du 14 mai 2024 au 14 juin 2024
Publié le 14 mai 2024 Mis à jour le 14 mai 2024

Colloque : Cities and (Counter)Terrorism - Ordinary Practices, Experiences and Atmospheres


The terrorist attacks on European cities over the last decade have reconfigured ordinary urban life. This concerns both ordinary practices and experiences, and the production and management of urban spaces. On the one hand, we are witnessing a proliferation of security logics, whose translations - be they discursive, symbolic, legal, material, technological, etc. - are having the consequence of not only modifying urban spaces, but also of affecting residents in their day-to-day behaviour, right down to their bodies.

Protean, diffuse and distributed at multiple levels, the threat of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures have a visible impact on the everyday life of cities, but they also have effects that go well beyond the realms of the visible and the expressible, insofar as they concern the senses, affects and emotions. Because they affect bodies and the intensities that bind them together, terrorism and counterterrorism are participating in the creation of a new urban climate.

How do these actions shape urban ambiances and atmospheres? How the intertwining of social interactions, security and protection practices, and security narratives, discourses and policies shape dispositions of attention, states of the body and modes of presence that are specific to the uncertainty associated with the terrorist threat, as well as to the supposed guarantees of the 'safe city'? By bringing together geographers, urban planners, sociologists and anthropologists working in different fields and on different scales, this scientific meeting also sets itself the challenge of critically examining the contributions of approaches in terms of ambiances/atmospheres and affects to urban studies of terrorism.

Date : 13 et 14 juin 2024
Lieu : CY Cergy Paris Université, Salle Simone Veil - chênes 1

Conference organisée par Damien Masson, maître de conférences en urbanisme, CY Cergy Paris Université, Laboratoire PLACES

Partenaires :

- Projet Atmospheres in (counter)terrorism in European Cities, coordonné par CY Cergy Paris Université, l’Université de Birmingham, l’université de Plymouth, l’université Friedrich-Schiller de Jena, et l’Institut Paris Region. Recherche réalisée dans le cadre du programme européen ORA 6e édition, cofinancée par l’Agence nationale de la recherche (décision ANR : 20-ORAR-0006-01), la Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG : PN 440838216) et le Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC : ES/V01353X/1). Site web du projet : https://atmoct.org/

- Laboratoire PLACES, CY Cergy Paris Université

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