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EAUH Conference 2018


Session M35 - Micro-Geographies of the City, c.1600-1900: Spaces and Places, Practices and Representations

Coordinators: Alida Clemente (, Dag Lindström (, Jon Stobart (

Read Session abstractCities can be conceived at a grand scale: mapped on a single sheet, planned by a central authority and transformed by grandiose schemes of expansion or renewal. Alternatively, and arguably more productively, they can be viewed as a collage of smaller units, including communities, blocks, streets and buildings. Large-scale transformation then becomes the product of myriad many smaller changes driven by the everyday routines of city life that, in de Certeau’s, words ‘give their shape to spaces. They weave places together’. This mutual inter-relationship between the actions of individuals and the form and structure of city spaces lies at the heart of the spatial turn in urban history – a shift in thinking which recognises the agency of space.
We seek to build on and critically engage with these ideas to explore the small-scale processes and practices that shaped the city, c.1600-1900, and the ways in which it was conceived and represented. The session will bring together studies from across Europe which seek to examine the following, with comparative analyses being especially welcome:
• the ways in which the routines of everyday life were moulded by the mirco-geographies of house, street and neighbourhood, and how these routines shaped such spaces
• changing spatialities of the house and its relationship with other activities, including workshops and shops
• the importance of boundaries, for example plot disposition and ownership, in the changing spatiality of the city
• the street as an interface between the public/civic and the private/domestic, and the ways in which this shaped its appearance and use
• representations of buildings, streets and neighbourhoods on plans, engravings, photographs, and the role of these in their renewal or resilience
• the role of inertia, for example of existing buildings, in shaping the pace, scale and geography of urban renewal
• how these processes and practices were shaped by conflict: between actors, representations, uses of space, etc.
Keywords: urban transformation; renewal; space; representation; conflict; inertia; buildings

Friday 31st August 2018
  Room 10 09.00-10.30, 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30



Home Shopping: The Micro-History of Commercial and Domestic Space in Eighteenth-Century York
Matthew Jenkins

The brilliant idea of the bookkeeper Johan Peter Frisk and the coming of an urban wooden housing culture in Linköping, Sweden.
Göran Tagesson

Agency of space in the nineteenth-century streetscape in Antwerp and Dublin
Susan Galavan

Neighborhood society : A micro historical serial study of a Parisian street
Preston Perluss

A Modest Revolution: The Nineteenth-Century Berlin Tenement and the German Hausfrau
Isabel Rousset

Uses, conflicts and regulations in micro-places : the case of early modern Lyon
Olivier Zeller

The Struggle for Urban Space: Policed Places in Stockholm 1776–1850
Tobias Larsson

Political meeting places in Manchester and Sheffield c.1780-1860: the built environment as a quotidian source of political agency
Sam Griffiths, Katrina Navickas, Blerta Dino

Representing a disreputable house
Ulrik Langen

Houses, streets, and conflicts of immorality and respectability in Copenhagen c. 1900
Peter Wessel Hansen

Mapping early modern London
Vanessa Harding

Architectural graphics and the terraced house in Dublin and Edinburgh, 1790–1810
Conor Lucey

Representing a changing city: Walter Osborne and the transformation of Patrick Street and its environs, 1887 – 1900.
Kathryn Milligan

Sidewalks and alignment of the streets: The gap between large-scale planning and the building-scale in the 18th and 19th centuries (Brussels-Paris)
Christophe Loir, Thomas Schlesser

A microhistory of the making of a popular neighborhood in Paris between 1848 and 1930
Paul Lecat