basel: “Entangled Ruralisms”

Friday, May 18, 2018  9am-5:15pm

Forum Room, Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston

9:00am  Welcome


Panel II moderated by Alexander Eisenschmidt, University of Illinois Chicago

  • Sarah Lopez, University of Texas at Austin: “Remittance Landscapes and Remittance Urbanism: A Multisited Approach to Urban and Architectural History”
  • Huda Tayob, University College London: “A Trans-National Typology of Refuge: Cape Town and Minneapolis” 
  • Sheila Crane, University of Virginia: “The Bidonville and the City: Inventing Informality in Casablanca and Algiers” 

10:40am  Coffee break 


Panel III moderated by Shiben Banerji, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Gül Kale, McGill University: “Getting Around the Obelisk: Reshaping Public Squares in Early Modern Istanbul and Rome”
  • Azra Dawood, MIT: “Protestant Modernism and its Architectural Outposts in Cairo, Chicago, and New York City (1921-29)” 
  • Catherine Clark, MIT: “Qianjiatang: Franco-Chinese Networks of Urbanism since the 1980s”


Lunch will be served in the lounge immediately adjacent to the Forum Room for all registered participants.


Panel IV moderated by Diana Kurkovsky West, Northwestern University

  • Dirk Schubert, HafenCity Universität Hamburg: “Port Cities—A Global Architectural Network”
  • Anna Vallye, Connecticut College: “Quo Vadis Commonwealth?: Martin Wagner, from Berlin to Boston”
  • Christina Crawford, Emory University, and Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan: “Moscow-Detroit”

3:30pm  Coffee break


Summation by David Van Zanten, Northwestern University. Introduction by Jun Hu, Northwestern University


Open discussion for conference panelists and attendees



The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration for each venue is required as seating is limited.

Register here for the May 17 panel at the Graham Foundation.

At Northwestern, registration is required in order to gain access to the library. Refreshments and a light lunch are also included with registration. To register for May 18 events at Northwestern, please send name, affiliation, and email address to art-history@northwestern.edu by Friday, May 11, 2018.

This symposium is sponsored by the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, the Myers Foundations, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support was provided by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.