The European Association of Urban History (EAUH) was established in 1989 with support of the European Union. EAUH's objective is to bring together all researchers from different disciplines who are working on the research topic "city" in historical perspective, and to strengthen interdisciplinary research and exchange. Up to now it has organised four open conferences as well as a number of smaller colloquia and summer schools. The conference, which takes place every two years is the largest and most important meeting of urban historians in Europe and beyond. Above all the conference makes an important contribution to the scientific and social integration of Europe. The Fifth International Conference on Urban History will bring together about 400 participants from a wide range of disciplines (history, sociology, political science, architecture, urban development and planning, geography, engineering, anthropology, cultural studies, media and film studies) and from more than 20 (West and East) European countries and all over the world.
The core of the scientific conference programme are 34 thematically structured sessions under the direction of internationally rewarded researches (please see the enclosed Second Circular). Having announced the conference programme in an internationally published Call for Papers (Internet, mailing lists, journals), the session chairs will choose the (active) session participants following scientific criteria. They are requested, however, to ensure an international composition of their respective session. Additionally, EAUH organises two "Round Tables" where about 30 papers will be presented and discussed by highly qualified students. Last not least, students will have the opportunity to present their work in progress in an poster exhibition. As well as appealing to academics and students, the conference will be of specific interest to policy makers and the wider public concerned with the heritage, evolution, and problems of today's cities and towns.