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L’hospitalité urbaine au risque de la contagion. Peer review

Comment continuer à recevoir les plus précaires tout en les espaçant les uns des autres ?

Joan Stavo-DebaugeMaxime Felder et Luca Pattaroni | 17.01.2022

This paper interrogates the social and spatial consequences of lock-down and “barrier” measures for newcomers and precarious foreigners in the city of Geneva. Linking these measures to the question of urban hospitality, the article documents the paradoxical transformations of the “hospitable milieux” that usually offer newcomers — and established “undocumented” migrants — the possibility to “take place” in the city and to stay there somewhat poorly. Addressing the case of “domestic workers” as well as “low-threshold” shelters and the [...]

La métaphore spatiale : pour une lecture de Michel Foucault et Yves Lacoste.

Yann Calbérac | 04.01.2022

Based on a close scrutiny of Michel Foucault's interview published in the very first issue of Hérodote, a journal dedicated to geopolitical approaches founded by Yves Lacoste, this article unfolds, thanks to the analysis of spatial metaphors, the conceptions and functions of space for the philosopher as well as for geographers. This symmetrical reading enlightens a subtle system of similarities, between Time and Space (two categories rejected by Foucault and the geographers alike, as they abandon grand concepts in [...]

Journal d’un colloque de Cerisy.

Yves Winkin | 26.10.2021

The international cultural center of Cerisy-la-Salle (Normandy, France) has been organizing for many years residential, 7-day long conferences from the end of April till the end of September. Participants are hosted in the castle and the adjacent buildings. The author describes his participation to one of those conferences in order to make more concrete what he means by « enchantment », a notion he has been trying to ground for years on the basis of ethnographic accounts. [...]

Forme urbaine, rythme et mémoire.   Peer review

Les apports d’une approche par le rythme pour penser les dynamiques mémorielles dans la ville contemporaine. 

Lucia Bordone | 20.07.2021

This article aims to highlight some specific contributions of the notion of rhythm to apprehend dynamics on memory within an urban environment. In particular, it points out how rhythm constitutes an effective operator for thinking about the capacity of certain urban forms to favor or hinder the experience of “being present together” (Boullier, 2010) and, consequently, the possibility of remembering together. Starting from the description of a moment of blocking that occurred during an empirical investigation, the article shows [...]

Des rythmes et des chronotopes

Alain Guez et Piero Zanini | 12.03.2021

The aim is to grasp the question of rhythms through an anthropological approach to the experience of urban time as it has emerged from various surveys conducted in Paris and its metropolitan region. Questioning the modalities by which certain "inhabitants" (residents and temporary residents) describe their experiences from a temporal point of view, reveals a set of elements capable of characterizing, qualifying and giving substance to the concrete and/or sensitive modalities through which an experience of time takes shape [...]

L’éternité du présent. Ou les contradictions du réenchantement pentecôtiste à l’œuvre d’une Église pentecôtiste sud-africaine Peer review

Thibaut Dubarry | 22.02.2021

The purpose of this article is to explore the reenchantment of a church in a South African township. Effervescence of entertainment while crossing through worships appears as a new source of holiness. Present seems in that to substitute to the past as an authority able to legitimate the religious. That’s why this transcendence goes beyond the traditional antinomy between holiness and profane, inviting to rethink religion in modern times [...]

Observer pour inventer : la ville d’après

Enka BlanchardStéphane GallardoShin Alexandre KosekiCarole LanoixOlivier Lazzarotti et Irène Sartoretti | 11.02.2021

Avec l’apport du rhizome Chôros. Presque 40 ans après, imaginons ce que serait le carrefour Mabillon sous la plume de Perec : “19 mai 2020. 3, 4, non 5 SUV défilent, les conducteurs aux visages masqués, au passage 3 piétons attendent le feu, chacun à distance. A chaque arrêt, la même appréhension : où se place-t-on [...]

La Covid au prisme des minorités vulnérables Peer review

Enka BlanchardZacharie Boubli et Charlotte Lemaistre | 01.02.2021

The Covid-19 pandemic as a collective experience has brought certain minority experiences closer to the majority’s. The most obvious example have been the 2020 lockdowns, which has suddendly given able-bodied individuals the experience of the homeboundedness known to crips. Some other parallels constitute an unexpected positive impact of the pandemic, which has generally increased the level of solidarity in a common ordeal. Nevertheless, most pre-pandemic social vulnerabilities have perpetuated and even worsened. From proven correlations between one’s level of [...]

Tenir le rythme Composer avec la douleur, négocier sa chronicité. Peer review

Luna de Araujo | 15.01.2021

The medical and social recognition and treatments of persistent pain vary according to the diagnosed diseases and the social, economic and family situations in which the affected persons find themselves. Some repetitions and disruptions underlying and common to the experiences of the women who participated in this research nevertheless make it possible to understand the entanglement of the biological, material, practical and structural aspects that shape the chronicity of their pain. Through Flora Weill's story, her painful trajectory and [...]

The trace: a shared notion in interdisciplinary research on children’s mobility

Sonia ChardonnelSandrine DepeauThomas DevogeleBoris Mericskay et Jean-Paul Thibaud | 12.01.2021

Cet article s’inscrit dans le champ de recherche des pratiques de mobilités quotidiennes enfantines étudiées à travers des traces numériques issues de capteurs (géolocalisation, audiovisuels) et enrichies d’informations sémantiques et contextuelles. Nous montrons comment la trace constitue une notion partagée entre les différentes disciplines (géographie, informatique, psychologie environnementale, sociologie) engagées dans la recherche Mobi'kids qui vise à comprendre les conditions d’évolution des mobilités quotidiennes d’enfants. Nous proposons d’abord un cadre conceptuel autour de la trace pour définir de façon [...]