The seventh urbanHIST consortium-wide meeting was organised in Spain on 10-13 February 2020 by the Instituto Universitario de Urbanística of Universidad de Valladolid. It is the second time Valladolid has hosted our meeting, and it is the last get-together including training workshops for ESRs within urbanHIST. The event focused on the topic of CURRENT HORIZONS OF 20TH CENTURY URBAN HISTORY.
The rich programme of this seventh meeting included a considerable number of lectures given by renowned scholars from Spain, France, the UK and Germany: among them Joseph Ben Prestel (Freie Universität Berlin), Sabine Barles (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Rubén Pallol Trigueros (Univ. Complutense de Madrid), Javier Monclús Fraga (Universidad de Zaragoza), Denis Bocquet (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg) and José Luis Oyón (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña). The approached topics illustrated well the scope of urban history, presenting different research methods, angles and theoretical analysis.
Discussions and round tables were organised as well. To discuss the new challenges and debates on urbanism and urban planning history were invited Simon Gunn (Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester and EAUH member) and Dirk Schubert (HafenCity University Hamburg and IPHS member), Bertrando Bonfantini (Politecnico di Milano). And the round table invited Laurent Coudroy de Lille (École d’Urbanisme de Paris), Ángel Marinero Peral (Secretary-General of Development and Enviroment, PLAU-, JCyL), Eduardo Pedruelo Martín (Director of the Municipal Archive of Valladolid), and Alberto Sanz Hernando (Historical Service, COAM, Madrid) to debate about the « XXth Century European Urban Planning in Archives ».
The programme also included the visit of the exhibition “From the plan to the map: 50 years of urban planning in Valladolid” curated by Miguel Fernández Maroto, (Instituto Universitario de Urbanística, UVa), the Harald Bodenschatz and Max Welch Guerra book presentation Städtebau unter Salazar: Diktatorische Modernisierung des portugiesischen Imperiums 1926-1960, and a guided tour Urbanism and housing projects during Francoist Dictatorship.
The meeting, as usual, comprised ESR workshops oriented to their future career development, supervision meetings, and coordination meeting for local directors and coordinators. Four days of meeting, complimented by networking activities, contributed towards fostering the relationships between all participants. We would like to express our thanks to organisers of this event - Instituto Universitario de Urbanística of Universidad de Valladolid.
For more information and the complete list of lecturers, please refer to the programme of the event.
Agnès Dudych, ESR, UPJŠ in Košice