“Geography of Ghosts”, Géographie et Cultures, no 106

New issue of the journal Géographie et cultures on the “Geography of Ghosts“, no 106, directed by F.Barthe-Deloizy, M.Bonte, Z. Fournier, J.Tadié.

Article by Jérôme Tadié (in French): “Seeing Ghosts in Jakarta. The Deceased, Memory and the Urban Environment”.



Based on field work conducted in the emblematic context of the Indonesian capital city, this article analyses the role of ghosts in the relationships between city dwellers and their environment. It considers the significance of the apparitions of the deceased and (in a context where nobody questions their reality) the ways in which they shape the present-day urban space of Jakarta, revealing alternative ways of relating to the urban environment and city life. Apparitions can thus be seen as hinges between different times and different worlds (the visible and the invisible, life and death, etc.). Based on observations conducted on different scales, ranging from simple neighbourhood ghosts to the most prominent ones in popular culture, this article shows not only how they give a mirror image of the Jakartanese society, of its evolution and problems, but also how they shape the places where they appear, by creating a specific relationship to the city dwellers’ temporal, spatial and (meta?)physical environment.

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Ghosts, Reappearing Dead and the Transformations of Jakarta, Jérôme Tadié

Lecture given at the Institut français d’Indonésie, Jakarta, March 21st, 2018, 17.30


What can ghosts tell us about the society of Jakarta? In a context where their existence is unquestioned, this lecture looks at what ghosts and the reappearing dead may signify and at the ways in which they shape urban space nowadays. Ghosts enable to articulate different temporalities (past and present) and worlds (the visible and the invisible, life and death, etc.). They are thus important actors in the city. They are also witnesses of forgotten facts and lives. As we shall see, ghost stories, from the most spectacular or famous ones at the level of the whole city of Jakarta to the most local and ordinary ones at the neighborhood level, reflect the relationships between the city dwellers and their spatial, temporal and physical environment. An invisible city thus interacts with the actual visible one in Jakarta.

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“Ghost Geographies” – call for papers (in French), Géographie et cultures journal

Call for articles for a special issue of Géographie et cultures on ghosts (Francine Barthe-Deloizy, Marie Bonte, Zara Fournier and Jérôme Tadié, eds). The articles in French (between 35 000 et 50 000 signs) are to be sent to the journal (gc@openedition.org) for November, 15 2017. A short abstract with the title has to be sent ahead.

More information here : http://calenda.org/404698

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Jakarta Leaders

“Looking for local leaders in Jakarta-a comparative perspective from Johannesburg”, C.Bénit-Gbaffou and J.Tadié.

Article published in L’Espace politique, no 30, Dec. 2016



This paper stems from deep debates engaged by to geographers working on politics in the city, and attempting to define the concept of « political informality ». They dispute in particular the place of the State in this definition – public norms, rules and practices in the shaping of power dynamics in the city. The conceptual debate is based on joint empirical fieldwork: based on Claire’s research in Johannesburg on local leadership, Jerome revisits with her his research sites in Jakarta – in quest of figures of local leaders in the city. The nature of these figures in Jakarta (and their differences with Johannesburg’s) reveals locally embedded political practices, and illuminates the specificities of each institutional, urban and socio-political contexts. The paper, constructed as a dialogue, illustrates the process of constructing academic thought – where concepts are eminently related to the local sites they aim at deciphering, and are constructed in iterative and dialogical ways. Its conclusion proposes an operational definition of the concept of “political informality” but also opens, for each author, to a different way of reading their own research sites, shaped by the encounter with the other.

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“Political Informality, Power and the Other Side of Urban Space”, new issue of L’Espace politique

edited by S.Jacquot, A.Sierra and J.Tadié

Links to the articles:

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Workshop “Cities in the Dark”, 12 october 2016, Paris-Diderot University

From 9 to 18, Olympe de Gouges building, université Paris-Diderot, 8, place Paul-Ricoeur – 75013 Paris

Program available here (pdf in French)

Organised by the City group of Urmis and the theme Production, politics and practices of the city of Cessma.

Program (in French)

9h :      Accueil et introduction

Acteurs et ambiances nocturnes (discutant : Nicolas Puig)

9h30 :       Didier Nativel, « Réflexions sur les ambiances nocturnes de villes coloniales d’Afrique subsaharienne »

10h00 :     Habib Belaïd, « Pratiques festives nocturnes à Tunis à l’époque coloniale »

10h30 :     Thomas Fouquet, « La nuit urbaine, une ‘troisième aire’ citadine ? Quelques hypothèses sur la nocturnité à Dakar »

11h00 : pause

11h30 :     Risa Permanadeli, Jérôme Tadié, « Des citoyens invisibles dans l’aménagement de Jakarta : Fantômes et occupation des espaces nocturnes de la ville. »

12h00 :     Chantal Chanson-Jabeur, « Une ville sous couvre-feu : l’exemple de Tunis (de 1930 à 2016) »

12h30 :     Synthèse et discussion

13h-14h30 : Déjeuner

Gérer l’obscurité (discutante : Monique Bertrand)

14h30 :     Odile Goerg, « ‘The present lights in the streets […] only served to intensify the darkness’ : éclairage, municipalités et citadins au tournant du XXème s., Freetown-Conakry ».

15h00 :     Rémi Desmoulière, « Territorialités nocturnes des transports en commun dans l’agglomération de Jakarta »

15h30 :     Francesca Pilo’, « Pannes électriques et divisions de l’espace urbain à Rio de Janeiro: une lecture politique »

16h00 : Pause

16h30 :     Robert Ziavoula, « Fiat lux, et l’obscurité vint. L’éclairage public comme métaphore politique à Brazzaville »

17h00 :     Kali Argyriadis (Urmis, IRD) : « De apagones y alumbrones : expériences, usages et mémoires des coupures d’électricité à La Havane” »

17h30 :   Synthèse et clôture de la journée

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