From:    Heidi Hein-Kircher <>
Date:    18.02.2015
Subject: CFP: Urban Networks / Städtische Netzwerke - The Second
        Conference on Baltic Urban History - Tallinn 10/15

Tallinn City Archives, Institute of History of Tallinn University,
Faculty of History of the University of Latvia, Institute of Baltic
Region History and Archaeology of Klaipeda University and Herder
Institute in Marburg
09.10.2015-10.10.2015, Tallinn
Deadline: 01.03.2015

Intensity and interaction of various networks seem to be one of the
essential characteristics of urbanity. In regard to the analysis of
urban history, the references to networks could offer a new perspective,
as the term "network" characterises a structure with nodes and
connections between them. With regard to the Actor-Network-Theory, the
nodes are not treated as static elements but as agents, which establish
and transform networks through their actions. Thus, processes and
interactions can be described quite efficiently.

For research in urban history, this approach promises to be fruitful in
many respects. On a smaller scale, one is faced with various and dynamic
physical and mental networks in cities, e.g. streets, public
transportation and sewage, personal and family ties, professional and
associational connections, political establishment and underground
scene. Exchange provided by these networks is necessary for incentive to
architectural, social, cultural, religious, and of course political
developments in the Middle Ages as well as in the present time. It can
be observed that these interchanges could be provoked from global,
regional, or local processes and structures.

The conference aims to discuss the role of networks in the urban history
of the Baltic countries in different historical periods. Our special
interest is the view from below, i.e.the influence of grass root
networks on the general picture. We are interested both in successful
urban developments as well as in failures or de-urbanisation. It will be
important to ascertain what kind of general trends in European urban
history are relevant for the Baltic cities and where one can speak of
distinctive local developments. Thus, our conference aims to focus on
Baltic history, but conscious of the depending processes, we also invite
papers dealing with topics located outside of the Baltic States, which
show the regional connections or are important in regard to
methodological approaches. Although the primary focus lies on history,
the conference is open for specialists of various disciplines dealing
with urban development in the past and present (historians of art and
architecture, archaeologists, demographers, sociologists, etc.).

Regular meetings of specialists in Baltic urban history aim to enhance
the cooperation of scholars active in the related fields of research.
The conference in Tallinn is the second one in the series established in
Riga on 11-12 October 2012.

The working languages of the conference are English and German.
The conference is organized jointly by the Tallinn City Archives, the
Institute of History of Tallinn University, the Faculty of History of
the University of Latvia, the Institute of Baltic Region History and
Archaeology of Klaipeda University and the Herder Institute in Marburg.
The organizers will cover the costs of accommodation for the
participants (from 8 to 11 Oct), a small number of travel grants will
also be available.

Please send your paper proposals with a short abstract (approx. 300
words) to Juhan Kreem ( and/or Anu Mänd
( by 1 March 2015.

Dr. Hein-Kircher

Herder-Instituts für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung
Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg

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