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OLIVIER MONGIN (OPEN DOORS PROGRAM)

Tuesday 6 October 2015 
AfK - Conference Hall - 6:30 pm
Social Sciences

Olivier Mongin : Writer and publisher, Olivier Mongin is the co-editor of the journal Tousurbains. He is still the editorial director of the journal Esprit, after being the editor from 1988 to 2012. He is also vice-president of the French Union for cultural and scientific press, and a member of the forum for mobile lives of the SNCF (French national railway company). He has taught political philosophy at the University of Lyon II and at the Centre Sèvres in Paris. He has co-edited the series “La Couleur des idées” for publisher Le Seuil and the series “Questions de société” for publisher Hachette.

Among other publications, Olivier Mongin published a trilogy on democratic passions (La peur du rire, La violence des images, Eclats de rire), which questions the world after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, as well as books on intellectual life (including a book on Paul Ricoeur) and on political life (Sarkozy, corps et âme d’un président, Perrin, 2008)).

In Vers la troisième ville? (with architect C. de Portzamparc, 1995), La condition urbaine. La ville à l’heure de la mondialisation (Le Seuil, 2005, translated in 4 languages) and finally La ville des flux. L’envers et l’endroit de la mondialisation urbaine (Fayard, 2013), he approaches contemporary globalisation as irreducible to economics and takes into account recent territorial dynamics.


  • A multifaceted and splintered urban globalization
    by Olivier MONGIN
    Tuesday 6 October - 6:30 pm - Alliance française - Conference Hall

(Olivier Mongin will give also a conference at IBA and Area Study Centre for Europe, Wednesday 7 October)

"The presentation takes up some issues that I have dealt with in the three books I have published since 1995 about the contemporary urban universe. Although, in Vers la troisième ville?, my approach remained linked to the history of European cities, I take into account the specificity of the urban globalisation in progress, in La condition urbaine. La ville à l’heure de la mondialisation. It amounts to stressing that globalisation is not reducible to its economic dimension. I ask whether we can respect the fundamental values of urban experience while territories are destroyed and restructured all around the world under the pressure of various flows (especially migratory ones).

Hence this interrogation: how can we recover the elements of urban experience (the body, the state and public space) within the context of a chaotic and globalised urbanisation? How can current urbanisation, in all its aspects, be reconciled with urbanity? It requires to consider inhabitants as significant as territories, people as places. With La ville des flux. L’envers et l’endroit de la mondialisation urbaine, I have recently tried to produce a cartography (three tendencies and eight pictures) of urbanisation. I have delved deeply in the universe of generalised urbanisation without accepting the scenario of homogenisation, nor that of anarchy. Becoming urban, whether in France or Pakistan, cruelly reveals the shared future of the world."

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