Olivier Mongin will be in conversation with Marie-Hélène Zérah, who will relate his work to the Indian urban environment and introduce perspectives from her involvement with the research collective on subaltern urbanisation.
The starting point will be Olivier Mongin’s book City of Flows ("La Ville des flux", published in 2013), which reflects on the trajectory of cities in an era of globalisation. For Olivier Mongin, there is an ongoing “de-territorialisation” process in the cities, which avoids regulation, because of their integration into a vast global movement materialised by flows. He argues in favour of the urgent need to rethink urban values, which have taken various forms and semantics through history, and which are vital to envision a more integrative future for cities.
Olivier Mongin, is an essayist and publisher, with a multidisciplinary background in history, anthropology, and literature and was the editor of the journal Esprit from 1988 to 2012. He has been thinking about urban issues for the past thirty years and has published several books, such as La condition urbaine: La ville à l'heure de la mondialisation in 2005, and La Ville des flux: L'envers et l'endroit de la mondialisation urbaine in 2013. He has also written on many other topics, including the violence on television and laughter.
Marie-Hélène Zérah is a Research Director at the French Institute of Research on Development (IRD), Paris and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Policy Research. She holds a PhD from the Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris and a HDR on How India Urbanises from Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. She has written extensively on urban issues in books, academic journals and collective volumes, and most recently edited (with Eric Denis) Subaltern Urbanisation in India, Springer 2018.