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Centre for the History of the City – Launch Event

May 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The Centre for the History of the City seeks to to bring together staff and students from across our University and beyond, explore cities across chronological and geographic ranges, and involve scholars with an interest in the urban.

Join the History department for the centre’s launch event on May 8 at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI).

We’re keen to use the centre to promote interdisciplinary work that cuts across chronological and geographic boundaries, and we’d be delighted if staff and students from across the university are able to join us at the HRI.

If you’d like to come along – even if it’s just for a single session – or if you’re interested in becoming involved with the centre, please get in touch with Andrew Heath (a.d.heath@sheffield.ac.uk).

9-9.30 Coffee

9.30-10 Welcome and Introductions

10-11.20 Approaching the Urban Past: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (chair: Simon Loseby)

Hannah Probert (Dept. of History), GIS and Historical Research
Phil Withington (Dept. of History), ‘Urbanization and Early Modern English Society’
Tom Goodfellow (Dept. of Town and Regional Planning), ‘Historicizing the Urban Informal Economy in East Africa’

11.20 to 11.40 Coffee

11.40 to 13.00 Cities, Community, and Civil Engagement (chair: Catherine Fletcher)

Adrian Bingham (Dept of History) and Gary Rivett (York St. John), Stories of Activism in Sheffield
Vanessa Tomlin (Head of Engagement, University of Sheffield), Blackpool and Castlegate
Simon Ogden, Head of City Regeneration at Sheffield City Council, The Castlegate Project

13.00 to 13.45 Lunch

13.45 to 14.30 Plans for the Centre (led by Andrew Heath and James Shaw)

14.30-16.00 The City in the Early Modern Atlantic World (chair: Tom Leng)

Mark Peterson (Berkeley), ‘Boston in the Mind’s Eye: City Thinking in the Early Modern Atlantic World’ (chapter available for pre-circulation from Andrew Heath)

Comment: Simon Middleton (Dept. of History)


May 8, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Andrew Heath
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