This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721933.


Local Training Event at UPJŠ – Open Lectures by dr. Petr Roubal on 11 - 12 December 2019

On 11 - 12 December 2019, the UPJŠ team is organising open lecture series within the urbanHIST training programme. The lectures will be given

by Petr Roubal, M.A., M.Phil., PhD. (Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences) on Prague post-socialist and post-communist 

urban planning. 

Local Training Event at UPJŠ – Webinar Lecture on 26 November 2019

On 26 November 2019, the UPJŠ team is organising a webinar lecture within the urbanHIST training programme. 

The lecture will be given by PhDr. Slávka OTČENÁŠOVÁ, MA., PhD. (Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice; Seconded National Expert at the European Research Council Executive Agency) on Postdoc Research and Funding Opportunities.

urbanHIST Visiting Stockholm

In October 2019, the urbanHIST project (EC-H2020-MSCA) started the fourth year if its implementation. During this month, two international events took place on all-consortium level in Stockholm – the second scientific urbanHIST conference "Interpreting 20th Century European Urbanism" (21 - 23 October 2019) and Network-Wide Workshop Week VI (NWWW VI, 24 - 26 October 2019). Both events were visited by urbanHIST teams from beneficiary universities, partner organisations of the project as well as external international audience and guests.

The second urbanHIST conference took place in Wenner-Gren Center in Stockholm during 21 - 23 October 2019. All four beneficiary universities participated in organising the conference. The conference programme consisted of 4 keynote lectures, 3 discussion panels, 13 thematic tracks, and social and networking activities. Dedicated to the main theme "Interpreting 20th Century European Urbanism", the thematic focus of the conference relied heavily on the commitment of the urbanHIST Early Stage Researchers, who also presented their partial research results. All thematic tracks were proposed by urbanHIST doctoral students, who were also co-chairing individual thematic sessions having a senior researcher aside.

The keynote speakers were prof. Dr. Ing. arch. Henrieta Moravčíková from the Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava and the Faculty of Architecture of Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, prof. RNDr. Luděk Sýkora, Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague, prof. Sasha Tsenkova from University of Calgary and Prof. Stephen V. Ward from Oxford Brookes University. Their selection displayed the conference and programme research interest. The discussion panels and roundtables marked the link between the urbanHIST leitmotif and the venue of the conference. Two of them thematised the neglected planning histories in the European periphery and argued the diversity of different research traditions regarding the history of the city and its planning. The third discussion panel chaired and organised by urbanHIST partner organisations ArkDes (The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design) and Boverket (Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning) addressed gaps in sustainable urban development research in the Swedish planning discourse. Within the thematic tracks, almost 60 contributions of participants from four continents were presented, which demonstrates the international interest in the programme and its research fields.

The conference was followed by urbanHIST Network-Wide Workshop Week VI which took place in Hilton Hotel Slussen in Stockholm during 24 – 26 October 2019. NWWW VI comprised a number of regular consortium activities, such as ESRs meetings, management and Supervisory Board meetings. As usual, supervision meetings were held to discuss progress of doctoral students and set up further research steps. The main part of the NWWW VI consisted of training workshops dealing with the issues of application training, career options and thesis defence (led by Local Directors of the project), and a lecture on housing policy of European Union presented by Jan-Evert Nilsson from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona. Finally, social events for urbanHIST participants made the stay in Stockholm even more engaging. The next workshop week of the consortium will take place in February 2020 in Valladolid, Spain.

Conference Programme

Conference Brochure

Photo: Ebba Högstöm (BTH)

Update – urbanHIST Conference – Stockholm, 21-23 October 2019

The urbanHIST consortium is delighted to present the updated conference schedule and track overview for the urbanHIST conference “Interpreting 20th Century European Urbanism” in  Stockholm, 21-23 October 2019. We look very much forward to a fruitful and inspiring conference.


Please visit our conference website for further information:

Conference schedule

Call for Abstracts – urbanHIST Conference – Stockholm, 21-23 October 2019

urbanHIST organizes its second conference in Stockholm on 21-23 October 2019: Interpreting 20th Century European Urbanism. As an explicitly interdisciplinary project, we encourage submissions from urbanism, planning, and architectural historians; preservationists; geographers; museum curators, and independent scholars. 


Abstracts should be uploaded on the online submission platform:



Local Training Event at UVa – Open Lecture on 9 May 2019

On 9 May 2019, the UVa team is organising an open lecture within the urbanHIST training programme. The lecture will be given by Amparo de Urbina (Universidad de Colombia) on the topic of "Contemporary Trends of Historic City Centers Management in Europe and Latin America".

urbanHIST Webinar #4 organised by UVa

On 3 May 2019, the UVa team organises the fourth urbanHIST webinar, which will be composed of two lectures - “Planning the Greater Paris” and “Transfers and exchanges” given by BEATRIZ FERNÁNDEZ ÁGUEDA from École d’Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France). See more information in the attached poster. The recording of the webinar will be published on soon.

Network-Wide Workshop Week V

The fifth urbanHIST consortium-wide meeting was organised in Slovakia on 1 – 4 April 2019 by the Department of History, Faculty of Arts of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. Such meeting was organised by UPJŠ urbanHIST team for the second time, following the NWWW IV in October 2018.

The programme of the meeting started with the 6 dissertation examinations of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) studying within the doctoral programme Slovak History at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, UPJŠ in Košice. They presented their research progress, defended the introductory chapters of their theses and underwent the thematic examination in front of the international examination committee. We congratulate all doctoral students to successfully passing the examination. After the examination, all 15 ESRs of the urbanHIST programme met and discussed the current issues of their study and work on the project during the official ESR Meeting.

Specialised workshops offered within the ESR-oriented part of the programme were focused on Academic Writing (Gareth Dyke, Ph.D., Charlesworth Group) and ERC Grants (PhDr. Slávka Otčenášová, MA., PhD., Department of History, FF UPJŠ; ERCEA). The Keynote Lecture was presented by Prof. Steinar Aas (Nord Universitet, Bodø) on the topic of Urbanisation and Urban Life in Scandinavia – the Role of Nature, Climate and Environment. Within the traditional parts of the programme, the doctoral candidates discussed their research progress with their supervisors during Supervision Meetings, and the management of the project discussed the further steps of the project implementation.

Several optional and networking activities completed the week – optional field trip, guided tour of Košice aimed at the 1st half of the 20th century (guide - Milan Kolcun), as well as common lunches and dinners offered the team several possibilities to meet and discuss also on an unofficial basis.


The following consortium meeting will be organised by BTH team in Stockholm, in October 2019.

urbanHIST NWWW V - Programme

During 1 - 4 April 2019, urbanHIST team at UPJŠ in Košice is organising the fifth workshop week in a series of network-wide workshop weeks. Košice meeting promises an interesting programme again. We are looking forward to meeting all ESRs, their supervisors and urbanHIST teams, as well as representatives of APOs, NAPOs and Advisory Board members within the consortium. 

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