Urban History News : October 2011

Volume 5, No. 11

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Calls for PapersConference Announcements • Situations Vacant


Call for papersEuropean Association for Urban History
29 August–01 September 2012
Prague, Czech Republic 

The Dancing House, PragueThe EAUH 2012 Organising Committee is now in the process of receiving very interesting proposals for the 11th International Conference on Urban History 'Cities & Societies in Comparative Perspective' which will be held in Prague from 29 August to 1 September 2012.

It has ben decided to extend the call for papers deadline until 15 November 2011.

For online submission please visit www.eauh2012.com/sessions/call-for-paper-proposals/. Details of each session can be found at www.eauh2012.com/sessions/.

Should you have any difficulties or questions, please e-mail the organising committee at eauh2012@guarant.cz.

Calls for Papers

Call for papersWhat's Cooking? Food and Eating at Home
Fourth Annual SSN Conference
09 March 2012 • London, UK

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) is inviting papers for the Fourth Annual SSN Conference, What’s cooking? Food and eating at home, to be held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London on Friday 9 March 2012.
There has been growing academic interest in the study of food, cooking and culinary history since the early 1990s, from the production and exchange of food on a global scale to its preparation and consumption on the individual level. This conference will focus on food within the domestic setting by charting changes in foodspaces over time, examining the politics of foodwork and investigating patterns of food consumption at home. Given the wealth of material available on the themes of food,memory and diaspora, the conference will have a UK-based geographical focus, which may include migrant food journeys centred around UK experiences.

Call for papersSocial History Society Annual Conference 2012
03-05 April 2012 • Brighton, UK

The 2012 annual conference of the Social History Society will take place at
the University of Brighton from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 April 2012.

The conference organisers encourage submissions of panels of up to 4 speakers. Proposals for individual papers of up to 20 minutes are, of course, also welcome.
Postgraduate students are encouraged to offer papers. Details of bursaries and the
postgraduate paper prize are available on the conference website.

Papers presented at the conference can be submitted to the Society’s journal,
Cultural and Social History, to be considered for publication. For details, see

The Society's conference has no single theme. It is organised in strands:

  • Deviance, Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Life-cycles and Life-styles
  • Markets, Culture and Society
  • Political Cultures, Policy and Citizenship
  • Narratives, Emotions and the Self
  • Spaces and Places

Call for papers Sports and the city: competition, cultures, identities and urban life since 1880
24-25 April 2012 • London, UK

Aimed at academics working on sport in metropolitan areas across the world, this conference will focus upon the nature and significance of sports and sporting arenas in the life of great cities. 
The conference scope is global: proposals are invited not only on Britain but on Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.  Some of the key themes are:

  • Class and social control;
  • ethnicity and sport;
  • sportswear, performance and the body;
  • sporting arenas and facilities;
  • sports and town planning issues; cities in relation to national and regional sports;
  • international sporting events and urban regeneration;
  • archives for sporting history and sports studies.

Conference / Workshop Announcements

Oral History & Criminal Justice Museums, Libraries & Archives
International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing, and Justice
28 October 2011 • Milton Keynes, UK

Old BaileyThe next ICHCPJ seminar has been organised jointly with the Crime and Punishment Museums, Libraries and Archives network. It will be less about the showcasing of academic research and more about how the mechanics of putting together oral history projects related to criminal justice. So, although it's designed to be very useful for people involved in public history, it also should be of benefit to anyone interested in criminal justice history.

Financing the Future of Historic Churches
17 November 2011 • London, UK

Funding historic churchesThis conference is the first to address financing for historic buildings projects with speakers from across the public, private, finance, funding and government sectors.

It will be of interest to all those involved with the maintenance and development of historic churches and other community buildings: PCC members, Clergy, Diocesan Staff, church groups, DAC members, Architects, community groups, and heritage sector professionals. Six speakers will address the new context for funding community led projects in historic churches/buildings from different angles.


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The Sport and Leisure History Seminar Programme for Autumn 2011 is now available.

Situations Vacant

ESHSS Secretary

The Economic & Social History Society of Scotland invites applications for the position of Secretary. The main function of this voluntary post is the preparation of the agenda for the Society's Council meetings which take place two to three times per year, and taking and preparing the minutes of these meetings. Meetings usually take place in Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Applications are sought from historians of Scottish history who are attracted by the aims and ethos of the Society. The person appointed as Secretary would also become a member of the ESHSS Council and in this regard would also be expected to participate in the wider activities of the Society.

Applications, indicating the reasons for your interest in the post, should be submitted to Patricia Whatley, ESHSS Convener, p.e.whatley@dundee.ac.uk, no later than 22 October 2011.


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multimedia companion

The latest Urban History multimedia companion A study in Modern(ist) urbanism: planning Vancouver, 1945-1965 by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe is now available.

upcoming events

08 October 
Courts and Capitals 1815-1914

22-23 October
Cosmopolitanism and Culture
Bath, UK

27-29 October
Belfast, UK

17 November
Financing the future of historic churches
London, UK

19 November
Electrifying the City
Leicester, UK

25-27 November
History of Education Society Annual Conference
Glasgow, UK

approaching deadlines

01 October
EAUH 2012 call for papers

31 October
International Planning History Society Conference call for papers

14 November
What's cooking? call for papers

15 November
EAUH 2012  call for papers

25 November
Sports and the city call for papers


CUH Seminar Series
The 2011-12 programme begins on 14 October with Chris Hess (Warwick) on Global Dalian: Re-Framing the Colonial Past in a Post-Socialist Metropolis.

other seminar series...

Historical Perspectives: Work in Progress Seminars
Glasgow, UK

Birkbeck Urban Studies Group
London, UK

IHR Sport & Leisure History
London, UK

Scottish Oral History Society
For further details please contact Professor Arthur McIvor

Chicago Urban History 2011-12
Chicago, USA

Los Angeles History & Metro Studies Group 2011-12
Los Angeles, USA

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01 November 2011

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