[URBANTH-L]CFP: Port Cities and Networking (Bryn Mawr College)

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Fri Sep 12 15:39:54 EDT 2008

[forwarded from H-Urban at h-net.msu.edu]

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below an announcement for "Port Cities and Networking" a 
conference that will take place at Bryn Mawr College (just outside 
Philadelphia) on November 16th and 17th.

We are currently in the process of finalizing the program, but if you 
have a paper suggestion to add, please contact me at chein at brynmawr.edu

Also contact me, if you would like more information. I will be sending 
out the finalized program once I have it.

Carola Hein

A Conference and Workshop on Global Port Cities and Networking from the 
20th to the 21st Century

To be held Nov. Sun. 16th ­Mon 17th 2008

Port Cities have a long history as places of economic exchange and as 
gateways for the transmission of people, goods, built and urban form. 
Since the mid 19th century, European expansion and globalization have 
further promoted them as major nodes in a worldwide capitalist economic 
network. Through the 20th and 21st centuries port cities have continued 
to be at the forefront for the creation of new cultural and social 
practices, multi-ethnic neighborhoods, imported building materials and 
technologies, design, and urban planning. Port cities have used 
waterfronts and their transformation as spaces to attract and promote 
urban and social transformation.

The conference intends to bring together outside speakers and Bryn Mawr 
and Haverford faculty with interests in the topic of port cities and 
waterfronts taking an interdisciplinary and international approach. 
Existing literature on port cities mostly discusses them as a series of 
cities with ports without examining similarities or linkages. 
Similarly, research on waterfronts tends to put examples side by side 
rather than investigate whether global (capitalist economic) networks 
have led to particular interchange and interaction between these 
cities, transforming them into an identifiable group. The conference 
will thus ask questions such as: What are the common characteristics of 
port cities? Are there connections other than the existence of a port 
that allow us to consider port cities as different kinds of cities? Are 
there-and have there been over time-particular challenges facing these 
cities? How did maritime mobility, economic globalization, and 
migration manifest itself in waterfront cities? Does the networking 
between these cities influence their urban development, social 
composition, etc.? What are the connections between research on 
waterfront issues and questions of port cities? Is there a hierarchy 
between port cities?

Organized by Carola Hein, Jeff Cohen, Kalala Ngalamulume, Jim Wright, 
Peter Magee, Steve McGovern, Laurie Hart, Linda Gerstein from Bryn Mawr 
and Haverford Colleges.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Sciences, Center for Visual Culture, 
a Mellon Tri-Co See Grant.

Questions and information please contact:

Carola Hein, Growth and Structure of Cities Program
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion
Bryn Mawr
PA 19010-2799
chein at brynmawr.edu

Tentative schedule Port Cities and Networking:

Nov. 16th: 9:30­ 18:00 Public Presentations (15 min each plus 15 min 

9:00-10:15: Global Exchange and Local Impact
(Discussant: Denise Scott Brown)?

Stephen Ward (Oxford Brookes University)
Port Cities and the Global Exchange of Planning Ideas

Lars Amenda (Universität Hamburg)
The Container Revolution: Adapting local harbors to standardized global 

Louis Nelson (University of Virginia)
Culture, Crisis and Context: Eighteenth-Century Port Towns in the 
Greater British Caribbean

Peter Magee (Bryn Mawr College)
Ports Without Water and the Ship of the Desert

10:30 ­ 11:45 Urban Governance and Territorial Organization
(Discussant: Linda Gerstein)

Myron Echenberg (McGill)
Port Cities and Public Health: Control Measures Against Bubonic Plague, 

Kalala Ngalamulume (Bryn Mawr College)
Saint Louis (Senegal): From Trading-Post to Colonial Port-City/Capital,
19th-early 20th centuries

Bert Schijf (University of Amsterdam)
The ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, 1850-1940. Global Orientation and 
Local Competition

Stephen Ramos (Harvard University)
Infrastructral Urbanism in Dubai: The Case of Jebel Ali Port as a 
Mechanism for Territorial Organization


12:30-13:45 Innovation and Preservation
(Discussant: Jeff Cody)?

Jeff Cohen (Bryn Mawr College)
The fabric of a port city: building typologies near 19th century 
Philadelphia's waterfront

Sandra Schürmann (Hamburg)
The Hamburg Harbor Model from 1900 and its International Impact and Context

Gene Desfor (York University, Toronto)
Deep Water and Good Land: Socio-nature and Toronto's Changing 
Industrial Waterfront

Jonathan Farris (Western Carolina University)
Treaty Ports of China: Dynamics of the Local and Global in the West's 
Architectural Presence

14:00-15:15 The Mediterranen and Beyond: Ancient and contemporary port 
cities and networking
Discussant: Lynn Hollen Lees (University of Pennsylvania)

Jim Wright (Bryn Mawr College)
Ports and Maritime Networks in the Mediterranean: an archaeological 

Celine Fremaux (Laboratoire "In Visu", CNRS/INHA à Paris)
Urbanism, Architecture and Migration in the Port Cities of the Suez 
Canal: Exchange and resistence.

Laurie Hart (Haverford College)
Marseille: "Gateway to the Orient" and the New North-South Frontier

Patrick O'Flanaghan (University College Cork)
The Atlantic Port City in a Cross Cultural Context

15:30 pm ­ 16:45 Waterfronts and the Promotion of Port Cities
(Discussion: Rosemary Wakeman, Fordham University)

Dirk Schubert (HafenCity Universität Hamburg)
Learning from the Waterfront

Hans Harms (HafenCity University Hamburg)
Changes of Seaport Cities in the second half of the 19th Century 
through large Infrastructure Projects, Created to Adjust 
(pre-industrial) Seaports to the new Transportation Conditions with 
Steamships, Railroads,Warehousing etc.

Steve McGovern (Haverford College)
Evolving Visions of Waterfront Development in Postindustrial 
Philadelphia: The Formative Role of Elite Ideologies

Carola Hein (Bryn Mawr College)
Urban Identity in a Global Market: An analysis of Hamburg's large-scale 
urban transformation projects in their local and international context 
between 1842 and 2008

17:00 ­ 18:00 Concluding Discussion

Monday 17th 9am-5:30 pm
The participants gather in closed workshops (or with participation on 
invitation) to exchange comments on the articles, discuss conference's 
comments and decide on details regarding the final publication.

There are opportunities for meeting with groups of presenters or 
inviting speakers to classes.

Supplementary papers submitted at the EAUH Lyon to be distributed, see:
Port Cities: Social, Cultural, and Built Repositories of Globalization 
and Networking in the 19th and 20th Century (Main Session 11)

Organizers: Carola Hein (Bryn Mawr College) and Lars Amenda (University 
of Hamburg)

Dirk Schubert (HafenCity University Hamburg) (attending BMC conference 
with a revised topic)
Port Cities and Waterfronts ­ Global Planning Ideas and Local Identities

Carol Krinsky (New York University) (possibly attending in BMC)
New York City: How Its Port Shaped Its Architecture

Malte Fuhrmann (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin)
The Transplantation of Overseas Infrastructure and Customs in the Late 
Ottoman Port Cites as a Struggle to Redefine the Social Order

Marisa Yiu (University of Hong Kong)
Hong Kong's Transformative Image as a Port City: from British Colony to 
a Special Administrative Region of China

Laurent Fourchard (University of Bordeaux)
Lagos: Between National and World History (1861-2007)

Mathieu Grenet/Athanasios Gekas (European University Institute, Florence)
Cosmopolitanism Managed? Trade and Politics in Mediterranean Ports 

Carola Hein
Associate Professor
Growth and Structure of Cities Program
Bryn Mawr College

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