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Event – Globalising Urban Histories Conference

Posted in Events, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on July 14th, 2007

The aim of this conference is to look at the city as a site through which global networks of exchange and cultural transmission can be explored. Though the city has become a popular focus for research across academic disciplines and chronological periods, these studies often see urban space as an iteration of a larger system (be it nation, empire, or cosmopolitan network). Looking to develop new approaches and analytical tools for the study of world history, this conference seeks to situate the city within wider frameworks of material and cultural dissemination. In so doing we are interested in interrogating conventional views of ‘modern globalisation and in developing our understanding of longer-term processes of global transmission. The conference will explore the ways in which ideology and material culture intersect and interact to shape urban spaces and urban lives.

Call for papers: Applicants should submit a 500 word paper proposal and c.v. (in Word, RTF or PDF format) by Tuesday 10 July 2007.

We welcome papers that cover a broad chronological and geographical spectrum, within the following broad themes:
Problematizing Identity: notions of identity and community within the complex plurality of urban life, with particular attention to
gender, race and class.
Rights, Social Obligation and Citizenship: the construction and operation of ideas of selfhood, belonging and municipal citizenship.
Interrogating the Discipline: new theoretical and analytical approaches to world history and urban studies.

Tuesday 4 to Wednesday 5 December 2007
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge
Abstracts: ern20 @cam.ac.uk
For more information: ltd22 @cam.ac.uk

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