Centre for Urban history

50 years of the Urban History Journal Conference

The State of Urban History: Past, Present, Future - University of Leicester, 11-13 July 2023

Call for papers

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Urban History Journal invites participants to a conference assessing the State of Urban History: Past, Present, Future.

The conference will take place 11-13 July 2023 at the University of Leicester’s conference site, College Court

From its origins, the Urban History Journal has been at the forefront of historical scholarship on the urban experience. It began with the work of H.J. Dyos and the founding of the British Urban History Group with its own Newsletter (1963) and Yearbook (1974). Now approaching its fiftieth anniversary, the Urban History Journal publishes cutting-edge historical research on towns and cities across time periods and across the globe.

The goal of this anniversary conference is to take stock of urban history as a discipline, its current theoretical underpinnings, methodologies and practices, and to consider its future goals and impact on the production of historical knowledge. Our hope is to spark a spirited debate on the concepts and approaches that inform urban histories and to reflect on new horizons for historical research on the urban condition.

The organisers welcome a variety of sessions from traditional panels to roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions, film and digital presentations. We invite innovative thinking on how urban history is produced and shared as a scholarly endeavour.

Keynote speakers

  • Lynn Hollen Lees (University of Pennyslvania)
  • Martha Howell (Columbia University)
  • Kennetta Hammond Perry (De Montfort University)
  • Brenda Yeoh (National University of Singapore)

Preference will be given to panels that engage innovative approaches and critical reflections on the field of urban history, including:

  • Conceptual groundwork of urban history, big questions old and new
  • Methodologies and sources in urban history
  • The writing of urban history and for whom
  • Urban history’s relationships with other disciplines
  • New formats of urban historical scholarship (beyond books and articles)
  • The role of academic journals
  • Transnational and global urban history
  • Heritage, emotions, memory and urban history
  • Race and gender in urban history
  • Historians’ contributions to 21st century urban challenges

We seek submissions in a variety of formats, from traditional panels to roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions, film and digital presentations. Submissions may address innovative approaches to urban history across geography and time periods.

The conference committee welcomes submissions that include scholars at all career levels, including graduate students, and that address diversity.

We encourage submissions for complete sessions. Traditional-style panels normally comprise three speakers plus a chair. The composition of other session formats may vary.

Deadline for submission

  • June 30, 2022

Notification of acceptance

  • August 31, 2022

Submit proposals and inquiries to urbanhistory2023@gmail.com.

Conference organising committee

  • Shane Ewen (Leeds Beckett University)
  • Simon Gunn (University of Leicester)
  • Erika Hanna (University of Bristol)
  • Jelle Haemers (University of Leuven)
  • Tom Hulme (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Nora Lafi (Humboldt University, Berlin)
  • Rebecca Madgin (University of Glasgow)
  • Louise Miskell (University of Swansea)
  • Janiki Nair (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Tracey Neumann (Wayne State University)
  • Sergio Miranda Pacheco (National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Markian Prokopovych (Durham University)
  • Roey Sweet (University of Leicester)
  • Domenic Vitiello (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Rosemary Wakeman (Fordham University)

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