IXth International Conference on Urban History

August 27-30, 2008

Lyon France
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Port Cities: Social, Cultural, and Built Repositories of Globalization and Networking in the 19th and 20th Century

Port Cities have a long history as places of economic exchange and as gateways for the transmission of people, goods, buildings and urban form. Since the mid 19th century, globalization has further promoted them as major nodes in a worldwide economic network. Port cities continue to be at the forefront for the creation of new cultural and social practices, multi-ethnic neighborhoods, imported building materials and technologies, and urban planning.

This session proposes to examine the actors that constitute and shape the exchange among port cities and look at maritime urban history from different angles, combining social and cultural perspectives with the history of architecture, urban planning and economic enterprise. We ask: To what extent did local or global, private or governmental forces promote exchange? How did maritime mobility, economic globalization, and migration manifest itself in waterfront cities? How did global political and economic events alter the appearance and usage of port cities? We welcome case studies concerning one or more port cities from around the world.

Papers could include analysis of a trading company, of technological transmission between a mother port and its colonial ports, of business partners and their private houses, or of migration in port cities around the world.

Session conveners:

  • Lars Amenda
  • Carola Hein

Session type: Main

Classification: M - Modern


Changes in Seaport Cities, Large-scale Infrastructure Projects to ‘Modernise’ Traditional Ports in the19th Century : London, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro

Author(s): Harms, hans 

Cosmopolitanism managed

Author(s): Gekas, Athanasios (Sakis) ; Grenet, Mathieu 

Hong Kong’s transformative image as a port city: from British Colony to a Special Administrative Region of China

Author(s): Yiu, Marisa 

Lagos: between national and world history (1861-2007)

Author(s): Fourchard, Laurent 

Migrations, urbanisme et architecture dans les villes ports de l'isthme de Suez: échanges et résistances.

Author(s): frémaux, Céline 

New York City: How Its Port Shaped Its Architecture

Author(s): Krinsky, Carol 

Port Cities and Waterfronts - Global Planning Ideas and local identities

Author(s): Schubert, Dirk 

Staring at the Sea, Staring at the Land

Author(s): Fuhrmann, Malte 

The Ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, 1850-1940. Global Orientation and local Competion

Author(s): Schijf, Huibert