Published 28 November 2023

Conferences and workshops

The Institute for Urban History also organizes as well as partakes in international conferences and workshops, in Sweden and abroad. On this page, you can find information about our international activities and our participation in conferences organized by other organizations and actors with an interest in urban history.

The History of Municipal Socialism

Welcome to a guest lecture in English June 10, 2024. Professor Shelton Stromquist presents his book Claiming the City, about the history of the labor movement and in particular municipal socialism in a number of countries, among them Sweden.

For more than a century, municipal socialism has fired the imagination of workers struggling to make cities livable and democratic. At every turn, certain elites challenged their right to rule.

Free of charge, no pre-registration required.

Adress: ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm, Sweden

Welfare Services and Urban Political Culture in Nordic countries

Since the Middle Ages, welfare services have been organized on a local level, in particular in cities. This welfare was expression for participation rights and formed thus a part of the urban fabric, which eventually changed the ways cities look like. Welfare is part of urban settings, it is inherently urban, as urbanness is the result of a spatial construction of welfare units (Castell). In 2023 and 2024 we want to organize three workshops on the history of welfare cities in the long perspective.

Further information: Welfare Services and Urban Political Culture in Nordic countries

If you have questions, please contact Heiko Droste

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