The city is the place in which social conflicts, social injustices, marginalisation and the construction of new identities are embodied and manifested. It is a reflection of the contemporary complexity of the dynamics and discussions of its players. Thinking about the city involves, beyond the successive urban forms that it takes, thinking about political and economic, public and private powers, along with the dynamics of recognition and exclusion.
How should we consider the city in an era of networks and the Internet, in an era of domestic and international mobility?
How should we understand the organisation of space, transport, the openness to modernity, including the most 'sustainable', the most environmentally and democracy conscious? Can we avoid considering it other than from the angle of its complexity, its ambivalences?
How especially can we consider it in these times of violence and of concern over our ability to live together in harmony?
Created in the autumn of 2015, this research chair holds a monthly seminar, which connects researchers, presenting their work on worldwide developments in cities, with professionals and practitioners. Its goal is to strengthen relations between research generated in France and approaches taken around the world, going beyond the principle of international comparison, and to engage in interdisciplinary discussions on cities. The research chair's activities will take on new momentum in the spring of 2016 with the development of two projects: Global Street and Teatrum Mundi.
Adil Jazouli, Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires (General commissariat for the equality of territories); Adam Kaaza, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Direction de la ville et de la cohésion urbaine (French department of cities and urban cohesion) of the Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires (General Commissariat for the equality of territories) (DVCU-CGET)