History and Civilization
Active since: 2015-2016
As cities loom ever larger in the public, political and academic consciousness, the Cities Working Group aims to function as a laboratory from which to rethink the political, the economic, the social, the cultural, and the intellectual through the lens of the urban.
With its base amongst historians working with, through or in cities, the working group aims to use a ‘cities perspective’, a multi-scalar sensitivity and a place-driven agenda to generate new questions in our research. We aim to engage with ideas from the social sciences, critical theory, political science, geography, anthropology and other disciplines, and demonstrate their fruitful interaction with historical perspectives. In this context, the working group is designed to facilitate interaction between disciplinary approaches, drawn together by the eclecticism and inclusivity which the dense, complex spatial frame of the urban demands.
We meet regularly with a themed session based upon readings, media resources and personal experiences, complemented by presentations delivered by members of the working group. We are also aiming to develop workshops, lectures and events, involving researchers and staff from the EUI, as well as further afield. Finally we hope to situate our thoughts, reflections and research in the city of Firenze, as an urban environment, a social-political entity, and a civic space.
Faculty liaison: Jorge Flores and Stéphane Van Damme
Coordinators: Adam James Humphreys and Gilberto Mazzoli
Co-organizer: Nazil Songülen