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Winter school

Winter School: Cities, Borders and Identities
Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

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In recent years, identity politics have re-emerged across Europe. European border cities have historically been crucial sites within which processes of identity-making and contestation have been particularly visible. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. 

 

The ongoing refugee crisis, combined with the continuing aftershocks of the financial crisis of 2008 have seen the re-emergence of identity politics across Europe in a space that is increasingly divided in cultural, political, social and economic terms, and whose borders are increasingly contested. European border cities have historically been crucial sites within which processes of identity-making and contestation have been particularly visible. Yet also in cities like Rome, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Paris or Belfast intense physical, cultural and social borders have for centuries been marking and transforming the urban landscape. Over the last three decades these as well as similar border cities and urban borderlands have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness.

 

By bringing together RMa students and early career PhD researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims specifically to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. Although individual participants are invited to apply the research questions to various European cases, locating this winter school in Rome offers an outstanding possibility for excursions and in situ analyses of a historically layered city. By observing and analyzing the urban landscape through the lens of the course themes and methodologies, the city of Rome itself functions as an essential tool in the winter school. 

 

Organization
This winter school is a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the Huizinga Institute, ACCESS EUROPE, and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam.

 

Registration
Unfortunately the maximum number of participants has been reached. Consequently, it is no longer possible to register for the winter school. 

 

Credit image: Andrea Albanese via Pixabay

 

 

Location

Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR)