International Urban Environment Conference
the Rio summit Leicester's stature as an environment city has been high. Now
historians at the Centre of Urban History, University of Leicester, are holding
an international meeting to consider how cities responded to environmental
problems over the last 200 years.
thirty international scholars with research interests ranging from the
environmental degradation of Naples to the suburbanisation of the Montreal
countryside will discuss issues relating to the "Urban Environment:
Resources, Perceptions, Uses", from 27-30 June 2002. Participants form
France, Germany, Italy, Finland, UK, Japan, Canada and the USA will attend.
conference, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the
British Academy and the German Historical Institute, London, continues a
dialogue already set up in 2000 at a workshop at the University of Clermont-Ferrand,
Leicester the central focus will be on resources with more specific sessions
dealing with water and green spaces as urban resources. Conflicts over pollution
between residents and between different agencies will be discussed in a session
on environmental justice. Another theme is the awkward relationship between
cities and their regions. Can cities be 'imperialist' as they seek to control
the resources in their regions? These and many more issues and problems will be
discussed, taking a long run historical approach.
Schott, Professor in the History of Urban Planning, Department of Economic and
Social History, said: "If cities in the Western World really want to meet
the challenge of making urban civilization sustainable in the long run, of
complying with the targets of Agenda '21, they need to develop a clear knowledge
and understanding of the past. We need to understand, which assumptions and
values have driven engineers, politicians, entrepreneurs, physicians and
ordinary people to exploit resources of the city in a way which, while solving
old hazards, such as
infectious diseases in the past, poses new problems for today and
tomorrow, such as soil poisoning. Urban environmental history might help to put
the essential adaptations of urban life and technology on a more secure
Schott is co-editor of a recent publication entitled "Cities and
Catastrophes. Coping with Emergency in European History".
Published in April 2002 by Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, ISBN
3-631-37196-1, this comprises ten papers delivered at the 5th International
conference on Urban History in Berlin in 2000.
a period spanning the Middle Ages to the 20th century, the book describes how
cities have coped with natural disasters across Europe and North America,
comparing the impacts of flood, disease, fire and earthquakes.
Further information is available from Professor Dieter Schott, Professor
in the History of Urban Planning, Economic and Social History, University of
Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2766/2588, facsimile 0116 252 5081, email email@example.com
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