I am working with editors Bridget Heal and Neil Gregor to organize a special issue of the journal _German History_ (Oxford Journals) focusing on Central European urban history.
As one preliminary step we are aiming to create a "Workshop" of two or three traditional sessions at the 2015 AHA meeting in New York City (02 - 05 Jan 2015). These sessions will help us survey and assess the current state of research in this field as it is unfolding in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. For that purpose the Workshop "New Research on Cities and Towns in Central Europe" is broadly conceived with in terms of time periods (medieval to modern), subjects (material to ideal), and disciplines (history and all others). From the pool of replies we will organize appropriate sessions which might be based on periods, methods, or themes. Bridget Heal and Neil Gregor have agreed to chair one session each, so we are looking for 2 or 3 commentators and 6-12 paper presenters.
Many scholars would benefit from hearing about a wide variety of avenues of exploration of cities and towns. The theme of the 2015 meeting is "History and the Other Disciplines," so we are particularly interested in bringing together historians and scholars working primarily in other fields. If the NYC Workshop sounds interesting to you or your colleagues, please send an abstract of 200 to 300 words to me, Robert Mark Spaulding, at (spauldingr [at] uncw.edu) by Friday 24 January 2014.
If you know other scholars working in this field who might be interested in participating in the Workshop, please bring this notice to their attention or send along their names to me and I will contact them directly.
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