Student Workshop: 'Globalization, World Cities and History'

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2nd GaWC Student Workshop

Globalization, World Cities and History

In conjunction with

10th GaWC Annual Lecture:


by Professor PIET SAEY, Professor-Emeritus in Social Geography and Planning at Ghent University (Belgium), and member of the Globalisation and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC).

MONDAY 14 JANUARY 2008 (download power point presentation)

Hosted by the Department of Geography, Loughborough University (UK)

In conjunction with the 10th GaWC Annual Lecture by Prof. Dr. Piet Saey (Ghent University, Belgium) the Globalisation and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) organises its second student workshop, this year focusing on Globalisation, World Cities and History.

Recently, GaWC has extended its interests beyond contemporary globalisation, and started to investigate the external relations of cities in the past. Transnational city networks are not limited to our present-day society, but cities and towns have been connected with each other since their early origins. Related to this, one can ask whether or not globalisation and/or the “network society” are really as new as often conceived in the scientific literature. Since globalisation is often interpreted as a strengthening of the role of cities at the expense of states, attention is paid as well to the complex relation between cities and states throughout historical times.

The 2nd GaWC Student Workshop provides an opportunity for students (PhD, Postgraduate, Undergraduate) to discuss issues on Globalisation, World Cities and History by exchanging and sharing their research ideas and work experiences in an informal and friendly environment. This will be facilitated by a number of senior researchers (e.g. Professors Piet Saey, Peter Taylor, and Michael Hoyler) and early-career researchers. Students from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities are welcome (historians, archaeologists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, political scientists,…).

Because this workshop is intended for students, there will be no registration fee for this event (including the participation at the GaWC Annual Lecture). Refreshments will be provided thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Geography Department of Loughborough University. However, travel, lunch and accommodation will have to be financed by the participants themselves. After the workshop, we intend to go for dinner in town (cost per person will be less than 10 £).

All participants should register by Friday 21 December 2007 by sending an e-mail with full name, position, institution, contact information (address + e-mail), research interests / thesis topic (in a couple of sentences), and whether or not attending the conference dinner (+ dietary requirements) to

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, travel, accommodation,… please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope to hear from you soon,

Julia Grosspietsch, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Loughborough University

Raf Verbruggen, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Loughborough University

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09.00-09.30: Registration and Tea/Coffee

09.30-09.45: Welcome by Head of Department (Prof. Dr. Ian Reid) and Vice-Chancellor (Prof. Dr. Shirley Pearce)

09.45-11.30: Presentations I and II and group discussions

Presentations I: Globalisation and World Cities in History

The World City of Paul Otlet (1868-1944) - A City to Merge and Control Global Networks of Information (Wouter Van Acker)

International Centres in a Globalising Age: ‘World City' Schemes, Internationalism and National Prestige, 1907- 1939 (Daniel Laqua)

Globalisation and the External Relations of Cities in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Raf Verbruggen)

Presentations II: World City Discourses Beyond the Core

Intellectual Networks and Transnationalism  in the  New Spain (Cristy Haydee Robledo Escobedo)

The Discursive Construction of the Global City. A Case Study on Delhi, India (Anna Mayr)

Global Cities & Histories of Two Korean-American Women and a Chinese Couple (Aiko Miyatake)

11.30-11.45: Coffee Break

11.45-12.30: "Generic Concepts Linking Social Science and History: Braudel, Wallerstein, GaWC": Seminar by Prof Dr. Peter Taylor (Loughborough University), director of GaWC

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.45: Presentations III

Presentations III: Perceptions of World Cities in the Past and Present, Examples from Europe

Sexual Mecca, City of Doom or Cosmopolitan Capital? Weimar Berlin through British Eyes (Dr. Colin Storer)

Interpreting the "Watercolor of her Thoughts": Gervaise Macquart and the Emotional Geography of Zola's Paris (Douglas James)

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon: The Role of History and Globalization in Metropolitan Development (Rosa Branco)

14.45-15.00: Coffee Break

15.00-16.15: GaWC Annual Lecture: "The Study of Cities: Historical and Structural Approaches", by Prof. Dr. Piet Saey (Ghent University, Belgium)

16.15-17.15: Roundtable discussion and reflections from the workshop

17.15-18.00: Wine reception

18.30 - …: Conference dinner




Loughborough University is easy to reach:

To have a look at (downloadable) maps of Loughborough University Campus and the surrounding area please refer to or read on for some further travel tips:

Workshop venue:

The 2nd GaWC Student Workshop will take place in the Stuart Mason Building (Reference Number on Campus Map: 48, SMB) towards the south end of the campus' Central Park.

Loughborough University can be easily reached by ROAD, by RAIL or by AIR:

By ROAD: Loughborough is just off the M1 (Junction 23). Leave the M1 at Junction 23, and follow the A512 that takes you directly to the campus.

To get to the Student Workshop venue, Stuart Mason Building (Reference Number on Campus Map: 48, SMB), it is best to use the East Entrance and report to the gatehouse to ask for car park space.

By RAIL: Loughborough is part of the Midland Mainline route network. London St. Pancras can be reached in 90 min, Birmingham New Street in 80 min, Bristol in just over 3 hours, Edinburgh in 5 hours, Leeds in 2h 30 min, Manchester in 2h 30 min, and Nottingham in 20 min.

Check timetables and ticket fares at, or

From 14 November 2007 Eurostar-train services ( will be launched from London St. Pancras to mainland Europe . Brussels and Paris can then be reached in 2h and 2h 30 min respectively (might be an alternative to flying, especially because of the good connection between London St. Pancras and Loughborough).

Some tips for students not familiar with English trains and fares:

  • Book as far as possible in advance and you can get really cheap deals.
  • Trains from and to London can be very expensive when you are travelling in peak times.
  • Book a return ticket, they are usually much cheaper than two single journeys.
  • If you are booking special offer tickets (e.g. from and to London ), you can only get the best deals when you are travelling on off-peak trains. You also need to book two single journeys, special deals are not for return journeys.
  • There are no special student prices (to get a student price you would need to purchase a student rail card, but that does not pay off if you only use it for one journey).
  • Loughborough station has a short platform, hence it might be possible that you cannot alight from your coach and need to move to a different coach. It is best to ask the ticket inspector from which coaches you can alight at Loughborough.
  • Keep your ticket until you have left the train station, you will have to use it to leave the train station through electronic barriers.

If you want to get the cheapest fares you need to play around a bit on the booking-website.

From Loughborough train station there is a bus (Kinchbus, Number 7, that takes you directly to the campus, during term time the bus leaves every 10 min. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to arrive on campus.

To get to the Workshop venue (Stuart Mason Building, reference Number on Campus Map: 48, SMB) you should alight at the 2nd bus stop on campus, at the Haslegrave Building, Ref. No.: 61, N).

By AIR: Loughborough is about 8 miles from East Midlands airport (

Low cost airlines flying to EMA are:

From the airport, there is a bus to Loughborough ( every 30 minutes (ca. £ 2). It takes ca. 25 minutes to arrive at Loughborough town centre or train station from where you could again take Kinchbus No. 7, or walk to the campus from town centre (ca. 20-25 min).

By taxi, it takes ca. 15 minutes to go from the airport to the university (approx. £ 15-20).

From Birmingham International Airport ( to Loughborough, travel time is 100 min by train ( and 2h 30 min - 3h by coach (

Accommodation in Loughborough:

For details about hotels, guesthouses and B&B's in Loughborough please refer to: