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Publié le 10 septembre 2019 Mis à jour le 16 décembre 2019

Are flânerie/flâneur/flâneuse cultural notions? How the notions of flânerie/flâneur/flâneuse could be useful for us to understand urban phenomena in economic, cultural and historical terms? What do they enable us to think and to research?


le 18 décembre 2019

BILIPO, Bibliothèque des Littératures Policières
48 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
Round-table with Vincent Laisney (Université Paris Nanterre), Giampaolo Nuvolati (Università Milano Bicocca), Maïté Metz (Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris), Helen Scalway (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Discutants / Lucas Faugere, Adrien Frenay, Lucia Quaquarelli, Jean Robert Raviot

Are flânerie/flâneur/flâneuse cultural notions?

Flânerie/flâneur/flâneuse belong to literary discourse and musings. Yet, has the notion of flâneur burst is literary banks? Has it become a notion that operates not only in one kind of discourse but in numerous kinds of discourse in such a way that is has become a key element of our culture? A tool to understand culture or cultural meanings? A notion acting as a landmark, a point of reference to give meaning to our world? The matter is getting of course intricate if we chose « flâneuse » and not « flâneur ».

What flânerie/flâneur/flâneuse enable us to think?
This question stems from the first one. If flânerie/flâneur/flâneuse, a once literary notion from the 19th c., have the ability to say something about our culture, of our contemporary world, is it possible to specify their contributions? From the point of view of geography or literature and history of literature, from the point of view of sociology, of visual arts, what does flânerie enable us to produce in terms of scientific discourse? Do theses notions enter in dialogue with other mobility “entities” like walkers or viandanti? Do they help us think the relationship between space and mobility? How? Is flâneur a notion that cristallises in the 19th c. in a way that it allows us to think structures of space, spatialities and time in the 21st century? Or maybe is the word flâneuse, for the very reason it has been taken into account later, better suited to say something about modern and contemporary world?

Projet : Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Università Milano Bicocca / CRPM, Université Paris Nanterre

Image Teodor Mitew

Mis à jour le 16 décembre 2019