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CafeLitt 154: Subverting Public Space: Skateboarders in Montreal

Thu 21 Jan 2010, 19:00, by Nima Razavi, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)

Increasing numbers of skateboarders and restrictive policies on the usage of public spaces, as determined by decision-makers in cities, has produced the recent phenomenon of urban skateboarding. In the past decade, scholars have conducted studies on this topic in various countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia, among others. However, this important issue requires more research in order to propose appropriate solutions. Due to conflicts between skateboarders and other users of shared public spaces, decision-makers have employed various tactics to limit this sport in public areas. Conversely, the positive aspects of this activity in the city are rarely observed. This presentation is the result of a nine month-long research period and addresses the following question: what is the significance of the subverted use of public space by skateboarders in Montreal?

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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