Published 21 February 2023

Urbanity in the Periphery

August 28-30, 2019, The Institute of Urban History organized an international conference in order to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Scholars from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Estonia presented comparative studies on the towns of the North. The conference was also organized in order to establish an international cooperation among urban historians from different fields.

Short about the conference

On the first evening, the conference was unofficially opened at the nearby City Museum with a public lecture. The next day, Anders Knape, President of Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), welcomed the participants with his opening speech. The following two days were filled with about 30 papers in parallel sessions.

On the second night, all participants and many more guests were invited to Stockholm City Hall for an official party, celebrating the institute and its friends. Håkan Forsell, Professor of Stockholm history at Stockholm university gave a short lecture. The conference was finished with a visit at the newly opened Stockholm Town Archive, at Liljeholmskajen, where the archive presents its world cultural heritage, a large collection of architectural drawings.

A small booklet in Swedish offered different articles on the institute, written by the institute’s main contributors, colleagues and friends. The conference will be published in an English version in 2022.

Join a network

The participants and guests welcomed the idea to introduce a Network for urban historians, working on different aspects and with different academic background on Nordic town history.

The aim is to built a network, mostly based on regular e-mails and newsletters.

If you did not attend the conference in Stockholm 2019, but want to be part of that network, please contact usc

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  • Heiko Droste