The CEU Summer University: Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe

The CEU Summer University announces the course

Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe

July 18 – 27, 2016, Budapest, Hungary

Supported by Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.



Course Directors

Markian Prokopovych, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, University of Birmingham, UK

Katalin Stráner, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Bert De Munck, Department of History, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Karl Hall, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

László Kontler, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary 

Kapil Raj, Centre Alexandre-Koyré, EHESS, Paris, France

Ulrike Spring, Sogn og Fjordane University, College, Sogndal, Norway

Roey Sweet, Centre for Urban History, School of History, University of Leicester, UK 

Brief course description

This course, aimed at graduate and doctoral students, explores new approaches and connections in the history of science and urban history. Historians of science have been showing increased interest in various urban aspects of the production and dissemination of science in the transforming public sphere. At the same time, urban historians have had their own discussion of the role of science in the city. This interdisciplinary summer course will bring together senior and junior scholars of urban history, the history of science, and other related fields in order to exchange ideas and develop new research agendas. The course aims to expand the “urban variable” in the history of science and, at the same time, to designate a space for the sciences in urban history from the early modern period to the early twentieth century. Furthermore, it offers a new space for discussion within historical studies, not only for historians of science and urban historians, but also for practitioners of other fields, such as environmental studies, gender studies, literature, science and technology studies, sociology, cultural or social anthropology.

Central European University’s  summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English  for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from  all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

The dead-line is postponed till March the 15th. For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site of the CEU Summer University.