Thomas Maloutas en Chile


Tenemos el agrado de invitarlos, los días miércoles 24 y viernes 26 de mayo, a los seminarios que realizará el sociólogo y profesor de Geografía Social, de la Universidad Harokopio, Atenas, Grecia, Thomas Maloutas.

Thomas Maloutas es mundialmente reconocido por sus aportes a trabajos sobre segregación urbana, y en esta oportunidad presentará su investigación sobre el fenómeno de "segregación vertical", con directas aplicaciones a la discusión sobre la configuración y densidad de la vivienda de mercado en Chile actual. Esta presentación la discutiremos con la socióloga María Luisa Méndez, Directora de la Línea de Geografías del Conflicto del COES, el día miércoles 24.

Maloutas también ha desarrollado investigaciones en torno a una "Gentrificación Localizada", que discute críticamente la tesis de la "Gentrificación Planetaria" que desarrollamos Loretta Lees, Hyun Shin y yo en varias publicaciones recientes. La discusión de estas dos posturas la desarrollaremos el día viernes 26, y están todas y todos cordialmente invitados a participar.

Seminario 1: "Vertical segregation, a new research agenda: lessons from Athens and beyond".
Presentador: Thomas Maloutas
Comentaristas: María Luisa Méndez y Ernesto López Morales
Miércoles 24 de mayo, a las 17 hrs.
Lugar: Sala 1605, piso 16, torre 26 de la Facultad de Economía y Negocios de la Universidad de Chile (Diagonal Paraguay 257, Santiago)

Vertical segregation has received rather little attention in segregation studies, and this attention has been almost exclusively directed towards forms observed in late 19th and early 20th century Paris. These forms have been presented as rather picturesque, and relatively marginal. More recent studies in Southern Europe and Athens in particular have drawn again some interest on vertical segregation. This time, however, the situation analyzed is much less picturesque, but much more important in terms of people affected. The presentation will give the broad lines of the phenomenon in Athens –unisng 2011 data from the last census– and will introduce a debate about the importance of vertical (as well as any other form of small scale segregation) in cities around the world.

Seminario 2: "The question of gentrification and its global reach"

Presentador: Thomas Maloutas
Discute: Ernesto López Morales
Viernes 26 de mayo, a las 15 hrs.
Lugar: Sala de Reuniones, Departamento de Urbanismo, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, U. de Chile (Portugal 84, Santiago)

Some concepts travel worldwide, although they remain unobtrusively attached to the contexts in which they were produced and, therefore, are insufficiently abstract and general. Gentrification is a travelling concept with lingering attachments to the Anglo-American urban context. Three issues related to gentrification’s global reach are discussed in this paper. The first is the definition of gentrification. The simple definition adopted by the current gentrification research agenda leads us to accept gentrification’s global reach literally by definition. The second issue is the question of contextual boundaries. Boundaries that are too broad and ill-defined – such as the metropolis of the Global North versus the metropolis of the Global South –conceal what contextual difference may be about. The third issue is the reification of cultural differences, which may lead to them being used to explain attitudes towards gentrification, even though such attitudes could be explained by more prosaic socioeconomic motives compatible with Western rationalism.

Thomas Maloutas is Professor of Social Geography at the Department of Geography, Harokopio University since 2009. Previously directed the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens (2001-2012) and was Professor at the Department of Planning, University of Thessaly (1991-2009). He has directed and participated in many national and international research projects funded by several Greek ministries, the EU DG Research and the French CNRS. Invited professor at the Institut d’études politiques (Paris) in 2006 and 2014; invited speaker in numerous universities in Europe, North America and East Asia. Authored numerous articles and books on segregation and housing, and on the changing social structures of Greek cities. Between March 2015 and December 2016 he served as Secretary General for Research & Technology at the Greek Ministry of Education.

Recent publications comprise: (2016) Socioeconomic segregation in Athens in the beginning of the 21st Century, in T. Tammaru, S. Marcinzak, M. van Ham & S. Musterd (eds) East meets West: New perspectives on social segregation in European cities, Routledge; (2015) Education and social reproduction: Educational mechanisms and residential segregation in Athens and Dortmund, Local Economy, 30/7: 800-817 (with Ramos Lobato I.); (2015) Las desigualdades educativas y la conducta política de los jóvenes durante la crisis en Grecia”, Àbaco, vol. 83-84/1-2: 69-77 (with Pantelidou Malouta, M.); (2014) Mega-projects, neoliberalization and state capacities: assessing the medium-term impact of the 2004 Olympic Games on the Athenian urban policies, Environment & Planning C, 32/4: 731-45 (with N. Souliotis and J. Sayas); (2014) Social and spatial impact of the crisis in Athens. From clientelist regulation to sovereign debt crisis”, Région et Développement, 39: 149-166; (2014) The Archaeology of the Decline of the City Center: Residential Location Choices of Affluent Groups, in M. Tsilimpounidi and A. Walsh (eds) Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens, London, Zero Books: 26-42; (2012), Residential segregation in comparative perspective. Making sense of contextual diversity, Farnham: Ashgate (co-edited with K. Fujita); (2012) Immigration, inequality and diversity: socio-ethnic hierarchy and spatial organization in Athens, Greece, European Urban and Regional Studies, 19/3: 267-286 (with G. Kandylis and J. Sayas); (2012) Contextual diversity in gentrification research, Critical Sociology, 38/1: 33-48. Full CV at