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PhD/RMa Winter School: „Cities, Borders and Identities: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach“, November 18-26, 2017, Rome

Between 18 and 26 November 2017 a winter school is organized on identity formation in European border cities and urban borderlands at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).

Over the last three decades border cities and urban borderlands have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness. By bringing together Research Master students and early career PhD researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims specifically to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. Although individual participants are invited to apply the research questions to various European cases, locating this winter school in Rome offers an outstanding possibility for excursions and in situ analyses of a historically layered city.

The winter school is a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the Huizinga Institute for Cultural History, ACCESS EUROPE and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam and coordinated by Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz (University of Amsterdam). 

Further information on the course can be found at http://www.huizingainstituut.nl/winterschool-rome-cities-borders-and-identities-towards-an-interdisciplinary-approach.