Urban atmospheres of terror

Sara Fregonese, Suncana Laketa

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This essay advances an affective agenda in urban geopolitics that studies the everyday felt experience of urban terrorism, taking as examples the relations between the spatial politics and affective atmospheres of Place de la République (Paris) and Place de la Bourse/Beursplein (Brussels) in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016. Intersecting feminist geopolitics and geographies of affect, the essay bridges geographical studies of experience and affective atmospheres with experiential accounts in urban geopolitics. Drawing on autoethnographic observations, and informed conversations in the two cities, we account for the affective dimensions of urban geopolitics and highlight the need for specific scholarly focus on the contested and unequal topographies of urban experience in the aftermath of terrorism in contemporary Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102569
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Geography
Early online date29 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Europe
  • atmosphere
  • terrorism
  • urban geopolitics


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