The specialist session S03 "Bottom-up dynamics in early modern urban politics" at the 10th International Conference on Urban History in Ghent (1-4 September 2010) welcomes four contributions in English or in French.
The focus of this session will be on daily practices of influencing the political agenda by broader layers of urban society, as for instance administrative tasks carried out by corporations, neighbourhoods or parishes; petitioning; local press; pamphlets; direct and daily contacts with representatives of the urban government, et cetera. The session aims at inquiring into different forms of participation into the local government and at identifying whether certain administrative procedures involving ‘ordinary people' would have become less solicited or whether, on the contrary, they would have tended to become more institutionalised and incorporated into the local systems of government. Moreover, the session will query the traditional juxtaposition of ‘elite' versus ‘people' and present a more complex picture of alliances and oppositions between power groups in early modern urban society. Thus, papers inquiring into the agency of various historical actors at the grass-root level as well as into the social practices and forms of participation are welcomed.
For further information see the session description at (www.eauh2010.ugent.be).
Abstracts should be posted at the official conference website (www.eauh2010.ugent.be) between 1 October and 1 December 2009.
Acceptance of papers: 1 February 2010.
For further information, do not hesitate can contact the session organizers:
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