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Florence Graezer Bideau

Senior Scientist and Lecturer, PhD
Participates in 3 items

Florence Graezer Bideau is an anthropologist and sinologist. She heads the Research group Heritage, Culture and City. She received her PhD in History and Civilization at EHESS (Paris) in 2005. Since 2009, she has been a senior lecturer and senior scientist in EPFL’s College of Humanities. She was visiting professor in the Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino (Italy) between 2015 and 2021. She is currently a member of the Doctoral Program Architecture and Sciences of the City committee and of the Habitat Research Center scientific board in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environment Engineering in EPFL.  

Florence’s research interests include the relation between culture and power; heritage issues; and the making of the city from a comparative perspective, mostly between China, Malaysia, and Switzerland. She is particularly interested in developing interdisciplinary projects on urban anthropology and heritage, and in experimenting with new fieldwork methods. Her recent research has been supported by the Swiss Network for International Studies and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her last publication Porter le temps. Mémoires urbaines d'un site horloger, awarded with the Koos Bosma Prize in Planning History Innovation 2022, focuses on watchmaking town planning of Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. She is currently leading the SNSF project, “Uses of cultural heritage at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games of 2022”.

Sessions in which Florence Graezer Bideau participates

Sessions in which Florence Graezer Bideau attends

Sunday 28 August, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | 2 hours

Monday 29 August, 2022

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5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

Si la vallée du canal de Lachine a été le berceau de l’industrialisation canadienne, la géographie industrielle métropolitaine ne s’y est pas confinée, peu s’en faut, Outre les grandes concentrations d’entreprises des quartiers centraux, elle est constituée des réseaux infrastructuraux, d’une douzaine de centrales hydroélectriques et des ensembles manufacturiers disséminés dans une quinzaine de petites villes aujourd’hui intégrées dans l’aire métropolitaine. La conférence proposera un surv...

Gérard Beaudet

Keynote speaker

Tuesday 30 August, 2022

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Wednesday 31 August, 2022

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5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

In this lecture, I would like to talk about deindustrialised communities, heritage and memory in the context of right-wing populism. Drawing on studies of memory and heritage, I argue that right-wing populists have cornered the market on talking about the past of deindustrialised communities. They have successfully misrepresented this rich and complex history to fuel rage, resentment, fear and reactionary nostalgia. Indeed, ‘the past’, and in particular the industr...

Thursday 1 September, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

The use of industrial heritage is a profoundly important factor in the process of creating a sustainable economic, social, and political future for many communities occupying industrial heritage landscapes. More than ever we recognize the need for such communities to be capable of shaping and expressing their heritage in different forms in the context of current events and issues, and in doing so to inform both contemporary decision-making as well as the way their industrial heritage is re...

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1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

This lecture will argue that the landscapes of industrial heritage that can be found in different parts of the world are directly related to the place-specific trajectories of deindustrialization. In other words: the different ways in which deindustrialization impacts on local communities has a direct bearing on the emergence of forms of industrial heritage. I will differentialte between deindustrialization paths and related industrial heritage regimes in a) Anglo-...

Friday 2 September, 2022

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3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

In the refusal of people in communities abandoned by industrial capital to abandon their own places, we can read an implicit critique of the mobility and unaccountability of capital, raised by those who were once inside (however tenuously or uncomfortably) and now find themselves marginalized, “left behind.” The desire to catch up again, whether through attracting new investment or transvaluing abandoned sites as tourist attractions, makes this an essentially conservative critique that is ...