indicated by a member of
International Commission for the History of Towns



from Irena Benyovsky Latin (Croatia)

The Third Triennale of the International Conference

"Towns and Cities of the Croatian Middle Ages The City
and the Newcomers"

Croatian Institute of History
Zagreb, 25 - 26 October 2016

from Lorina Repina (Russia)

The International Scientific Conference

“A European City and the Culture of the Renaissance”
devoted to the 100th anniversary of

Solomon M. Stam
Honorary Professor of Saratov State university
November 21-22, 2013

Next year Russian historians are going to arrange the conference devoted to the 100th anniversary of Prof Solomon Stam who was the founder of the well-known research school of urban history - the Saratov school of the medieval cities.My colleagues asked me to inform the members of the CIHV and to invite to take part in this conference.I'm sending the letter of information in the attachment.The applications should be sent via e-mail to Larisa N. Chernova till June 20, 2012

from Rosa Smurra (Italy)

International Conference

“Bologna's Porticoes in the European Context”

Conference organised by
Bologna City Council
Centro Gina Fasoli per la storia delle città (University of Bologna)

Bologna- Piazza Maggiore 6, Palazzo d'Accursio
November 22-23, 2013

Bologna is commonly considered as the town featuring the largest number of porticos, in private as well as in public (civil or church) buildings, not only in its Medieval inner city. An early 1990s survey showed that no less than 38 kms of porticos stand inside the area circled by the 13th-century walls, with the addition of the 4-km portico linking the city to the Basilica of San Luca on the “Guardia” hill, and the Portico degli Alemanni (650 m) just beyond the Strada Maggiore Gate. The porticos of Bologna are noteworthy not only for their quantity, but also for their quality and their potential to evolve over the years, each time taking up the related architectural styles, and adjusting them to plain buildings as well as to stately structures.
It now seems useful to compare the Bolognese situation with what was achieved in other towns, not only to assess the exegesis of porticos but, above all, to appreciate how, throughout the centuries,they evolved or disappeared, which circumstances (e.g. historical, social, aesthetic, topographic, etc.) defined their history, how residents perceived them, which feelings/impressions they aroused in visitors, how citizens and people spending time in Bologna for reasons of study, work, or tourism did and do use them. The Comune di Bologna, together with the “Centro Gina Fasoli per la storia delle città” (University of Bologna) promotes a two-day conference to discuss and compare different civic situations in which porticos do (or did) emerge as a peculiar element of cityscapes. The conference will be a useful contribution for completing the dossier concerning the nomination of the Bologna Porticos to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Conference is avalaible in podcast (thank to Cineca), at this link: