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CFP: "Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered"

Throughout history, the city has functioned as a dynamic nexus of cultural, political, and economic identities, a complex forum for the construction of social categories like ethnicity, class, and gender. Seeking to expand the discourse on this dynamic urbanism to a global platform and beyond the confines of periodization, the Fordham University History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) invites proposals for papers on urban history for a one-day conference to be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City. We are especially interested in papers that introduce innovative methods or approaches to the study of urban identities, as well as those that address problems of periodization, but proposals may cover any aspect of urban history from any period or region of the world. Reflecting this conference’s goal of breaching temporal and spatial boundaries, sessions will be organized around common themes and topics rather than specific geographies or historical periods. Potential topics may include:

• Urban planning, environment, and architecture
• The arts and civic patronage
• Centers and peripheries
• Civic administration, management, institutions, and politics
• Poverty, charity and the social margins
• Law, crime, and policing
• Demographic change
• Immigration and emigration
• Civic religion, ritual, and interfaith conflicts
• Women, families, and domesticity
• Youth culture and education
• Protest, resistance, and unrest
• Entertainments, performance, and habits of consumption
• Utopias and dystopias
• Economies, wealth, and class conflict

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Guy Ortolano (NYU)

This conference is open to all. Please send abstracts of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes in length, along with a C.V., to fordhamhgsa@gmail.com by April 15, 2011. Accepted papers will be pre-circulated to panel commentators and panel participants. For additional information, contact Esther Cuenca at fordhamhgsa@gmail.com or visit www.fordhamhgsa.org

Sponsored by the Fordham University HGSA and the Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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