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Resisting to urban changes: voluntary associations for protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe (1880-1940)

EAUH 2018 Rome – Urban renewal and resilience cities in comparative perspective

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Publié le lundi 23 octobre 2017 par Céline Guilleux


La session veut explorer l'histoire des associations volontaires, se concentrant sur la période 1880-1940, et mettre à jour le rôle qui ont joué les mouvements civiques dans la construction d'une conscience commune fondée sur l'identité et la dimension mémorielle. Seront retenues les propositions qui s'intéressent à un des aspects suivants : les élites professionnelles locales ; les associations nationales et internationales comme arènes de l'engagement de la société civile ; les autorités locales.



During the second half of nineteen century, European cities and countries are subjected to major transformations. The infrastructure modernization and the industrialization of production processes are the main causes. Confronted with these changes and the emergence of a nostalgic gaze toward the “lost” city, the first voluntary associations for the protection of historical, artistic and landscape heritage are founded.

Often linked to specific events, these associations are formed in response to public authorities’ projects, considered as an attack to the historical city integrity, or to protect natural sites threatened by urban development. The Associazione per la difesa di Firenze antica (1898) or the Société française pour la protection des paysages (1906) are relevant examples. Other initiatives are recorded in the same years in Brussels, Rome, Lausanne and in many other European cities. All of them contributed to initiate a civic movement which developed, in various forms, through the entire twentieth century until today.

The session aims to explore the history of voluntary associations, focusing on the period between 1880 and 1940. It covers the role played by civic movements in the construction of a common consciousness based on identity and memorial dimension. Papers dealing with the following topics will be considered:

The professional local elites. Architects, historians and other professional actors participated actively in the creation of local associations. Individual skills contributed to the construction of a collective memory, focusing on the protection of the architectural and artistic heritage considered as vectors of civic values and identity. If the voluntary associations founded in capital or important cities have already been partially studied many other local experiences remain to be explored.

National and international associations as a place of civil society engagement. The spread of new interests, like the one for the urban and natural landscape, celebrated as shared heritage, it was at the origin of the Club Alpino Italiano and the Touring Club Italiano. These associations were engaged in the protection and enhancement of heritage and contribute to build a collective awareness, through the publication of journals and the organization of public events. An increasing relationship emerged between voluntary associations and new institutions, such as the Associazione Nazionale dei Comuni d’Italia (1901) created to express the local governments’ point of view. The attempt of institutionalisation of voluntary associations should be analysed.

The local authorities. Political, cultural and economic contexts encouraged the involvement of the public administration into heritage protection and the development of specific research and information tools. The case of the Survey of London (1894) or that of the Commission du Vieux Paris (1897) seem particularly relevant. Other experiences should be explored.

Submission guidelines

EAUH 2018 welcomes paper proposals for the conference sessions.

To submit a paper proposal, registration is required. Paper proposals and full texts can only be submitted online, via the EAUH2018 website

If sent by post or email will not be accepted. Please note that each author can submit a maximum of two co-authored works (and/or only one single-authored paper). In any case, each conference participant can present only one paper.

Abstracts of paper proposals should not exceed 450 words.

  • Start of paper proposals submission: June 1, 2017
  • Deadline for paper proposals submission: extended to October 31, 2017

  • Notification of paper acceptance: December 1, 2017

Important dates

  • 1 December 2016: Start of session proposals submission
  • 13 March 2017: Deadline for session proposals submission
  • 10 May 2017: Notification of sessions acceptance
  • 1 June 2017: Start of paper proposals submission
  • 31 October 2017 (postponed): Deadline for paper proposals submission
  • 1 December 2017: Notification of paper acceptance
  • 1 December 2017: Start of early registration
  • 15 May 2018 Deadline for early registration
  • 15 August 2018: Deadline for full text submissions
  • 20 August 2018: Deadline for standard registration

International Committee

Members of the International Board

  • Carlo Travaglini (president, Rome)        
  • Manon van der Heijden (secretary, Leiden)       
  • Mats Berglund (treasurer, Stockholm)   
  • Marjaana Niemi (former president, Tampere) 
  • Amelia Andrade (Lisbon)       
  • Christoph Bernhardt (Berlin) 
  • Vassilios Colonas (Thessaly) 
  • Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan (Paris)
  • Shane Ewen (Leeds)
  • Jan Hein Furnee (Nijmegen) 
  • Simon Gunn (Leicester)
  • Andrea Pokludová (Ostrava)
  • Gábor Sonkoly (Budapest) 
  • Peter Stabel (Antwerp) 
  • Katalin Straner (Budapest/Florence) 
  • Mikkel Thelle (Aarhus) 
  • Isabel del Val Valdivieso (Valladolid)
  • Nicolas Kenny (Burnaby Canada, corr. member)
  • Andrew May (Melbourne, corr. member)

Honorary Members

  • Maurice Aymard (Paris)
  • Robert Morris (Edinburgh, president 2002)
  • Vera Bácskai (Budapest, president 1996)
  • Lars Nilsson (Stockholm, president 2006)
  • Sören Bitsch Christensen (Aarhus)
  • Jean Luc Pinol (Strasbourg, president 1994)
  • Marc Boone (Ghent, president 2010)
  • Markian Prokopovych (Birmingham)
  • Donatella Calabi (Venice, president 1998)
  • Heinz Reif (Berlin, president 2000)
  • Peter Clark (Helsinki, treasurer 1989-2012)
  • Richard Rodger (Edinburgh)
  • Michele Dagenais (Montreal, corr. member)
  • Lydia Sapounakis-Dracaki (Athens, president 2004)
  • Herman Diederiks (Amsterdam, pres. 1992)
  • Dieter Schott (Darmstadt)
  • Luda Klusakova (Prague, president 2012)
  • Roey Sweet (Leicester)
  • Pim Kooij (Groningen, secretary 1996-2010)
  • Adriaan Verhulst (Ghent)
  • Paul Van De Laar (Rotterdam)
  • Clemens Wischermann (Konstanz)
  • Denis Menjot (Lyon, president 2008)     

Local scientific and organizing committee

  • Renata Ago, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Claudia Conforti, Università di Tor Vergata
  • Maria Grazia D’Amelio, Università di Tor Vergata
  • Marina Formica, Università di Tor Vergata
  • Harold Hendrix, Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma
  • Keti Lelo, CROMA-Università Roma Tre
  • Daniele Manacorda, Università Roma Tre
  • Elisabetta Pallottino, Università Roma Tre
  • Piero Ostilio Rossi, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Giuseppe Stemperini, DISA-Università Roma Tre
  • Carlo M. Travaglini, Università Roma Tre

Secretariat coordinator

Mihaela Ilie, DISA-Università Roma Tre


  • Rome, Italie


  • mardi 31 octobre 2017


  • patrimoine, association, héritage, histoire urbaine, paysage urbain


  • Angelo Bertoni
    courriel : angelo [dot] bertoni [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

Source de l'information

  • Angelo Bertoni
    courriel : angelo [dot] bertoni [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

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