Announcing post-docs hired for my ERC Inhabiting Radical Housing project

I am very thrilled to be able to announce the post-docs joining (Jan22) my European Research Council #InhabitingRadicalHousing project at DIST – Dip. Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio.

Intersectional takes on #housingstruggles:

  • Devra Waldman, postcoloniality, India
  • Oluwafemi Olajde, pol economy, Nigeria
  • Rayna Rusenko, critical global policy
  • Rodrigo Castriota extended urban in the Amazons, Brazil

Devra, Femi, Rayna & Rodrigo have 3 years with us and are joined by

  • Chiara Cacciotti, wonderful ethnographer squatting (1y post-doc)
  • Daniela Morpurgo, on sex work-migration-housing (1y post-doc)
  • Saanchi Saxena new exciting PhD candidate working on women street vendors in Mumbai

Devra, Femi, Rayna, and Rodrigo have deep knowledge of their geographies and have contributed already to debates on decolonial, critical race, and intersectional urban studies in Journals such as Antipode, EPD, Urban Studies, and more. Chiara and Daniela have published extensively too, and Saanchi co-funded a platform to disseminate scholarship beyond academia. This is really an outstanding team.

On top of all this, in due course, we will also launch a new #BeyondInhabitation lab here in Turin with AbdouMaliq Simone (more soon!)

I want to thank the over 60+ applicants for these jobs: competition was very high and selection very difficult. I also want to thank the wonderful Stefania Guarini who solved so much of the bureaucratic mess that I had to face for these international hirings! Today I am celebrating, so I won’t say much about that..

A final 3-year senior research position (RTDA) will be advertised in the coming weeks – watch this space.

Peace & Power

Teaching new module on Geography, Theory & Practice in Turin

 

I am happy to begin teaching today on a new introductory module that I have designed, on Geography, Theory & Practice in Turin, with a focus on the colonial roots of the discipline, discussing critical grammars of genderised, racialised & uneven spatialities.
 
Looking forward to trying it out, and then to expand and share the syllabus in the coming years.
I am thankful to my dear friend and colleague Ana Vilenica for helping out with the preparation of this module. Program is below – cheers!

 

 

Geography, theory and practice

Programme and calendar 2021-2022

 

Michele Lancione, Full Professor of Economic and Political Geography

michele.lancione@polito.it

 

Objective

The course offers an introduction to critical geographical thinking, with particular reference to how it developed in the past decades in Anglophone Geography. The aim is to provide a concise, yet rich, introduction to a number of key concerns related to the critical understanding of space, place, scale and related processes. Key notions and approaches derived from political economy, relational spatial thinking, critical gender and race studies, political ecology will be presented and discussed. The course mixes frontal lectures with moments of in-depth reading of academic texts, as well as discussion of contemporary societal issues at the global scale. The final part of the module provides a glance at some of the most common qualitative research methods in Human Geography, analysing their ethical implications and the role of Academics (including students) in the (re)production of unjust spaces.

 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding. The students will acquire understanding of the main aspects of contemporary critical geographical thinking, its evolution and main debates. They will also acquire specific knowledge on debates related to urban inequalities, gender and racial injustice, critical relational thinking the use of qualitative methods in human geography.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. At the end of this course the student will be able to: analyse contemporary social and spatial phenomena intersecting multiple critical perspectives; they will be able to move within the international academic literature in the broader field of critical Human and Urban Geography; and they will acquire the basic skills set to write essays analysing contemporary social and spatial issue critically.

Autonomy of judgement. Students will learn how to question mainstream narratives related to key issues of our times including, but not limited to, uneven spatial development, entranced gendered and racialised violence, and the role of the Academy in both questioning and reproducing injustice.

Communication skills. At the end of the course students will acquire the basic conceptual grammar, in the English language, needed to investigate space and spatial processes critically.

Learning skills. Students will acquire the capacity to independently work with critical theories and methods in Human Geography.

 

Teaching modality

The course lasts 54 hours (9 CFU), structured along 10 weeks, including frontal lectures, seminars and workshops. Please note that sessions will be live streamed, but not video-recorded. Slides will not be shared, unless for students with proven learning difficulties.

The different sessions are characterised as follows:

· Core lectures (three-hour long each): To provide foundational understandings around critical theory and practice of geographical thinking

· Seminars (two and three-hour long each): Guided reading sessions, to offer the opportunity of engaging with key geographical writings and documentary taken from international scholarship. Seminars will be based on the provided key readings, and an additional reading list will be provided to students who are willing to expand on the subjects

· Workshops (three-hour long each): To reflect, on a workshop-style fashion, on contemporary news, using the conceptual toolkit offered by the course

 

Examination modality

For attendees

You are expected to read all key readings, suggested for each lecture, which will be discussed during the live seminars. Alongside what is presented during the lectures, the readings will serve the basis for the two components of your examination:

· A 1.500-2000 words written essay, which will count for the 30% of the final grade, to be focused on one of the themes explored in the course. The workshops will provide students with ideas on what to focus and on how to structure their essay

· An oral examination, which will count for 70% of the final grade, to be focused on the themes and literatures explored in the course

 

For non-attendees

You are expected to read all key readings, suggested for each lecture and to integrate those with the following text:

                     Cresswell, T. (2013). Geographic Thought. Wiley-Blackwell: London

Your examination will be focused on two components:

· A 1.500-2000 words written essay, which will count for the 30% of the final grade, to be focused on one of the themes explored in the course, on the basis of the readings suggested

· An oral examination, which will count for 70% of the final grade, to be focused on the themes and literatures explored in the course, as well as on Cresswell’s book

 

  

Program and reading lists

 

Please note: the list of readings below is a basic one, to accompany you into several key debates in the discipline. Further readings will be provided once you have chosen your topic of interest for the final exam.

 

WEEK I) For a critical geography of space

· Lecture – 4/10/21, thee hours – Introduction to the course; The colonial substratum of geographical knowledge; The birth of critical geography: on the capitalist production of space; Overview of contemporary critical spatial approaches

· Seminar – 5/10/21, two hours: Reading on capitalism and the production of space

Key readings:

Harvey, D. (1992) ‘Social Justice, Postmodernism and the City’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 16 (4): 588–601.

Massey, D. (1993). ‘Power Geometry and a Progressive Sense of Place’. In Mapping the Futures: Local Cultures, Global Change, edited by J Bird, B Curtis, T Putnam, G Robertson, and L Tickner. London: Routledge.

Peck, J., and A. Tickell. (2002) ‘Neoliberalizing Space’. Antipode 34 (3): 380–404.

 

WEEK II) Thinking space relationally

· Lecture – 11/10/21, thee hours Postmodern and post-structuralist geographies; Relational geographies and political ecologies; Power and biopower; Affects, atmospheres, ontologies

· Seminar – 12/10/21, two hours Reading of place, bodies and power

Key readings:

Amin, A. (2015). Animated space. Public Culture, 27(2), 239–258.

Lancione, M. (Ed.). (2016). Rethinking life at the margins: The assemblage of contexts, subjects and politics. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group – ONLY the intro

Nash, C. (2000). Performativity in practice: Some recent work in cultural geography. Progress in Human Geography, 24(4), 653–664.

Philo, C. (2012). A ‘new Foucault’with lively implications–or ‘the crawfish advances sideways’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37(4), 496–514.

 

WEEK III) Uneven development

· Lecture – 18/10/21, thee hours  Understanding inequalities; Segregation, social justice, marginality, and banishment; Homelessness and the spatial construction of the ‘other’

· Seminar – 19/10/21, two hours Readings on marginality and racial capitalism

Key readings:

Caldeira, T. (2009). Marginality, Again⁈. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(3), 848–853.

Roy, A. (2019). Racial Banishment. In Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50th. Wiley-Blackwell : London

Thieme, T. (2013). The “hustle” amongst youth entrepreneurs in Mathare’s informal waste economy. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7(3), 389–412.

Wacquant, L. (1999). Urban Marginality in the Coming Millennium. Urban Studies, 36(10), 1639–1647.

 

WEEK IV) The spatial grammars of race and gender

· Lecture – 25/10/21, three hours Approaching ‘difference’ critically; Thinking dis/possession; Feminist and queer spatial grammars

Key readings:

Derickson, K. D. (2017). Urban geography II: Urban geography in the Age of Ferguson. Progress in Human Geography, 41(2), 230–244.

Hawthorne, C. (2019). Black matters are spatial matters: Black geographies for the twenty‐first century. Geography Compass, 13(11).

Kern, L. (2020). Feminists City. Verso: London and New York – ONLY the intro

 

WEEK V) Elements of geographical thinking: A global urban world

· Lecture – 8/11/21, three hours A critical approach to the urban; Urban grounds; Comparative urbanism?; Southern urbanism

· Seminar – 9/11/21, three hours Reading on feminist geographies (previous lecture), southern and global urbanism

Key readings:

Lancione, M., & McFarlane, C. (2021). Navigating the global urban. In M. Lancione & C. McFarlane (Eds.), Global Urbanism (1st ed., pp. 3–13). Routledge: London

Roy, A. (2011). Slumdog Cities: Rethinking Subaltern Urbanism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 35(2), 223–238.

Simone, A. (2001). Straddling the Divides: Remaking Associational Life in the Informal African City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 25(1), 102–117.

 

WEEK VI) Elements of geographical thinking: Housing and the struggle for inhabitation

· Lecture – 15/11/21, three hours  What is ‘home’?; Eviction; Dis/possession; The 2008 ‘crisis’; COVID-19 and housing

· Seminar – 16/11/21, three hours Reading on geographies of housing and its struggles

Key readings:

Baker, A. (2020). From eviction to evicting: Rethinking the technologies, lives and power sustaining displacement. Progress in Human Geography, 030913252091079.

García-Lamarca, M. (2017). Creating political subjects: Collective knowledge and action to enact housing rights in Spain. Community Development Journal, 52(3), 421–435.

Fields, D. (2015). Contesting the Financialization of Urban Space: Community Organizations and the Struggle to Preserve Affordable Rental Housing in New York City. Journal of Urban Affairs, 37(2), 144–165.

 

WEEK VII) Elements of geographical thinking: Rioting, protesting, organising

· Lecture – 22/11/21, three hours  What is a ‘riot’?; Urban activism; Resistance and utopic geographical thinking; ‘Race riots in the US city’; ‘Housing unrest in the EU city’

· Seminar – 23/11/21, three hours Reading on geographies of struggle

Key readings:

Amin, A. (2003). Unruly Strangers? The 2001 Urban Riots in Britain. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 27(2), 460–463.

Askins, K., & Mason, K. (2012). Us and Us: Agonism , Non-Violence and the Relational Spaces of Civic Activism. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(2), 422–430.

Iveson, K. (2013). Cities within the City: Do-It-Yourself Urbanism and the Right to the City: Do-it-yourself urbanism and the right to the city. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(3), 941–956.

 

WEEK VIII) Qualitative methods in-&-out

· Lecture – 29/11/21, three hours Cultural turn and the challenge of ethics; The craft of observation: Ethnography and geography; Visual cultures: approaching text otherwise

· Seminar – 30/11/21, three hours Reading on ethnographic writing, and then collective exercise on how to write an academic essay in Geography

Key readings:

Butz, D., & Besio, K. (2009). Autoethnography. Geography Compass, 3(5), 1660–1674.

Lassiter, L. E. (2001). From ‘reading over the shoulders of natives’ to ‘reading alongside natives,’ literally: Toward a collaborative and reciprocal ethnography. Journal of Anthropological Research, 57(2), 137–149.

Rose, G. (1997). Situating knowledges: Positionality, reflexivities and other tactics. Progress in Human Geography, 21, 305–320.

 

WEEK IX) What a geographer can do: the politics of geographical research

· Lecture – 6/12/21, three hours Encounters and representations; Participation, engagement, research-activism?; The undercommons;

· Seminar – 7/12/21, three hours Watching an activist-research collective documentary on racialised evictions in Bucharest, Romania and collective reflection on engaged research

Key readings:

Lancione, M. (2019). Caring for the endurance of a collective struggle. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(2), 216–219.

Moten, F., & Harney, S. (2004). The University and the Undercommons. Social Text, 22(2), 101–115.

Vilenica, A. (2019). Becoming an accomplice in housing struggles on Vulturilor Street. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(2), 210–213. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820619850352

 

WEEK X) Preparing for the exam

· Workshop13/12/21, three hours Feedback on the course and planning for final essay

· Workshop – 14/12/21, three hours Planning for final essay

 

 

Recommended readings

The readings for each lecture, which are going to compose the basis for the exam, are listed above. Additional readings can be provided on each topic. The papers can be accessed in the course’s folder (link in the note below).

Additionally, for students who’d like to have a manual of reference (mandatory for non-attendees) they can refer to:

Cresswell, T. (2013). Geographic Thought. Wiley-Blackwell: London

Keynote in Berlin on dispossession and minor activism

After a long time of no-travelling, and a very tough couple of years, I now have the privilege to travel to Berlin (by train!) to take part in a very interesting event put together by my good friend Piotr Goldstein titled Migrant and Minority Activism: Between protest movements and everyday engagement.

I am excited to deliver the keynote at the end of the first day, where I will try to link together years of research in Bucharest, Romania, around racialised dispossession, radical housing and activism. The title of my talk will be, Inhabiting dispossession in the post-socialist city: storylines, embodied struggles, and emplacement

The event is organised by ZOiS Berlinand the EASA Anthropology of Social Movements Network. More info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/834122970514959/?active_tab=discussion

Roundtable on housing with Gago, Khosla, Williamson & myself at UK-Ireland Planning Conference

If you are attending the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, don’t miss tomorrow’s (9th Sept 2021) roundtable on ‘Worldwide perspectives on (in)justice in planning with a focus on housing precarity’.

Featuring Verónica Gago, Renu Khosla, Theresa Williamson and myself.

Thanks to the wonderful Gabriel Silvestre, Cat Button and Helen Underhill for organising it!

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/events/item/ukireplannconf2021/

 

Another junior post-doc available on my ERC – Deadline 04 Aug

Oggi è uscito un ulteriore bando per un assegno junior sul mio progetto ERC — si tratta di un anno rinnovabile, aperto a persone interessate alla componente gestionale e di programmazione europea del progetto.

Il lavoro consisterà nell’approfondire con me tutta la questione etica del programma di lavoro, nell’approntare il Beyond Inhabitation Lab, e nello sviluppare la carriera del ricercatore/trice nell’ambito della geografia critica della marginalità.

Scade: 04/08/21 ore 15

Requisiti: Parlare fluentemente Inglese; Pubblicazioni di livello internationale negli studi urbani; Ricollocamento a Torino

Inhabiting Radical Housing job adverts on-line (deadline: 22/07/21)

Dear Colleagues,

The job adverts for the 5 post-doctoral positions I am currently offering have opened. In what follows, I am summarising the jobs on offer, and providing the related links to reach the application pages on the Careers.Polito website.

All jobs pertain to my ‘Inhabiting Radical Housing’ project, financed through a 5-year European Research Council grant (overview, here). Researchers will join a new ‘Beyond Inhabitation Lab’ at the DIST, Polytechnic and University of Turin, Italy (relocation is essential). Salary is roughly €1.700 a month (net, after-tax) plus a generous research allowance. The research fellows must be open to collective work, and adhere to an anti-racist, non-binary, and mutually supportive working ethos. Working language will be English, and I am dedicated to the development of the researchers’ career. A PhD title must be owned at the time of application (no exception possible).

If you are interested in applying, please make sure to read this message till the end, since I am providing some guidance to potential applicants.

 

Links to current job applications

Pages will open in Italian. Click on the ‘ENG’ button at the top-right corner of the page to load the pages in English. The PDFs found on the application page (see below) will load in English only if you click the ‘ENG’ button, otherwise, they will load in Italian. The working language of these posts is English.

 

There are 4 three-year positions available:

  1. Post-doctoral research fellow – 100% research – requiring ethnographic experiences on housing struggles, homelessness scholarship, and decolonial methods at the global scale
  2. Post-doctoral research fellow – 100% research – requiring ethnographic experiences on housing/urban/inhabitation struggles in the Latin American context
  3. Post-doctoral research fellow – 100% research – requiring ethnographic experiences on housing/urban/inhabitation struggles in the Indian or SE Asian context
  4. Post-doctoral research fellow – 100% research – requiring ethnographic experiences on housing/urban/inhabitation struggles in the Sub-Saharan African context

You can apply for any of these four jobs using the same call, and the same procedure. It is application number 148/2021- AR: https://careers.polito.it/default.aspx?id=148/2021-%20AR

 

There is a further 1-year position available (renewable for 2-year):

  1. Post-doctoral research fellow – 100% research with time dedicated to the development of the ‘Beyond Inhabitation’ lab – requiring ethnographic experiences on housing/inhabitation struggles in the Italian context

You can apply for this specific following the application number 149/2021- AR: https://careers.polito.it/default.aspx?id=149/2021-%20AR  

 

Future job offers

In the late summer/early fall, there will be a further opening for a Senior Research Fellow (RTD-A in the Italian system) for a candidate, fluent in Italian, with extensive international experience of research on housing precarity, housing struggle, urban geography, and radical politics. The position will be 100% research. I’ll post the application’s link on Twitter, Facebook, in relevant lists and on my own blog.

 

Applications’ modality

All you need to know in order to apply is written in the linked pages. Please note that the system is very bureaucratic and that its quirks are beyond my control. I pledge you to read the provided information carefully. In particular, please check the three PDFs documents listed in the application page(s):

  • ‘Bando’: This is the general document explaining the procedure for applicants. Please read it carefully
  •  ‘FAQ’: Most common queries replied to
  • ‘Avviso’: This is the specific call for the jobs on offer. Read it since it contains all the information needed in order to apply

Please note that pages might open up automatically in Italian. If that happens, fear not: simply click the ‘ENG’ button on the top-right end side of each page.

 

Closing date for applications

The Closing Date for Applications is 22/07/2021, 15:00 CEST. Please consider that it might take you a couple of days to produce all the documentation needed to apply. Applications received after this date will be automatically rejected.

 

Cost of the application

For reasons beyond my control, the Polytechnic of Turin asks each candidate to pay a €10 fee to submit their application. This is a practice adopted by other European Universities too: one that I despise, reject and fight. Unfortunately, it is (yet!) beyond my power for this step to be removed from the process. The system will ask you to show proof of a €10 bank transfer to the Polytechnic at the time of submission, or you will be automatically discarded.

On political grounds, I am happy to support applicants who cannot afford to pay these monies in order to be considered for these jobs. If you fall in this category, I will ask you no question: simply write an email to michele.lancione@polito.it and I will process a €10 bank transfer to the Polytechnic, writing your name in the ‘reference’, or wire you the amount directly if preferable. I will also make sure your application will not be discarded if I make the wire on your behalf.

Please note I have received 200+ emails of candidates expressing their interests for these jobs, so do approach me for financial support only if genuinely needed. Thank you.

 

Other relevant info

Once again, please consider the application is fairly bureaucratic. Take your time to read through the available documentation and – only if strictly necessary – do contact me at least 5-days ahead of the final deadline to receive assistance.

 

Thank you for considering these posts!

Peace,

Michele

Professor of Economic and Political Geography
DIST, Polytechnic and University of Turin
Visiting Professor of Urban Studies, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield
PI, ERC Starting Grant “Inhabiting Radical Housing”
Editor, 
The Radical Housing Journal | Corresponding Editor, IJURR
@michelelancioneProfilo in Italiano

New book: Global Urbanism, edited with Colin McFarlane

My video response to the Los Angeles Department ‘Walk the Talk’ Skid Row archive project

In the collective imaginary – but also in much detrimental journalistic and scholarly ‘work’ – #SkidRow in #LosAngeles is presented only as a place of neglect and despair. Yet, as bell hooks taught us, margins are never just a place of annihilation but can become sites of embodied mundane resistance against structural, often racialised, violence. These embodiments do not speak only of being ‘resilient’, but challenge the conditions of their formations.

Some years ago, I was lucky enough to encounter the people at the Los Angeles Poverty Department. With their work cutting across performative arts and grounded #housingactivism, they provide a quintessential community resource for residents in Skid Row. One of their initiatives is called ‘Walk the Talk’, and it consists of a biannual parade of local performers – a moment of celebration for many men and women in the community.

Now an impressive multi-media archive gives all of us access to 68 performers talking about life, #homelessness, #radicalhousing, #resistance. This is genuinely one of the most powerful archives around ‘homelessness’, and everything that goes with it, which I ever had the pleasure to excavate and enjoy.

I am honoured I was invited to respond to its creation along with a number of other people. You can check the Archive and the available responses here: https://app.reduct.video/lapd/walk-the-talk/#/responses

If you want to know more about the Los Angeles Poverty Department, and in particular about the Archive project, check https://lapovertydept.org/walk-the-talk-2020-5-23/

Thanks to the wonderful John Malpede, Henriëtte Brouwers and Clancey Cornell, and to Skid Row residents and performers for having me.

Overview of my ERC Inhabiting Radical Housing for Job Applicants (post-docs advert in late 06/21)

(14/7/21) Check here a new post, with the job application links.

I will soon start hiring for my European Research Council (ERC) Inhabiting Radical Housing project, which is now ready to start at the DIST (Polytechnic of Turin) and will last until August 2025.

The available positions include 4 post-doctoral fellowships for 36 months and 1 further post-doc for 12 months (renewable). I have prepared a prospectus expanding on the info reported below, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Researchers will have to move to Turin, where they will be able to work with me, in English, on an extremely exciting research project around the global fight against housing precarity.

I am willing to hire scholars working in the fields of Geography, Anthropology, Sociology and Urban Studies at large, who are interested in ethnographically exploring the struggle for inhabitation at the intersections where housing meets forms of structural violence. The project will explore geographies worldwide but will be moved by a commitment to situated knowledge production and willingness to support localised struggles.

The hiring is open to politically driven scholars from around the world, dedicated to high-quality scholarship and engagement, who I will support in the development of their intellectual and career goals. Researchers will be able to join a newly established Beyond Inhabitation Lab, which greatly expands on the remit of the project, and will allow for meaningful exchange and knowledge production across geographies.

The positions will become available in late June, and the application process will stay open roughly until mid-July (a new post on this blog will signal the page for application). Selection will include titles and colloquia, and I envisage a starting date around late September 2021 (to allow visa proceedings and other paperwork). Salary starts at a minimum of €1.770 per month, after-tax, and generous research funding will be available.

Please feel free to circulate this info, and to get in touch if you need any clarification.

Peace!

Issue 3.1 of the Radical Housing Journal out now!

Our fifth issue of the Radical Housing Journal is now out.

Featuring 300+ pages of outstanding content, including 2 special issues, & southern conversations on housing/COVID in Lagos, Jakarta, Argentina, Manila, Lebanon & Brazil

Peer-reviewed, open-source: grab it here!

This is the result of a year-long collective work (much work!) by the following group of editors: Ana Vilenica Erin MC EL Alejandra Reyes, Hung-Ying Chen, Samantha Thompson, Solange Muñoz & yours truly.

The Issue 3.1 Editorial team would like to extend special thanks to the RHJ copy-editing team, Melissa García, Andrea Gibbons, Samantha Thompson and Solange Munoz, and to Felicia Berryessa-Erich for wonderful cover design, as well as for setting up the website together with Mara Ferreri, and Camila Cociña for the layout of the articles.

Our Editorial: https://radicalhousingjournal.org/2021/editorial-3/

Please support: https://radicalhousingjournal.org/donate/

Seminario su studi spaziali e metodi geografici – Cagliari

Seminario online di ricerca dottorale di Alice Salimbeni
Mercoledì, 26 maggio 2021, ore 16.30

L’evento si terrà online via MS Teams.
Il link all’aula virtuale sarà pubblicato 24 ore prima dell’evento.

 

“Minor Research Politics”
Michele Lancione

“Una metodologia nomade di ricerca spaziale”
Alice Salimbeni

Coordina Maurizio Memoli

Dibattito aperto con la partecipazione di Ivan Blečić, Gianmarco Chiri, Anna Maria Colavitti, Francesco Viola

Studiare la complessità dello spazio nelle fluidità della vita quotidiana contemporanea pone sfide metodologiche originali per le discipline della geografia, dell’urbanistica e dell’architettura. Negli studi spaziali il dibattito metodologico si è interessato ai temi della replicabilità del metodo, della significatività delle scelte di campo, del posizionamento e della rappresentatività, o della rilevanza, dei risultati delle ricerche. Questo seminario metodologico propone un focus sugli approcci qualitativi e sulla loro applicazione alla lettura della “produzione dello spazio”, specialmente di quello 1urbano. Le metodologie qualitative permettono di indagare la vita quotidiana e le relazioni socio-spaziali attraverso l’esperienza diretta delle persone. Si avvalgono, per questo, anche di modalità fluide, strumenti e approcci che sconfinano in altre discipline e intercettano significati salienti dello spazio urbano nella dimensione molteplice, affettiva ed emozionale della relazione fra le persone e i luoghi.

Durante il seminario, Michele Lancione, geografo urbano, etnografo e professore di Geografia Economico Politica al DiST di Torino, rifletterà sugli approcci teorici e metodologici del suo percorso di ricerca qualitativo.

Poi, Alice Salimbeni, dottoranda dell’Università di Cagliari presenterà l’ipotesi di una metodologia femminista nomade per studiare lo spazio urbano.