PhD/RMa Winter School
Cities, Borders and Identities: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach
This winter school for RMa and PhD students on identity formation in European border cities and urban borderlands will take place in the Dutch Royal Institute in Rome, between 18 and 26 November 2017. ACUH members Tymen Peverelli and Enno Maessen are part of the organisation, together with Milou van Hout and Luisa Bialasiewicz.
Over the last three decades border cities and urban borderlands have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness. By bringing together RMa students and early career PhD researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims specifically to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. Although individual participants are invited to apply the research questions to various European cases, locating this winter school in Rome offers an outstanding possibility for excursions and in situ analyses of a historically layered city. The winter school is sponsored by the Huizinga Institute for Cultural History, ACCESS EUROPE and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam.