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The research network on Gender in the European Town: the making of the modern town will interject gender into urban historiography and therefore alter our perspective. The period from about 1600 is fundamental to how our modern cities have developed and shapes our contemporary understanding of towns and the way they work in cultural, spatial and gendered ways. The idea of the city is central to contemporary practices, which draw on ideas and imagined spaces of the past.

Our network focuses around three themes: Space and Place; Economy; Political Culture. It challenges current perceptions of urbanisation and nuances our understanding of the development and legacy of towns. The ways that men and women participated in town life was largely interconnected with concepts of gender roles. This research explores relationships of gender, space, workplace, commerce, trade and sociability and will 
Attending the Urban History Conference, Ghent 2010 
Attending the Urban History Conference, Ghent 2010
promote a wider understanding of the issues of gender and urban experience. Asking new questions and exploring a range of towns, the network will contribute to a wider understanding of the spaces, places and dynamics that shape the contemporary urban European world. This highly international project, led by a Danish researcher and co-led by colleagues from Denmark, will situate Danish and Nordic research at the centre of contemporary research into Gender in the European Town. The network will lead the way and will be able to make a significant contribution to urban and gender scholarship. 


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