Jewish Migration and Urban Materiality in the 20th Century

Date: 01/09/2021

Time: 09:00-14:00 GMT+1

Organizers: Maja Hultman, Centre for European Research/Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg & Susanne Korbel, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Graz

Description: At the edge of modernity, the mobility of Jews characterized metropolises. Jewish migrants arrived in metropolises, formed new communities, and performed new lifestyles, professions, etc. Altogether, this new quality of mobility contributed to the cities’ development of pluricultural surroundings in which new spaces for Jewish life and Jewish/non-Jewish relations emerged. What effect did Jewish migration have on local, urban environments? The – on the surface, paradox – relationship between migration and materiality seems specifically fruitful to pursue to understand the role of Jewish migrations and their effect on modern, urban cultures. What happened to concrete constructions and public spaces in cities when Jews – and their ideas, languages, and rituals – arrived? How did the Jewish migrational experience influence local settings, and what role did migration play in their relationship to the physicality of the cities? The five presenters will together explore how the material reality of the arriving city influenced Jewish migrants, and – more importantly – how Jewish migrants used concrete structures to respond to and shape their new environment.

Participation: To attend the symposium and join the discussion, please email before August 27, 2021. The zoom link will be distributed via email the day before the event.

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Welfare Cities in Motion: Urban Community, Public Services and the Common Good, c. 1800–2000

Date: 02/09/2021

Time: 09:00-16:30 CEST

Organizers: Magnus Linnarsson, Stockholm University & Mats Hallenberg, Stockholm University

Description: The 19th century saw the rise of the ‘welfare city’. Cities took control over services that were considered vital for economic development and the citizens’ wellbeing. Today, the concept of welfare cities is widely discussed; how urban communities may lead the way to reform. Historical studies on how politicians and other agents promoted new public services to meet rising demands, may contribute to this discussion.The welfare city expanded with the introduction of new urban and social services. In the 19th century, Europe experienced a renaissance for the idea of the city as a politically autonomous community, and urban administration incorporated various types of public services that had previously been organized by the private sector. Research has emphasised the municipalities’ crucial role in creating a stronger public sector. Modernization promoted public responsibility for the wellbeing of the individual. In the late 20th century, this trajectory was redirected in favour of deregulation and privatization of welfare services.The development differed between cities. Urban communities first faced the demand for expanded public services, which make the decision-making of the city boards vital for understanding the development. Politics matter and political practices should be analysed as transnational phenomena. We therefore welcome a comparative approach, e.g. how local politicians followed or rejected the example of other cities or urban centres.The workshop consists of four sessions and a total of eleven papers. It will launch a discussion on the urban expansion of public services, influenced by ideologies and conceptions of the common good. 

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Gender, Space and Everyday Mobility in Modernizing Global Cities

Date: 02/09/2021 

Time: 15:00-18:30 CEST

Organizer: Danielle van den Heuvel, University of Amsterdam

Description: The Freedom of the Streets project and the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History organize an online panel in lieu of the postponed 2021 EAUH Conference. The panel is titled Gender, Space and Everyday Mobility in Modernizing Global Cities and includes papers on cities such as Paramaribo, Venice, Edo, Rome, Exeter, Amsterdam and Berlin from the 16th to the 19th century.

Open for: Anyone, registration via link below



Assessing Social Mobility in Western European towns (13-18th Centuries)

Date: 06/09/2021

Time: 10:00-13:00 CEST

Organizers: Pere Verdés Pijuan Consejo, Institució Milà i Fontanals de Recerca en Humanitats (Barcelona), Denis Menjot, Université Lyon 2 & Albert Reixach, Sala Universitat de Lleida

Description: This spin-off meeting aims to serve as a workshop to share experiences between organisers and panellists to finally define the details of a main session of the final conference in 2022 focused on social mobility in Medieval and Early Modern urban centres. This subject is implicit in scholarly literature devoted to urban societies of Premodern Europe for many decades, but it still presents several methodological challenges, for example with respect to statistical evidence or inquiries into large groups of people. Therefore, we would like to bring together approaches dealing with three main aspects about the study of social mobility in towns: the definition of indicators allowing to investigate this phenomenon, the identification of the most frequent routes to purposive social advancement and the detection of several factors and patterns, integrating both upward and downward mobility.The debate we would like to promote, through case studies covering the whole Western Europe between the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 18th century, is expected to include several issues. First of all, attention will be paid to the use of some specific sources such as tax registers or notarial records, as well as methodologies related to prosopography or social network analysis, among others. Parallelly, we will address phenomena such as successful entrepreneurship, opposite stories of social decline, political careers or the service to public institutions and the role played by education and cultural training in social promotion.In short, paper proposals will be briefly presented by panellists and discussed in order to update their contents with respect to their early versions or to identify possible common aspects both in the analyses or methodologies that could be emphasized to facilitate debates.

Open for: anyone, registration via email below