The first meeting of our new research seminar on urban transformation will be held in Alghero, Sardinia, on September 14-15, 2012. The title is Transnational Connections and Urban Change.
You can also read the entire prospectus of our international seminar which is expected to involve several meetings in the course of the next three years.
The seminar is part of a wider research project presented by Andrea Graziosi to Fondazione Siotto, located in Cagliari and Alghero. The foundation was asked to fund and host three meetings, one per year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is possible that additional meetings on the same topics will be held in Turin, Budapest and Paris, making use of local resources.
The aim of the seminar is to create a pluridisciplinary work group that will study urban change. The group will have a meeting place, discuss research being done, produce working papers (that will perhaps be published as an online journal), and may formulate research projects for which to seek funding. The method adopted will consist in discussing research being done on individual cities.
The studies discussed will be on one of the topics listed in the link above and will deal with the question by exploring a specific situation in depth, while taking the broader context of change into account. The case studies will deal not only with current events, but will also examine change as a long-term process and investigate how cities were transformed in different periods in the past.
Disciplinary approaches will differ to create communication between historians, anthropologists, linguists, urban planners, architects, archaeologists and geographers. Between 6 and 8 case studies will be presented at each meeting of the seminar, followed by group discussion on topics common to all the studies. From 6 to 8 research assistants will participate in the discussion, presenting the research they have done at a subsequent session. These methods will allow us to better define the subjects of each subsequent meeting, while at the first session we will have to deal with more general questions.