Marie Gibert-Flutre présentera une communication en ligne (via Zoom) dans le cadre de la série 2020-2021 du séminaire du département Southeast Asian Studies de NUS (National University of Singapore) le mercredi 17 février, de 10h à 11h30 heure de Paris (5pm/6.30pm in Singapore).
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Titre et résumé :
Critically Rethinking Public Spaces from Asia : Lessons from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In most of the Western academic literature, public spaces conjures up image of large, open areas with a strong positive a priori related to the democratic process and open debates supposedly historically associated with the Ancient Greek agora. But this dominant framework fails to capture the diversity of practises that are constitutive of ordinary public spaces in cities in Asia. Proposing more open-ended, processual, and performative conceptions of publicness, I show how public space research benefit theoretically from the Southern Turn. My objectives are theoretical and methodological : unpack the notion of public space to make it relevant beyond its historical location and then, develop various methods of spatial ethnography at a micro urban level to overcome habitual representations and open up a promising, comparative research agenda.
I test this conception by displacing it to ordinary streets and alleyways of Ho Chi Minh City, where I conducted extensive fieldwork over the past 12 years, resulting in the recent publication of two books. I transformed rich, variegated local data into an array of experimental maps, visuals and timelines that show how intended and unintended effects, locally and globally-driven processes, interact and produce original public places where local users benefit from unequal conditions of negotiations. This research perspective unveils in particular new insights about the importance and the political potential of ordinary public spaces.