urbanHist, History of European Urbanism in 20th Century, is a European Joint Doctorate founded by European Union with almost 4 million Euros to be developed along 4 years by 4 universities: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany), Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach (Slovakia), Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (Sweden) and Universidad de Valladolid (Spain, through Instituto Universitario de Urbanística). Eleven partner organisations from Europe, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom are also taking part.
The expected results of urbanHist focus on the organization of a major program of research activities and scientific dissemination and on the development of 15 doctoral theses under a scheme of co-tutelage, all of them based on various aspects of the history of the development of European cities in 20th Century through urban planning. The four posts that correspond to the University of Valladolid were awarded to Noel Antonio Manzano, Elvira Khairulina, Federico Camerin and Ksenija Krsmanovic, whose respective directors are María Castrillo, Luis Santos, Alfonso Álvarez Mora and Juan Luis de las Rivas.
urbanHist start point is that one main field of recent European history still awaits a comprehensive analysis: The history of Europe in the 20th century is – to a large extent – a history of urban planning. Even though it is essentially a shared history, full of mutual influences between European countries, it has mainly been perceived and presented fragmentarily until now.
urbanHist considers the history of urbanism in the 20th century to be a common European history, which must be cooperatively elaborated. So, urbanHist aims to:
Strengthen the currently developing comprehensive European debate about urbanism in the 20th century with new content, which structures the historiography of urbanism,
Educate a generation of researchers, who, as part of an innovative European programme, will have the best chances of become leading academics of a new European generation,
Bring the participating beneficiaries and non-academic institutions together on a new level of sustainable internationalisation.
urbanHist uses works of experienced academics and experts of selected non-academic institutions as well as the innovative energy of early researchers to access an important chapter of shared European history.