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War and the Urban Context Conference

CFP: War and the Urban Context
Scenes of Aleppo’s war-torn streets may be shocking to the world’s majority urban population, but such destruction would be familiar to urban dwellers as early as the third millennium BCE.  While war is often narrated as a clash of empires, nation-states, and ‘civilizations,’ cities have been the strategic targets of military campaigns, to be conquered, destroyed, or occupied.  Cities have likewise been shaped by war, through the transformation of urban space for the purposes of military production, the post-conflict reconstruction of streets, buildings, and public space, as well as sites for remembering the costs of war.  This conference seeks to understand this critical intersection between war and urban society, culture, and the built environment, and welcomes interdisciplinary scholarship on the subject.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Cities as warzones
  • Military occupation of cities
  • Cities as sites of military production
  • Cities and memorialization of war
  • Postwar urban reconstruction
  • War refugees and cities

The conference will be held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, at 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City on May 19, 2017. The intent is to assemble a program without chronological, methodological, or regional limits. Proposals (around 300 words) and a short CV should be sent to Tim Keogh (tkeogh@qcc.cuny.edu) and Sarah Danielsson (sdanielsson@gc.cuny.edu) no later than December 15, 2016. A selection of submissions will also be assembled into an edited volume to be published in 2018.

Contact Info:

Tim Keogh, PhD

Assistant Professor of History

Queensborough Community College, City University of New York

222-05 56th Avenue

Bayside, NY 11364

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