November 3rd-5th, 2018

​​عمّان المُعاصرة والحقْ

في المديـنة

Contemporary Amman and the Right to the City

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Amman, (5 Mohammad Sa'ad Al-Batayneh Street)

The conference is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. 

18:00 - 19:30

Saturday, November 3rd

18:00 - 19:30

Commoning the City 

Presentations by Stavros Stavrides (National Technical University of Athens), Struggles In and For Common Space: Beyond the City of Enclaves, and Pelin Tan (University of Cyprus), Threshold Infrastructures and Spaces of Solidarity

The Amman Conference brings together a wide range of scholars working on the different topics related to Amman. On the occasion of this gathering, the program also engages scholars with practitioners, civil society actors, artists, and researchers in closed roundtable discussions that will provide the space for dialogue and exchange

If you are interested in joining the closed roundtable sessions please contact us at Seats are limited.

Introduction by Oroub El-Abed (SOAS University London) 

Narrating the City 

Presentations by Dina Haddadin (Architect and Artist), Arij Zaied Dagarah (University of Jordan), Mohamed Rafieh (Greater Amman Municipality), Kamila Ashour (Technical University of Dortmund)

Moderated by Yasir Sakr (American University of Madaba)

Public Participation and Social Initiatives


Presentations by Serene Huleileh (Arab Education Forum), Hanna Al Taher (SOAS University of London), Mohamad Zakaria (7hills Skatepark), Namaa Qudah (University of Jordan)

Moderated by Samar Dudin (Ruwwad)

Closed Roundtable Sessions

Critical Mapping and Tactical Interventions: CLUSTER mapping initiative in Amman

with Beth Stryker (CLUSTER) in conversation with Rana Beiruti (Amman Design Week)

Sunday, November 4th

14:00 - 14:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Nora Akawi (Columbia University) and Falestin Naili (Ifpo Amman)

14:30 - 17:30

Panel 1 - Living in Amman: Housing, Access and Resources


Majd Musa (University of Sharjah)

Global Influences on the Built Environment of Amman


Myriam Ababsa (Ifpo Amman)

Social Housing Policies versus Market Housing Dynamics in Amman


Nabil Abu Dayyeh (German Jordanian University)

Land for Public Urban Space in Jordan: A Legal & Administrative Predicament


Jose Ciro Martinez (University of Cambridge)

Site of Resistance or Apparatus of Acquiescence? Tactics in Amman's Bakeries

Response by Rami Daher (German Jordanian University)

Moderated by Falestin Naili (Ifpo Amman)

17:30 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:30


Urban Citizenship: Planning and the Politics of Presence in the Age of Forced Population Displacement

Mona Fawaz (American Univeristy of Beirut) in conversation with Safwan Masri (Columbia University) 

Monday, November 5th

9:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 13:00

Coffee Break and Registration 

Panel 2 - Co-Producing the City: Migrant and Refugee Agency

Zachary Sheldon (University of Chicago)

Urban Spaces of National Politics: The Iraqi Elections in Amman


Luigi Achilli (European University Institute – Firenze)

Political Economy and Nationalism Amongst Palestinian Camp Dwellers in Amman


Daphne Caillol (University Paris VII)

Employer and Employee Relationships in Domestic Workspace: Impact on Urban Experiences of Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan


Gozde Ege (University of Washington)

From Crisis to Ordinary Precarity: Palestinian Youth as New Practitioners of Humanitarian Governance in Amman, Jordan

Response by Jalal Al Husseini (Ifpo Amman)

Moderated by Ahmad Al-Mousa (Columbia Global Centers | Amman)

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 17:30

Lunch Break 

Panel 3 - Urban Social Practices in Amman


Norig Neveu (CNRS / IREMAM)

Orthodox Clubs and Associations in Amman: Cultural, Educational Activities and Regional Networks

Betty Anderson (Boston University)

An Ethnographic Mapping of Amman

Aseel Sawalha (Fordham University)

"We're Ammanis": New Urban Relations Among Affluent Young Adults in Jordan

Ala' Al-Hamarneh (University of Mainz)

"It is our neighborhood”: Right-to-the-City Initiatives from Al-Weibdeh to Fuheis in Amman Metropolitan Area

Response by Lucine Taminian (The Academic Research Institute in Iraq)

Moderated by Nora Akawi (Columbia University)

17:30 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:30


The Rights of Future Generations

Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Art) and Lumumba Di-Aping (Rights of Future Generations Working Group) in conversation with Felicity Scott (Columbia University) 

Click here to download the public program for the conference

Photos by Antonio Ottomanelli