The Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (ACUH) represents the largest research group in the Netherlands for the study of urban history. With about 35 staff members and PhD candidates, we explore the history of urban societies from a long-term and broad geographic perspective: from Antiquity to the modern era, from Europe to Africa and from the Middle East to the Americas.
Scholars at the ACUH focus on a wide range of themes: from urban governance, economy, class and gender relations, to religion, ethnic identity, crime, health, housing, planning, leisure and representation. Most of the research, however, emerges from the basic yet fundamental question of how people from various backgrounds have been living together in densely populated cities, in harmonious or more antagonistic ways? The role of institutions and the contested use of urban space figure prominently in many of our research projects.
The group offers a lively environment for the study of urban history for both researchers and students by organising seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as a joint BA course and a range of specialist courses and thesis supervision. The ACUH has strong links with the centres for urban history in Leicester, Antwerp and Berlin. Members actively participate in major (inter)national platforms such as the Dutch-Flemish journal Stadsgeschiedenis, the national association Werkgroep Stedengeschiedenis and the European Association for Urban History (EAUH). Subscribe to our newsletter by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter!
Both today and in the past urban communities have witnessed stability and cohesion, as well as conflict and segregation. What makes a city 'work' as a community, and how do citizens cope with urban tensions? The ambition of this research group is to discuss the long-term and global history of urban societies with urban policy makers, journalists, museum curators, as well as a broader audience, thus enriching our understanding of contemporary urban trends and challenges.
The Amsterdam Centre for Urban History has active links with the Centres for Urban History in Antwerp and Leicester, the European Association for Urban History, as well as the Centre for Urban Studies at the UvA and other Amsterdam-based partner institutes.