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A new project to continue Banlieue Network’s work on a more international scale: CO-CREATION

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A new four-year research project, funded by the European Commission, has started in January 2017. This project has emerged from the 2013 Banlieue Netwok summer school which aimed to involve artists and creative methodologies in interdisciplinary research projects in vulnerable urbain areas. Funded by the European Commission’s ‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ under the RISE programme, a major part of the study will involve the secondment of researchers between organisations, to exchange knowledge and know-how between disciplines, sectors and continents. The “Co-Creation” project is led by Dr Juliet Carpenter, Urban Geographer at Oxford Brookes University, in partnership with Dr Christina Horvath (PoLIS, University of Bath). It involves seven other organisations across the EU and in Latin America, and runs from 2017-2020. The £500,000 project (€558,000) aims to address urban disadvantage and territorial stigmatization, by bringing together different actors such as researchers, policy makers, residents and artists, to ‘co-create’ understanding about marginalised neighbourhoods and to address disadvantage. The partner organisations include 3 NGOs in the EU: European Alternatives (Paris), City Mine(d) (Brussels), Tesserae (Berlin); and three Universities:  University of Bath (Bath), University of PUC-Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico City). Over the coming four years, the project will run a series of international events, including five International Conferences, two creative workshops, stakeholder consultations as well as seven case studies in the partner cities with participation from local communities and artists. The first networking event was held at Oxford Brookes University on 16-18 January 2017, with a three-day launch meeting, where all partners contributed to discussions about the project and its development over the coming years. To find out more abut the project and it's activities, go to https://www.co-creation-network.org/ 

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Banlieues : le rapport Bacqué-Mechmache plaide pour la participation des habitants

Monday, December 30, 2013

La sociologue, Marie-Hélène Bacqué, et le responsable du collectif AC Le Feu, Mohamed Mechmache, ont remis le 8 juillet 2013 à François Lamy, ministre délégué à la Ville, un rapport consacré à la participation des habitants dans les quartiers de la politique de la ville. Une priorité pour les banlieues, selon le gouvernement. Parmi les propositions avancées : la création d'un fonds de dotation destiné à financer les projets portés par les habitants.

Associer les habitants aux projets de transformation de leurs quartiers et financer leurs initiatives grâce à un fonds innovant: c’est le voeu d’une sociologue et d’un responsable associatif dans un rapport remis le 8 juillet à François Lamy, ministre délégué à la Ville.

Dans le cadre de la préparation du projet de loi sur la réforme de la politique de la ville, qui, selon cabinet, doit être présenté « à la fin du mois de juillet ou au début du mois d’août », François Lamy n’a pas cessé de considérer la participation des habitants comme une priorité.

Le message affiché est clair : « ça ne se fera plus sans nous », clament Marie-Hélène Bacqué, sociologue et urbaniste, et Mohamed Mechmache, responsable du collectif AC Le Feu crée après les émeutes de 2005 dans ce rapport qui dessine les contours d’une politique d’ « empowerement » à la française.

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La presse française sur Banlieue Network

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Mission banlieue pour la recherche

EDOUARD LAUNET 7 JUILLET 2013 À 22:06

Tissu . Un collectif veut favoriser les rencontres entre universitaires et artistes en Seine-Saint-Denis.

L’initiative est singulière et risquée. Une trentaine de chercheurs et artistes de nationalités diverses s’installe en Seine-Saint-Denis une semaine pour y frayer avec les habitants. Ils ne viennent pas en ethnologues étudier une étrange tribu, mais créer. Un côté très curieux de l’opération est qu’elle ne doit rien aux pouvoirs publics : elle est née à l’université anglaise d’Oxford Brookes, à l’initiative d’une chercheuse en urbanisme, la Britannique Juliet Carpenter, et d’une spécialiste de littérature française contemporaine, la Hongroise Christina Horvath. Les deux femmes animent Banlieue Network, réseau de chercheurs (sociologie, géographie, littérature, architecture), né l’an passé autour d’un constat : la banlieue occupe une place peu enviable dans l’imaginaire contemporain, comme lieu de tous les stéréotypes, alors que c’est un centre d’effervescence culturelle et associative.

Résidence. L’objectif du réseau est donc de «lutter contre la stigmatisation et les clichés simplificateurs». D’où, pour commencer, l’idée d’une résidence d’été à Saint-Denis, Drancy et Bondy, devant «permettre aux résidents des villes concernées de comparer leur perception de leur commune avec celle des chercheurs et artistes».

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Media coverage of the Banlieue Network Summer School

Cross faculty collaboration explores urban regeneration in Paris

The Banlieue Network, the international research network funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), has taken a new initiative to collaborate across academic faculties to create opportunities for debate, knowledge transfer and sharing expertise and good practice.

The organising committee, Christina Horvath, senior lecturer in French Studies, and Juliet Carpenter, research fellow in Housing and Urban Regeneration, are both from Oxford Brookes University and designed the series of interdisciplinary events to address the representation, theory and practice of suburban space.

Between July 8 2013 and July 12 2013, a Summer School was organised in Greater Paris, France, to provide researchers, research students, urban practitioners, artists and international scholars a chance to connect at a week-long interdisciplinary programme and explore French ‘Banlieue’ suburbs. ‘Banlieues’ were built in the 1950s and 1960s to address the housing shortage, but today they suffer from insufficient social services, high unemployment and delinquency rates. These disadvantaged neighbourhoods in France provided the international network with an important opportunity to explore the relationship between space, community, identity and politics; and create future visions for pathways for sustainable communities. The programme consisted of a series of presentations, talks, urban walks and creative workshops and collaborated with the local community to bring together theory and practice. The Summer School went beyond scholarly research to explore creative research work, including evening sessions with local Rap artists, local performances and arts projects where local children made cameras out of cardboard boxes. Serena Cello, a PhD Student in France and Italy, said:

“For me, it was a very rich experience, both on the professional and the human level. I really enjoyed the conferences and urban walks which allowed us to grasp different aspects of the suburbs, and talk about our projects within the group. The initiative to bring together researchers working in different disciplines but on the same subject was simply brilliant since it enabled us to discover different approaches and perspectives. I was very delighted to take part in this experience.”

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Extrait du roman El Hadj de Mamadou Mahmoud N’Dongo en anglais

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Traduction d’un extrait du roman El Hadj de Mamadou Mahmoud N’Dongo (pages 151-156)

par Rosaline Nancy Kargbo

  

I left my table at the Dobin. I returned to the hotel, and at one o'clock I was on the platform at Bayonne station.

It was only once I stamped my ticket that I noticed I was at least half an hour early. I sat on a bench and waited, glancing at a timetable I had found underneath. After some time I became bored and my attention shifted to the clock, then towards the entire station... my desire to be there lessened the more I looked around. I've never been fond of stations, especially the trains, which remind me of La Muette Estate in Drancy where I grew up.

When we moved there in '75, we knew nothing about Drancy. We lived there because it was Kouyaté’s decision to do so.

But I learnt very quickly that it wasn't an estate I was living in, but a mausoleum.

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Un bref aperçu historique de la banlieue

Un bref aperçu historique de la banlieue

par Jessica Page

(Jessica Page a terminé son BA in French Studies en 2012-13 à l'Université Oxford Brookes. Cet article fait partie du dossier qu'elle a préparé pour son 'Independent Study' portant sur les banlieues françaises)

Les origines du terme ‘banlieue’

Le terme ‘banlieue’ vient du latin bannileuga et apparaît pour la première fois durant le XIIe siècle, au moment de la constitution de nouveaux centres urbains. Il décrit un territoire protégé par les autorités urbaines, qui se trouve au-delà des frontières de la ville ; au cours du Moyen-âge ses habitants contribuent à l’alimentation du centre en échange de cette protection. Durant les XVIIème et XVIIIème siècles, la connotation du mot se modifie peu à peu pour définir la différence entre le centre urbain et la province, et dès 1810 les endroits et activités considérés indésirables (les cimetières et les usines, par exemple) sont délocalisés en banlieue, enracinant une hiérarchie : l’urbain supérieur et le suburbain inférieur.

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English Translations and Pieces of Creative Writing

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

In 2012-13, I was teaching a module entiled "Urban Narratives" which focused on literary representations of the French banlieue. The group of graduate students who took the module, had to submit the translation of a short excerpt of their choice from a contemporay banlieue novel as well as a researched essay or a piece of creative writing inspired by works read and studied in class. I am publishing here a few of the submitted student work some of which had been edited. 

 

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About the Blog

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This blog is dedicated to publishing miscellaneous items which don’t really belong to any category of the website such as ‘events’ or ‘resources’. It will be used to post information relating to the Banlieue Network project as well as my teaching and supervision of students working on topics linked o the French banlieue. The publication is also open to the artists and co-organisers who will collaborate at the Summer School organised in July 2013 and the related exhibition in 2014.

Ce blog est dédié à la publication de documents qui n’entrent vraiment dans aucune catégorie du site web de Banlieue Networ, telles que ‘Événements’ ou ‘Ressources’. Il sera utilisé pour poster de l’information relative au projet ‘Banlieue Network’ de même qu’à mon enseignement et la direction d’étudiants travaillant sur des sujets lies à la banlieue française. La publication est également ouverte aux artistes et collègues qui participeront à l’organisation de la Résidence d’été en juillet 2013 ou de l’expo en 2014.

 

 January 2013, Christina Horvath

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