Category: Personal Reflections

Registration open! Summer school “Urban Governance and Civic Participation” in Prague and Budapest

Interested students, postdocs and archivists can now register for the international summer school which the KFG UrbRel co-organises in the summer of 2022. The 8-day program is organised by Katalin Szende (CEU Budapes/Vienna), Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck College London) and Susanne Rau (KFG RelUrb, Erfurt University). This summer school is a follow-up of the online lecture series with the same title which took place in autumn 2021.

Closing Comments of the “Blurring Boundaries” Conference

From the 24th to the 26th of November 2021 the research group “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations” welcomed international researchers at Ettersburg castle for the conference “Blurring Boundaries”. Organised by Jörg Rüpke and Emiliano R. Urciuoli, the conference aimed to investigate the diffusion of urban religion beyond urban space. Susanne Rau and Martin Fuchs summarise their observations on the previous two days’ programme…

Urban and Rural Plague Prevention: Johann Georg Schiebel’s “Plague Pharmacy” (1680)

It is not always easy to find “urbanity” in early modern sources. Many times, historians have to reconstruct what an author considered to be features of urbanity, by reading carefully and between the lines. This is especially the case because words, such as “urbanity” or “rurality” do not feature in these sources, instead problems and benefits of living in an “urban setting” may be explored by early modern authors…

Urban Religion in the Metropolis Tokyo and in Kyoto

Religious practices, religious spaces, and religious times are part of urban diversity in today’s towns and cities. A 40-page picture book, grown out of a cooperation with Japanese universities in the framework of research on “Religion and Urbanity”, documents some impressions of that from visits to Tokyo and Kyoto…

From Mining Site to Mining City: the Case of Mes Aynak, Afghanistan

If I asked you to describe a mining city, the picture you will paint would be probably that of a dusty, smoky, ugly and polluted city dominated by a somehow melancholic atmosphere due to both the poor and dangerous conditions of the mining workers and the predictability of the city’s decline once resources are exhausted or extraction unviable…

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