Territory as a Narrative

  • Eddie SoulierEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


We develop two issues: 1. a territorial assemblage is a narrative which organizes in a complex hypernetwork (Johnson) heterogeneous elements (characters, contexts, plots, tools, discourses, etc.) 2. as a new kind of artifact, it is then necessary to imagine a political mode of “being together” in a world-like-assemblages. A territory, a city, an area are, literally, a “story being done,” it is an ongoing process, a performative (Austin). And as MacIntyre affirms it (After the virtue, 1981), “the stories must be lived before being told.” The narrative is then the making of the territory. We propose then five models of being together in this assemblage: an apolitical mode of innovation (Bergson, Deleuze, and Serres), a mode of recognition (Honneth), a mode of self-organization (Guattari, Negri), a cybernetic mode (Smart City), and a mode of diplomacy (Latour).


Assemblage Territory Narrative Hypernetwork Political models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR CNRS 6281 “Institut Charles Delaunay”, Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT)Troyes CedexFrance

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