Urban Identities Past and Present – deadline 31 January 2019

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Date(s) - 27 June
All day

University of Warwick


A one-day interdisciplinary conference

Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick

From their first emergence, urban settlements have conveyed a strong sense of identity. For equally long there has been conscious reflection on this sense of identity, from Aristotle’s Politics to the 2021 City of Culture awarded to the city of the university hosting this conference. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together historians of all eras with researchers of other disciplines studying contemporary cities and towns. It will explore society, culture, and landscape from predmodern times, when the majority of the population lived in rural environments, to the predominance of urban living in the present.

The upcoming call for papers will invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from postgraduates through to established academics. Speakers could consider the theme in a variety of ways. Papers could look at the identity of settlements as entities or that of its constituent social groups or individuals. They can look at identity in terms of politics, social relations, language, culture, or materiality. Papers incorporating an aspect of change and transition across time are particularly welcome. The conference will group speakers thematically. Possible interdisciplinary themes include, but are not limited to:

  • networks
  • citizenship
  • urbanity
  • globalisation
  • migration
  • colonisation
  • urban planning
  • growth, decline, and renewal

The conference will include an opening keynote speech by Prof Matthew Carmona (UCL) and a closing address by Prof Simon Marvin (Sheffield). Carmona will explore the idea of change across time in terms of his idea of the ‘place-shaping continuum’. Marvin will bring together themes from across the day in terms of his own work on the adaptation of cities to modern technology.

The conference is free to attend for speaking delegates. A limited fund may be available to subsidise travel costs for postgraduate speakers without alternative sources of funding.

The call for papers is available here.

Deadline for submission:  31 January 2019

Potential speakers are encouraged to contact the conference organiser Joe Chick with any questions.