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History spotlight shines on Columbia

The University of South Carolina and Historic Columbia will host the 2018 Urban History Association Conference.

Submissions for papers on all aspects of urban, suburban and metropolitan history are currently being accepted for the 9th Biennial Urban History Association Conference, which will be in Columbia.

The University of South Carolina will host the October 2018 conference offering an opportunity to showcase a wide variety of research and scholarship by Carolina’s faculty and students. 

History professor Jessica Elfenbein and Historic Columbia executive director Robin Waites are serving as co-chairs for local arrangements. The Urban History Association is a dynamic international and interdisciplinary group that works to enhance the visibility of the study of the city.

Last year’s meeting in Chicago attracted more than 720 scholars from around the world. The 2018 conference marks the first to be held in the Southeast.  

The conference’s theme “Cities at the Crossroads,” reflects the growing interdisciplinary focus of the urban history field. Topics include the role of cities as meeting places and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation and tension over issues such as climate change, immigration, segregation, and inequality.