The Role and Function of the Global City

The Role and Function of the Global City

Research Area "Economic and Social History", Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck; University Partnership Innsbruck - New Orleans
University of Innsbruck, New Orleans Hall (Mainbuilding, 1st floor)
From - Until
03.11.2011 - 04.11.2011
Andreas Exenberger

Conference in World History

The phenomenon of globalization is changing our world. The global process of growing together leads to the creation of a new cosmopolitan culture. Within that process of mutual influence, the importance of cities is everything but declining. They are meeting places, communication nodes and sites of exchange as well as locations, where global processes become particularly visible and influential.

"Global cities" are and always have been both – produced by globalization and producers of globalization. They play an important role in shaping a global economy, culture and society, but they are also shaped by it. And they are places, where countervailing forces match, where local reactions to globalization become especially visible. Consequently, also adverse effects of globalization and backlashes to it are particularly apparent there.

The conference seeks to discuss the role of the city in the long-run process of a truly “global” globalization. It aims at describing the city as a place where globalization takes place much more pronounced than anywhere else: as economic exchange, migration, communication, technological development and political conflict, as cultures clashing and amalgamating, and also as a violent process. In order to achieve that goal the conference seeks to stimulate fruitful discussions about the global city as a door to the world, open for the good and bad in it, as a multifaceted information interface, and as a focal point of globalization in various forms.


November 3, 2011

09.00-10.30 Opening Session
- Opening Remarks
- Keynote: No Industrialization without Urbanization. The Role of Cities in Modern Economic Development (Franz Mathis, Innsbruck)

11.00-12.30 Session 1: Foundations of Global City
- Locating and Teaching Cities in the "New" World History: Perspectives from the U.S. after the Fall of "Western Civilization" (Jim Mokhiber, New Orleans)
- Vienna - A Gateway between East and West: Internationalization along Historic Pathways (Robert Musil, Vienna)

14.00-15.30 Session 2: Views from History
- Ancient Cities: Global Cities or Centers of the World? One Phenomenon - Two Perspectives (Brigitte Truschnegg, Innsbruck)
- When the Conquering Sultan Appears in the Metro and Byzantium Sabotages the Railway Station: Istanbul’s Pasts and their Roles in the Present (Malte Fuhrmann, Istanbul)

16.00-17.30 Session 3: 19th Century Perspectives
- Zanzibar: Imperialism and a Nineteenth Century Indian Ocean Boom Town (Erik Gilbert, Arkansas State)
- The Globalization of Labour in East Asia: The Japanese Treaty Port of Yokohama and Its Chinese Community (Katja Schmidtpott, Marburg)

19.30-21.00 Buchpräsentation: "Global Austria" (in German!)
Ort: Claudia-Saal, Innsbrucker Altstadt
- Präsentation der Nr. XX der Contemporary Austrian Studies und zugleich Feier des 20jährigen Jubiläums der Zeitschrift
- Am Panel: Birgit Holzner (Verlag), Günter Bischof (Herausgeber), Eric Frey, Andreas Exenberger, Alexander Smith (Autoren)
- Anschließend Buffet

November 4, 2011

09.00-10.00 Session 4: City History
- New Orleans as a Global City: Contemporary Assessment and Past Glory (Robert Dupont, New Orleans)

10.30-12.30 Session 5: Graduate Forum

14.00-15.30 Session 6: Contemporary Global City
- Tide of Times in the Post-Colonial Era: Tourists, Venetians and Street Vendors in the Doge City (Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi, Tervuren)
- São Paulo: big, bigger, global? The Development of a Megacity in the Global South (Tobias Töpfer, Innsbruck)

16.00-17.00 Closing Session: Concluding Round Table Talk
- At the panel: conference participants
- Concluding remarks

(Joint Conference of the Partner Universities of New Orleans and Innsbruck as well as 5th Economic History Symposium of the Research Area "Economic and Social History")

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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Andreas Exenberger

Institut für Wirtschaftstheorie, -politik und -geschichte
Universität Innsbruck
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