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Towns as Meeting Places: Exploring urban encounters, networks and people in northern Europe 1000-1700 AD

Organised by PhD student Hanna Dahlström (Aarhus University / Museum of Copenhagen) and PhD student Kirstine Haase (Aarhus University / Odense City Museums).

Date 13-14 October 2016
Time 9:45-16:30
Location AU Campus Moesgård, Moesgård Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, building 4206, room 139 (auditorium)


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The research and public outreach project Urban Encounters: Mobility, Migration and Networks in Pre- and Early Modern Scandinavia and Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) hereby invite you to a conference exploring new perspectives in research into pre- and early modern urbanism in Northern Europe. The project Urban Encounters is funded by the Velux Foundation and is a collaborative project between the Museum of Copenhagen, Odense City Museums, the Nya Lödöse project in Gothenburg and UrbNet at Aarhus University, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation.

The objective of the conference is to bring together researchers with an interest in pre- and early modern urbanism in Northern Europe to discuss the ideas behind the research initiative Urban Encounters: Mobility, Migration and Networks in Pre- and Early Modern Scandinavia. We wish to discuss methods and source materials but also theoretical approaches which can enlighten the overall theme. Ideas and materials from archaeology, history or other related disciplines are all welcome contributions, not least interdisciplinary initiatives.

Through a broad understanding of the concepts “migration”, “mobility” and “networks”, Urban Encounters aim to explore ways of studying urbanism by tracing different types of actors, meetings and networks in the material culture and seeing how these affected the urban places

The multitude of encounters taking place in towns is part of what makes towns and town life different from life in other places. Seeing the town as an instrument or catalyst for meetings between people provides a perspective that puts focus on people, their motivations and experiences. This is an aspect of the study of pre- and early modern urbanism that holds great potential but is in need of further attention. Seeing the town as the sum of networks, people, actions and practices happening at a specific place will shed light on how towns, in their capacity as meeting places, have shaped life, affected people, life forms and the identities in the urban places.

The conference will be held 13-14 October 2016 and is hosted by UrbNet and Urban Encounters. It will take place at Moesgård Manor in the southern part of Aarhus (Address: Moesgård Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, building 4206, room 139). The venue is reached from the city centre by bus (18 or 100) in 25 minutes (see directions at the UrbNet website: http://urbnet.au.dk/visitors/directions/).

Price: 900 DKK, including lunch and coffee/tea both days, conference dinner and wine, entrance to Moesgaard Museum plus Book of abstract, but excluding accommodation.



Location of building 4206 at Moesgård


Suggested accommodation in Aarhus

Cabinn: https://www.cabinn.com/hotel/cabinn-hotel-i-aarhus?gclid=CIXQkr2b4cwCFQXicgodCKENag 

Comwell: http://www.comwellaarhus.dk/?gclid=CJTt7OOb4cwCFSezcgodZQYKRw 

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