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Urban Identities Past and Present

Registration has now closed.

Thank you to all those who have registered for the conference.

A provisional programme for the day is available here:

Provisional Programme

A one-day interdisciplinary conference

Humanities Building, University of Warwick

Thursday 27 June 2019

Funded by the Humanities Research Centre, the Connecting Cultures GRP, and the History Department of the University of Warwick.

Keynote Addresses

Prof Matthew Carmona (University College London)

Prof Simon Marvin (University of Sheffield)

London Panoramic

From their first emergence, urban settlements have conveyed a strong sense of identity. For equally long there has been conscious reflection on this sense of identity, from Aristotle's Politics to the 2021 City of Culture awarded to the city of the university hosting this conference. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together historians of all eras with researchers of other disciplines studying contemporary cities and towns. It will explore society, culture, and landscape from pre-modern times, when the majority of the population lived in rural environments, to the predominance of urban living in the present.

The speakers at this conference cover topics from the medieval era through to the twenty-first century and come from a wide range of disciplines ranging from politics to dance. The conference will include an opening keynote speech by Prof Matthew Carmona (UCL) and a closing address by Prof Simon Marvin (Sheffield). Carmona will explore the idea of change across time in terms of his idea of the ‘place-shaping continuum’. Marvin will bring together themes from across the day in terms of his own work on the adaptation of cities to modern technology. A provisional programme of papers is available here.

The conference is free to attend for speaking delegates. For non-speaking delegates there is an early-bird fee of £10 for those registering before 30 April and a fee of £12.50 thereafter. Lunch, coffee breaks, and a wine reception are provided for all delegates.

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A provisional programme of papers is available here.

Directions to the University of Warwick are available here. You can also find information on accomodation here.

Delegates are welcome to contact the conference organiser Joe Chick with any questions.