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[演講公告]Hot Springs and Sociability in the Neoliberal Era

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 11:30 - 12:20
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Location Room 305, the Geography Department Building, NTU
講者: Dr. Nathalie Boucher
演講大綱:

Since the thermal baths of Antiquity, aquatic public spaces have been sites where social values are expressed, where social roles are negotiated, and where ideologies and doctrines are displayed. Today, in an era when public aquatic facilities are highly impacted (as are other urban parks) by neoliberal processes, the value of hot springs as public places where bridges are built between citizens’ differences remains unknown. The question underlying this project is two folds: 1) Are aquatic facilities like beaches, pools and baths used only for fitness and recreational activities, but they also have a sociability dimension? 2) How are the neoliberal processes impacting of this public space? In 2014 and 2015, using indicators from the literature on sociability in public spaces and interactionnist methodology, I performed participant observation in hot springs of Beitou. The work focused on the verbal and non-°© ‐verbal interactions, the informal security, the representation, and the contestation of these representations, within the financial accessibility and the architectural environment. From a sociability perspective, none of them qualifies as a public space in the traditional (and utopian) terms. The use of hot springs in Taiwan has never been welcoming to all, and today, it carries on being a site of exception – in the daily cultural and social life. This paper wishes to reflect on the importance of such para public sites in the urban social fabric of contemporary society.

講者簡介:

Nathalie Boucher holds a Master's in Anthropology from Laval University, Canada, and a PhD in Urban Studies from the Institute of National Scientific Research in Montreal, Canada. Her research interests lie in the area of sociability, socialization and public spaces in cities of the Pacific Rim in the neoliberal era. After carrying out a study of social interactions in the public spaces of downtown Los Angeles, she went on to investigate the social life of beaches and pools of Australia at the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management of the University of Western Australia. Her current work is on interactions in public baths in Taiwan, as a postdoctoral fellow of the Chair of Taiwan Studies of the University of Ottawa (2013-°© ‐2014) and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography of the National Taiwan University. Her teaching and publications deal with urban sociology, qualitative methodologies, and anthropology of communication. Among her academic service, she currently serves on the board of the Canadian Society of Anthropology. For a complete file:
https://taiwan.academia.edu/NathalieBoucher

學術召集:
Contact TA Yu-Hsiang Huang (0923-629-093)
附件:
20151124演講公告.pdf

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