Seminar Programme

Details of seminars taking place in the 2019/20 academic year in the Centre for Urban History

All seminars take place at 2.30pm - 4.30pm in Seminar Room, 3-5 Salisbury Road, unless otherwise stated. For further information please contact Dr Richard Butler or Dr Alistair Kefford.

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Semester 2 2019-20
Date              Delivered by                                     Title

17 January 2020 MRUNMAYEE SATAM, Amity University Mumbai

 

Trends in Health and Mortality: Bombay City,1911-1945

31 January 2020

EMMA HART, University of St Andrews

Policing the Marketplace in the Early American City

21 February 2020 SARAH THIEME, University of Münster Deindustrialization, inner city problems & secularization: Church Actors & the Challenged of Urban Structural Change in Germany and Britain, 1970-80s
13 March 2020 CHRIS PEARSON, University of Liverpool From "Dangerous Classes" to Vagabonds: The Meaning of Straying Dogs in Nineteenth-Century London, Paris and New York
27 March 2020 DAVID CLAYTON, University of York Good and Bad Governance of Drought in Urban Hong Kong, 1962-64
1 May
2020
MELISSA CALARESSU, University of Cambridge 'Thomas Jones' Neapolitan Accounts from Kitchen to City (1780-1783)

Semester 1 2019-20
DateDelivered byTitle

4 October 2019

MICHAEL SUGARMAN, University of Bristol

Beyond Bombay: Improvement trusts and urban development in Hong Kong, Rangoon, Singapore, 1919-1941

18 October 2019 HELEN FOSTER, East Midlands Oral History Archive

 

Organised Chaos: Finding a Way Through the Oral History Archive

15 November 2019

SAIMA NASAR, University of Bristol

Subjects, Citizens, Refugees: Making and Remaking Britain’s East African Asians

6 December 2019 RUTH CRAGGS (King’s College London) and HANNAH NEATE (Manchester Metropolitan University) Decolonisation, Urban Expertise and State-Building in Nigeria

 

 

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Semester 2 2018-19
DateDelivered byTitle

18 January 2019

WILLIAM TULLETT, University of Derby

Urban soundscapes and soundwitnesses in eighteenth-century England

1 February 2019 TIM VERLAAN, University of Amsterdam

 

A Faustian Bargain: Public-Private Partnerships in Dutch Urban Renewal, 1950-1980

15 February 2019

ALEXIA YATES, University of Manchester

Paris, City of Finance: Municipal Debt and Financial Markets in the Nineteenth Century

1 March 2019 SOPHIA PSARRA, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL City-craft and Statecraft: The Myth of Venice and Humanist Urban Culture as Spatial Phenomena

15 March 2019 SARAH MASS, Columbia University

What urban informality tells us about twentieth-century British history?



29 March 2019

CHRISTIAN D. LIDDY, University of Durham

TBC

3 May 2019

SHABNUM TEJANI, SOAS, University of London

Land speculation in a colonial economy: the Bombay Improvement Trust and the transformation of a capital land market in early twentieth-century Bombay, 1905-1925

17 May 2019

ROSA SMURRA AND MARCO ORLANDI, University of Bologna

The role of women in shaping a town’s history: a virtual 3D walk through Edwardian Leicester

 

 

Semester 1 2019-20
DateDelivered byTitle

4 October 2019

MICHAEL SUGARMAN, University of Bristol

Beyond Bombay: Improvement trusts and urban development in Hong Kong, Rangoon, Singapore, 1919-1941

18 October 2019 HELEN FOSTER, East Midlands Oral History Archive

 

Organised Chaos: Finding a Way Through the Oral History Archive

15 November 2019

SAIMA NASAR, University of Bristol

Subjects, Citizens, Refugees: Making and Remaking Britain’s East African Asians

6 December 2019 RUTH CRAGGS (King’s College London) and HANNAH NEATE (Manchester Metropolitan University) Decolonisation, Urban Expertise and State-Building in Nigeria

 

 

Past seminar programmes

 

 

Semester 2 2018-19
DateDelivered byTitle

18 January 2019

WILLIAM TULLETT, University of Derby

Urban soundscapes and soundwitnesses in eighteenth-century England

1 February 2019 TIM VERLAAN, University of Amsterdam

 

A Faustian Bargain: Public-Private Partnerships in Dutch Urban Renewal, 1950-1980

15 February 2019

ALEXIA YATES, University of Manchester

Paris, City of Finance: Municipal Debt and Financial Markets in the Nineteenth Century

1 March 2019 SOPHIA PSARRA, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL City-craft and Statecraft: The Myth of Venice and Humanist Urban Culture as Spatial Phenomena

15 March 2019 SARAH MASS, Columbia University

What urban informality tells us about twentieth-century British history?



29 March 2019

CHRISTIAN D. LIDDY, University of Durham

TBC

3 May 2019

SHABNUM TEJANI, SOAS, University of London

Land speculation in a colonial economy: the Bombay Improvement Trust and the transformation of a capital land market in early twentieth-century Bombay, 1905-1925

17 May 2019

ROSA SMURRA AND MARCO ORLANDI, University of Bologna

The role of women in shaping a town’s history: a virtual 3D walk through Edwardian Leicester

 

 

Semester 1 2018-19
DateDelivered byTitle
5 October 2018

SALLY ANN HARTSHORNE, University of Leicester,

and

 

ELIZABETH JONES, University of Leicester

Sally Ann Hartshorne: “A future for our past”: Leicester’s contribution to European Architectural Heritage Year, 1975

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Elizabeth Jones: “The times they were a changing” … or were they? The impact of reform on small town urban governance

19 October 2018 ROEY SWEET, University of Leicester

Domesticating the Anglo Saxons: antiquarian research and the Anglo-Saxon urban past, c. 1750-1850

26 October 2018 JAROSLAV IRA, Charles University, Prague

Inventing roles for the Czech small towns in the early twentieth century

9 November 2018 JAMES GREENHALGH, University of Lincoln Tracing the genealogy of urban modernism: planning, redevelopment and the local state in twentieth-century Britain

23 November 2018 TOSHIHIKO IWAMA, Tokyo Metropolitan University Making of History of Birmingham: Municipal Borough and Urban History, 1870-1974

7 December 2018 JAN VANDEBURIE, University of Leicester “A dragon with nine heads”: a bishop’s view on religious and ethnic divides in Acre in the early thirteenth century

Semester 2 2017-18
DateDelivered byTitle
19 January 2018 Otto Saumarez Smith (University of Oxford) Flumes and Verrucas: A Brief History of the Early Years of the British Leisure Centre
2 February 2018 Mikkel Høghøj (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Marjolein Schepers (Vrije University, Brussels)

Mikkel Høghøj: “We are not a bunch of concrete-criminals”: the production and negotiation of ‘welfare geographies’ in Danish cities, 1945-85

Marjolein Schepers: Concordat d’Ypres: Regulating migration, poor relief and settlement in eighteenth-century Fland
16 February 2018 Simeon Koole (University of Bristol)

Law and London Fog: Making Sense in the Police Court, c. 1870-1952

2 March 2018 Gerrit Verhoeven (University of Antwerp) Multiple manliness: Masculinity and the Grand Tour of Jan Teding van Berkhout, 1739-1741
16 March 2018

William Tullett (IHR)

Urban Soundscapes and Soundwitnesses in Eighteenth-Century England
4 May 2018 Zoe Groves (University of Leicester) Community, Leisure and Urban Life in colonial Harare, 1930s-1950s
18 May 2018

Lucas Endrigo Brunozi Avelar (USP / UERR, Brazil)

 

and

Kiyotaka Sato (Meiji University, Tokyo)

“Cancer of the crop”, “awakening of delight”: places of alcohol and drug use in a slavery society, Rio de Janeiro, C19th

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Personal narratives of residents from Multi-ethnic city of Leicester from the post-war period to the present day

Semester 1 2017-18
DateDelivered byTitle
6 October 2017 Peter Jones (CMH/IHR) Fashioning ‘Transpontine’ Cultures: The Work of Popularity and Reform in Victorian Lambeth.
20 October 2017 Deirdre O’Sullivan (Leicester) Brimful of ashlar? The impact of monastic dissolution on urban space in England.
3 November 2017 Mark Baker (Yale University and University of Oxford) Unbearably Dilapidated'? Economy, Politics and Environment in the Decline of Kaifeng, 1128-1954
17 November 2017 Yuan Liang (Lyra) (CUH and Shandong University at Weihai, China) The Urban-Rural Relations in Leicester and Leicestershire from the Aspect of Town and Country Planning (1970s-1990s)
1 December 2017 Elaine Tierney (V and A) Producing the City: Installing Urban Festivals in Late Seventeenth-Century London and Paris
15 December 2017 Peter Jones (CUH) The Strange Case of Miss Copeland: Allegations of Corruption in Belfast Corporation's Allocation of Council Houses in the 1950s

2016/17
DateDelivered byTitle
7 October 2016

Jenny Stewart (University of Leicester)

Policing West London in British post-war police drama films and Aaron Andrews (University of Leicester) ‘A vicious circle of hopelessness’: deprivation, decline, and the British inner city, 1968-78
21 October 2016 Dr. Nick Beech (Queen Mary, University of London) ‘Confronting the metropole: the urban imagination of Stuart Hall in the late-1950s’
4 November 2016

Dr. Rebecca Madgin (University of Glasgow)

‘You can’t move history: you can secure the future’: the contested values of the Southbank Undercroft, 1973-2015

18 November 2016 Dr. Robert Dale (Newcastle University) Rebuilding Socialist cities: reshaping urban space and life in Soviet Russia after 1943
2 December 2016 Prof. David Gilbert (Royal Holloway, University of London) Making suburban faith: hidden histories and geographies of creativity in modern London
20 January 2017 Daniel Maudlin, University of Plymouth ‘The Inn at the intersection of space and sociability in the early modern British town’
3 February 2017 Laura Crombie, University of Leicester ‘Towns and war: violence and urban society in the late medieval Low Countries’
17 February 2017 Toby Lincoln, University of Leicester ‘Chinese urban history: a survey from its origins to the present’
3 March 2017 Su Lin Lewis, University of Bristol ‘The globalised publics of the southeast Asian port-city, 1920-1940’
17 March 2017 Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast ‘Contested spaces of welfare: Belfast workhouse, 1880-1914’
5 May 2017 Richard Butler, University of Leicester ‘Church, state and city: town planning and the Galway school site controversy, 1940-50’
19 May 2017 Clare Copley, University of Sheffield ‘Reuniting the city, recording the city: Berlin after the Wall’
2015/16
DateDelivered byTitle
9 October 2015 Simon Gunn
(University of Leicester)
The Collapse of the Motor City Ideal in 1970s Birmingham
23 October 2015 Andrew Heath
(University of Sheffield)
Histories of the Urban Future: Disorder, Debt and Destiny in a U.S. Metropolis, 1844 - 1877
6 November 2015 Deborah Sutton (University of Lancaster) Malba and Mandirs: The Politics of Divine Resurgence in Delhi, 1911 - 1939
20 November 2015 Markian Prokopovych (University of Birmingham) The Opera and the City: The Budapest Opera House and Its Publics During the Inauguration Ceremony in 1884
4 December 2015 Richard Morris
(University of Leicester)
Celebrating Britishness: Hong Kong, 1897 Ines Hassen (University of Leicester) Branding the City's Image in Leicester and Reims: Circa 1980s-2008
22 January 2016 Peter Jones
(University of Leicester)
Experiments in Civil Society in Post-War Urban Sicily: Danilo Dolci and the Case of Partinico 1955-1987
5 February 2016 Tom Hulme
(Centre for Metropolitan History, London)
Voyaging through History: the Mayflower and Port City Culture in 1920s Britain
19 February 2016 Loretta Lees
(Department of Geography, University of Leicester)
Planetary Gentrification
4 March 2016 Anindita Ghosh
(University of Manchester)
Competing Urban Spaces in Colonial Calcutta: Cartographies, Histories and Streets
18 March 2016 Kota Ito
(Visiting Fellow, Centre for Urban History)

Municipalisation of Memorials: Progressive Politics and the Historicist Policy of the London County Council, 1889-1907 and... Sema Serim (Visiting Fellow, Centre for Urban History)

Urban Space Through Design Issues

6 May 2016 Deborah Toner
(School of History, University of Leicester)

The Bar, the City, the Nation: Mexico's Pilquerias

20 May 2016 Thomas Almeroth-Williams
(University of Cambridge)
City of Beasts: forgotten heroes of Georgian London

 

SALLY ANN HARTSHORNE, University of Leicester

ELIZABETH JONES, University of Leicester

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