UrbNet Residential Scholars / Visiting Professors

Every year, UrbNet invites one or two internationally recognised scholars to spend three months at the centre. The purpose of this scheme is to stimulate and enrich the scientific environment across the various disciplines involved in the centre, as well as to inspire innovative thinking among UrbNet employees and affiliates at both senior and junior level.

Apart from partaking in the daily centre activities, each of our visiting professors delivers a lecture series based on an “urban theme” of his or her choice. Subsequently, each lecture series is compiled into book format and published in a book series initiated by UrbNet.

In addition to serving as a regular boost to the local research environment and sparking interdisciplinary collaboration internally at UrbNet, the visiting professorships also contribute to the active recruitment of intellectual capacities from abroad, at the same time providing ample opportunities for Danish researchers to both connect with existing networks and form new ones, irrespective of geographic background or institutional affiliation. 

UrbNet Residential Scholar (Autumn 2016): Søren M. Sindbæk

Søren M. Sindbæk is professor MSO at Aarhus University and deputy centre director at UrbNet. His main research interests are Viking-age Scandinavia and early-medieval Europe, early urbanism and urban archaeology, early-medieval communication and social networks, archaeological Network Analysis, and settlement archaeology. He has many years' experience working on excavation projects in Ribe, Denmark, studying the oldest city in northern Europe.

Recent publications

Lecture series

Søren M. Sindbæk will give a lecture series entitled Age of Emporia: The Archaeology of Urban Networks:

  1. Anomalocivitas: on urban evolutions
  2. Small world: on urban networks
  3. Boom and bust: on urban dynamics
  4. Réseau opératoire: on urban activities
  5. Intercitizens: on urban communities
  6. Entrepology: On urban margins

1st UrbNet Visiting Professor: Alain Schnapp (April-June 2016)

Alain Schnapp is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His main research interests are Greek iconography and cultural history of Antiquity, and he is recognised among peers as one of the leading experts in his field. Alain Schnapp has been visiting professor at a number of institutions, including Princeton University and Stanford University.

His many publications include:

  • Schnapp, A. & Vidal-Naquet, P. (1971). The French Student Uprising, November 1967 – June 1968: An Analytical Record. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Schnapp, A. (1996). The Discovery of the Past: The Origins of Archaeology. London: British Museum
  • Schnapp, A. (1997). Le Chasseur et la Cité: Chasse et Érotique dans la Grèce Ancienne, Paris: Albin Michel.
  • Schnapp, A., L. von Falkenhausen, P. Miller & T. Murray (eds.) (2003). World Antiquarianism: Comparative Perspectives. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute.
  • Schnapp, A. (2014). Was ist eine Ruine? Entwurf einer vergleichenden Perspektive. Göttingen: Wallstein.

During his stay (April-June 2016), Alain Schnapp will give a lecture series entitled Ruins and their significance for urban history:

  1. The Egyptian and Mesopotamian approach
  2. The ancient Chinese vision of city ruins 
  3. The Greco-Roman way of considering city remains
  4. The medieval East and West: Clash between pagan, Christian and Islamic memory
  5. The Renaissance confrontation with cities' pasts
  6. The Enlightenment and the foundation of the modern vision of cities’ pasts