illustration : Laboratory

Laboratory

The Laboratory heading gathers works in progress with a focus on exploration or conceptual construction.

Between individual and society, the relationship to space to understand the production of disability process

Meddy Escuriet | 13.08.2020

This article aims to return to the conceptual framework and methodology used to individually objectify, while socially analysing, the relationship to space of people who have suffered acquired brain damage. Moving from a state where they were professionally and socially integrated to a state where they must learn to live with their functional limitations, the life accident that these people suffered has totally redistributed the cards of their existence and redefined the relationships they have with space and society. [...]

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Joseph Cacciari | 17.07.2020

What do the approaches in terms of "Mobility Biographies Research" and "Travel Socialization Studies" teach us about mobility choices over biographical trajectories? Particularly widespread in recent years, research using one or the other approach has focused on the daily choices of spatial mobility of individuals. These two orientations share the objective of wanting to document the mechanisms of learning and changes in behaviour in this area throughout the biographical trajectories. Research claiming to be in one or the [...]

Mal-habiter et malaise dans l’habiter : Pour un dialogue entre géographie et psychanalyse

Frédéric Vinot | 17.07.2020

In response to the formula of “mal-habiter” proposed by O. Lazzarotti, X. Bernier and J. Levy (2020), the author puts forward the hypothesis of “malaise dans l’habiter”, with particular reference to theories of Freud and Lacan. Where “mal-habiter” indicates dissatisfaction on the part of the inhabitant with regard to external and social conditions, “malaise dans l’habiter” indicates a dissatisfaction inherent in the very fact of dwelling, a trace of an uninhabitable in the heart of dwelling. The different possibilities [...]

Crip spatialities and temporalities II: a systematic typology of temporal taxes

Enka Blanchard | 17.06.2020

Living with a disability involves handling many costs that the general population is not aware of, which have recently been denounced in the online #CripTax campaign. Those costs can be split into many categories, the principal ones being financial costs (from buying specialised equipment to higher insurance premiums), psychological costs (with increased stress and mental loads), and finally temporal costs. Those temporal costs can be organised into a hierarchy, starting with the simplest costs arising from decreased efficiency when [...]

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David Sayagh | 01.05.2020

Based on a doctoral thesis, this article aims to explore how to capture and report on the differentiated socializations that lead to inequalities in cycling mobility opportunities. This ambition has led to special methodological precautions (against the bias linked to social distance, memory failures, conscious omissions, the "sex of the survey", etc.) and to develop an analysis tool whose main advantage is its heuristic ability to reveal gendered dispositions underlying the strengthening of unequal opportunities. Finally, the approach justifies the [...]

Le rythme singulier et créatif de l’itinérance

Chiara Kirschner | 22.04.2020

The article uses the notion of rhythm to analyze the relationship between the individual and his environment in the mobile spatial practice of recreational wayfaring, which often leads to a decision to transform his life trajectory once returned back home, particularly when traveling for several weeks/months. The sensory experience, and in particular the kinesthetic experience (the sense of movement), integrating the environment, is the starting point of a a new conception of rhythm as a singular and creative tool [...]

The Prophets of Immanence.

Looking at coronaviruses through neo-naturalist lenses.

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 [...]

Déplacer les disciplines : le nouveau rôle des aires

Michael Lucken et Karoline Postel-Vinay | 05.03.2020

Our societies appear increasingly polarized between the camp of the advocates of "de-globalization" and that of the relentless globalists. Such polarization obscures, by caricaturing it, the complexity of the challenge of human plurality and generates a dilemma, illusory to a certain extent, between the quest for generality and the consideration of particularities. In the humanities and social sciences, this dilemma takes the shape, among others, of a recurring debate about the relation between “the disciplines” and area studies. Overcoming [...]

Kairos, Kronos : les sciences sociales au(x) temps du développement personnel.

Mélanie Le Guen | 21.02.2020

The actors, tools, discourses, practices related to the field of self-development have thrived since the early twenties in the United States and in Europe, as a response to societies’ will to live better lives. Time, especially as far as the many possible temporalities are concerned, is one of the main themes of self-development. Thus, Kairos and Kronos materialize the idea that contemporary Western societies live in relation to two temporal regimes – one being chronological, and the other kairetical. [...]

Les rythmes indisciplinés.

Claire Pelgrims et Armelle Hausser | 23.05.2019

This article encourages us to reflect on the existence of undisciplined rhythms, that is to say the personal manners to flow that come into tension with the tone of a given situation and induce a recomposition of the collective rhythm. This article questions the different devices of the urban design that enforce a rhythm and allow to "set the rhythm" of mobility and experience or, on the contrary, provide affordances to the performing of alternative rhythms. In the first [...]