Cities with success - The European Element of a Cosmopolitan Culture

  • Greve, Anni (Project coordinator)
  • Ristilammi, Per-Markku (Project participant)
  • Eckardt, Frank (Project participant)
  • Eade, John (Project participant)
  • Middell, Matthias (Project participant)

Project: Research

Project Details


Although contemporary works on hospitality could easily give the impression that hospitality cultures have been transmitted to us from the Enlightenment, in reality hospitality has during time survived in multiple forms and - practices. Different cultures have particular practices of hospitality and in-hospitality. Nevertheless the question of universal hospitality is persistent in particular with regard to assumptions about a culture and a practice of hospitality. We assume that there is a permanent comparison of and exchange on forms of hospitality within the European city-system, which has led to the development of common European features of hospitality and our CRP targets a better understanding of these commonalities and the historical way they emerged. The research project has five case studies: London, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Malmo: we investigate the historical roots of current features of hospitality by going back to the early modern era, when a European city system came into being and when European voyagers, immigrants and refugees already depended on the hospitality of others. We look into the 19th and 20th centuries when city-level hospitality met with imperial and national forms of dealing with others and we ask finally how this historical legacy is mobilized (or not) in our times of late modernism. With two crossroad cities and two port cities and a metropolis of a (formerly) vast global empire, we expect that the findings will be complex, contradictory and geographically/historically specific whilst also speaking to certain shared values and codes.
The consortium applied the transnational joint research program ‘Cultural Encounters’ of HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area (2013) and were among the last 13 % that the review panel found qualified for the second round.
Effective start/end date01/06/201331/05/2016

Collaborative partners

  • Roskilde University (lead)
  • Malmö University (Project partner)
  • bauhaus school Weimar (Project partner)
  • University of Roehampton (Project partner)
  • Universität Leipzig (Project partner)