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Details of current projects are detailed below, select the separate pages for details on Opportunities, External Events and Current Transport Consultations

Current Projects

Alex Bamji works on religion, disease and death in early modern Venice, with a particular interest in the interplay between the use of space by individuals and groups and the management of the urban environment by the Venetian Republic.

Sara Barker works on news and information exchange between early modern European cities and states, and has published on how communities and community identities were created in Reformation Europe. Current research projects linked to this theme:

  • Ongoing research into the circulation of news stories in early modern Europe, in particular looking at cities which became news hubs and how cities featured in news stories
  • Article in preparation: ‘Internal Displacement: the movement of news stories between printing centres in early modern France’
  • Essay in forthcoming collection edited by Joad Raymond: ‘Time in English translations of continental news’, which discusses the importance of geography and urban settings for creating and sharing news

Julia Barrow has worked on the role of churches in towns c.900-c.1200 since the early 1990s: publications in this area include contributions to The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, I: 600-1540, ed. David Palliser (Cambridge, 2000) and to A Social History of England 900-1200 ed. Julia Crick and Elisabeth van Houts (Cambridge, 2011)

Julia Barrow plans to develop a project on the major churches of the archdiocese of York in the middle ages and  to work on medieval Hereford (longer term).

Malcolm Chase works on late-18th and 19th-century responses to industrialisation in Britain, especially urban popular politics, the labour movement and the ways urban workers conceptualised their relationship to the land.

Current projects: the popular movement for parliamentary reform in the 1860s; ideas around citizenship, masculinity and self-improvement in mid-Victorian Britain.

Shane Doyle – Has done work exploring how urban cultural forms were transmitted into rural communities in Uganda; urban-rural sexual networks; and variation in urban and rural disease patterns in 20thC Uganda.

William Gould is a Professor of Indian History and is involved in a range of projects in and on cities:

The Utopian City: India’s urban futures and alternative histories

A new project funded by the AHRC and Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) Ayona Datta, Leeds (PI-UK) and William Gould, Leeds (CI), Rebecca Madgin, Glasgow (CI) and Anu Sabhlok, (PI, India)

This project interweaves postcolonial and urban studies and social history to investigate the histories of the utopian Indian city in order to rethink alternative urban futures for its marginalised citizens. It does this by taking the view that utopias are as much of grassroots articulations of socially inclusive cities and citizenship as they are top-down visions of urban planning . Building upon the strong foundations established through existing partnerships between UK and Indian researchers this project aims to explore how an alternate history of utopian urban planning can inform the future of urbanization and urban citizenship in India. It is led by Indian historian (Gould) urban and feminist geographer (A. Datta) and Urban History and development scholars (Madgin and Sabhkok) from the UK and India. The network aims to analyse and share knowledge of these alternate histories through a series of inter-connected city meetings between academics, urban planners and grassroots organisations in India and an end of project workshop in the UK.

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Writing British Asian Cities

The diverse local character and trajectories of South Asian diasporas in Britain today is the product mainly of post-war immigration from particular parts of India, modern Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as East Africa. Recognising that there is now an urgent need to reflect upon this presence, this website is the first to explore the changing historical and spatial dynamics of five British-Asian cities.

Funded by the AHRC Diasporas, Migrations and Identities Programme between 2006 and 2009, a network of academics and non-academics set out to examine how each city has been ‘written’ and represented by different constituencies in scholarship, oral history, novels and other forms of cultural production, as well as in the media and official reports. Click here for a summary of the final report, here for information on a journal article and here for a press article.

Leeds Voices: Communicating superdiversity in the market

Leeds Voices is the first phase of a trans-disciplinary programme to explore modes of accommodation across diverse public spaces within the city of Leeds. Taking a multimodal focus on superdiversity, this project focuses on the voices of Leeds Kirkgate Market – a historical linguistic/cultural hub for dense interethnic exchanges that is currently undergoing rapid change. Within this pilot stage, we consider processes of exceptional multi-ethnic accommodation and micro-interaction in Kirkgate Market within a wider discursive context of inter-ethnic conflict as increasingly normative.

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