Territories and Informality in Cities
Prodig coordinators: Marie Morelle and Jérôme Tadié
Gecko coordinator: Jean-Fabien Steck
In a comparative perspective, this seminar series aims at studying the government of cities. It originates in the assumption that it results from the coexistence, sometimes the confrontation, of a great variety of power brokers. The seminar will analyse “informal” practices (the meaning of this notion is to be clarified) of production, administration and management of urban territories. It gives greater importance to the spatial entry — a key factor to understand the diversity of political and social relationships. Urban territories, in their diversity and organisation, not only reflect diverse, more or less institutionalised, systems of government, , but they also take part in their making and reproduction.
This seminar intends to bring together researchers and practitioners concerned by themes regarding informality, in particular its role in the governance of cities and in the reshaping of territories. It takes place three to four times a year. Each seminar is centred on a a presentation, which is supplemented by readings.
The Other Side of Cities
This seminar series is based on films, documentaries and public conferences. It aims at creating debates and sharing the findings of the Inverses Program. It will take place in Paris in 2014.