New Challenges on the Urban Periphery

Dr Juliet Carpenter, GCHU’s Director of Research, outlines the launch of a new AHRC-funded project in Paris.

GCHU Director of Research, Dr Juliet Carpenter, is launching a new AHRC-funded project in Paris later this month, entitled “New Challenges on the Urban Periphery”. The project, run in collaboration with Dr Christina Horvath at the University of Bath and the Paris-based NGO, European Alternatives, aims to build on their international research network, Banlieue Network, that ran from 2012-2014. 

“New Challenges on the Urban Periphery” is their latest collaboration, drawing on findings from Banlieue Network, as well as their H2020 project, Co-Creation (2017-2022), which brought together researchers, policy-makers and creative practitioners from Europe and Latin America, to challenge urban stigmatisation in marginal spaces such as the French banlieues and Brazilian favelas. This latest project will extend that work, to focus on co-creation on the urban periphery, through three events to be held in Paris in 2023.

The first launch event is a half day seminar on Monday 27th March, which will bring together those interested in exploring marginal urban areas from interdisciplinary perspectives (including urban studies, literature, sociology, film, linguistics, architecture, musicology and others…). Researchers and creative practitioners will come together for an afternoon of interdisciplinary exchange and discussion on banlieue-related research and activities.

The event is taking place at the Maison de l’Europe, 29 avenue de Villiers, 75017, Paris, from 2:00pm – 17:30pm, followed by a networking apéro. The event is free and all are welcome to attend, with sign-up on Eventbrite.

Other events planned for later in the year include a four-day Co-Creative Conference and Festival “Littératures en Marge”, to be held in St Denis, Greater Paris, 29 June to 2 July, and a Co-Creative workshop and seminar in Autumn 2023.  Watch this space for further details!