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Religion and Cities Unit and Religion and Economy Unit

Call for Proposals

Producing and Contesting Urban and Environmental Landscapes – The story of the Riverwalk in San Antonio is one that links the city, the environment, the economy, and religion. In 1921, a category 1 hurricane hit Texas, resulting in massive flooding that resulted in $19 million in property loss and the death of 50 people in San Antonio. To prevent the future loss of life and property, architect Robert H. H. Hugman proposed the riverwalk, a design that simultaneously tamed the river while reviving colonial Spanish mission architecture for urban development through tourism.

Inspired by this history of the Riverwalk, the Religion and Cities and Religion and Economy unit invite papers and panel proposals for a co-sponsored session that considers the labor of producing and contesting urban and environmental landscapes. This could include literal landscapes of economic and environmental change, infrastructures and land use, green spaces, and urban ecologies. We also welcome proposals focused on the labor of producing imaginative landscapes, including landscapes of memory, border landscapes, and pathways through the city.



  • Rebecca Bartel, San Diego State University
    1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
  • Kati Curts, Sewanee: The University of the South
    1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
  • Fatimah Fanusie, Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies
    1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
  • Rupa Pillai, University of Pennsylvania
    1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028

Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members