The course will look at how urban history is carried out. It consists of two intensive courses, one in the first and one in the second semester, each consisting of four days of discussion.
The first intensive course tackles a contemporary urban issue and investigates its historical dimensions. The focus of the first week is global, but also the link with the city of Antwerp will be put centre stage whenever possible. Each time the course will explore how the issue under investigation is articulated in urban space.
The second intensive course will deal with aspects of the historical development of one city. Different types of cities can provide the laboratory for the discussions and readings. This may be a capital city like Brussels, Paris, Berlin, London or Amsterdam, an industrial city like Liège, Charleroi, Ghent, Sheffield, Manchester, a small regional town like Norwich, Canterbury, Dijon, Amiens, Trier, or any other type of city. The choice will be communicated before the beginning of the academic year*.
Students and lecturers will discuss in this city in morning sessions and look for spatial patterns in afternoon explorations of the urban fabric. Each intensive course will consist of readings, allowing student to prepare the discussions, of lectures where particular issues will be presented by teachers from the University of Antwerp or guest lecturers and of active explorations of urban space and urban practices. It will involve both historical research and urban theory, but the focus will always be on the practical research problems of historians in an urban environment dealing with developments from antiquity to present-day society.
Course subjects 2019-20
First Semester: First Intensive Course (University of Antwerp) on the theme of “social segregation”. Classes consists of discussions about literature and sources in the morning at the University and excursion or similar in the afternoon.
Second Semester: the Second Intensive Course will be organized in Krakau (Poland) classes and discussions in the morning / excursions in the afternoon ). Thanks to a subsidy of the Polish Academy most, if not all costs will be taken up by the organisers (History Department). Each day a particular topic of Polish Urban History (and the history of Krakau in particular) will be discusses in class and excursions will be organized in the afternoon. Polish students and lecturers will participate in the discussions and the excursions.
Colloquium: students will present the results of their research paper in a colloquium, to be organized in the last week before the exams (depending on the number of participants one or two sessions in the week 20-24 May 2019). Students read and comment upon each other’s papers.