The City in History: Global Connections and Comparisons

 

Dr Jennifer Altehenger and Dr Sun Qing have organised a groundbreaking collaborative workshop which will be taking place at King’s College London next week. King’s History Department will welcome a delegation from the Department of History, Fudan University (Shanghai) on 22 and 23 May 2017 for the first joint workshop on “The City in History: global connections and comparisons”. With both King’s and Fudan situated at the heart of two of the world’s global metropolises – London and Shanghai – the city is a central theme of research and teaching at both institutions. Our staff and students explore the history of the city and history through the lens of the city from ancient to modern times, linking local and global perspectives. This workshop is a first opportunity for historians of both universities to meet and explore these common themes in our research, from public history to historical geography, political, economic, social, and cultural history, and the history of science, technology and medicine.

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The Bund, Shanghai c. 1910

 

The rooftops of London c. 1870

The rooftops of London c. 1870

The full programme can be accessed below.

This workshop continues KCL History’s strong culture of research into, and teaching of, metropolitan history, some of which has been displayed on this blog in recent months. For example, student Charlotte Taylor wrote a fascinating review of a trip to the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton as part of the module Society and Culture in Twentieth Century London. Dr Tim Livsey also described a collaborative project about a south London estate with a particularly rich history and links to the famous diarist Samuel Pepys. And in April last year, staff and students walked a grand total of 13.8 miles, taking in 26 historic sites throughout London (all for an excellent cause). The event was given a wonderful write-up for our blog by Elle Larsson (PhD candidate).

For more information on the workshop, or if you wish to join, please contact:

Dr Jennifer Altehenger: jennifer.altehenger@kcl.ac.uk

Location: S8.08 Level 8 Strand Building

When: 22nd (09:00) – 23rd (18:00) of May 2017

 

Full Programme:

 

 

Organisers: Dr Jennifer ALTEHENGER and Dr SUN Qing

 

Monday, 22.5.10:00 – 10:30  Welcome and Introductions

Prof Abigail WOODS, Prof HUANG Yang (via Skype), Prof GAO Xi

 

10:30 – 12:00 Professor WU Jingping 吴景平《英商银行与上海金融变迁》

British banks and the transformation of Shanghai’s finance world

 

Professor Richard DRAYTON

The cities of north-west Europe and the making of Europe’s empires, c. 1500-1800

 

Professor Arthur BURNS

Identifying the challenge of the city to religion: Changing views of ‘town’ among religious professionals in Britain, 1700-1900

 

Chair: Dr Bérénice GUYOT-RECHARD

 

12:00 – 13:00 Sandwich Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Professor ZOU Zhenhuang 邹振环《近代上海的石库门与里弄文化》

Modern Shanghai Shikumen Building and Lane Culture

 

Professor YAO Dali  姚大力

《中国城市向近代形态的转变:以“坊”制的瓦解为中心》

The shift to modern forms in Chinese cities: the disintegration of the „housing compound“

 

Professor DONG Guoqiang 董国强

The Army in Xuzhou’s Factional Warfare,1967-1969

 

Chair: Dr Daniel MATLIN

 

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee & Tea 
15:00 – 16:30 Dr  ZHU Lianbi 朱联璧The London Aerated Bread Company and the Industrialization of Bread-making, 1860-1930s

 

Professor David EDGERTON

The Port of London in Twentieth-Century British History

 

Dr Adam SUTCLIFFE

The Trader-Stranger and the Modern City: Georg Simmel in Global Context

 

Chair: Dr Jon WILSON

 

Tuesday, 23.5.10:30 – 12:00 Dr Rory NAISMITH

Lundenwic to Lundenburh? The Londons of the Ninth Century

 

Professor ZHANG Haiying  张海英

Towards modernity: Shanghai in the early modern times

 

Dr Dennis STATHAKOPOULOS

Constantinople in the 1400s: Venice on the Bosphorus

 

Chair: Professor Hugh BOWDEN

 

12:00 – 13:00  Sandwich lunch 
13:00 – 14:30 Professor GAO Xi 高晞Health Morality and Hygiene in the mid-19th Century Shanghai

 

Professor Abigail WOODS

Sick cows and the city: London 1865-7 (and Shanghai, 1869-71)

 

Chair: Dr Jennifer ALTEHENGER

 

14:30 – 15:00  Coffee & Tea 
15:00 – 16:30  Assoc. Professor SUN Qing 孙青To view the magic images from mirror (jingying镜影)——the early experiences of slides as urban residents

 

Dr Laura CARTER

London County Council cultural and educational policy, 1918-1939

 

Dr Alana HARRIS

Patron Saint of Catholics and Hindus: St Antony and Diasporic devotions in East London

 

Chair: Dr Vincent HIRIBARREN

 

16:30 – 18:00  Final discussion & future plans 
18:00 – 19:00 Drinks 

 

 

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