Webinar „Pleasure in Crisis?“

On March 16th, 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 (CET), we are giving a webinar together with our partner projects FESTSPACE and FESTIVERSITIES as well as our funding agency HERA: „Pleasure in Crisis? Resilience of public entertainment and festivity in the past and present“. The digital round table assembles representatives of the three projects to discuss the resilience of public entertainment and festivity during the crisis. The event will be held in English.

Free registration via eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/pleasure-in-crisis-tickets-141279658261
More info here: https://heranet.info/2021/03/01/hera-jrp-public-spaces-seminar-series/
Looking forward to seeing you!

Update: Please find the recording of the event here: https://heranet.info/2021/03/18/3401/

Spiritism as the flagship of Modernity – New article by our Barcelona-researcher Judit Vidiella-Pagès

Spiritism was a popular field of entertainment, and port cities had an important role in the spread of spiritist ideas. The just published article „Spiritism as the flagship of Modernity: Port cities and uncanny communications“ by our Barcelona-researcher Judit Vidiella-Pagès explores this exciting Pleasurescapes research field. The full article is now available on the PortCityFutures blog.

3rd Pleasurescapes-workshop took place online

In late October 2020, we normally would have been in Barcelona to meet up for our third workshop and explore that amazing city. Sadly, this was not possible due to the Covid-19-pandemic. We are not allowed to travel and Barcelona is in a serious crisis. Having an academic get-together with presentations, group discussions, museum visits and urban hikes is just unthinkable at the moment.

But we are trying to move on anyway and get on with our research and met up digitally instead. On October 29, we had a great full-day digital workshop, perfectly hosted and managed by our Catalan colleagues. We made good progress on the conceptual frame of the Pleasurescapes-project and its multiple outcomes. Thanks to the whole team for joining and contributing and hopefully see you again soon! In person or on the screen!

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.

2nd Pleasurescapes-workshop took place in Rotterdam

From 5 – 7 February 2020, the Pleasurescapes-team met at Erasmus University Rotterdam and at the Museum Rotterdam. We discussed methodological questions and individual researchers presented their case studies. Special highlights were the keynote by Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway (University of Barcelona) and the discussion about mapping strategies with Carola Hein (Delft University). Our pre-conference on February 6th for the Pleasurescapes-session at the EAUH 15th International Conference on Urban History in Antwerp was a big success as well and we thank everyone who contributed with their papers. Looking forward to the further exchange with the new network! Find the programme to the pre-conference here.