Urbanity: History, Concept, Uses, University of Erfurt, 16.11.2022 – 18.11.2022

The subjective character of urbanity invites to differentiate actors: urban experiences are shaped by the identity of individuals and groups, their ethnic, social and religious background, their dreams, agendas and values. Our main interest lies in grasping and analysing the essential contribution of religion to this complex and intertwined formation of urbanity (and vice versa). In other words, our perspective on urbanity and the urban is structured by the prism of the religious.

Urbanität – Geschichte, Konzept, Anwendungen

Der subjektive Charakter von Urbanität lädt uns ein, Akteure zu differenzieren: Städtische Erfahrungen werden durch die Identität von Individuen und Gruppen, ihren ethnischen, sozialen und religiösen Hintergrund, ihre Träume, Ziele und Werte geprägt. Unser Hauptinteresse liegt darin, den wesentlichen Beitrag der Religion zu dieser komplexen und verflochtenen Formierung von Urbanität (und umgekehrt) zu erfassen und zu analysieren. Mit anderen Worten: Unsere Perspektive auf Urbanität und das Urbane wird durch das Prisma des Religiösen strukturiert.


Wednesday, 16 November 2022 Retrospectives
14.00 | Opening & Welcome
14.05—14.30 Susanne Rau (Erfurt) & Jörg Rüpke (Erfurt) “Mutual Formations -Looking back at the first four years of UrbRel”
14.30—14.45 Martin Fuchs (Erfurt) “Living Together: Metamorphoses of religious co-existence in Indian urban contexts”
14.45—14.55 Elisa Iori (Erfurt) “Co-spatiality”
14.55—15.05 Simone Wagner (Erfurt) “Heterarchy”
15.05—15.15 Sara Keller (Erfurt) “Spatial Fix”
15.15—15.25 Martin Christ (Erfurt) “Spatialisation”
15.25—16.00 Break
16.00—17.45 Discussion & comments

Thursday, 17 November 2022 Authors‘ Workshop/ World Café
09.00—10.45 Round 1
Martin Christ (Erfurt) & Sara Keller (Erfurt): “Court Cities as an Urban Typology in Europe and South Asia, c. 1400-1700”
Mara Albrecht (Erfurt), Judit Majorossy (Vienna) & Susanne Rau (Erfurt): “Typologising Cities: Historical and Systematic Reflections”
10.45– 11.00 Break
11.00—12.45 Round 2
Epsita Halder (Kolkata) & Anne Murphy (Vancouver): “The mutual emergence of religious community formation and cultural production associated with urban development in early modern Bengal and Punjab”
Gil Klein (Los Angeles) & Annette Haug (Kiel): “Building, Dwelling, and Ritual Interactions: Urban Domestic Architecture and the Roman City”
13.00 Lunch
Case Studies, session 1
15.00—15.10 Nora Lafi (Berlin): “Participation, Deliberation and the Nature of Urbanity in North African Cities of the Ottoman Era“
15.10—15.20 Carmen González Gutiérrez (Cordoba): “The Western Suburbs of an Islamic city: Urban and Human Landscape in Madinat Qurtuba (Córdoba)”
15.20—15.30 Zoe Opacic (London): “Staging Urbanity in the Late medieval City: the examples of Prague and Nuremberg”
15.30—15.40 Katalin Szende (Budapest/Vienna): “Medieval Buda and its agglomeration: urban pluralism and religious entanglements“
15.40—15.50 Laura Verdelli (Tours): “Building Chennai’s Waterfronts: Global Models, Dreamed Projects, Ongoing Changes and Their Narratives”
15.50—16.00 Austin Collins (Durham/Erfurt): “Angoulême: Constructing a Royal Connection in the Forgotten Periphery”
16.00—16.15 Coffee Break
16.15— 18.15 Discussion
19.00 Dinner

Friday, 18 November 2022 | Case Studies, session 2
09.00—09.20 Jörg Oberste (Regensburg) and Babett Edelmann-Singer (Munich): “Ruler’s Seat and Sacral Topography – Foundations of Pre-Modern Metropolises”
09.00—09.10 Babett Edelmann-Singer: “Imperial Funerals and Concepts of Urbanities in Rome and Constantinople”
09.10—09.20 Jörg Oberste: “Royal funerals and saints‘ topography in Merovingian Paris”
09.20—09.30 Nimrod Luz (Kinneret): “Contemporary Urbanity and Religious Sites: A View from Tel Aviv Urban Religion, Decolonization and Gray Spacing”
09.30—09.40 Naveen Kanalu (Paris): “Mapping Imperial Privileges and Property Claims: Practicing Hanafi Law in Mughal Delhi’s Suburban Agglomerations (c. 1680s)”
09.40—09.50 Supriya Chaudhuri (Kolkata): “History and Memory in Urban Space: A Case Study from Varanasi”
09.50—10.00 Christina Williamson (Groningen): “Sanctuaries as Urban Timescapes in Hellenistic Asia Minor: Pergamon and the Asklepieion”
10.00—10.10 Marlis Arnhold (Bonn): “Urbes non magnae: Macedonian Cities and the Question of Urbanity”
10.10—10.25 Break
10.25—12.45 Discussion & Closing
13.00 Lunch & Goodbye


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