Ramadan Talks – Abu Dhabi public spaces at the pace of Ramadan

Wednesday 28 April 2021
5:00 to 5:30 pm (UAE time)

Join the Ramadan talk titled Abu Dhabi public spaces at the pace of Ramadan, by Dr. Clio Chaveneau, Associate professor of Sociology, Sociology and Philosophy Department, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Dr. Hadrien Dubucs, Head of Geography and Planning Department, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

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This webinar is based on an interdisciplinary 2-year study exploring complexity of Abu Dhabi’s public spaces. As a key feature of the urban morphology and city daily life, the public realm relies on space, as well as on social rythms and temporality. Dramatic variations occur depending on the season (summer/winter), the days (weekdays/weekend) or the hours (daytime/nightime). The holy month of Ramadan, with its own temporality, complexifies these oppositions and changes the regular tempo of the city and its inhabitants. While some activities are postponed to the evenings (picnics, barbecues or sport activities), others are increasing in length and intensity. In addition, the Ramadan reshapes the public spaces themselves, blurring the frontier between public and private areas, and extending until late at night the vibrancy of the city life.

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Clio Chaveneau is a French sociologist and holds a PhD in Sociology from the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne (2016). She is currently Assistant Professor in the department of Philosophy and Sociology at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Specialized in migration studies, she focuses her research on privileged mobilities and contemporary social dynamics in the Middle East (Palestine and the UAE) and published a book entitled “les Internationaux en Palestine” (2018).

Hadrien Dubucs is a French Associate Professor at Sorbonne University Paris, holding a PhD in Geography. Since 2016 he held the position of the Head of the Geography and Planning Department at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. His research focuses on migration and urban change, in Europe and in the UAE. He leaded public funded interdisciplinary research programmes (COMET: Ethnic food shops in Paris) and in Abu Dhabi (Redefining Abu Dhabi’s Public Spaces: Urban Classification and Social Interaction, ADEK Award for Research Excellence, 2017).

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