Supported by the European Network for British Area Studies (ENBAS) as
part of the next conference of the European Society for the Study of
English (ESSE), the following seminar may be of interest for historians:
The City as a Stage
for social, political and cultural movements
Cities are literally the key fabric of modern and postmodern societies.
In Britain for longer than anywhere else, they have powerfully
structured the lives of a majority of the population. Thus they are
sometimes so much taken for granted that it may be forgotten they are
the stage on which the drama of social, political and cultural life
unfolds. The papers in this seminar will look at the way the
peculiarities of urbanisation and of the lay-out of cities in the
British Isles in particular, but also in other English-speaking
countries -- perhaps as contrasted with other parts of the world -- can
help us describe, explain and interpret events: from religious
processions to political public demonstrations, from chance meetings
with strangers to the social and ethnic divisions of space, from
everyday life to epoch-making festivals, carnivals or riots, from
simple neighbourhood to active networking, etc.
Université Paris 13, 99 avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément, 93430
Phone: +33 (0)6 86 07 79 18 Fax+33 (0)1 49 40 37 06
Universität Bremen, FP 10, 28359 BREMEN, GERMANY Phone: +49 (0)421 44
34 35 Fax+49 421 218 42 83
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2002.
The conference will take place in Strasbourg, 30 August-3 September 2002.
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