Book launch: Re-mapping the Centre and Periphery

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Alison Fox

We are delighted to announce a book launch to celebrate the publication of the new open access book Re-mapping the Centre and Periphery, edited by Tessa Hauswedell, Axel Körner, and Ulrich Tiedau

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Date: 29th April 2019

Location: IAS Common Ground, Ground floor, South Wing, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT

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Historians often assume a one-directional transmission of knowledge and ideas, leading to the establishment of spatial hierarchies defined as centres and peripheries. In recent decades, transnational and global history have contributed to a more inclusive understanding of intellectual and cultural exchanges that profoundly challenged the ways in which we draw our mental maps.

Covering the early modern and modern periods, Re-Mapping Centre and Periphery investigates the asymmetrical and multi-directional structure of such encounters within Europe as well as in a global context. Exploring subjects from the shores of the Russian Empire to nation-making in Latin America, the international team of contributors demonstrates how, as products of human agency, centre and periphery are conditioned by mutual dependencies; rather than representing absolute categories of analysis, they are subjective constructions determined by a constantly changing discursive context.

Through its analysis, the volume develops and implements a conceptual framework for remapping centres and peripheries, based on conceptual history and discourse history. As such, it will appeal to a wide variety of historians, including transnational, cultural and intellectual, and historians of early modern and modern periods.

This book launch is supported by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), the Centre for Transnational History (CTH) and the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), UCL. 

All welcome. Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events and that admission is on a first come first served basis. Please follow this FAQ link for more information.

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Book Launch: Cities Made of Boundaries (Antwerp, Belgium)

Posted on April 03, 2019 by Alison Fox

The author and the University of Antwerp’s Urban Studies Institute are delighted to invite you to the launch of Cities Made of 

Date: Thursday 23 April 2019 at 3 p.m.

Time: 3pm

Location: Room SJ.214, University of Antwerp, Sint-Jacobsmarkt 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

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Cities Made of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish a frame of reference for radically comparative urban studies positioned between geography and archaeology. Based in multidisciplinary social and spatial theory, a critical realist understanding of the boundaries that compose built space is operationalised by a mapping practice utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Benjamin Vis gives a precise account of how BLT Mapping can be applied to detailed historical, reconstructed, contemporary, and archaeological urban plans, exemplified by sixteenth to twenty-first century Winchester (UK) and Classic Maya Chunchucmil (Mexico). This account demonstrates how the functional and experiential difference between compact western and tropical dispersed cities can be explored.

About Benjamin Vis

Benjamin Vis is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Antwerp’s Urban Studies Institute. He holds a Research Fellowship at the University of Kent, where he co-founded the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies. He continues developing urban morphological research on Maya urban life and spatial organisation to make radical comparative contributions to urban studies and sustainable development.

Other speakers will be confirmed soon on the USI website.





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