[H-verkko] CFP: Call for Chapters: Paris of the Periphery: The Parisian Image and the Making of Urban Modernity in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1850-1930

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Call for Chapters: Paris of the Periphery: The Parisian Image and the Making of
Urban Modernity in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1850-1930
Call for Chapters: Paris of the Periphery: The Parisian Image and the Making of
Urban Modernity in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1850-1930

by Alexander Vari
We invite submissions (in the form of a 1000-word abstract) for consideration as
chapters in an edited volume exploring the many connections between Paris and
the modernizing cities of Eastern Europe and Latin America in the second half of
the nineteenth and early twentieth century (1850-1930).  Our objective is to
reopen and reinvigorate the comparison of the borderlands of modern Western
urbanity by bringing together the histories of cities on the continental and
transatlantic periphery that were fashioned or imagined as regional Parises in
miniature (“Paris of the East,” “Paris of South America,” “Paris of
the Balkans,” “Paris of the Andes,” “Little Paris,” etc.) or that
interpreted significant elements of their urban environment, experience, or
culture through the prism of Paris.  We are particularly interested in going
beyond the focus on urban planning alone in the consideration of this

Through a series of chapters on individual cities in either Eastern Europe or
Latin America (see list below), the volume aims to explore the following
clusters of questions:

• What did it mean to call an Eastern European or Latin American city the
“Paris of…” its region?  Who fostered this association, when, and why? 
(Groups to consider may include, but are not limited to:  politicians,
businessmen, urban planners, architects, city officials, tourism officials,
visiting travelers, immigrants, journalists, advertisers, students, artists,
writers, playwrights, songwriters, bohemians, modernists, scientists, other
local social/political elites.)  Did everyone mean the same thing when they
used it?  How did its meaning change over time in a particular urban or
national context?

• What historical changes in Eastern Europe or Latin America after 1850
encouraged locals to identify with or reject Paris as a model of urban
modernity?  Were there political conflicts or transformations at the national
level that encouraged or discouraged this association? Were they related to
social or cultural changes within the city itself?  Were they fostered by
growing personal networks or other transnational material connections to Paris?

• Which Paris served as the model for the implementation or interpretation of
modernity in an Eastern European or Latin American city, when, and why?  The
“City of Light”?  “Capital of Pleasures”?  Haussmann’s Second Empire
or Beaux-Arts capital?  “Old Paris”?  Bohemian Paris?  Were there other
general images of Parisian modernity that Eastern Europeans or Latin Americans
used to map their own modern urban experience?  Other specific neighborhoods,
streets, or architectural details in Paris that they saw or wanted to see echoes
of in their own city?

• To what degree did urban planners, architects, and city officials in each
Eastern European or Latin American city consciously seek to emulate
Haussmann’s Parisian reforms or model their own urban environment after Paris
specifically?  Were there other urban models of equal or greater importance for
them?  Consciously or not, to what degree did they end up replicating the look
of Paris in miniature?  To what degree were other changes or other people
beyond their control responsible for the “Paris of…” association?

• How did local manifestations of modernism and nationalism shape the view of
Paris as a model of cultural modernity over time?  Did they reinforce or break
down this connection?  To what degree did new cultural actors such as
bohemians, modernists, popular entertainers, or nationalist ideologues ridicule
the pretention to make their home city more like Paris – or even ridicule
Paris itself?  To what degree did architects, planners, and others look to
national traditions or other kinds of modern cities (such as the North American
skyscraper city) as a counterweight or alternative to the identification with
Parisian modernity?  To what degree did they simply re-imagine Paris to better
fit their own experiences and ambitions? 

Each of the book’s empirical chapters will focus on a single city, written by
an expert on one of our two focus regions.  No contributor will be asked to
make direct comparisons between Eastern Europe and Latin America in the course
of his or her study.  Similarly, no proposed analytical focus is too narrow. 
We will work with the selected participants to situate specific topics or
periods of interest within the broader framework of the study.

As we already have authors working on Buenos Aires, Budapest, Prague, Quito and
São Paulo, we are looking for further contributions exploring interactions with
Paris in other Eastern European and Latin American urban contexts such as
Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Caracas, Cracow, Havana, Lima, Mexico City,
Montevideo, Odessa, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Warsaw,
etc. Proposals for chapters on other capitals or large cities normally
considered part of these two regions are welcome as well.

The deadline for chapter proposals is January 15, 2015.

After the completion of the review and selection process at the end of March
2015, the editors will submit a book proposal to several academic presses.

To submit a chapter proposal, please email both Dr. Brian Bockelman at
bockelmanb at ripon.edu and Dr. Alexander Vari at vari at marywood.edu

Dr. Brian Bockelman 
Department of History 
Ripon College 
300 W. Seward St. 
Ripon, WI 54971 

Dr. Alexander Vari 
Department of Social Sciences 
Marywood University 
2300 Adams Ave.

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 16.1.2015