Negociating Public Order

30.11 2016 /
8h30, U-Residence, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Bld Géneral Jacques 271, 1050 Brussels


Nego­tia­ting Public Order

Abs­tract : Although ‘public order’ as a concept is used often and care­less­ly, its content is not at all ubi­qui­tous and simple. Once groun­ded in the moral order impo­sed by reli­gion or the sove­rei­gn state, in our contem­po­ra­ry socie­ty public order is the object of dia­logue and contes­ta­tion among a plu­ra­li­ty of actors. Public space is an impor­tant are­na for poli­ti­cal nego­tia­tion and eco­no­mic enter­prise or ‘mun­dane’, eve­ry­day social inter­ac­tion. In this inter­na­tio­nal semi­nar orga­ni­zed by the Crime and Socie­ty Research Group (CRiS-VUB), experts with various dis­ci­pli­na­ry back­grounds will fuel the debate on how to unders­tand a concept such as public order. This event will also be the occa­sion to launch the book “Order and Conflict in Public Space” (Rout­ledge, 2016) edi­ted by CRiS researchers.

Where ? U‑Residence, Vrije Uni­ver­si­teit Brus­sel (VUB)
Bld Géne­ral Jacques 271, 1050 Elsene, Brussels

When ? 30 Novem­ber 2016

08:30 – 09:00 : Regis­tra­tion and coffee

Ses­sion 1 : Nego­tia­ting public order

Chair : Lucas Melgaço (VUB)

09:00 – 09:10 : Intro­duc­tion by Lucas Melgaço (VUB)

09:15 – 09:45 : Key­note Myriam Hous­say-Holz­schuch (Uni­ver­si­ty of Gre­noble Alpes):

“Let­ting loose?”

09:45 – 10:15 : Key­note (social move­ments) Maxime Kou­va­ras (Zin TV) & Ger­jan De Boeck and Kevyn Cochi­naux (Free54)

10:15 – 10:45 : Q&A

10:45 – 11:00 : Cof­fee break

Ses­sion 2 : Limits To Public Order ? The case of the piétonnier

Chair : Els Enhus (VUB)

11:00 – 12:30 : Panel debate with

● Joost Van­den­broele (BRAL)

● Els Ampe (alder­wo­man city of Brussels)

● Sofie Ver­meu­len (VUB)

● Oli­vier Stein (Pro­gress Lawyers Network)

12:30 – 14:00 : Lunch

Ses­sion 3 : Order beyond public space

Chair : Tom Bau­wens (VUB)

14:00 – 15:30 : Pre­sen­ta­tions by

● An-Sofie Van­houche (VUB): “Order in pri­son : the role of food and
staff/prisoner relationships”

● Marc Depaepe & Sarah van Ruys­kens­velde (UGent): “Order in the class­room. Moder­ni­zing (pri­ma­ry) edu­ca­tion by the intro­duc­tion of a cult of order”

● Rosa­munde Van Bra­kel (VUB): “How pro­fi­ling of chil­dren at risk in the UK contri­butes to enfor­ce­ment of public order : From ana­logue risk assess­ments to big data”

● Jan Sna­cken (VUB): “Psy­chia­tric disor­ders” 15:30 – 15:45 : Cof­fee break

Ses­sion 4 : Book launch “Order and Conflict in Public Space”
_Chair : Mat­tias De Backer (VUB)

15:45 – 17:15 : Pre­sen­ta­tions by :

● Geor­gia­na Var­na (Scot­tish Cities Know­ledge Centre Glas­gow): “Order and
conflict in public space”

● Anto­nin Mar­gier (Uni­ver­si­ty of Lille): “The resi­den­tial nor­ma­li­sa­tion of public spaces : towards a post-puni­tive regulation?”

● Ilse Van Liempt (Utrecht Uni­ver­si­ty): “Reclai­ming Civi­li­ty in Urban Night­life Districts”

● Nick Schuer­mans & Man­fred Spoc­ter (VUB & Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­si­ty): “Avoi­ding encoun­ters with pover­ty : aes­the­tics, poli­tics and eco­no­mics in a pri­vi­le­ged neigh­bou­rhood of Cape Town.”

17:15 – 18:30 : Drinks and merriment

*Sup­por­ted by the Stra­te­gic Research Pro­gram (SRP), VUB

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