78th Anglo-American Conference of Historians Institute of Historical Research
2-3 July 2009
For 10,000 years cities have shaped the affairs of mankind. Now, more than half of the world's population is urban, dwelling in settlements that we identify as 'city' or 'town', some of them so extensive and so complex that they seem to transcend traditional notions of urban organisation and form. As so many of us mass together in cities, are we at a turning point in our identity as humans? Or does past experience of cities offer some clues for the future, whether one of hope or of disaster?
The conference will deal with the history of cities throughout the
world. Proposals are sought for papers or panel sessions on any aspect of city life, form, ideology and culture. Thematic contributions making comparisons over time, or across space, will be especially welcome, as will those on networks of cities and their role in cultural formation, on the relations between cities, territories and larger political units, on the ideologies and cosmologies of the city and on what distinguishes the city or town from other forms of settlement or ways of life.
If you wish to propose a session (usually consisting of three 20-minute papers and 30 minutes of discussion) or a paper to be included in a session arranged by the organisers, you should provide titles and short synopses for papers, and statements of academic affiliation and of professional status for speakers. For sessions, please provide a title and nominate a chair as well as speakers.
The full Call for Papers can be found at
Proposals should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 October 2008.
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