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Annual Conference of the Commission on Urban Anthropology [CUA-IUAES]

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Published on Monday, July 07, 2014


Ce colloque s'inscrit dans le cadre de la réunion annuelle de la Commission on urban anthropology de l'International union of anthropological and ethnological sciences. La thématique choisie cette année vise à rendre compte comment, dans différentes parties du monde, se gèrent les écarts entre la ville imaginée (par les aménageurs, les professionels, les artistes) et la ville pratiquée quotidiennement. Comment anthropologues et ethnographes rendent-ils compte tout à la fois de la ville proposée par les politiques publiques et de la ville des habitants et des usagers ?



TUESDAY, JULY 8th, 2014

09.00-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Welcome addresses and introduction to the Conference

10.30-13.00 PANEL 1: Emerging Practices In The City

Convenors: Pr. Fernando Monge, (National University of Distance Education, Spain) and Pr. Francisco Cruces, (National University of Distance Education, Spain).

  • The Shaping & Making of Silicon Allee: Finding a Computing Place in Berlin, Leonore Phillips, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • “Numero Zero” Cohousing: a new way of inhabiting as old as the world, Martina Losardo (University of Milan Bicocca)
  • City dwellers, aliens in their city or how youth from international adoption have to negotiate their place in the city of Barcelona, Dr Nadja Monnet (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille), Pr Diana Marre (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Beatriz San Roman (Phd student, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • The dreamed city of skateboarders : The case of Tokyo, Julien Glauser (Museum for ethnography, Neuchâtel Switzerland, GERPHAU University of Paris 8)
  • Personal is Metropolitan. Narratives of self and the poetics of the intimate sphere in Madrid City., Francisco Cruces (Urban Culture Group, UNED, Spain)
  • Dreamed and experienced public spaces in Prague, Zdeněk Uherek and Veronika Beranská (Institute of Ethnology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i.)
  • How the miners’ representations are building the city?, Dr Catherine Gauthier, (Superior National school of architecture of Saint-Etienne- Centre Max Weber)
  • Gen Next Kolkata- business hub of unorganized segment, Amlan Kanti Ray (Spectrum Clinic and ERI), Shraboni Ray and Pramathes Das Mahapatra (School of Human Genetics and Population Health)

13.00-14.30 Lunch break 3 

14.30-17.00 PANEL 2: Urban Changes And Attachments

Convenors: Dr Bianca Botea (Université Lumière Lyon 2) and Sarah Rojon (Phd student, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne)

  • Urban Experience: Remix, Alexandre Rigal, (Phd student, CEAT-Ecole polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland.
  • Suburban dwellings faced with densificatio, Dr Magali Paris (Landscape Eng., CRESSON) and Dr Rainer Kazig (Geographer, CRESSON – UMR 1563 Ambiances)
  • From Lefèvre-Utile to the “Lieu Unique”, from worker’s district to business district, from the Petit-Beurre biscuit to contemporary art, Karine Messager (PhD student, CERLIS, University Paris 3)
  • Roots and wings: activists and their relationship to the past in a context of urban renewal, Jessie Dubief (PhD candidate, CLÉRSÉ, Université Lille 1)
  • The tourist’s look as the inhabitant’s tool, Inmaculada Diaz Soria (PhD student, CERTOP/UTM, University of Toulouse 2)
  • Finding a path between nostalgia and activism: urban walk guides interpretations of democratization and decline in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr Sophie Didier (LAVUE, University Paris 13)
  • Territorial attachment as a political issue: some reflections based on the anti-shale gas mobilisation in Ardèche and its urban transposition, Claire Revol (IRPhil, University Lyon 3)
  • Withstand to the implementation of sustainable cities.
  • The case of « coordination des habitants de Montreuil », Amandine Guilbert, Laetitia Overney, Rémi Eliçabe (Groupe Recherche ACtion)

19.00 Welcome reception at the Musée de la mine

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9th, 2014 


PANEL 3: From Civil Society To New Social Movements And Beyond: Urban Lives And Experiences At The Time Of Neoliberal Governmentality

Convenors : Ass. Pr. Fotini Tsibididou (University of Macedonia-Greece) and Eleftheria Deltsou (University of Thessaly-Greece)

  • The Critical Relationship Between Citizenship and Governance in Italy: The Case of Water Management, Sergio Marotta (Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples, Italy)
  • Negotiating Displacement in Neoliberal Urban Transformation: The Experience of Internally Displaced People in Bogotá, Colombia 4, Sonia Garzón Ramírez (Ph.D Candidate – Gender Studies Central European University, Budapest)
  • African subjectivities in Tanzania. Dealing with itself at home and its own urbanity in East Africa, Mathilde de Blignières (Phd student, Centre d’Etudes Africaines, EHESS, Paris and Junior Researcher of IFRA, French Institute for Research in Africa) - Nairobi, Kenya
  • Los Angeles Arts : Towards the Emergence of a New Social Mobilization, Charles Joseph (Université du Maine, Le Mans, France).
  • Urban stages of protest: the city as medium, Pr Ivaylo Ditchev (Sofia University)
  • Resisting and re-evolving through artistic performance: how ‘lived’ tradition and digital mediation lay modern claims to the city, Alexandros Papgeorgiou (Master's Degree in Social Sciences (specialization Ethnology), University Paris V - René Descartes)

Cosmopolitan possibilities and ethnographic realities in the workplace: The case of struggling employees in the mass media sector, Manos Spyridakis (Associate Professor, University of the Peloponnese)

12.00-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-16.00 PANEL 4: Planning For Renewal And Resettlement,

Contested Visions

Convenor: Pr Dolores Koenig, American University, Washington, DC.

  • Private Economic and Public Interests in Urban Regeneration: New Shapes of Coalitions, Claudia Avolio (University of Venice)
  • Urban Insecurity” in Madrid: Contested Visions of Urban Renewal, Montserrat Cañedo, (UNED, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), Madrid.
  • To Live and Die in Philadelphia: Culture, Consumption, and Crime in the City of Brotherly Love, Marilynne Diggs-Thompson, (University of Pennsylvania), USA
  • Urban Transformation, Displacement and Housing Decisions of Roma in Sakarya, Turkey, Özge Burcu Güneş, (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Switzerland)
  • Living in the “Past”: Local Residents and the Debate over “Real” History in the Inner-city Neighbourhood of a Chinese Coastal Metropolis, Philipp Demgenski, PhD Candidate (Anthropology Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Tianzifang: A Community in Shanghai between Dream and Reality, Florence Padovani (Associate Professor, Paris 1 University), France.
  • Citizenship and the Production of Space in Salvador, Lorena Volpini, Phd student (Universidade Federal da Bahia) and Lucas Pereira Carwile (Master’s degree candidate, Universidade Federal da Bahia) 5 
  • World Cup As It Should Be: Successful Strategies To Combat Evictions In Porto Alegre And Beyond., Ana Paula Pimentel Walker (University of Michigan)

16.00-16.30 Tea Break

16.30-17.30 Ethnographic Film Memoires en chantier by Catherine Gauthier.

17.30-19.00 CUA Annual Business Meeting

THURSDAY, July 10th, 2014

10.30-12.00 Key-note Lecture Ethnologists and the city : a view from France, by Dr. Emmanuelle Lallement, University of Paris-Sorbonne

12.00-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 16.00 PANEL 5: The Dreams And Nightmares Of City Developpment, Urban Planning, Ideologies And Social Movements In Contemporary Cities, 

Convenors: Prof. Ass. Nebi Bardhoshi and Dr Olsi Lelaj (Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Art Studies, Tirana, Albania)

  • Urban changes and non-conflictual urban planning - Logistics infrastructures in the structuring process of contemporary metropolises, Dr Fabrice Raffin (University of Picardie).
  • Contested Space in Naples: Politicking Generates Intolerance, Dr. Italo Pardo (Honorary Reader, University of Kent)
  • Neither public nor private: the new waterfront in Marseille seen by its traditional users, Maria Elena Buslacchi (Phd Student, EHESS, Paris)
  • Nationalizing townscapes of post-Soviet capital cities: recycling socialist modernity in Minsk and Astana., Nelly Bekus, PhD (Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter).
  • Sonic Ecologies of Urban Segregation: Serbian Religious Nationalism and Producing ‘the Other’ on the Street Rally, Srđan Atanasovski (Phd student Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade)
  • Institutional Actors in Action: Building Governance in the City, Assoc Prof. Paola De Vivo, (University of Naples, Federico II),
  • Urban transformations and tensions in the urban planning field in Austin, Texas, Marie Le Guen (Phd student, University of Lyon 2)
  • Young in Ramallah: local practices in a cosmopolitan city, Mariangella Gasparotto (Phd student, EHESS, Paris).
  • Engaging urban populations in local heritage: a case-study from Wales., Dr. Bella Dicks (University of Cardiff, UK) 6 

16.30-17.30 Presentation of the Research Project TransAdritikPipeline (T. A. P):

A possible topic for research in urban anthropology, by Olsi Lelaj and Nebi Bardhoshi

17.30-18.30 Conclusion and general discussion


  • Michel Rautenberg, Centre Max Weber, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France
  • michel.rautenberg@univ-st-etienne.fr
  • Corine Védrine, Centre Max Weber, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Lyon, France
  • corine.vedrine@gmail.com


  • Ahmed Boubeker, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne (France)
  • Bella Dicks, University of Cardiff (UK)
  • Ivaylo Ditchev, University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • Jerry Krase, Brooklyn College (USA)
  • Italo Pardo, University of Kent (UK)
  • Giuliana Prato, University of Kent (UK)
  • Manos Spyridakis, University of Peloponnese (Greece)


The conference will be held at IRAM (International Rhône-Alpes Média), Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne

7 rue Pablo Picasso

42000 Saint-Etienne

To see the map :



  • Université Jean Monnet, IRAM, - 7, rue Pablo Picasso
    Saint-Étienne, France (42)


  • Tuesday, July 08, 2014
  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014


  • projet urbain, politique urbaine, urbanité, pratique urbaine, mobilisation, citoyenneté


  • Corine Vedrine
    courriel : corine [dot] vedrine [at] lyon [dot] archi [dot] fr
  • Michel Rautenberg
    courriel : michel [dot] rautenberg [at] univ-st-etienne [dot] fr

Information source

  • Michel Rautenberg
    courriel : michel [dot] rautenberg [at] univ-st-etienne [dot] fr


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