Keynote speakers

Professor (Emerita)
Riitta Nikula
University of Helsinki, Finland

Visionary Town Plans and Imperfect Realisations in the Heart of Helsinki

Wednesday, 24 August,
Opening Ceremony, 18:00–20:00,
Aula Magna

Biography: Riitta Nikula is an art historian and Professor Emerita of Art History. Before her appointment as Professor of Art History in 1994, she was Head of Research at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. She has published both scholarly and popular books and articles on 20 th century Finnish architecture and town planning, the latest book focusing on the history of the Finnish terraced house from 1900 to the 1960s. In the opening ceremony of the EAUH 2016 conference she will be talking about the century long planning process of the Töölönlahti area in the heart of Helsinki.

Riitta Nikula’s publications include:
Suomalainen rivitalo. Työväen asunnosta keskiluokan unelmaksi [The Finnish terraced house. From worker housing to middle-class dream]. Finnish Literature Society, 2014.

Focus on 20 th century architecture and town planning. Collected papers by Riitta Nikula.
Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo, 2006.

Wood, Stone and Steel: Contours of Finnish Architecture. Otava, 2005.

Heroism and the Everyday. Building Finland in the 1950s, editor, Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo, 1994.

Maarten Prak
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Urban History Agendas and Pre-modern Citizenship

Wednesday, 24 August,
Opening Ceremony, 18:00–20:00,
Aula Magna

Biography: Maarten Prak has been Professor of Social and Economic History, together with Jan Luiten van Zanden, at Utrecht University since 1992. Currently he is also the chairman of the Humanities Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He is the author of two book-length studies of Dutch towns (Leiden and’s- Hertogenbosch) in the 18th –19th centuries, and a survey of the most urbanised society of the pre-modern era, the Dutch Republic, during its Golden Age. He has published journal articles and book chapters about guilds, poor relief, civic militias and citizenship. He will be talking about his latest book project, which deals with urban citizenship in Europe, Asia and the America’s before the French Revolution.

Maarten Prak’s publications include:

“Citizens, soldiers and civic militias in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe”, Past & Present 288 (2015), 93–123.

Technology, Skills and the Pre-modern Economy in the East and the West, co-edited with Jan Luiten van Zanden. Global Economic History Series, vol. 10, Brill, 2013.

“Mega-structures of the Middle Ages: the construction of religious buildings in Europe and Asia, c. 1000–1500”, Journal of Global History 6 (2011), 381–406.

Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400–1800, editor, with S.R. Epstein. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2005 (also published in Dutch, Hungarian, and Chinese).

Swati Chattopadhyay
University of California,
Santa Barbara, United States of America

Urbanism and Subalternity

Thursday, 25 August,
Sali 1.

Biography: Swati Chattopadhyay finished her doctoral thesis in architecture in 1997 at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently she works as a professor at the University of California, where she held the position of Chair of the department of History from 2011 to 2015. She is also a distinguished visiting fellow at the University of London. Chattopadhyay’s research interests include colonialism and modernism and the aspects of race, gender and ethnicity in post-colonial modern cities. Currently she is working on a research project, Nature’s Infrastructure: British Empire and the Making of the Gangetic Plains, 1760–1880.

Swati Chattopadhyay’s publications include:
City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space, co-edited with Jeremy White (Routledge, 2014).

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and JSAH-online, Special Issue on State, Space and Memory, vol. 73, no 4 (Dec 2014).

Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota Press, 2012).

“The Historical Legacy of Suburbs in South Asia,” Special Issue of Urban History, vol. 39, no 1 (2012), 51–55.

Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006).

Friedrich Lenger
Justus Liebig University, Germany

Urbanism and Subalternity The Main Lines of European Urbanization Since 1850: Revisions Needed?

Thursday, 25 August,
Sali 1. Saturday, 27 August,
Closing Ceremony, 14:00–16:00,
Small Festival Hall.

Biography: Friedrich Lenger studied history, sociology, political science and cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (MA 1979), the University of Bielefeld and the University of Düsseldorf (dr.phil. 1985). After obtaining his doctorate in Düsseldorf, he worked as a lecturer and an assistant professor in Tübingen 1985–1994, and as an associate professor in Erlangen 1995–1999. Since 1999, he has been Professor of Medieval and Modern History at the University of Giessen. He has also been a visiting professor at St Antony`s College, Oxford in 1997–1998 and at Georgetown University 2001–2002. In 2015 Lenger was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize by the German Research Foundation.

Friedrich Lenger’s publications include:

Metropolen der Moderne. Eine europäische Stadtgeschichte seit 1850 (Beck, 2013, 2nd ed. 2014).

European Cities in the Modern Era, 1850–1914 (Brill, 2012).

Industrielle Revolution und Nationalstaatsgründung (Klett-Cotta, 2003).

Werner Sombart 1863–1941. Eine Biographie (Beck, 1994, 3 rd ed. 2012).

Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Handwerker seit 1800 (Suhrkamp, 1988).

Zwischen Kleinbürgertum und Proletariat. Studien zur Sozialgeschichte der Düsseldorfer Handwerker 1816–1878 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1986)