Appel à communication: Negotiating Change in Urban Spaces from the Middle Ages to the Present

CFP: Negotiating Change in Urban Spaces from the Middle Ages
to the Present - Oxford 10/14

Anna Ross (Oxford) and Sheona Davies (Swansea)
Oxford, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK
Deadline: 31.10.2014

This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the ways in which
physical transformations of urban spaces have been negotiated and/or narrated over time. The politics of space continues to attract leading research, especially during moments of palpable transition such as the tearing down of city walls or the rebuilding of war-damaged districts.
In these situations, struggles over municipal laws, codes, or regulations, or the changing aesthetics or rhythms of urban spaces illuminate a great deal about how the city has been imagined. They underscore the narratives that urban dwellers, professionals and government officials have told about the built environment and used to influence its transformation. In this sense, the imagined geography,
image, role and importance of a city as conceived by a myriad 'interested parties' is as important as its physical reality. However, these rhetorically and visually defined cities never stop taking their legitimacy from the physical city.

This conference seeks to gather together academics from a number of
disciplines interested in this relationship between material change and discourse. Some examples of the many ways in which this can be explored include investigations into the primacy of place in debates over urban change, be it structurally, politically, or socially understood.
Likewise, investigations of mental geographies have enriched our understandings of clashes over urban development, through an increased sensitivity to how different forms of borders are created and policed.
Other researchers have looked to explore questions of memory or heritage in material change. Indeed, this holds true for a whole range of political, social or cultural ideas. And of course, explorations of the relationship between the local and the global have raised fascinating questions of how urban identities were understood in space and changed across time.

We are seeking papers that consider the complexities of negotiating and/or narrating urban transformations according to any disciplinary approach. There are no restrictions on geographical region or time period but a reference to change according to one of the following themes:

- Infrastructural change
- Changes in housing and/or living standards
- Changing regulations, including of the sounds, smells and rhythms of urban life
- Local and/or global relationships in the city
- Aesthetics or artistic depictions of the city
- The development of heritage and sites of memory
- Changing tensions between secular and religious spaces or relationships
- Policing, surveillance and deviance

In order to ground the conference discussions in the realities of navigating change in the city, the conference will also include a number of architects and urban planners to help enrich the ways in  which we talk about the city.

The conference will take place at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and will be consist of panels of short summary presentations based on pre-circulated papers of 5-6000 words. There will be no conference fee - coffee and meals including the evening meal are included. Limited funding to subsidize travel costs and accommodation is available, to those without a full wage or institutional support.

Paper proposals of up to 500 words and as well as an abridged curriculum vitae should be sent to by 31 October 2014. The conference language will be English.

Please address all queries to: Sheona Davies,

With the generous support of the KE Seed Fund, University of Oxford.

Séminaire pluridisciplinaire: "La ville juste", Lyon 2014-2015

Séminaire pluridisciplinaire "LA VILLE JUSTE" organisé à Lyon par Manuel Appert (UMR EVS), Loïc Bonneval (Centre Max Weber), Natacha Coquery (LARHRA), Stéphane Frioux (LARHRA), Virginie Hollard (HISOMA), Christian Montès (UMR EVS), François Robert (TRIANGLE), Valérie Sala Pala (TRIANGLE), Sylvie Servigne (LIRIS).
Qu’est-ce qu’une ville juste ? « Nos » villes sont-elles justes ? Comment construire des villes justes ? Voici les vastes questions que ce séminaire cherche à soulever, en croisant les regards disciplinaires. Le thème de la « ville juste » ou de la justice spatiale a été de plus en plus présent à l’agenda des (ou de certaines) disciplines s’intéressant à l’urbain ces dernières années : en témoignent les récents livres de S. Fainstein et d’E. Soja, la création de la revue Justice spatiale, etc. Ce thème renvoie à différents enjeux, tels que la redistribution, le respect de la diversité ou encore le débat démocratique (dans son ouvrage The Just City, S. Fainstein considère que la ville juste se définit à l’aune de ces trois critères). La question de la définition de la justice - sociale, spatiale, environnementale - en ville et celle de l’identification et de la « mesure » de la ville juste seront posées comme des préalables nécessaires à une réflexion sur les politiques, stratégies et mobilisations - existantes ou possibles - en vue de construire des villes plus justes dans des contextes urbains et nationaux divers.
Le séminaire aura lieu de 9h30 à 17h30 à l'ISH (14 avenue Berthelot, Lyon 7e arrdt), salle Elise Rivet, les
- 4 décembre 2014 : Définir la ville juste
Membres organisateurs : Loïc Bonneval (CMW, maître de conférences en sociologie), Valérie Sala Pala (TRIANGLE, maître de conférences en science politique), Virginie Hollard (HISOMA, maître de conférences en histoire ancienne).
- 3 mars 2015 : Mesurer la ville juste
Membres organisateurs : Manuel Appert (EVS, maître de conférences en géographie), Christian Montès (EVS, professeur de géographie), Sylvie Servigne (LIRIS, maître de conférences en informatique).
- 5 mai 2015 : Construire la ville juste
Membres organisateurs : Stéphane Frioux (LARHRA, maître de conférences en histoire contemporaine),  François Robert (TRIANGLE, ingénieur de recherche CNRS).

Appel à communication : URban History Group, 2015

Un appel est lancé pour la prochaine "Urban History Group Conference" qui se tiendra les 26-27 mars 2015 au Royaume-Uni (université de Wolverhampton). 

This conference is entitled ‘Urban Knowledge’ and examines knowledge in the city, namely how the city produces, disseminates, consumes and shapes knowledge and thus is connected to a number of papers at EAUH.

Documents à télécharger pour plus de détails : Call_Urban History Group 2015
Date limite pour proposé un résumé ou un thème de session : 30 septembre 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr Matt Houlbrook, University of Birmingham 

Structure: The conference welcomes papers from experienced researchers as well as those from new researchers and a limited number of first-year PhD students. 


Appel à communication: Cultural Heritage. PRESENT CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES (Rome, 14-15 novembre 2014)

Following on the international conferences organized by the Faculty of Economics and the Department of Business Studies at Roma Tre University, namely Heritage and Cityscapes (October 5-6, 2012) and Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management (October 11-12, 2013), the new international meeting proposal aims to strengthen a permanent research seminar on the Cultural Heritage theme and to set up an informal academics’ and specialists’ network for fostering the debate, the sharing of projects and new methodologies, the technology innovation updates, the spreading of best practises.

Appel en entier à télécharger : Call Cultural Heritage 2014en-1

The central topics of this Conference are:

A. Analysis: knowledge, research, technologies, survey mapping, modelling, applications and best practices;
B. Representations: museums, exhibitions, laboratories, project ideation and creativity;
C. Communication and participation: techniques, strategies, experiences, dissemination
and user engagement;
D. Valorization: Sustainable cultural economics, promotion, ITC, innovative managerial approaches for cultural heritage valorization;
E. Fruition: projects, experiences, best practices
F. Special session: Landscapes and cityscapes
The conference could be organized in a series of 15-20 min. contributions for each of the 6 sections with a debate at the end of each panel. These contributions may refer to theoretical essays, empirical research based on quanti- and qualitative approaches, case studies, achievements and ongoing projects, research prospects and methodogical issues. Poster presentation will be welcomed as well. Academics’ and practitioners’ submissions are welcome. The languages of the Conference are Italian, English, French and Spanish.
A final round table with questions from the audience will allow to look in depth at eventual fields of interest and at the most effective methodological approaches for developing research group activities.
Participants who want to submit a paper are kindly request to pre-register on the conference web site ( or to send an email to, including an abstract (maximum 500 words) and their short C.V. (maximum 150 words).
Abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2014; Acceptance/rejection notification:
September 25, 2014; Definitive paper submission deadline (maximum 14.000 characters with annotations included): November 5, 2014.
A selection of full papers will be published (under ISBN) subject to prior blind peer review.

Appel à communications: Gender Relations in Urban Contexts

CALL FOR PAPERS. “ Genesis”  2015, 2

Across Cities

Gender Relations in Urban Contexts

“Genesis”,  the Journal of the Italian Association of Women Historians invites contributions for a forthcoming issue on gender relations in urban contexts.

In  past years the study of urban contexts through an approach focused on the use of cities as resources has contributed to reshaping aspects of labour history, family and kin relations, and of social and geographical mobility as well as rethinking the intersection of public and private.  Since then, national history has progressively lost its centrality, in favour of transnational and comparative approaches, and the search for connected histories. This has introduced a broad set of changing analytical scales requiring new theoretical and methodological instruments in the study of micro/macro interactions.

Open processes of urbanization,  the agency of people moving and resettling have contributed to a redefinition of notions of space and  boundaries, relentlessly crossed both in a physical, material and symbolic sense.  Small , medium-size and large cities therefore appear as locations of both migration and settlement and  moving  across the urban space is strictly connected to material and social contexts.  The gendered organization of urban social relations influences the ways in which  individuals construct the material and symbolic space they experience.

We encourage the submission of papers researching and analysing the gendered intersections of urban spaces and their transformations in a long diachronic perspective from the Middle Ages to the XXI century.  While welcoming interdisciplinary contributions, we give priority to those taking into account a historical dimension.

We are especially interested in papers addressing:

- The changing boundaries between different cultures, the crossing of identities and belongings, liminal stages and cultural, religious, political, ethnic and generational hybridities; intersectionality integrating multiple and plural experiences

-Multilocal networks that connect, support, attract, control and redistribute moving subjects such as artisans and workers (standard and non-standard), shopkeepers, clerks, domestic servants, slaves, prostitutes, migrants, converts, minorities, marginal figures, communities in and beyond the city, young and  old people and people committed to institutions.

-The urban dimension of dislocation connected to global chains of care work, as well as temporary urban aggregations of diasporic networks.

-The transformation of urban spaces due to changing material conditions and to the changing life style of individuals and groups.

-The various life strategies deployed in the context of specific limitations influencing choices, life courses and the gendered urban imaginary. Cities act as a permanent pole of attraction for migrating people and for individuals searching for new opportunities.

Proposals must contain: an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a short cv and must be e-mailed by November 20, 2014 to the editors: Anna Badino ; Ida Fazio ; Fiorella Imprenti  . They shall communicate by December 20, 2014  if the articles submitted have or not been selected for publication.  Articles selected for publication

( no more than 60.000 types including spaces and footnotes) must be sent in by March 15, 2015 and will then be submitted to a double blind referee.

Texts in Italian, English, French and Spanish will be considered for publication.

 “Genesis. Rivista della Società Italiana delle Storiche” invita a presentare contributi per un numero monografico sulle  relazioni di genere nelle città, dal titolo Attraverso le città.

Negli anni passati lo studio dei contesti urbani e dell’uso della città come risorsa da parte delle donne ha contribuito a rivedere profondamente temi di storia del lavoro, delle relazioni di parentela, della mobilità territoriale e sociale, dell’articolazione tra pubblico e privato. Da allora, la ricerca ha posto nuove questioni. La dimensione sovranazionale, di storia comparata e di connected history ha introdotto una gamma più ricca di scale di interazione che connettono il locale al sovralocale, richiedendo anche riflessioni teoriche e metodologiche sul rapporto tra indagine micro e macro. Il carattere aperto dei processi di urbanizzazione, il ruolo attivo dei protagonisti degli insediamenti e degli spostamenti hanno ridisegnato i concetti di spazio e di confine, continuamente riattraversati, o compresenti, tanto su un piano materiale che  simbolico e  culturale. Le città, grandi medie e piccole, emergono come luoghi assieme di attraversamento e di radicamento, attraverso i quali si disegnano percorsi strettamente connessi con l’ambiente fisico e sociale. L’organizzazione di genere delle relazioni sociali urbane influenza i rapporti tra la dimensione individuale e i suoi spazi di riferimento, materiali e immateriali.

Sollecitiamo la presentazione di ricerche e analisi sulle forme e i luoghi delle articolazioni  di genere e le loro trasformazioni nelle città, che indaghino - anche alla luce di incroci disciplinari, purché in prospettiva storica, tra medioevo e età contemporanea:

La ridefinizione dei confini tra culture diverse, le sovrapposizioni e gli intrecci di identità e  appartenenze, le liminalità e le ibridazioni culturali, religiose, politiche, etniche, generazionali; la dimensione dell’intersezionalità che integra orizzonti multipli e lealtà plurali.

Le reti di relazione, anche plurilocali, che nelle città connettono, sostengono, attraggono, smistano,  controllano soggetti in movimento come lavoratori stabili o precari, dell’artigianato o del commercio al dettaglio, impiegati, servi, schiavi, prostitute, migranti, convertiti, minoranze, figure ai margini, comunità intra ed extraurbane, gruppi giovanili, anziani, soggetti istituzionalizzati.

La dimensione urbana delle dislocazioni, delle catene della cura globali, le aggregazioni temporanee di reti diasporiche.

Le trasformazioni dello spazio connesse ai mutamenti delle condizioni materiali e ai  cambiamenti negli stili di vita di soggetti e gruppi.

La varietà di strategie adottate e la presenza dei diversi vincoli che influenzano le scelte, i percorsi, l’immaginario dei generi  nelle  città, costante polo di attrazione e di transito di popolazione e soggetti in cerca di nuove opportunità.

Le proposte dovranno contenere: un abstract (300 parole al massimo);  un breve profilo scientifico di autrici/autori; e dovranno pervenire entro il 20 novembre 2014 alle curatrici del numero, Anna Badino ; Ida Fazio ; Fiorella Imprenti

L’eventuale accettazione verrà comunicata entro il 20 dicembre 2014

Gli articoli selezionati per la pubblicazione (max 60.000 caratteri, spazi e note incluse) dovranno essere consegnati in forma definitiva entro il 15 marzo 2015 e saranno sottoposti a peer review, anonimo nei due sensi.

Saranno presi in considerazione per la pubblicazione articoli in Italiano, Inglese, Francese, Spagnolo

Appel à communication. Journée d'études : Les cités nouvelles en questions, 23 janvier 2015


Groupe Transversal  Usages de l’histoire et devenirs urbains

Journée d’études du Vendredi 23 Janvier 2015








La question des futurs urbains s’est posée de façon exemplaire dans le cas de la création de villes. Ces « cités nouvelles » illustrent la volonté et la capacité des sociétés qui les construisent à se projeter dans l’avenir. Des colonies grecques aux villes nouvelles de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, l’humanité a régulièrement  pensé son urbanité dans le cadre de ces « cités nouvelles ». Le terme ne peut donner lieu à une définition possible tant son acceptation urbanistique, politique ou sociétale a pu varier selon les espaces et les périodes concernées [Merlin, Chaline]. Il est clair cependant que les cités nouvelles du passé constituent un corpus d’expériences urbaines que notre temps se doit de connaître et que plusieurs équipes d’urbanistes (par exemple en Asie ou en Amérique latine) mobilisent de facto dans leurs projets urbains actuels [Querrien-Lassave].

Cités et villes nouvelles ont suscité des quantités de travaux permettant aussi bien d’interroger leur imaginaire urbain (des registres de l’utopie au décryptage du langage technocratique de l’aménagement des territoires) que leurs modalités de production (de la maîtrise foncière aux privilèges fiscaux). Les lectures architecturales ou urbanistiques de l’histoire des cités nouvelles ont permis de préciser l’articulation entre les héritages et les innovations et de mettre en débat la question des styles et des modèles. De nombreux travaux se sont également intéressés aux populations qui sont venues dans ces villes, aux différentes manières dont elles se sont réappropriées et ont parfois réinventé les espaces [Merlin, Fouchier, Pinol].

Les cités nouvelles, produites dans des contextes économiques et sociaux spécifiques, ont d’abord été conçues, aux XIXemes et XXemes siècles dans le cadre de politiques publiques nationales – il était donc naturel que les historiens commencent par les analyser à cette échelle-là, à l’aune des cultures politico-administratives nationales (Vadelorge). Néanmoins elles sont aussi le fruit d’échanges entre ingénieurs, urbanistes, responsables politiques qui ont pu être qualifié de mouvement transnational. Faire histoire de ces échanges et des réseaux qui les sous-tendent permet de comprendre une part non négligeable de la structure actuelle de l’expertise internationale en urbanisme. Nous nous proposons d’interroger durant cette journée d’études ces échanges et ces réseaux à travers quatre questions complémentaires : Qui échange avec qui ? Quels sont les espaces concernés par ces échanges ? Quelles temporalités ces échanges mobilisent-ils ? Comment aborder la rationalité de l’échange ?



Comité d’organisation :

Jérôme Bazin (maître de conférences en histoire contemporaine, Université de Paris-Est Créteil, CRHEC), Clément Orillard (maître de conférences, Institut français d’urbanisme, Lab’Urba), Denis Bocquet (professeur d’histoire et théorie de l’architecture, ENSAS, LATTS), Nathalie Lancret (professeur d’histoire de l’architecture, ENSAPB, IPRAUSS-AUSSER), Loïc Vadelorge (professeur d’histoire contemporaine, UPEM, ACP)


Comité scientifique :

Membres du Groupe Transversal « Usages de l’Histoire et devenirs urbains »


Modalités de proposition :

Les propositions de communication rédigées en français ou en anglais prendront la forme d’un résumé d’intention de 5 000 signes minimum à 10 000 signes maximum, accompagné d’un titre provisoire et précisant le terrain et le corpus de sources sur lesquels le communicant entend s’appuyer.


Les propositions devront être envoyées à Loïc Vadelorge,, avant le 15 octobre 2014.

Programme: colloque international "L’université dans la ville", 25-26 sept 2014 (UPEC-UPEM)


Colloque international

«  L’université dans la ville : les espaces universitaires et leurs usages en Europe du XIIIe au XXIe siècle »

25-26 septembre 2014 (UPEC-UPEM)


Jeudi 25 septembre 2014

9h - 18h30

Université Paris-Est Créteil

Campus Centre, Bâtiment P

Salle des thèses


I - Vivre et travailler : l’empreinte universitaire sur la ville


9h Ouverture Isabelle This Saint-Jean (Vice-présidente du Conseil régional d'Île-de-France) [sous réserve]

et Lucie Gournay (Vice-présidente de l’Université Paris-Est Créteil)

Présidence : Martin Kintzinger (Université de Münster)

Introduction : Nathalie Gorochov (Université Paris-Est Créteil), Boris Noguès (ENS Lyon)


A) Les espaces d’enseignement 10h - 12h


·         Berardo Pio (Université de Bologne)

« I luoghi della formazione universitaria a Bologna nel Trecento »

·         Gian Paolo Brizzi (Université de Bologne)

« Le sedie universitarie a Bologna nel periodo moderno »

·         Marie Pottecher (Conservatrice du Patrimoine, Région Alsace) et Delphine Issenmann (Université de Strasbourg)

« Une université modèle au coeur de la ville actuelle ? La Kaiser-Wilhelms-Universität de Strasbourg »



Présidence : Gian Paolo Brizzi (Université de Bologne)


B) Les quartiers universitaires 13h30 - 16h


·         Denis Gabriel (Université de Provence)

« L’oeuvre immobilière de Robert de Sorbon (1254-1274) »

·         Claudio Caldarazzo (Université de Padoue)

« Spazi universitari a Padova nel tardo medioevo : le fondazioni collegiali per studenti »

·         Emmanuelle Chapron (Université de Provence, IUF)

« Collèges et librairie scolaire à Paris au XVIIIe siècle : périmètre économique, activités induites et vie de quartier »

·         Jean-François Condette (Université d’Artois)

« L’université de Lille, entre quartier latin et campus péri-urbain : Des mutations spatiales complexes (1887-1974) »


C) Sociabilités, conflits et tensions 16h - 18h30

·         Vsevolod Ioffé (EPHE)

« Les lieux des violences dans l’espace universitaire à Paris au XIVe et au début du XVe siècle »

·         Johan Lange (Institut Historique Allemand)

« Lieux dangereux. Vie estudiantine et disciplinarisation par les autorités pour le cas des universités protestantes

allemandes au XVIIIe siècle »

·         Loïc Vadelorge (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)

« Mouffetard contre Paris I ou quand la ville met en échec l’aménagement universitaire dans les années 1990 »

·         Chloé Maurel (CNRS/ENS)

«Vivre à la résidence universitaire d’Antony dans les années 1960. Architecture, sociabilités étudiantes et engagement politique »


Vendredi 26 septembre 2014

9h - 17h

Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée

Cité Descartes, Bâtiment Bois de l’Etang

Salle C006



II - Fonder et refonder l’espace universitaire




Présidence : Jean-Noël Luc (Université Paris-Sorbonne)


A) Villes ou territoires universitaires 9h - 12h

·         Simona Negruzzo (Université de Milan)

« Strasbourg universitaire. Institutions académiques et réseau urbain du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle »

·         Florence Bourillon (Université Paris-Est Créteil)

« L’université dans la ville : l’université de Paris 12 à Créteil 1995-2005 »

·         Lise Fournier (Université Paris-Est)

« Inventer l’université madrilène et lisboète : genèse, évolution et structuration des capitales de la péninsule ibérique

au regard de leur développement urbain »

·         Mathieu Leprince et André Lespagnol (Université Rennes II)

« L’évolution des sites universitaires rennais depuis 1945 : de la concentration au centre de la ville à la dispersion »

·         Alexandre Grondeau et Damien Gosset (Université de Provence)

« L’université de Manchester dans la ville : compétitivité du territoire et fragmentation urbaine »


Présidence : Christophe Charle (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

B) Les acteurs de la territorialisation 14h - 17h

·         Anne Saada (CNRS/ENS)

« La fabrication d’une ville universitaire : Göttingen »

·         Vittoria Calabro (Université de Messine)

« L’Ateneo ed i suoi edifici : le politiche di ricostruzione e sviluppo degli spazi universitari nella Messina post-terremoto »

·         Michel Casta et Bruno Poucet (Université de Picardie)

« L’archipel universitaire d’Amiens depuis 1940 »

·         Thibault Tellier (Université Lille 3)

« Les universités du Nord-Pas de Calais depuis 1990 »

Conclusions : Jacques Verger (Institut de France)

Appel à contributions: Catastrophe, Gender and Urban Experience, 1648–1920


Catastrophe, Gender and Urban Experience, 1648–1920

Editors: Deborah Simonton and Hannu Salmi

The history of catastrophes is an emerging field of research. Its interests range from natural and environmental disasters to social, industrial and technological accidents, from local hazards to global threats with a plethora of cultural ramifications. This volume concentrates on the shift from premodern to modern, from the perspective of the increasing presence of catastrophes in European imagination and everyday life. In 1820, the Brockhaus encyclopaedia in Germany defined a catastrophe as “a particularly decisive change, a surprising turn that changes the course of events.” Catastrophe had been a concept of drama theory since classical antiquity. It referred to the final resolution of a narrative. In tragedy, this happened often with sinister consequences. It seems that the notion 'catastrophe' became used outside drama theory from the seventeenth century onwards, and it became to be employed in connection to a disaster or a fatal turn of events in the lives of an individual or a community. Perhaps an element of dramatic theory remained through the ways in which emotions, fear and pity, could be attached with drastic events.

This book aims at addressing the history of catastrophes in Europe during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries especially from the urban point of view. How disaster changed urban experience, and how urban communities conceived, adapted to, and were transformed by catastrophes, both natural and human-made. How was gender involved in the events and cultural corollaries around catastrophes, and how gendered practices were negotiated during and in the aftermath of disastrous incidents in European towns and cities. The book will be the fifth to emerge from the Gender in the European Town Network.

We are seeking additional chapters and especially would welcome proposals that fall within this description, especially examining British or Southern European towns, but all catastrophes in any European town will be considered. The deadline for proposals is 1 October 2014, and we anticipate publishing in late 2015/early 2016. Please feel free to contact either of us with regard to ideas or questions you may have prior to submitting a proposal.

Hannu Salmi, University of Turku, Finland,

Deborah Simonton, University of Southern Denmark,


Appel à candidature: programme "The World in the City", TU Berlin, mai 2015

TU Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin, 01.05.2015
Bewerbungsschluss: 30.09.2014

The DFG-sponsored International Graduate Research Program (IGK 1705/1) "The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the Nineteenth Century to the Present" is now accepting applications for the following fellowships and positions during its second phase, beginning May 1, 2015:

12 Fellowships for PhD Candidates (1,365 Euro / month for a maximum of three years)
1 Post-doc Position (Salary determined by qualifications TV-L E 13/14, full time, two years)

Metropoles have always been dense and complex spaces characterized by heterogeneous populations, central economic and political functions, as well as by an abundance of material and cultural resources. Furthermore, the historical and contemporary development of modern metropoles is intrinsically tied to processes of globalization. Our graduate research program investigates the globality of metropolitan regions through the specific connections these cities have forged with other parts of the world. Based on the hypothesis that metropolitanism grows out of the diversity of transnational and transregional urban networks, our program analyzes not simply internal urban developments, but the external relationships that have shaped metropolitan developments from the nineteenth century to the present and into the future.
The specific focus of the second phase (2015-2018) centers on notions of temporality. Urban developments are premised on change; hence, in addition to space, questions of time should be central to our thinking about the urban. By temporality we mean not only the past, present and future, but also temporal rhythms, global timespaces, the structuration of daily practices (24/7), the rationalization of work and leisure time, and the globalization of temporal regimes and their effects on urban areas as well as uneven temporalities, the meanings of memory, heritage-making, technologies of urban time keeping, urban seasonality and many more. We are looking for doctoral and postdoctoral projects that pose innovative empirical and conceptual questions to shed new light on the temporal or space/time dimensions of urban developments in the past, present or future on a global scale. Our interdisciplinary program covers the following four research areas: architecture and urban planning, migration and mobility, knowledge transfer and communication, and environment and sustainability. Young scholars working in the disciplines of history, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, political science as well as from related fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning are welcome to apply.
"The World in the City" program, which started in 2012, is a unique collaboration among nine universities in Berlin, New York, and Toronto. This residential program is based at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin. The other associated universities are Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Columbia University New York, City University of New York, Fordham University New York, New York University, University of Toronto, and York University Toronto. Together we organize annual conferences, workshops, and other forms of academic exchange. Chosen fellows concentrate on their individual projects, but they also collaborate in several ways such as the weekly colloquium where fellows present their own work, a public lecture series, and seminars as well as reading groups on specific topics relevant to the fellows' course of study. Each fellow is supervised by three professors from our consortium (the first advisor has to be from Berlin, for more information please visit our website) Besides their requisite field work, every fellow also has the opportunity to spend a few months at one of our partner universities in order to get acquainted with other academic systems.

Eligibility Requirements: PhD candidates must complete their qualifying degree (MA, Magister, Diplom) by May 2015. Postdoctoral applicants must have successfully completed their PhD (degree in hand) by May 2015. The program languages are English (and German). All applicants must be proficient in English. Applicants must also be proficient in any other languages necessary for their proposed research projects.

Application Materials: application form (available for download on our website), letter of intent (max. 1 page), research proposal (5-8 pages), CV, transcripts, the names and email addresses of two potential referees.

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Colloque "Lyon sur le front de l'arrière, 1914-1918", 16-17 octobre 2014

16-17 octobre 2014

Ce colloque organisé par le Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA) avec la participation de la Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, du Centre d’histoire Espaces et Cultures (Université Blaise Pascal/Clermont-Ferrand 2) et de Sciences Po Lyon se déroulera :

- jeudi 16 octobre 2014 à la Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (Part-Dieu), avenue Vivier-Merle, de 10h à 18h30 ;

- vendredi 17 octobre 2014 à l’Institut des sciences de l’homme, 14, avenue Berthelot (Lyon 7e, Métro Jean-Macé, tram Centre Berthelot), salle Marc Bloch, 9h30-17h30.


Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, Lyon est au coeur d’échanges et de circulations en tous genres, circulations d’hommes, d’idées, de documents écrits et imagés. « Ville de l’arrière » ou du front domestique, elle occupe une place qui doit faire l’objet d’un examen approfondi afin de la situer à son échelle, dans la réalité de ses échanges avec les autres villes et régions de France, avec les pays frontaliers, dans son rôle d’accueil des blessés du front, de « plaque tournante » où s’échangent les prisonniers de guerre et les prisonniers civils libérés, mais aussi avec les pays alliés et les neutres. Le colloque des 16 et 17 octobre se propose d’éclairer cette dimension de l’histoire urbaine en liaison avec l’exposition «Lyon sur tous les fronts » organisée à la Bibliothèque municipale qui possède une riche documentation constituée, pendant toute la guerre, à l’initiative du maire Édouard  Herriot.

Comité scientifique : Annette Becker (Paris 10 – IUF), Nicolas Beaupré (Clermont-Ferrand 2 – IUF), Bruno Benoit (Sciences Po Lyon), Thomas Breban (BM Lyon), Anne  Charmasson-Creus (BM Lyon), Evelyne Cohen (Enssib-Université de Lyon), Marie Derrien (doctorante, LARHRA), Stéphane Frioux (Lyon 2), Fanny Giraudier (BM Lyon), Pierre Guinard (BM Lyon), Bernard Hours (Lyon 3), Christian Sorrel (Lyon 2).

Comité d’organisation : Nicolas Beaupré, Evelyne Cohen, Marie Derrien, Stéphane Frioux, Christian Sorrel.

Téléchargez le programme complet : PROGRAMME_Lyon-sur-le-front-de-larriere