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Call for Papers Deadline: Self-Representation and Public Culture of the Balkan Urban Classes


IXth International Conference on Urban History
Comparative History of European Cities
European Association for Urban History
Lyon, 27th – 30th August 2008


Deadline November 1st 2007

Session abstract: Self-Representation and Public Culture of the Balkan Urban Classes

The 19th century is known as the period when modern discourse was established in European societies, promoted initially by urban ‘middle classes’. A similar process can be observed in Balkan cities, even though it is also well known that it happened in a different context and from different starting conditions.

The Balkan urban classes had to negotiate more and/or other differences than was the case in western cities – what was specific in the Balkans, was the urge to negotiate a stigmatized past and perceived yet experienced peripherality. These issues of difference were attributed to the Ottoman legacy, and came in addition to class, gender and race.

This session is open to contributions that discuss the ways in which Balkan elites established a new social hegemony under the pretext of Ottoman legacies in the urban environment, putting an emphasis on lived ways of self-representation: rituals, consumption, networks, societies, communication, media, cultural life, and the built environment. Topics may include but do not have to be limited to: literary communication, audiences, societies and leisure clubs, processions, festivities and monuments, theatre life, sports and negotiations of the Ottoman heritage, such as the re-design of the cityscape. The time period is the ‘long’ 19th century.

Contributions addressing the differences between cities within a country or of different countries are especially welcome.

For full informations, including session titles and session abstracts, visit the conference web site: http://eauh.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr

Dr. Wladimir Fischer
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban History
Gasometer D
Guglg. 14 1110
Wien, Austria

+43-1-4000-84875 (office/Tuesdays)

Към новина: 11/10/2007 Call for Papers: Self-Representation and Public Culture of the Balkan Urban Classes

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