[URBANTH-L] CFP: Globalization, World Cities and History (grad student workshop, UK)

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Mon Nov 19 10:58:38 EST 2007

++ 2nd call for papers and participation ++

2nd GaWC Student Workshop


In conjunction with:

10th GaWC Annual Lecture:


 by Professor PIET SAEY, Professor-Emeritus in Social Geography and Planning 
at Ghent University (Belgium), and member of the Globalisation and World 
Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC).


Hosted by the Department of Geography, Loughborough University (UK)

Loughborough University
Stuart Mason Building (SMB)
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

In conjunction with the 10th GaWC Annual Lecture by Prof. Dr. Piet Saey 
(Ghent University, Belgium) the Globalisation and World Cities Study Group 
and Network (GaWC) organises its second student workshop, this year focusing 
on Globalisation, World Cities and History.

Recently, GaWC has extended its interests beyond contemporary globalisation, 
and started to investigate the external relations of cities in the past. 
Transnational city networks are not limited to our present-day society, but 
cities and towns have been connected with each other since their early 
origins. Related to this, one can ask whether or not globalisation and/or 
the "network society" are really as new as often conceived in the scientific 
literature. Since globalisation is often interpreted as a strengthening of 
the role of cities at the expense of states, attention is paid as well to 
the complex relation between cities and states throughout historical times.

The 2nd GaWC Student Workshop provides an opportunity for students (PhD, 
Postgraduate, Undergraduate) to discuss issues on Globalisation, World 
Cities and History by exchanging and sharing their research ideas and work 
experiences in an informal and friendly environment. This will be 
facilitated by a number of senior researchers (e.g. Professors Piet Saey, 
Peter Taylor, and Michael Hoyler) and early-career researchers. Students 
from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities are welcome 
(historians, archaeologists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, 
economists, political scientists,.).

We would like to invite you to participate in this event and to present and 
discuss your research interests / projects with other students. Possible 
themes for papers include:

1)      Globalisation in history
2)      Historical city networks / urban networks
3)      Cities versus states in history
4)      (World) cities in the past
5)      Urbanisation and history
6)      Transnationalism, long-distance trade and migration between cities / 
towns in the past
7)      Historical financial centres

Because this workshop is intended for students, there will be no 
registration fee for this event (including the participation at the GaWC 
Annual Lecture). Refreshments will be provided thanks to the generous 
sponsorship by the Geography Department of Loughborough University. However, 
travel, lunch and accommodation will have to be financed by the participants 
themselves. After the workshop, we intend to go for dinner in town (cost per 
person will be less than 10 £).

Students who would like to present a paper should send a short abstract (ca. 
250 words) by Friday 30 November 2007 to Raf Verbruggen 
(R.Verbruggen at lboro.ac.uk).

Other participants also will have the opportunity to be actively involved in 
the workshop through discussion sessions (in small groups as well as a round 
table discussion). All participants should register by Friday 21 December 
2007 by sending an e-mail with full name, position, institution, contact 
information (address + e-mail), research interests / thesis topic (in a 
couple of sentences), and whether or not attending the conference dinner (+ 
dietary requirements) to R.Verbruggen at lboro.ac.uk.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, travel, accommodation,. 
please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope to hear from you soon,

Julia Grosspietsch, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Loughborough 
J.K.Grosspietsch at lboro.ac.uk

Raf Verbruggen, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Loughborough 
R.Verbruggen at lboro.ac.uk

Globalisation and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC)

Visit us at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc



09.00-09.30: Registration and Tea/Coffee
09.30-09.45: Welcome by Head of Department (Prof. Dr. Ian Reid)
09.45-10.45: Presentations I
10.45-11.30: Small group discussions (themes will be attuned to the 
interests of the participants)
11.30-11.45: Break
11.45-12.30: "Generic concepts linking social science and history: Braudel, 
Wallerstein, GaWC": Seminar by Prof Dr. Peter Taylor (Loughborough 
University), director of GaWC
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.45: Presentations II
15.00-16.15: GaWC Annual Lecture: "The study of cities: historical and 
structural approaches, by Prof. Dr. Piet Saey (Ghent University, Belgium)
16.30-17.30: Roundtable discussion and reflections from the workshop
17.30-18.00: Post-workshop drinks
18.30 - .: Conference dinner



Loughborough University is easy to reach:

To have a look at (downloadable) maps of Loughborough University Campus and 
the surrounding area please refer to www.lboro.ac.uk/about/map/ or read on 
for some further travel tips:

Workshop venue:

The 2nd GaWC Student Workshop will take place in the Stuart Mason Building 
(Reference Number on Campus Map: 48, SMB) towards the south end of the 
campus' Central Park.

Loughborough University can be easily reached by ROAD, by RAIL or by AIR:

By ROAD: Loughborough is just off the M1 (Junction 23). Leave the M1 at 
Junction 23, and follow the A512 that takes you directly to the campus.
To get to the Student Workshop venue, Stuart Mason Building (Reference 
Number on Campus Map: 48, SMB), it is best to use the East Entrance and 
report to the gatehouse to ask for car park space.

By RAIL: Loughborough is part of the Midland Mainline route network. London 
St. Pancras can be reached in 90 min, Birmingham New Street in 80 min, 
Bristol in just over 3 hours, Edinburgh in 5 hours, Leeds in 2h 30 min, 
Manchester in 2h 30 min, and Nottingham in 20 min.

Check timetables and ticket fares at www.thetrainline.co.uk, or 

>From 14 November 2007 Eurostar-train services (www.eurostar.com) will be 
launched from London St. Pancras to mainland Europe. Brussels and Paris can 
then be reached in 2h and 2h 30 min respectively (might be an alternative to 
flying, especially because of the good connection between London St. Pancras 
and Loughborough).

Some tips for students not familiar with English trains and fares:
- Book as far as possible in advance and you can get really cheap deals.
- Trains from and to London can be very expensive when you are travelling in 
peak times.
- Book a return ticket, they are usually much cheaper than two single 
- If you are booking special offer tickets (e.g. from and to London), you 
can only get the best deals when you are travelling on off-peak trains. You 
also need to book two single journeys, special deals are not for return 
- There are no special student prices (to get a student price you would need 
to purchase a student rail card, but that does not pay off if you only use 
it for one journey).
- Loughborough station has a short platform, hence it might be possible that 
you cannot alight from your coach and need to move to a different coach. It 
is best to ask the ticket inspector from which coaches you can alight at 
- Keep your ticket until you have left the train station, you will have to 
use it to leave the train station through electronic barriers.

If you want to get the cheapest fares you need to play around a bit on the 

>From Loughborough train station there is a bus (Kinchbus, Number 7, 
www.kinchbus.co.uk/7kinchbus.html) that takes you directly to the campus, 
during term time the bus leaves every 10 min. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to 
arrive on campus.
To get to the Workshop venue (Stuart Mason Building, reference Number on 
Campus Map: 48, SMB) you should alight at the 2nd bus stop on campus, at the 
Haslegrave Building, Ref. No.: 61, N).

By AIR: Loughborough is about 8 miles from East Midlands airport 
Low cost airlines flying to EMA are:
- BMI Baby (www.bmibaby.com)
- Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
- Ryanair (www.ryanair.com)

>From the airport, there is a bus to Loughborough 
(www.kinchbus.co.uk/airline.html) every 30 minutes (ca. £ 2). It takes ca. 
25 minutes to arrive at Loughborough town centre or train station from where 
you could again take Kinchbus No. 7, or walk to the campus from town centre 
(ca. 20-25 min).
By taxi, it takes ca. 15 minutes to go from the airport to the university 
(approx. £ 15-20).

>From Birmingham International Airport (www.bhx.co.uk) to Loughborough, 
travel time is 100 min by train (www.thetrainline.co.uk) and 2h 30 min - 3h 
by coach (www.nationalexpress.com).

Accommodation in Loughborough:

For details about hotels, guesthouses and B&B's in Loughborough please refer 





Raf Verbruggen
Department of Geography
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom
E-mail: R.Verbruggen at lboro.ac.uk 

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