Urban Forms, Urban Lives

Centre Marc Bloch
Centre Marc Bloch - Friedrichstrasse 191 - 10117 Berlin
Centre Marc Bloch
20.09.2018 - 21.09.2018
Sébastien Vannier

The concept of "forms of life" (Lebensformen), which describes configurations of human co-existence by emphasizing the practices that produce and transform them, has started circulating and permeating several domains of thought, from philosophy to anthropology and history of science.
Either within Critical Theory, or in the Ordinary Language Philosophy inspired by Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell, or in Foucauldian “biopolitics”, or within new trends in anthropology the notion of « forms of life » challenges the articulation between the « social » and the « vital », essential to the institutions of a human world.
This workshop aims to analyze cities as forms of life.


September 20

13.45-14.00 Welcome and opening remarks, Piergiorgio Donatelli, Estelle Ferrarese

14.00-14.50 Sandra Laugier (Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne): Lives and the City: TV Fiction and Urban Forms of Life

14.50-15.40 Anthony Pecqueux (CNRS, CRESSON, Grenoble): A Sensitive Day in Bed-Stuy: How to Do the Right Thing?

15.40-16.10 Coffee Break

16.10-17.00 Alexandra Richter (Université de Rouen): Morphology of Urban Forms and Lives: Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project

17.00-17.50 Antonio Valentini (La Sapienza Università di Roma), Sens, vie et métropole. Quelques hypothèses de travail à partir de la lecture de Baudelaire

Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstr. 191, D-10117 Berlin. Georg-Simmel Room (3rd floor)

September 21

9.15-10.05 Piergiorgio Donatelli (La Sapienza Università di Roma): The Moral Experience of the City

10.05-10.55 Estelle Ferrarese (Université de Picardie Jules-Verne): Urban Form, Rational Lives. Los Angeles in Adorno’s Minima Moralia

10.55-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-12.05 Matthieu Amat (Université de Lausanne): In What Sense has a Form of Life a Content? The Case of « Urban Form of Life » in Simmel

12.05-12.55 Bhrigupati Singh (Brown University): Can a Neighborhood Fall Sick?

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.20 Clara Han (Johns Hopkins University): A Commemoration: Intimacy and Estrangement in Neighborhood Life

15.20-16.10 Sarin Marchetti (La Sapienza Università di Roma): The Uses of the City

16.10-16.30 Coffee Break

16.30-17.20 Pierre Sauvetre (Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre): The Commune as a Form of Life in Common: from Aristotle to the ZAD

17.20-18.10 Stefano Velotti (La Sapienza Università di Roma): Urban Forms and Forms of Life: an Ethico-aesthetic Perspective


Estelle Ferrarese

Friedrichstrasse 191
10117 Berlin


Urban Forms, Urban Lives, 20.09.2018 – 21.09.2018 Centre Marc Bloch, in: H-Soz-Kult, 14.09.2018, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-38134>.
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