This workshop, jointly organised by the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History and the Centre for Urban Studies, aims to develop a long-term perspective on urban displacement, social transformation and resistance.
Gentrification is one of the most striking developments of our time, radically impacting residential, consumption and investment patterns, and urban culture more broadly. Yet despite its significance, little is known about gentrification processes predating the repopulation of Western cities from the 1980s onwards. While geographers are more inclined to focus on contemporary developments, historians seem wary of using the term when examining the social transformation of bygone eras. This leaves us with a remarkable gap on the historical understanding of gentrification. Tracing the history of the phenomenon will enable us to challenge common definitions, perceptions and stereotypes. This in turn will inform contemporary debates about whether or not a concept such as gentrification, rooted in the specific historical-institutional context of mostly Anglo-Saxon cities, can be transferred across global contexts and considered a “planetary” phenomenon.
With the organisation of a two-day workshop, the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History and the Centre for Urban Studies aim to bring together academics from the fields of urban geography, urban history and other urban studies-related subdisciplines.
The workshop will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam, and will be preceded by a keynote lecture by Suleiman Osman: 'The Historical Pitfalls of Gentrification'. Gentrification is one of the most contentious issues in cities around the globe today. But does it have a history? Five decades after sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term in 1964, gentrification is beginning to attract more attention from historians. But the hotly contested word presents several potential pitfalls for historical analysis. This talk will introduce some of these pitfalls and offer potential paths toward forging a “history of gentrification”.
At 9.30 the day will commence in the VOC-zaal with coffee and tea. At 10.00 the guided city walk through the Jordaan will start from here. On Thurday 9 May the following speakers will present:
On Friday the programme will take place in room F.021. After coffee and tea the following speakers will present:
Download the full programme including times and locations below.
This workshop is organised by Tim Verlaan (Centre for Urban History) and Cody Hochstenbach (Centre for Urban Studies) and is funded by a Centre for Urban Studies Seed Grant and a grant from the Centre for Urban History.
Participation is free of charge, but please register by sending an email to Cody Hochstenbach.