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AIMS Conference 2005 Call for Papers The Growth of Cities in the Maghreb over Time Tunis, Hotel Ambassadors May 26-27-28, 2005 The AIMS annual conference will be held in Tunis from May 26-28 and will bring together researchers from North Africa and the USA to examine the question of the growth of North Africa's cities in both contemporary and past contexts. We shall undertake this broad question from chronological, sociological, geographic, and historic perspectives, among others. We especially seek contributions from urban planners and those who work in urban infrastructure and in public works. Throughout its history, North Africa has experienced remarkable moments of growth in its urban environment, beginning with the establishment of Punic, Roman, Islamic, and colonial towns and cities. New towns were conceived and constructed while new quarters were added to existing cities along with walls, palaces, ports, and other elements of urban infrastructure. Today, large-scale public and private projects are altering the complexion of the cities of the Maghreb in a variety of ways; at the same time, small-scale private building is proceeding at rapid rates. The large cities of the Maghreb are becoming vast urban zones with multiple centers, new and old. We particularly seek individuals who can contribute on the following topics, among other possibilities: The City in Antiquity: how were Punic and Roman cities conceived & established; how did they grow and develop in their time? The City in Islam: how were new cities founded in early North African Islam? What was their relationship with the pre-existing urban hierarchy? Extension of military quarters, the growth of suburbs, and the extent of Maghrebi cities in the period before European colonization. Planning and building the European city in the early colonial period. The growth and subsequent transformation of European quarters of North African cities. Urban planning and the growth of cities since independence. Growth of small and medium-sized cities in the Maghreb today. Urban infrastructure in today's cities in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. How are the big cities of the Maghreb governed today? One-page proposals are due February 1st and should be sent to: Mr. James Miller, CEMAT Director B.P. 404 Tunis-Hached 1049 Tunis email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or: Dr. Emily Gottreich, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley email: email@example.com AIMS Website: http://www.la.utexas.edu/research/mena/aims/