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City/Cité: France and the US, what form of democracy for today’s cities?

At a time where the shockwaves of Brexit and American elections are felt on this shore of the Atlantic, and in a context of a world political crisis, the City/Cité event will bring together, on December 9-10, researchers, elected officials, urban planners, associative militants, artists and journalists for a transatlantic discussion on the past, present and future of urban democracy.
Following the launch of City/Cité in Chicago in 2015, and before its next stage in Detroit in 2017, the Parisian event will move onto the topic of ‘‘underprivileged areas’’. Two days of encounters at the CentQuatre-Paris will give the floor to exchanges and the thought to be given to the means needed to encourage social inclusion and political participation in such neighborhoods, as well as on the best practices that are essential for social justice. These encounters will continue, on December 9, for an evening at the Maison de la Poésie dedicated to the novel Marianne Rubinstein (winner of the 2016 Stendhal ‘‘Hors les murs’’ prize) has just written on Detroit, with a concert on Saturday, December 10, at the CentQuatre-Paris, staging French and American rappers and musicians.
 
Through a network of players active in the realm of urban democracy on both sides of the Atlantic, this project aims to, in the long run, set up a Franco-American observatory on urban policies.
 

December 9 Program

• 2:30 pm – 4 pm: Round table discussion on ‘‘What are the challenges and what lies ahead in the future for urban democracy?’’
Location: Le CentQuatre, Paris, Salle 200
Led and moderated by Mathieu Potte-Bonneville (Institut français)
Speakers: Jean-Louis Missika (Membre du Conseil de Paris/Adjoint Maire de Paris), José-Manuel Gonçalvès (CENTQUATRE-PARIS), Richard Sennett (New York University/London School of Economics), Jeff Chang (Stanford University)
 
 4pm - 4:15pm: Presentation by Patrick Kanner, French Minister of Cities, Youth and Sports, on underprivileged areas in France.
 
 4:30pm - 6:30pm:  Round table discussion on ‘‘Urban planning in underprivileged areas, design urban democracy’’
Led and moderated by Christophe Hutin (Arc en rêve architecture center)

Location: Le CentQuatre, Paris, Salle 200
Speakers: Marie-Hélène Bacqué (Paris X – Nanterre), Beatrice Mariolle (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Belleville), Monica Chadha (Civic Projects/IIT), Melinda Anderson (Detroit Design Festival), Anya Sirota (University of Michigan/Akoaki Studio)

 
 8 p.m.:   City/Cité Evening devoted to Detroit
Location : La Maison de la Poésie, Paris
Speakers: Marianne Rubinstein, Arno Bitschy, Juanita Moore et Melba Boyd. Rencontre animée par Fabrice Rozié (Consulat Général de France, Chicago) et Sandrine Treiner (France Culture).
This evening devoted to Detroit will bring together Marianne Rubinstein; writer, Economics lecturer and author of ‘‘Detroit, dit-elle; Arno Bitschy, filmmaker of ‘‘Résilience’’, a documentary on the forgotten souls of Detroit; Juanita Moore (Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit) and Melba Boyd (Poet).
 
Marianne Rubinstein wrote, ‘‘Détroit, dit-elle’’ following a one-month residency in Detroit, organized through a Hors Les Murs Stendhal fellowship she won in 2015.
  
Evening organized by the Institut Français and French Consulate in Chicago, in partnership with France Culture.
 
 

December 10 Program

 
• 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: ‘‘Music and culture in underprivileged areas, cultural heritage and empowerment’’
Led and moderated by Naima Yahi (historian)
Location: Le CentQuatre, Paris, Salle 200
Speakers: Mustapha Amokrane (Musicien/militant), Sacramento Knoxx (Musicien/militant), Frédéric Callens (Fondation Culture & Diversité), Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (Université Paris 8), Devon Akmon (Arab American National Museum in Detroit), Christina de Roos (Kresge Arts in Detroit), Jeff Chang (Stanford University) 
 
 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm “The voice of underprivileged areas, independent media in France and in the US’’
Led and moderated by Rokhaya Diallo (auteure/réalisatrice)
Location: Le CentQuatre, Paris, Salle 200
Speakers: Nassira el Moaddem (Bondy Blog), Nora Hamadi (Fumigène), Chastity Pratt Dawsey (Bridge Magazine), Bill McGraw (Bridge Magazine/Detroit Journalism Cooperative), Thomas Sugrue (New York University), Samir Hadj Belgacem (CERAPS/CNRS)
 
• 6:30 p.m.  Closing ceremony by Taylor Nelson (representative of the Detroit City Hall)
 
• 8pm: Concerts/performance
Location: Le CentQuatre, Paris, Salle 200
 
Performance - Scramento Koxx (Detroit / US)

 

Concert : « Origines Contrôlées »
 
 
 
 
 
 

Organizarion committee

Rima Abdul-Malak (Ambassade de France à New York)
Salah Amokrane (Metro-Univers-Cité/Tactikollectif)
Andrew Diamond (Commissaire Scientifique de City/Cité, Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Mathieu Potte-Bonneville (Institut Français)
Judith Roze (Institut Français)
Fabrice Rozié (Consulat de France à Chicago)
Thomas Sugrue (New York University)