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Appel à contribution : The Living and Liveable City: Health, Lifestyle and Sustainability (Mars 2012)

Appel à proposition pour la conférence annuelle de l’Urban History Group

29-30 March 2012

St Catherine’s College Oxford

The Living and Liveable City: Health, Lifestyle and Sustainability

The city has long stood as a model for the organisation and reform of human life. People have historically been attracted (and, for large periods, repulsed) by the opportunities offered by urban living because cities act as the conduits through which money, ideas, goods and technologies are created, circulated and incorporated into everyday life. In order to be an attractive and liveable place, the city requires a healthy metabolism through which society can be organised and regulated effectively. As cities develop they require improvements to public health, environmental justice and access to housing, recreation, culture and employment. These opportunities need to be freely circulated in order to satisfy the insatiable appetite of both the living city and its citizens. However, it is important to keep in mind that such circulation has often not been the case in the past, and even the most well-intended planning reforms sometimes favoured the privileged districts and layers of urban society.

This conference thus focuses on the notion of the living and liveable city in a historical perspective. There are no chronological or geographical limits to this theme. The city has been long depicted as a living organism created from the interaction of natural resources with technologies, ideas and entrepreneurial flair. The idea of the living city is both an imagined and a real response to the threats posed to urban life from disease, squalor and other forms of social and racial injustice. Meanwhile, historians are beginning to view towns and cities as the products of flows of ‘socio-natural’ inputs and outputs. The infrastructural, technical and technological development of the living city thus impacts on the ways that citizens live in the city. To turn a living city into a liveable city has always required more than sewers, clean water and drains. It has also necessitated the provision of, and access to, housing, culture, recreation, open spaces and employment opportunities. Notions of environmental improvement, sustainability and the « urban renaissance » increasingly concern urban historians, and, whilst they have nuanced meanings to contemporary policy-makers and planners, they are rooted in the long history of cities and the ways in which they were made liveable. This conference seeks to explore the extent to which various social groups and agencies have created living and liveable cities throughout history.

Some issues that the conference seeks to consider include:

* The changing notion of the living and liveable city and its multi-faceted evolution over time
* The concepts of ‘improvement’, ‘renaissance’, ‘environment’, ‘health’ and ‘sustainability’ and how our understanding of them has changed over time
* The sectorial construct of the environmental city: as the whole or as separate areas of contamination, escape or distinction
* The circulation and flow of « natural » resources within cities and between cities and their natural hinterlands
* The changing perception of cities as healthy, liveable and attractive places as well as the realities of social and environmental injustice during different historical periods
* How and why urban elites and residents have made certain parts of cities healthier and more liveable places, whilst neglecting other parts inhabited by marginal social and ethnic groups
* The historical relationship between urbanisation, public health and social policy either in improving urban life or furthering social or racial segregation
* The role of institutions, including the market, in creating the liveable city
* The construction and diffusion of socio-technological innovations, ideologies and other practices designed to make towns and cities attractive places to live.

The conference committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as for individual sessions of up to three papers. Sessions that seek to draw comparisons across one or more countries, or open up new vistas for original research, are particularly encouraged. Abstracts of up to 500 words, including a title, name, affiliation and contact details should be submitted to the conference organisers and should indicate clearly how the content of the paper addresses the conference theme outlined above. Those wishing to propose sessions should provide a brief statement that identifies the ways in which the session will address the conference theme, a list of speakers and paper abstracts. The final deadline for proposals for sessions and papers is 30 September 2011.

In addition, the conference will again host its new researchers’ forum. This is aimed primarily at those who are at an early stage in a research project and who wish primarily to discuss ideas rather than present findings. New and current postgraduates working on topics unrelated to the main theme, as well as those just embarking on new research, are particularly encouraged to submit short papers for this forum.

Pour plus de détails vous pouvez contacter les organisateurs :

Dr Shane Ewen
School of Cultural Studies
Leeds Metropolitan University
Broadcasting Place
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS2 9EN
e: s.ewen@leedsmet.ac.uk
t:+44 (0)113 812 3340

Dr Rebecca Madgin
Centre for Urban History
University of Leicester
Marc Fitch House
3-5 Salisbury Road
Leicester, LE1 7QR
e: rmm13@le.ac.uk
t: +44 (0)116 252 5068

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Appel à contributions /URGENT/ Disaster in French history

 Call for Papers

Disaster in French History

The editors of French Historical Studies seek articles for a special issue on the theme of disaster in French history. As an interdisciplinary field, disaster studies has sought to understand the political, economic, cultural, and environmental consequences of disasters, both natural and human?made, on societies. The experience of disasters in France has had a profound impact on the history of its people in both the metropole and colonies.

We invite articles on the theme of disaster broadly understood including, but not limited to, the following themes:

• environmental degradation
• urban decay or destruction
• natural catastrophe (e.g., flood, heat wave, famine)
• infrastructure failure (e.g. building or mine collapse)
• events interpreted or experienced as disasters (e.g., acts of war, police actions, economic or financial crisis)

Queries regarding submission and all other matters regarding this special issue should be addressed to the guest editors Elinor Accampo (accampo@college.usc.edu) and Jeffrey H. Jackson (jacksonj@rhodes.edu). Articles may be either in English or in French but must conform to French Historical Studies style (see Style Guide for details) and must be accompanied by 150 word abstracts in both languages. Papers should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (up to but not longer than 14,000 words including notes). For the inclusion of illustrations written permission must be obtained from the relevant persons or institutions for print and on?line publication.

Manuscripts can be sent by post or electronically to the editorial manager of the journal, Richard Hopkins, French Historical Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, 975 S. Myrtle Avenue; Box 874302, Tempe, AZ 85287-4302. E-mail: fhs@asu.edu.  We encourage, but do not require, electronic submission of manuscripts. Manuscripts submitted electronically should be sent in MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF).
The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2011.

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Appel à communication. « Aux sources de la politique publique de l’environnement (1950-1960). Date butoir: 15 septembre 2011.

A l’occasion des quarante ans du ministère de l’Environnement, l’Association pour l’Histoire de la Protection de la Nature et de l’Environnement (AHPNE) et le Comité d’Histoire du Conseil général de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable organisent une journée d’étude le 16 novembre 2011 à Paris (La Défense). Intitulée « Aux sources de la politique publique de l’environnement (1950-1960), elle doit s’interroger sur la genèse de la politique de l’environnement comme label administratif, domaine public et catégorie de pensée en France dans les années 50 et 60.

Les propositions de communication doivent être envoyées avant le 15 septembre à Florian Charvolin (florian.charvolin@gmail.com).

Le texte complet de l’appel à communication est disponible ici:  AAC 40e anniversaire

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Journée d’étude. La Rochelle. 8 septembre 2011. « L’environnement en mémoire »

Anne Bardot-Cambot et Laurence Tranoy organisent une journée d’étude sur le thème « L’environnement en mémoire: marqueurs, outils et perspectives » qui se tiendra à l’université de La Rochelle le 8 septembre 2011 (laboratoires CRHIA et LIENSs). Il s’agit de s’interroger sur la manière dont des sources a priori biologiques ou environnementales, au sens large, peuvent participer à une restitution historique d’un littoral ou plus globalement d’un paysage et comment, réciproquement, les mobiliers archéologiques peuvent aider à définir des évolutions environnementales ou à soulever des questions de cet ordre.

Le programme complet est disponible ici:  Journée d’étude Marqueurs Environnementaux

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Parution : Environmental Histories of Montreal

Nos collègues québécois Michèle Dagenais et Stéphane Castonguay viennent de diriger l’ouvrage Metropolitan Natures Environmental Histories of Montreal, publié par University of Pittsburgh press, dans la collection « History of the urban environment ».

La table des matières et le texte de l’introduction peuvent être téléchargés sur le site de l’éditeur :

http://www.upress.pitt.edu/BookDetails.aspx?bookId=36205

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