2008-2009 Seminar Series


Seminars/2008-2009 VESPA Program

A Program of Thought and Discussion…


The multimedia laboratory for research on the city and political spaces (Ville et Espaces Politiques), Canada Research Chair in Urbanity, Insecurity, and Political Action, and in collaboration with the research group Domaine 5 : Justice, Police and Security of the Metropolis Centre of Quebec, invite you to participate in a program of reflection on political action and the streets. Through multimedia and multidisciplinary seminars and activities, VESPA’s 2008-2009 program aims to question the role of fear, insecurity and discomfort in urban action. How is political subjectivity constructed ? What does it mean to be afraid of the city, afraid in the city ? What does it mean to act politically ? How is the street appropriated, constructed, and redefined by political action ?


All afternoon seminars take place at the Urbanization Culture and Society Centre of the INRS, 385, Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal, Bring Your Own Sandwich.


Friday April 17, 2009 | 12-2 PM | Afternoon Seminar

Synthesis – Theoretical reflections on fear, the street and urban action…


Friday March 20, 2009 | 12-2 PM | Afternoon Seminar

“Eyes on the Street : Informal Surveillance or New Surveillance Technologies ?”

A return to Jane Jacobs’ work in light of the current ethical debate on new surveillance technologies in public spaces


Friday February 20, 2009 | 12-2 PM | Afternoon Seminar

“Staging Insecurity and Governing the Self” by Valérie de Courville Nicol, Concordia University

How do we manage living with fear ? How do we react when it emerges ? Reflections on the evolution of how we deal with fear and self-governance in the Western Hemisphere : a specific look at the events of Montreal-Nord.


Friday January 23, 2009 | 12-2 PM | Afternoon Seminar

Terrorist action as a means of expression and mobilisation” by Annie Roy, SATA

When art moves on to action : a meeting with the founder of Socially Acceptable Terrorist Action (SATA), who since 1997 has offered events and facilities that are as much a questioning of the urban landscape as that of public spaces. On this occasion, we also offer an opportunity to reflect on the use of the “terrorist” label and ethos since 2001.


Monday November 10, 2008 | 12-2 PM | Afternoon Seminar

Montreal-North : Actions and Reactions

“Handing the floor over to the residents in order to understand the riots of the summer of 2008 : A comparison between France and the United-States”, presented by Maurice Blanc of the Marc Bloch University and Godefroy Desrosiers-Lauzon of the INRS-UCS

This seminar offers a collective reflection on the events of the summer of 2008 in Montreal-Nord, in an effort to give power to the voice of the neighbourhood residents who describe their experiences, their actions, and their ideas. At the same time, the speakers will present approaches to the analysis of the events of Montreal-Nord by comparing them with analogous events in France and the United-States. Round Table [PDF] »


Friday October 2008 | 12-2 PM | Afternoon Seminar

“The Street in Cities of the South : Expressions and Appropriations”, by Antoine Noubouwo, INRS-UCS
- Commented projection of images of streets in developing cities, followed by a discussion.


Wednesday October 22, 2008 | 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Study Day

For the exposition organised by the City On The Move Institute and the Design Centre of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)

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What meaning do streets take on in our daily lives ? Whether simple pathways, places for loitering, spaces for living or working, objects of apprehension or stimulation – streets are, all the same, at the heart of our lives. Its users are constantly negotiating over them, though every so often in conflicting manners. Other times, they are the objects of great love declarations – this was the case of the St-Viateur street festival in 2006 (see photo above). Streets are managed formally and informally : they are put into profit by storeowners, and invested by the media. Sometimes, they are icons, like St-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal. Streets, alleys, boulevards – by foot, by motorcycle, by bus, by bicycle, by car… the multiplicity of “mobilities” and the increasing demand for public spaces call for collective thinking on the meaning of streets : for whom, for what and how ? For of the exposition “The streets belong to us… all”, organized by the City On The Move Institute and the Design Centre of Montreal, the laboratory for research on the city and political spaces (VESPA) and the group Métropolosition et Sociétés (MéSo) invite you to a study day that will gather multidisciplinary researchers and speakers around the two central questions : 1) What is the essence of Montreal streets ? What are its specifics ? How can we understand Montreal through a study of its streets ? 2) What are the challenges of Montreal’s streets ? How should they be governed ?

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