6. Urban Societies (URBS)

Coordinators: Lars Karlsson (lars.karlsson@antiken.uu.se) and Gustav Malmborg (gustav.malmborg@arkeologi.uu.se)

Members: Susanne Carlsson, Lars Karlsson, Angus Graham, Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Patrik Klingborg, Elke Rogersdotter, Anton Bonnier, Ezekia Mtetwa, Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg, Paul Sinclair, Annika Nordström; Christoph Kilger; Karl-Johan Lindholm; Michael Neiss, Monika Baumanova, Henriette Rödland, Charlotte Hedenstierna Jonson


  • Urban way of Life                                                      
  • Urban concepts                                                         
  • The Construction and morphology of urban spaces
  • Urban subsistence and resilience     


The urban societies cluster is a multi-scalar platform for all researchers at the department with an interest in urbanism and urbanized societies, regardless of geographical and chronological scope. Past towns, cities or even modern mega-cities have as much in common as they are contrasted by their specific adaptions of regional conditions and cultural norms. This cluster seeks to inspire and develop research across the sub-fields within the department through discussing, comparing and contrasting all aspects of urban societies through long-term global and human history. The aim of the cluster is to be an open platform and resource for informed discussions on urban-theory, methods and materials. Themes for discussion feature urban everyday life and interactions; economy; resources and networks; architecture and planning; urban institutions as well as urban identities and material culture. The cluster are in close co-operation with the research node of Urban, Rural, Space http://www.histfilfak.uu.se/landstadrum/      


Autumn term 2017

  • Trip to Enköping in connection with excavations at Stadshotellet
  • Urban Walks in Uppsala
  • Lecture by Monica Baumanova
  • Workshop “City Plans: A bird’s-eye view of the city”, Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 13.15-17. Information
  • Writing workshop on “Comparative perspectives on Urban studies”

Spring 2017

  • Workshop on urban economy and subsistence
  • Spring 2017 – Workshop on Scandinavian medieval urbanism together with Professor Axel Christofferssen from NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Autumn term 2016

  • Workshop in December on urban planning and historic town pla

Spring 2016