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Port Cities: Comparative Perspectives on Urban Stability and Public Safety

Villes portuaires : perspectives comparatives sur la stabilité urbaine et la sécurité publique

18th-21st centuries

XVIIIe – XXIe siècles

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Published on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 by Marie Pellen

Summary

The coming of globalization was centrally anchored in the increased mobility of goods, people and ideas. Port cities were thus transformed in crucial hubs in this mobility age. Because of the heterogeneous social and cultural landscape associated with commerce and transport, port cities became increasingly known as insecure places. Hence the perceptions resulting from and the strategies adopted to deal with the insecurity and the search for a new sense of urban stability were especially acute in port cities.

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The coming of globalization was centrally anchored in the increased mobility of goods, people and ideas. Port cities were thus transformed in crucial hubs in this mobility age. Because of the heterogeneous social and cultural landscape associated with commerce and transport, port cities became increasingly known as insecure places. Hence the perceptions resulting from and the strategies adopted to deal with the insecurity and the search for a new sense of urban stability were especially acute in port cities.

This specialist session aims to promote a discussion on urban stability as a core element in modern urban development and the strategies to deal with public safety issues in port cities in the last three centuries. From material perspectives to the more common social and cultural analysis, this is a theme that can be covered by a number of different approaches. Were urban environments planned and built influenced by security issues? How were public safety policies thought and put into practice, and what were the particularities of port cities in these matters? The answers to these questions lay in a multiplicity of topic that can be brought down to the discussion.

The state, its institutions and agents are obvious central actors emerging in this period. Therefore questions of the interrelationship between central, local and multinational powers on issues as building regulations, policing and other social control institutions will be welcomed in this panel. But we also aim to discuss private strategies of security, either with approaches on community based strategies (for example neighbourhood night-watchmen associations) or the emergence of security as a business (insurance companies are also a possible theme).

The organizers of this panel aim to convene a debate around comparative perspectives on individual European port cities and worldwide cities, but also on the transnational circulation of public safety debates and strategies. Because of their overseas connections, port cities are essential cases to understand local and national specificities, but also the development of transnational and global solutions, and how these different levels were progressively intermingled.

Keywords: 

Port Cities; Security; Urban Stability; police

Period: 

18th Century – 21st Century

Session organizer(s): 

  • Gonçalo Rocha Gonçalves (Portugal) - ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon 
  • Flávio Borda d'Agua (Switzerland) - Université de Genève (équipe Damoclès) & Institut et Musée Voltaire

Proposals for papers should be submitted by 15th november 2013 via www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt

Places

  • Lisbon, Portugal

Date(s)

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

Keywords

  • Port Cities, Security, Urban Stability, police, Villes portuaires, port, sécurité, stabilité urbaine

Contact(s)

  • Flávio Borda d'Água
    courriel : f [dot] bordadagua [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Flávio Borda d'Água
    courriel : f [dot] bordadagua [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Port Cities: Comparative Perspectives on Urban Stability and Public Safety », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 05, 2013, https://calenda.org/264876

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