CfP: "Exhibiting cities" – City museums in the emerging cities of East Central and Northern Europe, 1880-1939
"Exhibiting cities" – City museums in the emerging cities of East Central and Northern Europe, 1880-1939
15-16 October 2018, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg
Nowadays European cities, like their Asian and North and South American counterparts, compete with one another to become pre-eminent
centers of economic and cultural exchange, and tourism. The culture, history and heritage of contemporary cities, and their effective representation in various forms, such as in city museums, is a cultural capital (a part of symbolic economy), as Sharon Zukin (1996) has pointed out. This workshop, proposed by the Herder Institute (Germany) in cooperation with the Grazer Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH/Stadtarchiv (Austria) and the University of Tampere (Finland), and supported by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity", nevertheless, argues that perceiving the city and the city’s image as urban capital was also known for the cities in East Central and Northern Europe, which emerged with the ambition becoming regional and/or national centers an enormous speed in the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th century in the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empire. By doing so, the workshop intends to illustrate, on the one hand, the so far less researched processes of urban image and identity construction by the city museums in East Central and Northern Europe in a longue durée perspective, and to discuss and capture the particularities of exhibiting cities in these regions, on the other.