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May 2009

Centre for Urban History

Centre for Urban History, part of the School of Historical Studies
[The University of Leicester]

Welcome to Urban History News - a monthly digest of news and information for the urban history community.

PhD studentship ‘Women and Change in the Workplace: Perspectives from the English Midlands 1950s- 1980s’ pdf

Applications are welcome from eligible candidates for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award +3 PhD studentship ‘Women and Change in the Workplace: Perspectives from the English Midlands 1950s-1980s’. The studentship is offered in collaboration with the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) and will involve the examination of the extensive ITV regional news collection held by MACE and practical training in the techniques and practices of film archiving. The successful candidate will be based within the Centre for Urban History in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a background in social history, media and film studies or gender studies. Applicants will be expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree by 1 October 2009.

Economic History Society Residential Training Course for Postgraduate Students [external link]
02-05 December 2009 • Manchester, UK

With generous support from the ESRC 12 funded places will be offered on an intensive residential course.  The course is designed to raise the quality and analytical rigour of doctoral dissertations in economic and social history; improve the communication skills of postgraduates; widen their approach to their subjects; and encourage them to form networks with established scholars and fellow students in their areas of expertise.

The course is open to 12 graduate students who are currently engaged in work on a doctoral thesis on any topic in economic and social history, whether the period be modern, early modern or medieval.

Urban History goes digital ...

New Online Bibliography - Free Trial [external link]
Urban Icons - Urban History multi-media companion (2006)As part of Urban History's ongoing commitment to innovative multi-media publishing, we are pleased to announce the launch of its online bibliography. For a limited period, you can access this invaluable resource for free. Building on the comprehensive bibliography Urban History has printed annually since 1974, the online version contains over 34,000 items. With its international scope and coverage of books, articles and edited collections, it is destined to become an indispensble resource for all those interested in the urban past. Searches can be conducted by author, title, journal title, publisher or date.

Digital Archive 1974-1998 [external link]
A Tale of Two Cities - Urban History multi-media companion (2004)The Urban History Digital Archive is a repository of every single article published in the journal between 1974 and 1998. The archive contains approximately 1,600 articles (over 7,000 pages of content) from Urban History's first 25 volumes (33 issues), reproduced as high-resolution, searchable PDFs. The Archive marks the complete digitisation of Urban History, with all material available through Cambridge Journals Online.

Call for PapersModeling Spaces - Modifying Societies [external link]
07-09 October 2009 • Darmstadt, Germany

Phenomena recognized as spatial arrangements are complex—thus we need tools to cope with them. Models can serve as tools for researchers and practitioners alike. There are two distinct yet interwoven aspects of models, both of which will be addressed by this conference: models as analytical devices and models as a reference for intervention. Models and other forms of abstract representations are generated to organize findings and to simulate options. In decision-making processes models have an enormous impact in that they provide guidelines for implementations as well as legitimation in situations of conflict, even though they are also increasingly understood as constructions. This conference aims to increase our understanding of the power and limitations of models, their construction and effects in the sciences and in fields of practice. It provides a forum for the discussion of qualitative and quantitative models composed of verbal propositions, numerical abstractions, and visualizations. Of particular interest are issues that cut across established scientific disciplines and analyze the boundaries between science, technology, society, and politics.

Call for PapersCartography and Urban Society pdf
04 December 2009 • Paris, France

The history of cartography commission of the Comité Français de Cartographie (CFC) is planning a one-day colloquium on the theme Cartography and Urban Society at the University of Paris XII. The morning will be devoted to historical work; the afternoon to investigating the current representations of the city. The papers selected by the organizers, are being published in the journal of the Comité Français de Cartographie, Le Monde des Cartes, in the 6 months following the seminar.

Call for PapersEconomic History Society Annual Conference [external link]
26-28 March 2010 • Durham, UK

The 2010 annual conference of the Economic History Society will be hosted by the University of Durham from 26 to 28 March.  Accommodation and some meetings will be located in Collingwood College and the majority of sessions in two adjacent buildings on the Science Site.  The College is a 10-minute walk from the Science Site and shuttle buses will be provided at certain times of the day.

The conference programme committee welcomes proposals in all aspects of economic and social history covering a wide range of periods and countries, and particularly welcomes papers of an interdisciplinary nature. The annual conference opens with papers presented by new researchers, offering those completing doctorates the opportunity to present their work before professional colleagues and to benefit from informed comment.

The Cities Group Annual Lecture pdf
Professor Susan S Fainstein
'Urban redevelopment: New York, London & Amsterdam'
14 May 2009 • London, UK

Susan Fainstein is Professor of Planning in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. She has also taught at Columbia and Rutgers Universities and been a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Witwatersrand. Widely regarded as a leading figure in the field of urban planning, Professor Fainstein's teaching and research focus on the politics and economics of urban redevelopment, tourism, comparative urban and social policy, planning theory, and issues of gender and planning.

The Cities Group is committed to the advancement of scholarship in relation to the understanding of cities. The Group's research is international in scope including comparative analyses of major world cities, primarily in Europe, North America, Pacific-Asia, and parts of Africa and Latin America.

Maps & Texts: working with the Irish Historic Towns Atlas pdf
22 May 2009 • Dublin, Ireland

This is the first in a series of three annual seminars intended to explore the workings of the atlas. Papers will compare towns and cities, examining specific topographical themes such as education, defence and transport. A plenary session will discuss the general workings of the atlas.

The seminar will include the Academy launch of Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 19, Dublin, part II, 1610 to 1756 by Colm Lennon and no. 20, Tuam by J.A. Claffey

Dublin, part II. 1610 to 1756 [external link] traces the growth of the city from 1610 to 1756 and follows on from Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 11, Dublin, part I, to 1610 by H.B. Clarke (2002). The histories of over 2,300 sites (streets, markets, schools etc.) are referenced in the extensive topographical index and explained in the accompanying essay. A composite reproduction of Rocque's plan (1756) is on of a range of maps and views presented in large-format.

Tuam [external link] will trace the growth and decline of the town through its origins as a monastic centre, to its rise in the 12th century as a Cathedral City, to its development in the eighteenth century as an important trading centre in the west of Ireland. Histories of over 700 sites are detailed alongside c. 20 maps and views presented in large format.

First Annual Conference of the Histories of the Home SSN pdf
05 June 2009 • London, UK

The conference will showcase different approaches to the study of the home from material culture studies and art history through to contemporary ethnographic studies. The papers draw upon a wide range of sources including inventories, paintings and diaries and span the 17th century to the present day within a British context. The event aims to bring together academics, archivists, museum professionals and postgraduate students to inspire new ideas and foster interdisciplinary dialogue.

Historical Computing and GIS Network [external link]
13-16 April 2010 • Ghent, Belgium

The European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) has added Historical GIS to its History and Computing network to create a new network provisionally called "Historical Computing and GIS." It is hoped that that this new network will become a focus for Historical GIS research in Europe. This new network will be launched at the next ESSHC conference which will take place in Ghent, Belgium 13-16th April 2010.

Leverhulme success...

CUH lecturer Dr Prashant Kidambi has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a project entitled 'Sport and the Imperial Bond'. His research will explore the relationship between sport, empire and nationalism. The project will commence in July 2009 and run until December 2010.

Student success...

CUH PhD student Malcolm Noble has been awarded the 2008 Nichols Prize for his MA dissertation,  'The languages of common good: municipal reform, urban governance, and charity administration, Leicester c.1820- c.1850', which looked at how the idea of the common good and related terms had a bearing on discussions about the reformation and practice of urban governance in this period of reform. Although based in Leicester, it was a comparative study in that it looked at the Corporation's understanding of its public duty until 1835, and how the reformed Council positioned itself in relation to the same from 1836. Through the study of debates found in council minutes, newspapers, pamphlets, official reports and private bill committee minutes, the discursive centrality of this important yet largely un-investigated notion was uncovered.

upcoming events...

05 May 2009

Professor Penelope J. Corfield
(Royal Holloway
University of London)

'Behind the Bright Lights: Deep Continuities in City Life'

Please see UHN February 2009 for further details. The lecture is free but pre-booking is required. Please contact the Centre to book a place.

16 May 2009
British Architecture Seen From Abroad [external link]
London, UK

19 May 2009
Locality and Region Seminar pdf
London, UK

19–23 May 2009
A Utopia of Modernity: Zlín [external link]
Zlín and Prague, Czech Republic

22-23 May 2009
Peripheral Visions [external link]
Glasgow, UK

03-07 June 2009
Fe09: Footprints of Industry [external link]
Coalbrookdale, UK

04-06 June 2009
Cities and the State of Exception pdf
Berlin, Germany

04-07 June 2009
Fragment and Fluid Urbanities (Panel 56) [external link]
Leipzig, Germany

10-13 June 2009
Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting [external link]
Butte, Montana, USA

12-13 June 2009
Sex in the Cities [external link]
Lviv, Ukraine

16-18 June 2009
Religion, gender, industry [external link]
Madeley/Telford, UK

17-20 June 2009
The Cost of War [external link]
Liverpool, UK

approaching deadlines...

22 May
call for papers Cartography and Urban Society pdf

31 May
call for papers Modeling Spaces - Modifying Societies [external link]

01 June
PhD studentship ‘Women and Change in the Workplace pdf
call for papers The Politics of Architectural Destruction pdf

30 June
call for papers The Blitz and its legacy pdf

CUH seminars...

CUH Seminar Series 2008-09:
The series continues on 08 May with Brian Lewis (McGill University) on So clean: Lord Leverhulme, soap and civilisation. The final seminar for this year 'Redcar for the Holidays': The uses of amateur film in analysing seaside resort culture will be given by Lucy Faire (University of Leicester) on 15 May.

other seminar series...

Historical Perspectives: Work in Progress Seminars [external link]
Glasgow, UK

Chicago History Museum pdf
Chicago, USA

Healthcare in Theory and Practice in Twentieth Century Britain [external link]
Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare Seminar Series at Glasgow Caledonian University

Ottoman Urban Studies pdf
ZMO-EUME-Colloquium, Berlin

Scottish Oral History Society [external link]
For further details please contact Professor Arthur McIvor.


London's Burning [external link]
Online exhibition

Coalbrookdale 300 [external link]

Coalbrookdale 300

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has events throughout 2009 to celebrate 300 years of the Industrial Revolution.

Changes to CUH Website and Urban History News

Over the next few months the Centre for Urban History website will be changing to meet the new University of Leicester corporate standard. There will be some changes to page links - the biggest of which will be that we will be a www2 site. It is hoped that the switch over will be completed by the start of the new academic year.

Watch this space for further information!

Deadline for next issue:
01 June 2009

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