Since 2003 the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has invited up to twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate students) annually to take part in studies programmes in various locations. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography, architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is ‘read’ as a historical source – ‘History Takes Place’.
From 6 to 18 September 2010 the summer school ‘History Takes Place – Urban Change in Europe’ will be held in Paris. Taking the French capital as an example, the aim of this year’s meeting is to create an international network of the historical, cultural and social sciences as well as architecture and city planning, in order to examine current developments in urban environments in Europe. Professor Dr. Thomas Kirchner (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) will serve as the academic director.