Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Conference Announcement: Urban History Group

Urban History Group Annual Conference, 27-28 March 2008, University of Nottingham First Call for sessions and papers:

Urban Boundaries and Margins

This conference will explore the concept of boundaries and margins in the context of the city. The theme is interpreted broadly to encompass not only the identification of various types of boundaries - spatial, social, cultural, economic and political ­­­- but also the processes that help create, sustain as well as contest the legitimacy and practices of such boundaries. This focus draws attention to the differences as well as the similarities between various groups and activities in the city, and explores how these could change over time.

Themed sessions will include the following:

Age and life cycle issues in urban contexts

"Them and us"; class, race, ethnicity, culture

Trangressing norms of behaviour

Shifting concepts of day and night

Marginal groups and practices

Spatial and architectural margins in the home and the city

Administrative and political boundaries

Public and private space

The representation of boundaries

Boundaries of conflict and boundaries of order

The conference committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as for additional sessions. Abstract of up to 500 words should be submitted to the conference organiser and should indicate clearly how the content of the paper addresses the broad conference theme. Those wishing to propose additional sessions should provide a brief statement that identifies the ways in which the session will address the conference theme, a list of speakers and paper abstracts. The deadline for expressions of interest for sessions and papers is 30 September 2007.

In addition, the conference will also host a new researchers forum. This is aimed primarily at those who are at an early stage in a research project and who wish primarily to discuss ideas rather than present findings. New and current postgraduates working on topics unrelated to the main theme, as well as those just embarking on new research, are particularly encouraged to submit short papers for this forum.

Graduate students can obtain a bursary to offset some of the expenses associated with attending the conference. Please send an e mail application to Richard Rodger and ask your PhD supervisor to also send a message confirming your status as a registered PhD student. The Urban History Group would like to acknowledge the Economic History Society for its support for these bursaries.

For further details please contact:

Dr David Green (conference organiser) Email: - Department of Geography - King's College London - Strand - London - WC2R 2LS - UK - Tel: 44 (0) 20 7848 2721/2599 - Fax:44 (0) 20 7848 2287

Ben Barros

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