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Announcing The Metropole/Urban History Association Graduate Student Blogging Contest!

Blogging is an increasingly necessary skillset for scholars. Blog posts are a useful format for sharing knowledge with a wide audience, from the general public to researchers within the field. Scholars are now placing greater emphasis on publication beyond academic journals and monographs—the Washington Post’s new “Made by History” vertical is a prime example—as a way to teach beyond the classroom, market their scholarship, and promote the enduring value of the humanities.


To promote blogging amongst graduate students and provide an opportunity for emerging scholars to gain experience working through the editorial process, The Metropole is holding a blog contest for the UHA’s graduate student members!

The contest theme is “A New Season.” Posts should take the form of essays that focus on historical narratives or events that signify transformation, evolution, or rupture.

All submissions that meet the guidelines outlined below will be accepted. The Metropole’s editors will work with contest contributors to refine their submissions and prepare them for publication.

A panel of senior scholars will serve as contest judges. Judges will be announced in November on The Metropole.

In addition to getting great practice writing for the web and experience working with editors, winners will receive a certificate and a small prize!

The contest will open on October 1 and will close on November 15. Entries must be submitted to Posts will run on the blog in November and December, and we will announce the winners in January.

Contest Guidelines

  1. Contest entrants must be enrolled in a graduate program.
  2. Contest entrants must be members of the UHA. A one-year membership for graduate students costs only $25 and includes free online access to the Journal of Urban History.
  3. Contest submissions must be original posts not published elsewhere on the web.
  4. Contest submissions must be in the form of an essay related to the theme, “A New Season.” Essays can be about current research, historiography, or traveling as a historian.
  5. Posts must be received by the editors ( by November 15 at 11:59 PM EST to be eligible for the contest.
  6. Posts should be at least 700 words, but not exceed 2000 words.
  7. Links or Chicago Style footnotes must be used to properly attribute others’ scholarship and reporting.

It’s hard to believe…

… but somehow, it’s already September! Where did the summer go?

Here at The Metropole, we spent August lining up some excellent content for the autumn. We’re excited to bring you Ho Chi Minh City as our new Metropolis of the Month, to be followed in October by Cleveland, the host city of this year’s SACRPH conference. Tomorrow we will resume our Member of the Week feature–a day late but definitely not a dollar short. On Thursday, stay tuned for our introduction to Ho Chi Minh City and a bibliography of essential readings on that city’s history. And on Friday, an ICYMI post that takes a long durée approach. We’ll catch you up on the history-related web content you missed while you were off doing research (or, even better, vacationing!) in August.

We’re looking forward to the new season here at The Metropole and hope you are also excited to keep reading up on the research, publications, and people that make the Urban History Association such a vital and dynamic organization.

As always, we’d love to collaborate with you! Send us pitches for individual posts or series, or get in touch if you have an exciting new project you want to share with UHA members. And we invite you to start discussions–in the comments section of posts, on Facebook, and on Twitter. The Metropole belongs to its readers, and is better for every contribution that you all make.

Best wishes for a productive, fulfilling autumn,

Avigail, Ryan, and Hope

UHA Statement in Support of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The Urban History Association strongly condemns the ugly harassment that has been directed against Princeton University professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. We stand with Dr. Taylor, and most ardently support her right to speak uncensored and without threats or intimidation. An attack on any one member of our organization in this manner is a threat to all of us, and the UHA calls on other scholarly organizations also to condemn the vile behavior that has been directed at Dr. Taylor, as well as to stand with all scholars who find themselves similarly under assault for the ideas they hold or scholarship they produce.