European Association for Urban History
12th International Conference on Urban History: Cities in Europe, Cities in the World
September 3, 2014 - September 6, 2014
Session: ”Ubiquitous yet Unique: Green Spaces in Cities from the 18th Century to the Present: Europe in Comparative Perspective”
Dorothee Brantz (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU, Berlin)
Peter Clark (History Dept., Helsinki University
Green spaces can be found throughout European cities and beyond. Parks, children’s playgrounds, sports fields, allotment gardens, city farms, lidos, and urban forests have been integrated in different urban formats for different purposes. Historical and contemporary debates underscore the central significance of green spaces within urban arenas and their relevance for creating liveable cities. Yet if one tries to come up with an overarching definition of urban green spaces, one is faced with a wide variety of descriptions and quantitative categorizations that make it rather difficult to gain an overall understanding of what is meant by ‘urban green spaces’ and how they have been linked to the historical development of different cities.
How do we explain these differences? The proposed panel would examine this topic by raising the following questions: Why are parks and boulevards so widespread in European cities and beyond, while other types of green spaces are not? How important are climatic factors and seasonality in determining the pattern of green spaces? How do green spaces reflect particular cultural connotations about urban nature, including the place of women and different ethnic groups? What factors have shaped municipal policies and notions about public living spaces? Who is/was responsible for the planning of green spaces? What role do ‘bottom-up’ politics play in the greening of urban spaces in different places of the world? This session aims to encourage comparisons not only between different parts of Europe but also with North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. It would aim to use the theme to shed light on wider urban issues such as the importance of urban seasonality, nature and the city, planning, the role of the green movement, and NGOs, as well as property owners and developers.
We would hope to attract contributors both from Europe and beyond. Comparative papers are particularly welcome. We plan to structure the session with 8 papers and one or 2 commentators.
A paper proposal for presentation at the conference should be submitted in the form of an abstract only (not to exceed 300 words). Important: Paper proposals and full texts can only by submitted online, via the EAUH2014 website. To submit a paper proposal, registration is required.
Deadline for paper proposals submission: October 15, 2013
Notification of paper acceptance: December 15, 2013
Full text submission
The authors of the paper proposals that have been accepted by the session organisers will be invited to submit the full text (appr.7-14 pages), for inclusion on the USB stick distributed to all the participants of the conference.
Deadline for full text submissions: July 1, 2014
Important: Full texts can only by submitted online, via the EAUH2014 website.
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