Clotilde Bonfiglioli

2015 Visiting Research Fellow

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Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France / Territorialities and language practices within the Flemish periphery of Brussels: a psycho-sociology of space / From March to July 2015

Clotilde Bonfiglioli is a PhD researcher in human and political geography at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. She is also a member of the European Programme MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe).

Her PhD project is on the links between language practices and territorial appropriation, focusing on the Flemish periphery of Brussels (the so-called ‘Vlaamse Rand’). Quantitative data demonstrating the importance and presence of non-Dutch-speakers in this area are available, but her work investigates the ways in which language practices impact the organisation of the different communities, from their routine trips to their participation in public life (schools, town halls, courts...). The collection and analysis of qualitative data and quantitative data will lead to linguistic-spatial models that combine the tools and methods of sociolinguistics with those of geography.

During her 2015 visiting fellowship at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Clotilde Bonfiglioli will follow and analyse the daily routine trips of permanent residents of the ‘Vlaamse Rand’. The cartography resulting from these analyses will provide clearer insights into the patterns of conscious and unconscious territorial avoidance and explain the absence or presence of people in public spaces as a result of their language practices.