The already approved sessions for the conference scheduled in 2021 will be given the opportunity to re-apply, and can and will be put on the programme of the 2022 Conference. ​To avoid mixing up sessions, the session organizers need to (re-)introduce their sessions with all papers that remain in the new system of the 2022 conference, indicating also which changes have been made to the original proposal, and whether a preliminary meeting has been held before the 2022 conference. There will be also some additional restrictions for extra large sessions of three time slots. These will be reduced to two time slots, in order to facilitate the integration of new proposals in the conference programme.

New sessions on any topic of urban history are also welcome. For these sessions all papers have to be filled in immediately as well.

We ask session organisers to send in their new proposals as Main Sessions (two time slots for min. 6 papers- max. 8 papers) or as Specialist Sessions (one time slot for min. 3 papers, max. 4 papers) on any topic of urban history. The sessions need to contain already all papers. Because of time constraints, we cannot organise a two-stage selection procedure with a separate call for papers. It is therefore the responsibility of session organisers to invite or contact scholars to present a paper in their session. Sessions without papers in them will not be accepted. 

The Call will open on 1 May 2021 and run its course until 14 November 2021 (last deadline extension).

The selection of the sessions will, as usual, be the responsibility of the International Committee. 


  • Session organizers can only organize one session as a spokesperson
  • Two options:
    • Main Sessions  (two time-slots for 6 papers, max. 8 papers)
    • Specialist Sessions (one time-slot for 3 papers, max. 4 papers)​​
  • Already accepted three-time-slot sessions need to be reduced to two-time-slot sessions, max. 8 papers
  • Already accepted sessions with more then 4 papers per timeslot also need to be reduced to the maximum number of papers per slot as stated above
  • Two steps
    • The session spokesperson fills in all session details
    • The session spokesperson fills in all session papers (a link to this form is found in the session confirmation email, repeat untill all papers are filled in)
  • Use the "remarks" field to indicate changes for a continued sessions and if a preliminary meeting will be held.
  • Paper presenters may only present one paper as first author
  • A session will be attributed to one spokesperson (and all communication will be done exclusively with this spokesperson), and there are max. two co-organizers. A spokesperson can only be spokesperson for one session at the conference; co-organizers can act as spokespersons/co-organizers in other sessions. But co-organizers do not take priority in the programme, spokespersons and paper presenters do (so co-organisers can possible be scheduled at inconvenient times).


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