Thinking about Walls in Montreal / Marcello Di Cintio, 20/05/2011

I am in Montreal conducting research for what will likely be the last chapter of the ‘Walls’ book. I will investigate the fence, built in the 1960s, that stands between the neighbourhoods of the Town of Montreal and Parc Extension. I’ve only just begun my inquiries here and look forward to learning more. I am not certain what meaning this fence has for the residents of either community.

I am certain, though, that I will enjoy my time in Parc Ex. The community is a concentration of cultures from around the world. Someone recently counted 72 languages being spoken in the tiny neighborhood. I love this sort of thing, and not just because of the Bangladeshi curries and West African groceries available… Lire la suite

Walls prevent neighbourly relations / The Vancouver Sun (19/05/2011)

Border fences, used by totalitarian states during the Cold War to keep citizens in, are increasingly being erected by democracies to keep neighbours out, a barrier conference heard this week.

« For all time, the wall has been at the heart of international relations, » conference organizer and University of Quebec in Montreal researcher Elisabeth Vallet said at its opening.

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Barrières, murs et frontières – Des murs invisibles / Yvana Michelant, Le Devoir(18/05/2011)

Faisant fi de la tendance à la globalisation, des murs s’élèvent, sans cesse plus nombreux, pour fortifier des frontières. Le plus paradoxal est qu’ils délimitent également le territoire d’États démocratiques qui choisissent délibérément de s’emmurer: il suffit d’évoquer le mur qui sépare Israël des territoires palestiniens, la barrière de sécurité entre les États-Unis et le Mexique ou encore les clôtures enserrant Ceuta et Melilla, érigées pour contenir toute cette portion de l’Afrique qui cherche à rejoindre l’eldorado européen …. lire la suite