Jacques Lévy

Professeur de géographie et d’aménagement de l’espace à l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, où il est directeur du Laboratoire Chôros et co-directeur du Collège des humanités, il travaille sur la ville et l’urbanité, la géographie politique, l’Europe et la mondialisation, les théories de l’espace de l’individu et des sociétés, l’épistémologie de la géographie et des sciences sociales, la cartographie, l’urbanisme et le développement spatial. Il a notamment publié Géographies du politique (dir.), 1991 ; Le monde. Espaces et systèmes, 1992, avec M.-F. Durand et D. Retaillé ; L’espace légitime, 1994 ; Egogéographies, 1995 ; Le monde pour Cité, 1996 ; Europe. Une géographie, 1997 ; Le tournant géographique, 1999 ; Logiques de l’espace, esprit des lieux (dir.), 2000, avec M. Lussault ; From Geopolitics to Global Politics (dir.), 2001 ; Dictionnaire de la géographie et de l’espace des sociétés (dir.), 2003, avec M. Lussault ; Les sens du mouvement (dir.), 2005, avec S. Allemand et F. Ascher ; Milton Santos, philosophe du mondial, citoyen du local, 2007 ; L’invention du Monde (dir.), 2008. Il est co-directeur d’EspacesTemps.net (jacques.levy@epfl.ch).

Topologies politiques. Peer review

Espace politique et dynamique sociale après l’élection présidentielle américaine de 2020.

Jacques LévySébastien PiantoniAna PóvoasEurielle RenaudJustine Richelle et Guillaume Schmitt | 09.12.2020

How the American Presidential election map can be read ? The contrasted distribution of the votes which follows the urbanity gradients prompts first to compare 2020 and 2016 elections. Beyond this, these geographical arrangements suggest interpretative elaborations about the overall dynamic of the US society. The hypothesis of a low-interaction cospatiality between two ways of manufacturing social worlds emerges. One of them is based on stock-capital and on the quest for stability in communal allegiances, the second one pertains [...]

Une brève histoire de temps

Météo, langages et messages

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.12.2020

A much listened program, no doubt also heard, the weather report whispers daily in the ears of viewers. If the course is strictly marked and walked in, if the remarks seem anecdotal and only detailed. But some other messages, more political, may interfere indirectly. [...]

Aller nulle part, est-ce aller quelque part ?

Destination grande roue.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.10.2020

In the context of the health crisis of 2020 and the ensuing collapse of air passenger traffic, several companies have successfully offered trips to nowhere. However, traveling without a specific destination is not a new practice, and these forms of mobility deserve to be questioned with regard to their spatial stakes. [...]

Sextinction ?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 01.05.2020

Is there a ‘sextinction’ in progress? The recent observation that sexual practices are experiencing a reduction among the younger generation deserves a close scrutiny. Paradoxically, the liberation from constraints and taboos that had impacted sexuality has eventually made possible its relativization with regard to other activities. As a language, ethic, and culture, sex is being reinvented within the moving picture of social life. [...]

The Prophets of Immanence.

Le coronavirus au prisme du néonaturalisme

Jacques Lévy | 18.04.2020

Within a pandemic process where unknown and novel realities can be numerous, some actors cannot help saying: “I told you so”. Among them, activists of the neo-naturalist current are seeking at all costs to connect this event to their common speeches. Inside this movement, Dominique Bourg et Bruno Latour have set themselves up as prophets of immanence. Immanence is a new religion that replaces ancient transcendent gods with a powerful, moralizing Nature and reduces the humans to weak and [...]

Mon psy à la maison ?

Mots tus et lieux dits.

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.03.2020

Une affiche dans le métro. Elle fait la publicité pour des psychologues venant au domicile des patients. Mais elle interroge aussi la nature de la relation entre les lieux et les habitants à travers les mots qui en résultent. Ce faisant, elle implique l’une des questions essentielles de l’habiter. Habite-t-on d’abord une langue ou des lieux ? [...]

Extension du domaine des sociétés.

Is space the new space?

Xavier BernierOlivier Lazzarotti et Jacques Lévy | 02.02.2020

Different kinds of conquest are more and more about circumterrestrial and interplanetary space. It concerns directly the meaning of the World and the place of humanity. What does it really mean to live outside the Earth ? Based on the recent spectacular promotional events of Elon Musk’s societies, this paper aims to give a social point of view. [...]

La justice spatiale prend place. Peer review

Jacques LévyAna Póvoas et Jean-Nicolas Fauchille | 23.01.2020

The book Théorie de la justice spatiale (2018) was published shortly before the outbreak of the political action of the Yellow Vests. The importance of the connections between space and justice in the public debate that followed shows that the spatial dimension of social life is now perceived in France as a component which cannot be reduced to others, more classic, like the economic and political dimensions. The concepts useful to think such a dimension, that the book advances, [...]