Urban Cultures in the Baltics (From the Middle Ages to the 20th Century)

Conference Poster Urban Cultures
Conference Poster Urban Cultures, Klaipėda 2018

April 18-20, 2018, Klaipėda

The third conference on Baltic Urban History invites presenters from different disciplines to discuss urban cultures. During recent decades, a significant change occurred in our understanding of the multicultural character of Baltic cities. Even in the Baltics, the concept of a city as a space for interaction of cultural diversities can hardly cause surprise today. Still, there is a question as to whether the notion of that multiculturalism may be useful explaining the very phenomenon of an urban space, urbanity, and urbanisation. Contributing to the problematisation of these concepts, the conference organizers have deliberately chosen a no less ambiguous term of “urban cultures” (often identified with “urbanity”) whose different definitions were developed by archaeologists, sociologists, cultural anthropologists, historians, and researchers on architecture and urbanism.

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Program

18 APRIL 2018, WEDNESDAY
Keynote Speaker Address
Violeta DAVOLIŪTĖ-OPGENORTH, Lithuanian Cultural Research Institute / Vilnius University, Lithuania

Session 1
Urban Lifestyles in Medieval and Early Modern Baltics
Chair and comment: Anu MÄND, Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History, Tallinn University, Estonia

19 APRIL 2018, THURSDAY
Session 2
Cultural Contacts and Communication in Medieval and Early Modern Urban Communities
Chair and comment: Juhan KREEM, Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History, Tallinn University, Estonia

Session 3
Modernization and Its Impact on Urban Cultures at the Turn of the 20th Century
Chair and comment: Vasilijus SAFRONOVAS, Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology, Klaipėda University, Lithuania

Session 4
Changing Way of Life in Soviet Urban Communities
Chair and comment: Felix ACKERMANN, German Historical Institute Warsaw, Poland

20 APRIL 2018, FRIDAY
Session 5
Ethnic Conflicts in Baltic Urban Spaces
Chair and comment: Heidi HEIN-KIRCHER, Herder Institute, Marburg

Session 6
Ambiguous Urban Heritage
Chair and comment: Aldis GEDUTIS, Centre for the Study of Social Change, Klaipėda University, Lithuania

Conference Organizers:
Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology of Klaipėda University
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg, Germany
Klaipėda City Municipality
Klaipėda City Municipality Ethnic Culture Center
Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History of Tallinn University, Estonia
Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia, Riga