CFP 11th Conference on Urban History 'Cities & Societies in Comparative Perspective'
Within the specialist session on Socialist cities we aim to discuss examples from various cities and countries, explaining the specific activities, relationships, rhythms and trajectories that the urban users developed in these cities, to reflect the differences and similarities of these patterns with the forms appearing in the rest of Europe, and to follow the changes in everyday life along the period of state socialism.
The main goals of the session are, on the one hand, to discuss the interconnections between the forms of everyday urban life and the economic, political and social characteristics of the period, and, on the other hand, to search for examples of challenging, contesting and disrupting the routine, or defining the everyday situations in creative ways by the urban dwellers. Although the theme is not strictly new in the field of urban history, the specificity of the socialist everyday urban life and daily (re)production or contestation of urban space, has not been given much attention, especially not in a comparative perspective. We would like to welcome papers based on archival and/or oral history research, focusing on life in big cities, as well as describing little towns.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

    - everyday life in the public/private spaces
    - urban rhythms and routines and their disruptions
    - work, leisure, and consumption in urban environment
    - representation of socialist home - dwelling forms for socialist family
    - socialist ideology in public/private spaces
    - celebrations and festivities (mass public and private
celebrations) and their connection to public/private spaces

Paper proposals are welcome until 1 October 2011.

For further details and updates please visit the conference web page

Lucie Galcanova

Institute for Research on Social Reproduction and Integration
Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
Jostova 10, Brno, Czech Republic
tel: +420 54949 4873, +420 777 841 069
Date: 2011-08-25