This colloquium, titled “Urban Culture in European History,” is a new course developed in conjunction with NYU’s Urban Humanities Initiative. What constitutes a city? And which methods and approaches do historians use to study the complex social and cultural life in urban societies of the past? These questions will guide us as we explore urban culture from a broad range of thematic angles: this includes global perspectives, spatial and environmental history, gender and class, the dialectic of privacy and publicity, as well as the history of the senses. A special focus will lie on the premodern period, but we will also probe continuities and change in the transition to modernity. The course introduces students to both classical texts in urban history as well as to fresh approaches that are methodologically useful for students of Western and non-Western history alike.