Prater, ViennaThe Research Group in European Urban Culture is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The aims of the group are to promote the study of European cities as key sites in the emergence of distinctive forms of experience in the modern period, and to contribute to the development of the field of cultural history as an interdisciplinary area of research. We have established links with many colleagues in Europe and the USA and are always interested in extending our network of contacts and collaborators.

The research group was founded in 1991 by Alex Cowan, Malcolm Gee, Tim Kirk and Jill Steward, of the Department of Historical and Critical Studies at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (subsequently Northumbria University).

The group organised three seminar series bringing together contributors from the Department of Historical and Critical Studies and outside. Taking the city as a suitable framework, the aim of these was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary borders. The group has organised to date three international conferences in Newcastle, two joint colloquia with colleagues at the University of Nice and one with colleagues in Prague. The group also organised a major strand at the conference of the European Association of Urban Historians, held in Venice in 1998. All of these events have led to publications.

Forthcoming events

Nice - April 2012

The Group is collaborating with the Research Centre CIRCPLES, University of Nice, on the interdisciplinary conference Les horreurs du Sud : Autres regards sur le monde méditerranéen en
Europe du Nord et en Amérique (1453-1939).

Full details can be found here.

Deadline for submissions November 20th 2011

Prague - August 2012

The Group is organising a strand at the EAUH Conference, main session 38: 'Cultural workers in the urban economy 1850-1939'.

Full details can be found here.

Deadline for submissions October 1st 2011.

Latest publication

The City & the Senses

The City and the SensesHow do we experience a city in terms of the senses? What are the inter-relations between human experience and behaviour in urban space?

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