FROM THE ‘CITY BEAUTIFUL’ TO THE ‘BEAUTIFUL’ IN THE CITY :
A DIACHRONIC AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
CFP for the November 23-24, 2007, Conference in Tours, France
The Conference that the Centre of Urban History of the University of Tours will hold on November 23 and 24, 2007, will address with the importance of ‘the Beautiful’ in cities from Antiquity to the present times. It is to be understood as a multi-disciplinary event, with submissions ranging from history to art history, town planning, philosophy, and the like. Neither are there any specifications about the time span; however, priority will be given to submissions which will allow the organisation of consistent sessions.
The following is a non-exclusive set of ideas:
the changing meaning of ‘the Beautiful’ across space and time
at what stage of the urbanization process did people think of ‘the Beautiful’ as a relevant item ?
what about the conservation of ‘the Beautiful’ as a significant item of urban planning, and its recurrent architectural use, be it in Old, or New, World cities ?
the way urban aesthetics were ordained by their various actors (the Establishment, individuals, markets, or the state)
the use(s) of the ‘Beautiful’ in the City, be they private or public, hidden or open;
the interaction(s) between ‘the Beautiful’ and urban identity.
Single paper proposals should include title, abstract (c. 300 words) and contact information. They are to be sent to the research center (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Prof. Philippe Chassaigne, Director of the Centre of Urban History (email@example.com).
Deadline: November 30, 2006.
Prof. Philippe Chassaigne
Dept. of History
University of Tours
3 rue des Tanneurs
France Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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