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Third International Round-Table on Urban Environmental History of the 19th and 20th Century "The Making of European Contemporary Cities: an Environmental History"

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Publié le mercredi 26 mars 2003 par Natalie Petiteau


CALL FOR PAPERS Third International Round-Table on Urban Environmental History of the 19th and 20th Century "The Making of European Contemporary Cities: an Environmental History" Siena, June 24-27, 2004 The conferences on urb



Third International Round-Table on Urban Environmental History
of the 19th and 20th Century
"The Making of European Contemporary Cities: an Environmental History"
Siena, June 24-27, 2004

The conferences on urban environmental history hosted by the University of Clermont-Ferrand in May 2000, and by the University of Leicester in June 2002, were valuable opportunities to set out the 'state of art' in this field, to exchange information and to share and establish common research
We would now like to continue our experience of workshops leaving much space
for discussion where established scholars and younger researchers
predominantly from across Europe present and debate the more advanced
results of investigation in the field. Therefore, we warmly invite you to
participate in the "Third International Round-Table on Urban Environmental
History of the 19th and 20th Centuries", dedicated to The Making of European
Contemporary Cities: an Environmental History.

The conference will be held from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th June 2004 and
will be hosted and promoted by the "Centro per la storia del cambiamento
sociale" (Ciscam) of the University of Siena (Italy), in collaboration with
the "Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo" (Naples) of the
Italian National Council of Research.

The general theme
The conference's overarching theme will be to develop an environmental
perspective on the making of the European city over the last two centuries.
The aim is to focus, through a historical approach, on the city conceived as
an environmental system and on the environmental implications of the
technical and social ways of 'creating' the urban system. The conference
will investigate different local histories and will compare them on the
European level.

The general theme of the conference will be explored through the discussion
of three main sub-topics, conceived as differing ways of "the making" of the
European city, and we invite you to submit proposals for papers along these

I. Incorporating: social competition about resources.
We welcome papers dealing with the uses of natural resources in the making
of the urban environment (soil, water, air, green spaces, etc.); the short-
and long-term consequences of these uses (pollution, scarcity, exhaustion),
the changing ways in which the resources were exploited, etc., in order to
analyse interactions between technical solutions and social needs. Since we
understand incorporation of natural resources as the 'integration' of a
portion of nature into a social or human coherent process and the
subordination of nature to that social process, we propose social
competition for resources and the role of different social groups as the
unifying perspective and the common approach in the analysis of the
different ways (in time and space) resources were incorporated into the
urban environment.

II. Networking: technology and infrastructures for mobility, provision and

We encourage papers with a special focus on the environmental implications
both of technological innovations and of the infrastructures created to
connect cities with their hinterland (on multiple scales) and to support
circulation of people, goods, energy, water, waste, etc. This perspective
should stress the exchanges between cities and their hinterland, also
considered as flows of a 'metabolic cycle' between the city and the outside
environment. We would also appreciate papers that discuss the city as the
core and the main organizer of a larger and stratified territorial and
environmental system, and papers evaluating the environmental impact of
"urban networks" developed during the 20th century.

III. Policing: public regulation of the environmental impact of urban

We encourage papers dedicated to the analysis of central and/or local
regulation of urban development with relevant environmental implications:
for example, control of waste, noise, pollution; urban planning; development
of new areas; building of infrastructures; etc. These papers should show a
particular interest in the role of public authorities as primary actors in
the governance of the urban environment, but should also be well aware of
the interactions with private and collective initiatives against pollution
and polluters. Regulations can be considered also as the result of the
specific functions of various public authorities and in respect to their
role as mediators in conflicts over environmental resources between
different social groups.

Submission of proposals
In order to stimulate an in-depth debate among participants of the
conference, the number of paper-givers will be strictly limited.
Presentations will last no more than 15-20 minutes.
The Scientific Committee will accept only proposals clearly addressing
issues outlined in one of the three main topics above. Moreover, proposals
should pay attention to the timing or period of the issue considered; the
role of social groups; the administrative and legal contexts.

The Scientific
Committee might give priority to high-quality proposals with an
intra-European comparative approach and/or to joint papers (papers presented
jointly by two researchers and comparing at least two different countries,
contexts or case studies) or to connected proposals (two papers with a
clearly highlighted common thread).

You are invited to declare your interest in participating by sending the
pre-registration form by May 31st, 2003 and to submit proposals by June
30th, 2003.

- You will find the pre-registration form at the URL:
Please complete and email it back to the Local Organizer.
- Proposals for papers should be 400-500 words, include a title and the
author's name, address and affiliation, and give details on: a) the
relevance of the subject; b) main topics; c) geographical areas considered;
d) time span considered; e) sources analysed; f) main conclusions. In
addition, proposers are expected to submit a short curriculum vitae (c.v.)
containing specific information about research experience and publications
in the field of environmental history.

Please, email your proposal and c.v. as a single attached file to the Local



31 May 2003 deadline for pre-registration

30 June 2003 deadline for submission of proposals

10 October 2003 participants are informed on their proposals by 15 December 2003 participants confirm registration and pay part of their accommodation fees

January 2003 provisional program is issued

by 31 March 2004 papers must reach the Local Organizer

by 30 April 2004 participants should pay the remaining fees

15 May 2004 a reader, containing the papers and the final program are sent to participants

24-27 June 2004 conference

The official languages for proposals, papers and presentations are English and French. Communications from the Organising Committee will be in English, but French can be used for communicating with the committee. No interpreting service is provided at the Conference.

Timetable, venue and accommodation
The conference will take place from Thursday 24th June to Sunday 27th June 2004. The opening session will be on Thursday afternoon and the closing session on Saturday afternoon. Social programs (including a tour of Siena) will be in the late afternoons and on Sunday an excursion will be optionally offered.

The conference will be held at the "Certosa di Pontignano", an ancient and extremely beautiful monastery located in the countryside some 10 km from Siena. Siena is a small city in the heart of Tuscany (Italy) and is
world-wide famous for its landscape, its art, and its medieval and
renaissance atmosphere. The Certosa di Pontignano has been owned by the
University of Siena for many years and is now used as a conference centre:
participants will have the possibility to be hosted at the same fascinating
location as the conference itself. More information on Siena is available at
the website:; on the University of Siena at the website:; on the "Centro per la storia del cambiamento sociale" at the
website:; on the Certosa di Pontignano at the

The conference fee is Euro 230 and includes accommodation in single-rooms
(three nights and full board from Thursday evening to Sunday morning),
conference papers and social program. Since there are a limited number of
single-rooms, they will be assigned on a first come first served basis. The
fee is reduced to Euro 190 for participants who choose accommodation in
double-rooms (more details in the next circular). Participants will pay for
their own travel expenses. We hope that our fundraising will allow us to
reduce fees for young researchers and/or for participants travelling from
more distant locations.

Please, feel free to contact the Local Organizer or members of the
Scientific Committee for further explanations or information.

Scientific Committee:
- Christoph Bernhardt
Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Struckturplan, Erkner/Berlin, Germany;
- Gabriella Corona
Issm - Cnr, Naples, Italy; gabriella.corona@issm.cnr. it
- Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud
Université Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France;
- Simone Neri Serneri
University of Siena, Siena, Italy;
- Dieter Schott
University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom;

Local Organiser: Simone Neri Serneri
Dipartimento di Scienze storiche, giuridiche, politiche e sociali -
University of Siena
mail address: via P.A. Mattioli, 10 - I-53100 Siena (Italy)
email:; tel. ++39-0577-235294/306, fax:


  • Quettreville-sur-Sienne, France


  • samedi 31 mai 2003


  • environnement urbain, XIX-XXe siècle, ressources, technologies et infratsructures, politiques de régulation


  • Simone Neri Serneri
    courriel : neriserneri [at] unisi [dot] it

Source de l'information

    courriel : massard [dot] guilbaud [at] wanadoo [dot] fr

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