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CfP: Public Culture of the Balkan Urban Classes, Panel, Lyon, 27-30.8.2008

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  • Dr. Wladimir Fischer
    Dear colleagues, I would be grateful if you would forward this call for papers or even submit a paper proposal: Self-Representation and Public Culture of the
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      Dear colleagues,

      I would be grateful if you would forward this call for papers or even
      submit a paper proposal:


      Self-Representation and Public Culture of the Balkan Urban Classes

      a session at the

      IXth International Conference on Urban History
      Comparative History of European Cities
      European Association for Urban History
      Lyon, 27th – 30th August 2008


      CALL FOR PAPERS

      Deadline November 1st 2007

      Session abstract:
      Self-Representation and Public Culture of the Balkan Urban Classes

      The 19th century is known as the period when modern discourse was
      established in European societies, promoted initially by urban
      ‘middle classes’. A similar process can be observed in Balkan cities,
      even though it is also well known that it happened in a different
      context and from different starting conditions.

      The Balkan urban classes had to negotiate more and/or other
      differences than was the case in western cities – what was specific
      in the Balkans, was the urge to negotiate a stigmatized past and
      perceived yet experienced peripherality. These issues of difference
      were attributed to the Ottoman legacy, and came in addition to class,
      gender and race.

      This session is open to contributions that discuss the ways in which
      Balkan elites established a new social hegemony under the pretext of
      Ottoman legacies in the urban environment, putting an emphasis on
      lived ways of self-representation: rituals, consumption, networks,
      societies, communication, media, cultural life, and the built
      environment.

      Topics may include but do not have to be limited to: literary
      communication, audiences, societies and leisure clubs, processions,
      festivities and monuments, theatre life, sports and negotiations of
      the Ottoman heritage, such as the re-design of the cityscape. The
      time period is the ‘long’ 19th century.

      Contributions addressing the differences between cities within a
      country or of different countries are especially welcome.

      ***

      For full informations, including session titles and session abstracts,
      visit the conference web site: http://eauh.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr

      Dr. Wladimir Fischer

      Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban History
      Gasometer D
      Guglg. 14
      1110 Wien
      Austria

      wladimir.fischer@...

      +43-1-4000-84875 (office/Tuesdays)
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