Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Banlieue Far from the Clichés

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Music Room and Green Room, Headington Hill Hall, Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


Stigmatised as sites of riots, isolation and deprivation, suburban communities are located at the limits of French society, both literally and metaphorically. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to question the negative clichés attached to the ’banlieue’ by exploring it as a hub of creativity from where new types of voices, discourses and identities are emerging. The conference seeks to promote inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches and a focus on representations of produced by artists from suburban housing estates as well as urban collectives and other urban actors. Papers and discussions will address, among others, the emergence of urban culture and its different forms, the representations and self-representations of communities, the individual or collective memory of suburban housing estates, images of diversity versus clichés and the real or perceived authenticity of the new "voice of the suburbs".

Keynote and guest speakers will include Professor Edward Welch (University of Aberdeen), Mohamed Mechmache (ACLEFEU) as well as writers Mamadou Mahmoud N’Dongo and Skander Kali. Organised by Banlieue Network and funded by the AHRC, the conference is the second in a series seeking to promote exchange of knowledge around the subject of segregated urban communities.