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Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar with Sunčana Laketa (University of Neuchâtel): Terrorism and the city: affect, space and violence in urban Europe

2 May 2019 , Geography Dept., room F4.66 (VUB - Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Building F) from 12.00h to 13.30h

Recent years have witnessed an upsurge of more or less coordinated acts of terrorism in Western European cities. This lecture presents my research agenda in Brussels and Paris that explores the formation of affective atmospheres in the aftermath of terrorism and its security responses in two European cities. Here, I draw attention to the experiential realm of the contemporary “cities at war” in order to account for everyday urban life in the aftermath of terror. Joining literatures on geographies of affect, feminist geopolitics and studies of urban conflict, I veer into the complexities of material, emotional and affective landscapes of daily life in the city as a way of challenging infrastructural and state-based analysis of the terrorized/securitized city. 

Bio speaker

Bio: Sunčana Laketa is a Senior Researcher and a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellow at the Institute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel. As a feminist political and urban geographer, in her work she attends to affective and emotional geographies of (post)conflict cities. Her recent publications examine the geopolitical dimensions of affect and emotions, youthful subjectivities and performative landscapes in the “divided” city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her current research, affiliated with Cosmopolis, investigates the urban affective atmospheres of terror and violence in Paris and Brussels.