CONF, CfP “The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945”. University of Leicester, UK. 9./10.7.2013. Deadline: 1.2.2013

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Call for Papers
The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945

A conference organised by the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, 9-10 July 2013

Plenary Speakers: John Gold (Oxford Brookes); Frank Mort (Manchester); Guy Ortolano (New York University); Selina Todd (St Hildas, Oxford)

During the second half of the twentieth century the towns and cities of Britain were transformed more extensively than at any period since the industrial revolution. Millions of people were moved from the centre of cities to new urban settlements in what Alison Ravetz called ‘the greatest internal migration in British history’; whole manufacturing industries and their associated communities and cultures, which had dominated much of urban Britain north of the Trent for two centuries, were swept away in a matter of decades; and the steady influx of peoples from the old empire and Europe created new community formations and ultimately a multicultural Britain which was also overwhelmingly urban. Britain’s towns and cities today are barely recognisable from the drab and damaged places that emerged from the Second World War.
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FUNDING PhD-scholarship “GIStorical Antwerp”

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The University of Antwerp Centre for Urban History (Belgium), is looking for a historian, geographer or GIS-expert for a four-year PHD-scholarship (2012-2016) in the context of a new research project:

GIStorical Antwerp: a micro-level data tool for the study of past urban societies, test-case: Antwerp

GIStorical Antwerp is a challenging research project funded by the Flemish Hercules Foundation (Medium-size research infrastructure) and the University of Antwerp. It aims to design a GIS (Geographical Information Systems)-environment and micro-level data tool for the historical analysis of urban societies and environments, taking the city of Antwerp as an example, and using space to integrate a wide variety of historical geo-data (ranging from census and cadastral data, to building permits, archeological excavation reports, crime statistics, building permits, urban iconography etc.) at the level of the individual house
and household. For the inner city of Antwerp — one of the major commercial centers of the Low Countries since the later Middle Ages – a GIS-framework will be created that allows to integrate and analyse these data, and map their spatial and chronological development. In a first phase, the project will be emphasizing on 18th and 19th century Antwerp, but follow-up projects will be developed that aim to expand its chronological range from the medieval period until the 20th century, as well to transfer the system to test-cases outside Antwerp as well. Together with the team of the UA-Centre for Urban History and the City of Antwerp, and the supervisors of the project Bruno Blondé, Tim Soens and Tim Bisschops, the PhD-student will not only be developing the GIS-environment and data-sets, but also test its functionality through a PhD-project on the environmental and/or spatial history of Antwerp in the ‘long’ 19th century.

Profile
You are:
– EITHER a Master, Licentiate (or equivalent) in History with a profound research interest in large-scale datasets, and willing to become an expert in historical GIS.
– OR a Master, Licentiate (or equivalent) in Geography, Archeology, Urban Planning or other relevant disciplines in Humanities, Social or Natural Sciences, with a profound research interest in (urban) history.
– Passionate about old maps and the history of cartography.
– Both an independent worker and a teamplayer
– Qualified to obtain a Belgian PhD doctoral grant (not having received a Belgian doctoral grant before and not having worked as a scientific collaborator or assistant at the University of Antwerp longer than 1 year).

Candidates who will obtain a Master’s degree at the end of the present academic year may apply.

Tasks:
– designing, developing and expanding the GIStorical Antwerp infrastructure (in close collaboration with the other members of the project team)
– input and analysis of large datasets on 18th and 19th century Antwerp (e.g. maps, census data, tax lists, iconographic data etc.)
– preparing a PhD on the environmental and/or spatial history of Antwerp in the ‘long’ 19th century

We offer:
– A Four-year PhD-doctoral Grant (2012-2016)
– an attractive and highly stimulating research environment.
– A highly competitive financial remuneration scheme (doctoral grant about 1800-1900 € per month net (tax-exempt).
– The opportunity to develop highly divergent and multifunctional research skills, including GIS, data analysis, iconographic analysis.
– The opportunity to embark on a longer-term research project, as the explicit aim of the research team is to continue the development and extension of the infrastructure by applying for additional research funding beyond 2016.

How to apply?
Send a cover letter, your CV, and a copy of your undergraduate and Master’s degrees before August 20, 2012 to tim.soens@ua.ac.be (e-mail).
Interviews will be organised in the second half of August. The PhD fellowship will normally start on October 1, 2012.
http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CSG&n=104663&ct=104663&e=301678

Tim Soens
Departement Geschiedenis — Department of History
Universiteit Antwerpen — University of Antwerp
www.ua.ac.be/tim.soens

CONFERENCE, CfP: “Political Communication on the Spot” Democratic Cultures and the Local in Europe 1870-1990. 04.-06.04.13. Deadline: 31.03.12.

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Politische Kommunikation vor Ort. Demokratische Kulturen und lokaler Raum in Europa 1870-1990 / Political Communication on the Spot. Democratic Cultures and the Local in Europe 1870-1990

Berlin, April 4 – April 6, 2013.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mergel / Claudia Christiane Gatzka M.A. / Benjamin Schröder M.A., Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Deadline: March 31, 2012

The fundamental politicization that many European societies experienced during the last third of the 19th century appeared to contemporaries and historians alike as a process that might be described as a virtualization of political communication. Successive enlargements of the franchise integrated ever more people into the political process, forcing them to communicate within the framework of parties and other imagined communities. The expansion of a commercialized press, later the emergence of new media, such as the cinema, radio, and television, created a market of opinions; political communication took on the form of mass communication. According to new concepts of the masses and propaganda citizens and electors appeared as a passive ‘target group’ that could easily be manipulated.
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