International conference, Université Paris Nanterre, June 11-13, 2020
To ask what produces social relationships in urban space today, and how social relationships produce space and place, is to affirm that the connection between society and space is a two- way street. If space is the product of social relations, then conversely — according to Henri Lefebvre’s triad of “lived, conceived and perceived space” — space, far from being the passive receptacle of social forces, structures and contributes to the reproduction but also challenges social relations. We will then raise the more specific question of the relationship between gender/sex/race and space. In an urban space marked by social relationships, is it possible to resist and "queer" the city? If we understand the term "queer" as Kath Browne does in “Challenging Queer Geographies”: “operating beyond powers and controls that enforce normativity6", then "queering the city" implies redrawing, reconceptualizing, rethinking and remapping to remake bodies, spaces and geographies.
CfP in French and English
Proposals to be sent up to 15 September 2019.