A selection of the Lyon Urban School's resources in English

Du 3 mai 2021 au 31 décembre 2021

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Texts, videos, podcasts: discover a variety of the Lyon Urban School's English contents to reflect on the urban dimension of global change.

The Monthly Global Change Review
A monthly publication by the Lyon Urban School, dedicated to a better understanding of global change in the Anthropocene: a selection of news in many fields of study, which aims to grasp the world we live in and the world to come.

Christ statue under construction in Encantado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (April 2021) © Silvio Avila


Anthropocene2050

The Lyon Urban School's online multimedia platform, it regularly publishes resources available in English. Last contributions :

- Laëtitia Mongeard : “Useful materials production could become a condition for justifying and authorising a major urban development project”, April 8th 2021

- Björn Wallsten : “Underground urban infrastructure systems have from the beginning been installed under the assumption that they would function forever”, Anthropocene2050, April 9th 2021

- Mark Williams, “Cities will leave a clear and globally widespread geological record of their impact that will persist for millions of years”, November 26th 2020


Anthropocene Good Reads
Twice a year, a selection of publications on global change in the Anthropocene.

Iriomote Island Okinawa, Taketomi-chō, Japan © Hitoshi Suzuki (Unsplash)


Radio anthropocene : our web radio that is broadcast every Wednesday.

o Anthropocene chronicles: twice a month, a chronicle on a theme inspired by the monthly global change review.
oUrban Anthropocene and doing: every Wednesday at 12:00 (French time).
What are the projects and positions, whether intended or not, that question the anthropocene? A english speaking discussion driven by Jeremy Cheval, with international architects, planners and artists acting on Urban environment. For example :
- Conversation with Elena Kilina, artist and researcher working on Parque
Minhocão, São Paulo, Brazil.

- Why does building in massive stones within the anthropocene matter ?

- Urban informality and water access in India
- Floating projects in Nigeria
- Korean urbanities and artificial landmarks
- Bangkok from its streets
- Into a new soil : MVRDV Tainan spring project
- Wuhan housing management in COVID times
- Eco-Didacticism in public space


A l'Ecole de l'Anthropocène #2021 : one week to think about global change.

Debates, meetings & conferences, Lectures, Bookclub, Portraits of spaces, Workshops, World Anthropocene Manifesto...
Access the replay of the events in English

- “Portraits of spaces”: a series of conversations with architects, geographers and artists from around the world, who talk about where they live and tell stories of “inhabited resiliencies” in the age of the pandemic. Guangzhou (China), Kabul (Afghanistan), New York (USA), Lagos (Nigeria), Barcelona (Spain), Carúpano (Venezuela) et Lyon(France).

- “Teaching in the Anthropocene”, a conversation between teachers of various disciplines from North America and Europe. A reflection on the radical transformations that global change is imposing on teaching: abandoning the disciplinary, practicing a project-based pedagogy to make the ethical and political issues of the Anthropocene question sensitive and decentering of views and approaches.

- “Tackling the roots of the exploitation of natural resources”: a seminar with academics and activists from the European, African and North American continents, which addresses three dimensions: food, extractivism and ecology. It focuses on the question of agriculture and food sovereignty, then on the question of colonial heritage in the management of resources and finally on the notion of green colonialism.

- “The Anthropocene : from north to south”: a conversation between Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award 2010), Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland), writer, and Valérie Disdier (France), Urban School of Lyon. What does the Anthropocene mean from the north and from the south? What are the words, the common grounds on which we could agree?

- “The Anthropocene as a cosmological turn”, a lecture by Sverre Raffnsøe, professor of philosophy at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and Editor-in-Chief of Foucault Studies. “A previously unexperienced, intimate and precarious relationship between humankind and the Earth is established with the Anthropocene that implies a new conception of the order of the world and of the role of humans within it”.

- “Materiality of the Anthropocene”, a conversation with Pierre Charbonnier (France), philosopher, Jedediah Purdy (USA), professor of law, and Michel Lussault (France), geographer. A discussion on the material basis of capitalism, the impact of this ideology of extraction and exploitation on the planet and the perspectives for reorienting the links of political and economic actors and inhabitants to extracted materials.

- “Are we all vulnerable?”, a conversation with Frédéric Keck (France), philosopher and anthropologist, Eric Klinenberg (USA), sociologist, Joy Sorman (France), writer, and Jérémy Cheval, Urban School of Lyon, on human and non-human vulnerabilities, through urban life, poultry farms or psychiatry.

- “What politics for the climate?”, a conversation with Mark Alizart (France), philosopher, Holly Jean Buck (United States), geographer, Yasmine Bouagga (France), sociologist, mayor of the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, and Fabrice Bardet (France), political scientist. Should ecology be a band-aid, an urgent action that attempts to repair, or the dawn of a true “new world”, which proposes global changes, encourages the development of new responsible technologies and puts progress at the service of new “green” innovations?

- « Longing for space », a talk on the research cycle “Perseverance Valley”, an alternative exploration of Mars by artists Clément Postec and Pauline Julier, followed by a discussion with space archaeologist Alice Gorman (Australia) who addresses both the issue of space junk and the colonial and indigenous issues in space exploration.

- World Anthropocene Manifesto : a dialogue, from one country to another, between researchers from all disciplines, multiple actors from the territories and infinite representatives of civil society in connection with the challenges of the changes that we are all going through. Discover twelve one-hour sessions, with, each time, fifteen countries grouped by time zone.