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Globalizing the city and the grassroots: Political geographies of urban movements and linguistic diversity

Date: October 22, 2015, 18:00

Venue: PANATO Café, Jedności Narodowej 68A, 50-258 Wrocław

Academia Europaea – Wrocław Knowledge Hub, Polish Ethics Association (Metaethics Section), 2BFair Foundation, Academy of Young Scholars and Artistsand Regional Office of International Debate invited students, academic teachers and citizents of Wrocław on a lecture of Virginie Mamadouh on Globalizing the city and the grassroots: Political geographies of urban movements and linguistic diversity.

Short outline of the lecture:
The linguistic diversity of Europe is often seen as the main barrier to the development of a pan-European public sphere in the European Union. This is true for collective action, as much as for parliamentary politics and the media. This lecture highlighted the challenge of multilingualism for urban movements in a globalizaling world. It showed how linguistic issues interact with the geographies of grassroots mobilizations and their multiscalar struggles, both in terms of grievances, resources, political opportunities, and ideologies. It then turned to the way urban movements have dealt with linguistic diversity both locally in the city and in translocal networks of activists. More attention was paid to mobilizations in a recent period, since globalization, Europeanization and digitalization have greatly enhanced the linguistic diversity to be found in any given place. Different strategies was considered (especially as observed in street demonstrations).


Virginie Mamadouh is Associate Professor in Political and Cultural Geography at the University of Amsterdam.

Her research interests include geopolitics and globalisation, national political cultures and citizenship, transnationalism and ‘new media’; (transnational) migration and territorial identities; electoral geography and urban social movements.

Professor Mamadouh is an editor of the international academic journals such as GeopoliticsPolitical Geography, and The Arab World Geographer.

Virginie Mamadouh co-edited “Politics – Critical Essays in Human Geography”, published in 2008 and The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography , published in 2015.

Member of the Academia Europaea since 2012.