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Open Programma

Cities Past and Present

This course offers a kaleidoscopic perspective of the many different but at the same time surprisingly similar ways in which urban institutions and citizens have lived together from Antiquity until the present. Based on their own research and a number of case studies, staff members of the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History will connect urban issues from the past with the present, in both European and non-European contexts.

Cities have always been focal points of prosperity, social mobility and creativity. The success of cities has often been ascribed to the possibilities they offer to men and women of different classes, age groups, ethnic backgrounds and religious denominations to exchange knowledge and skills, and hence to develop and emancipate themselves. At the same time, the differences between these social groups also frequently to tensions and clashes. While historians often focus on urban conflicts, the question as to why the social order in urban settlements has often remained intact throughout history is equally important.


Dr. T. (Tim) Verlaan

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen

Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

Time, location and price

  • 12 April - 26 May 2022 
  • Tuesday 13:00-15:00 and Thursday 15:00-17:00
  • Oudemanhuispoort C0.17 (on both days)
  • Price: € 190 / € 171 (AUV-members)

For the current study schedule, please consult the UvA timetable website. 

Important te know

  • Registration deadline: 27 March 2022
  • You can only audit an OUC, which means that you may only attend lectures and cannot attend seminars, take part in the examination, or obtain ECTS credits.

Study material

  • Andrew Lees, The City: A World History (Oxford 2015) (available as a paperback with Athenaeum)
  • For each lecture an estimated 60 pages of extra reading materials, provided as a reader in advance of the first meeting.

Public programme Humanities

This Open UvA Course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA Courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.

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