The international symposium Urbanisation in the British Isles: a historical and interdisciplinary perspective, which will be held at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) from 22-23 April 2016, aims to bring together scholars working on any aspect of urbanisation, industrialisation and migration in the British Isles. This two-day symposium offers a forum for researchers working in the fields of geosciences, historical archaeology, (historical) sociolinguistics, and social (and economic, legal) history who seek to explore the processes and forms of industrialisation and migration, as well as their effects on urbanisation and language variation and change. Both synchronic and diachronic approaches are welcome.

The symposium is motivated by the increasing awareness of the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of urbanisation and migration. It is thus hoped that the symposium will provide a platform for researchers from different disciplines to work at the interfaces of those disciplines in order to address complex questions and problems related to urbanisation in the British Isles. More specifically, the symposium invites discussion on issues concerned with archaeological, economic, legal, linguistic, literary, political, social, spatial and infrastructural implications of industrialisation and urbanisation.


Important dates

  • 12.08.2015: First call for papers
  • 01.09.2015: Abstract submission opens
  • 14.09.2015: Second call for papers
  • 14.12.2015: Abstract submission closes
  • 05.01.2016: Notification of acceptance
  • 22.04.2016: Symposium starts at 9am
  • 23.04.2016: Symposium closes at 5pm

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