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Banlieue Network

Banlieue Network

Communities at the Periphery: Perceptions and Representations of the French Banlieues

Interdisciplinary Conference organised by Banlieue Network

Location: Institut Français, Londres

Event date: Thursday, April 04, 2013

This conference is the first event from a series organised by Banlieue Network, an international research network funded by the AHRC which aims to connect international scholars from a broad range of disciplines with urban practitioners, artists, stakeholders, associations of residents, activists and policy makers and create opportunities for debate, knowledge transfer and sharing expertise and good practice. Although our primary focus is on disadvantaged neighbourhoods in France, we expect the network to extend in the long term to include comparative studies of disadvantaged communities in other European cities. The Network's key objective is to address urban stigmatisation and fight negative clichés by creating a forum for cross-disciplinary debates about future visions of the city and pathways for sustainable communities. Exploring the ways in which communities are represented in narratives, political and media discourses and popular culture and studying the alternative identities residents develop in response to mainstream discourses will help us learn from the shortcomings of previous urban policies and improve the effectiveness of future strategic planning. By involving a broad range of partners and by stimulating comparative approaches, we aim to contribute to new thinking about future ethical, cultural and social landscapes and future directions for society

Organising Committee:

  • Juliet Carpenter, Oxford Brookes University
  • Christina Horvath, Oxford Brookes University
  • Bruno Levasseur, Roehampton University

Scientific Committee:

  • Marie-Madeleine Bertucci, Linguistics
  • Juliet Carpenter, Urban Geography
  • Peter Coles, Photography
  • Mustafa Dikec, Human Geography
  • Christina Horvath, French Literature
  • Michel Kokoreff, Sociology
  • Jörg Knieling, Urban Governance
  • Bruno Levasseur, French Studies

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