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Urban History: Space, Place and Connections, a two-day workshop organized by Franziska Exeler, brought together scholars who are pursuing new directions and questions in urban history. It sought to foster intellectual exchange and deepen existing ties between the University of Cambridge and the Center for Global History at Free University Berlin.

‘City’ is understood here as something universal and at the same time as a product and mirror of a specific time and place, as a space of tremendous possibilities and momentous historical developments but also of social inequalities and ethnic segregation, and as a place where the local and the global converge. By viewing the city as a lens into a variety of political, social, economic and cultural issues, the workshop also aimed to explore aspects such as ruptures and continuities between colonial and post-colonial cities, migration, memory and the legacies of empire, transfers of knowledge and experts, and theoretical and methodological issues of urban and global urban history.