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CFP: Summer School History Takes Place (Rome, 1-10 Sept 14)

Rome, September 1 - 10, 2014
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Call for Applications

Summer School
History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change

In Antiquity people were convinced that Rome would exist forever. As
the centre of an Empire and as a metropolis, Rome was a manifestation
of sheer indomitable power that seemed to promise eternity. Even until
the late 19th century, empires and states, politicians and philosophers
continued to look to Rome and its history to justify their actions and
find inspiration. Visitors are awed by the city’s dimensions, its
architecture and the rich range of its urban features, both ancient and
modern.  Modern Rome is the result of many transformations, effected by
European history, political ideas, and clerical power. Despite the
tangible power and weight of this history, the city is simultaneously
alive and open for the future.

Since 2003 the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has invited up to
twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate
students) annually to take part in studies programmes in various
locations. The Gerda Henkel Stiftung is the programme partner since
2009. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography,
architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is 'read' as a
historical source – 'History Takes Place'.

Taking Rome as an example, the aim of this year's summer school is to
create an international network of the historical, cultural and social
sciences as well as architecture and city planning, in order to examine
current developments in urban environments.

The summer school invites applications particularly from postgraduate
students in history, art history, cultural studies and the social
sciences, as well as young architects and city planners. Applicants
should have a genuine interest in an interdisciplinary exchange on the
history of the city and city development. Participants should have a
specialization connected with Rome as well as a keen thematic and
methodological interest in urban studies. Sessions will be held in
English. Applicants are expected to prepare for the sessions with
course materials and reading lists in order to be able to give a
presentation on a set topic related to their academic interests and

Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the organizers.

Please send your application together with a statement of interest, CV
and suggested presentation topic (max. 2 pages) to the following

ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Dr. Anna Hofmann
Feldbrunnenstrasse 56
20148 Hamburg

The application deadline is 15 May 2014.  
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