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From Space to Place: the Spatial Dimension in History of Western Europe

16-17 April 2010

A two-day international and interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Centre for Research in History and Theory, Roehampton University in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London

Venue: German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

This conference will explore the so-called 'spatial turn in history' discussed among historians for the last decade or so and inspired by earlier anthropological ideas and the interdisciplinary approach by sociologists, especially geographers. It challenges the idea of place or space in history as an unreflected essentialist category linked to tradition and immutability. Instead, space as place is shown to be socially and culturally constructed, mediated and contested. Organised into three separate but interlinking topics (social space, workplace and intimate space) papers will investigate how specific spaces in the past not only evoked but conveyed political, social, cultural and symbolic meaning and conversely how particular spaces/places influenced this meaning.

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