Covid-19 update

We are sincerly struck by the shattering effects the Covid-19 pandemic has on our world and are sending out our compassion to everyone in need. Our project team has been affected quite differently by the crisis, since we are spread over the four European countries of Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Spain, and every government has been launching different measures.

Working and living conditions in Spain have been particularly hard in the past months due to the complete curfew. In other countries restricted access to archives and libraries complicated our research work severely. We acknowledge the current impossibility of organizing personal meetings, but pity the lack of personal discussion and creative analogue momentum. Scientific conferences like the German Historikertag or the Annual Conference of the European Association of Urban History, where we had been accepted to present papers, have been postponed to 2021, which forced us to reorganize our publication plans.

However, we are deeply grateful that we were still able to host our 2nd workshop shortly before the crisis: Our meeting in Rotterdam in early February 2020 was an important milestone throughout the whole project, set key markers for our current research agenda and created beautiful memories of three terrific days in this exciting port city for all of us.

Taken place

  • Baptist, Vincent: 27 August 2022, presentation „Plezier kruipt waar het niet gaan kan: Een nieuwe kijk op drie beruchte Rotterdamse amusementsbuurten“, Historians’ Days, Rotterdam.
  • Baptist, Vincent: 21 January 2021, „Criminal or Cosmopolitan: Discourses of Safety on Rotterdam’s Interbellum Pleasurescape in Municipal and Audiovisual Sources“, Cultural Perceptions of Safety Conference, Utrecht.
  • Baptist, Vincent: 9 July 2020, „Researching Port Cities’ Historical Entertainment Culture: Reflecting on Hedonism and Heterotopia in Times of Corona“, History @ Erasmus Meeting, online.
  • Caminha, Melissa: June 2022, „The queer pleasurescapes of Barcelona at the turn of the 20th century: Remembering performances of transgression at the popular culture of the Paral·lel Avenue and the Fifth District“, communication in the 11th European Feminist Research Conference, Milan, Italy.
  • Caminha, Melissa: March 2022, „Pleasurescapes: How freak, queer, monstrous and circus performances helped shape Popular Culture in the turn of the 20th century in Barcelona“, communication in the Doctoral Seminar of the coloque „Images and imaginaries of circus“, University of Rouen, France.
  • Just, Alina: 26 November 2021, „Behind the stage: Aims, agendas, and affiliations of independent theatre and cabaret entrepreneurs in Hamburg St. Pauli, 1880s-1930s“, „Stadt nach Acht“ conference, Berlin.
  • Kosok, Lisa: 26 November 2021, „Exploring the history of popular pleasures in port cities: The international HERA-project ‚Pleasurescapes. Port Cities‘ Transnational Forces of Integration‘ „, „Stadt nach Acht“ conference, Berlin.
  • Kosok, Lisa / Laar, Paul van de / et al: 16 March 2021, „Pleasure in Crisis? Resilience of public entertainment and festivity in the past and present“, webinar, hosted by HERA. URL:
  • Reimann, Christina: 8–11 August 2022, „The world on scene in Gothenburg: Exoticizing and ‘folklig’ entertainment and the emergence of the industrial welfare city“, Nordiska Historikermöte, Gothenburg.
  • Reimann, Christina: 19 April 2022, „‚Fahrendes Volk‘, deviantes Vergnügen und der städtische Modernediskurs in Göteborg um 1900“, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin.
  • Reimann, Christina: 19 October 2021, „A port city’s Pleasurescape: Gothenburg’s amusement culture and the city’s entry into modernity (1880-1925)“, Modern History Seminar at Stockholm University.
  • Reimann, Christina: 5 October 2021, „Deviantes Vergnügen. Binnen- und Transmigration in Göteborgs Hafen- und Vergnügungsviertel“ / „Deviant Pleasure. Internal and transmigration in Gothenburg’s harbour and pleasure district“, 53rd German Historikertag, Munich.
  • Reimann, Christina: 25 March 2021, „Gothenburg’s amusement culture and the port city’s borderlands“, ESSHC Conference, Leiden, online.
  • Van de Laar, Paul / Baptist, Vincent: May 2022, presentation „The New Waterfront, a Space of Gentrified Narratives: The Case of Rotterdam“, Waterfront Heritage and Waterfront Renewal Conference, Malmö.
  • Vidiella-Pagès, Judit: 14-15 October 2021, „Canales e infraestructuras de comunicación en el espiritismo“, International Seminar Art of Visionary Women, Barcelona.