History Takes Place - Dynamics of Urban Change

History Takes Place - Dynamics of Urban Change

ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Vom - Bis
12.03.2019 -
Christiani, Marcella

The Summer School “History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change” will bring together from 23 to 27 September 2019 international young researchers – historians, art historians, archaeologists, cultural and social scientists, city planners and architects. This year’s programme concentrates on the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa focusing on its Bauhaus heritage and will be hosted by the White City Center in Tel Aviv. The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the Gerda Henkel Foundation invite the participants to study the connections between historical events and spatial development.

Since 2003 we have invited young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate students) annually to take part in studies programmes in various locations. The Gerda Henkel Foundation is the program partner since 2009. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography, architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is 'read' as a historical source – 'History Takes Place'.

The summer school invites applications particularly from postgraduate students in history, art history, cultural studies and the social sciences, as well as young architects and city planners. Applicants should have a genuine interest in an interdisciplinary exchange on the history of the city and city development. Participants should have a specialization connected with Tel Aviv-Jaffa as well as a keen thematic and methodological interest in urban studies. Sessions will be held in English. Applicants are expected to prepare for the sessions with course materials and reading lists in order to be able to give a presentation on a set topic related to their academic interests and competencies.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the organizers.


Founded as a suburb of Jaffa, Tel Aviv has evolved by the mid-1930s to become the most prominent city of the Jewish citizenry of Palestine under the British Mandate and that due to an influx of immigrants coming mostly from Eastern and Central Europe in search of a safe haven from anti-semitic policies. Graduates of the Bauhaus and similar schools in Europe have supplied the demand for housing and urban development in the rapidly developing city. Jaffa, remaining the leading city of the Arab citizenry, also boasted the international style of that time, but to a lesser extent, it was less conspicuous against the backdrop of the previously built environment.
Tel Aviv was distinctive in its ensemble of an almost complete urban fabric based on a master plan of a Garden City in conjunction with its International Style built environment. Nowadays, approximately 4,000 International Style buildings, set into the Garden City urban planning, form part of the UNESCO proclaimed World Heritage Site under the appellation of "White City of Tel Aviv: The Modern Movement."

This year, in cooperation with the White City Center (WCC), the Summer School will focus on the concept of 'Societies on the Move'; i.e. the movement of people, materials, and cultures as a central element of modern architecture and this element's influence on the urban landscape. The Summer School wishes to explore historical and contemporary relationships through representations of identities, examining how migration and mobility affect individuals, cities, and cultures while reshaping their identities.


Dr. Anna Hofmann
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Feldbrunnenstraße 56
20148 Hamburg
0049 40 41336785


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