Co-directors: Marie-Anne Paveau and Marie Redon
Group 1 is devoted to the forms of exclusion of people and things in societies. Built around the notions of margin, inequality and vulnerability, it brings together geographers, linguists, literature and English Studies specialists around projects that always combine field studies, case studies or corpus studies with epistemological, theoretical and methodological reflection. The work is organised into three thematic subgroups.
1. The margins: forms and representations. This grouping federates research on the epistemology of the margin/margins, a plural, polysemic and dynamic notion which must be situated in its different contexts. The members of this group maintain an in-depth reflection on the notion, on the use of the term, on its different meanings and evolutions, both in terms of their objects of research (from urban derogatory spaces to places of disease via the digital informal) and their scientific practices.
2. Unequal dynamics . Like the margins, inequalities do not have an objective existence but are constructs because their evidence and history must be questioned. Researchers in the group therefore study inequalities by paying attention to their mode of existence and their formulation, under various aspects: economic inequalities, gender and age inequalities, and species inequalities.
3. Vulnerabilities: facets and processes. From the perspective of speech, we study the figure of the vulnerable speaker who has been deprived of his or her speech or interpretative capacity: the so-called ‘voiceless’ speaker who is given a spokesperson or made incapable of formulating taboo experiences. However, the question of vulnerabilities obviously has a spatial dimension which refers to the traditional question of risk, as well as a social dimension: in the face of crises, not all people are similarly exposed. The vulnerability of societies and people is also part of migratory flows that can be analysed at source, in territories that are sensitive to social and environmental risks, and can also be investigated through concepts such as environmental justice or food justice.