Professor Elijah Anderson, a leading ethnographer and cultural theorist, is professor of sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award of the American Sociological Association and the 2017 recipient of the Eastern Sociological Society’s Merit Award.Photo_Anderson

Professor Anderson has written and edited numerous books, book chapters, articles, and scholarly reports on race in American cities. His most prominent works include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the 2000 Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men (1978; 2nd ed., 2003).

His most recent work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (2011, W.W. Norton), is situated in the public parks and markets as well as workplaces.  There, he identifies the emergent norms of seemingly desegregated spaces, while revealing the negotiated occupation and bounded interactions by race and class within these civic spaces.

Professor Anderson will be keynote speaker for the Conference « Cosmopolitanism Revisited: Comparatives Perspectives on Urban Diversity from the Gulf and Beyond » in Paris (11-12 October), October 11 and 12, 2017

Yasser Elsheshtawy will be our guest in Paris in October 2017


Yasser Elsheshtawy is a Professor of Architecture specializing in urban research in the Middle East. His scholarship focuses on urbanization in developing societies, informal urbanism, urban history and environment-behavior studies. In addition to teaching at United Arab Emirates University he was appointed as the curator for the UAE Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. He authored a series of books and publications including “Dubai: Behind an urban spectacle.” His blog dubaization has been hailed by The Guardian as one of the notable city blogs in the world. Elsheshtawy is currently working on a book about the Arab Gulf City provisionally titled: “Temporary Cities.”

He will be taking part in the Conference « Cosmopolitanism Revisited: Comparatives Perspectives on Urban Diversity from the Gulf and Beyond » in Paris (11-12 October) and the Conference « Migrants in Global Cities: Experiences from Asia, the Middle East and Europe » in Singapour (30-31 October) and in others seminars.

Philip_Kasantiz_200px_200pxPhilip Kasinitz is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He has chaired the CUNY doctoral program in Sociology since 2001. His co-authored book Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age received the American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2010. His other recent works include Global Cities, Local Streets, with Sharon Zukin, and Xiangming Chen and The Urban Ethnography Reader edited with Mitchell Duneier and Alexandra Murphy. Kasinitz served as the President of the Eastern Sociological Society in 2007-2008 and was awarded the Society’s “Merit” Award for career contributions in 2015. He is a member of the historical advisory committee for the Ellis Island-Statue of Liberty Museum and a consultant to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Kasinitz has held visiting appointments at Princeton, the University of Amsterdam and the Technical University of Berlin and has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Liege in Belgium.

Philip Kasinitz will be visiting professor in Paris in October and chair in the conference « Cosmopolitanism Revisited: Comparatives Perspectives on Urban Diversity from the Gulf and Beyond » in Paris (11-12 October)