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. 

Saturday, November 3rd

18:00 - 19:30

Keynote Lecture - The City as Commons

Stavros Stavrides (National Technical University of Athens)

In conversation with Pelin Tan (University of Cyprus)

Sunday, November 4th

10:00 - 10:15

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 13:00

Coffee Break and Registration 

Introduction and Opening Remarks

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

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

Introduced by Falestin Naili (Ifpo Amman)

Response by Rami Daher (German Jordanian University)

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 17:30

Lunch Break 

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

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

Response by Jalal Al Husseini (Ifpo Amman)

17:30 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:30

Coffee Break 

Keynote Lecture 

Mona Fawaz (American Univeristy of Beirut)

In conversation with Safwan Masri (Columbia University) 

Monday, November 5th

10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 13:00

Coffee Break and Registration 

Panel 3 - Urban Social Practices in Amman

Aseel Sawalha (Fordham University)

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

Betty Anderson (Boston University)

An Ethnographic Mapping of Amman

Norig Neveu (CNRS / IREMAM)

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

Introduced by Nora Akawi (Columbia University)

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

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 17:30

Lunch Break 

Panel 4 - Negotiating Amman: Global Influences and Local Initiatives

Majd Musa (University of Sharjah)

Global Influences on the Built Environment of Amman


Najib Hourani (Michigan State University)

The Malling of Amman: Market Urbanism in the Arab World? 

Ala' Al-Hamarneh (University of Mainz)

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

Introduced by Myriam Ababsa (Ifpo Amman)

Response by Mona Fawaz (American University of Beirut)

17:30 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:30

Coffee Break 

Keynote Lecture 

Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Art)

In conversation with Felicity Scott (Columbia University) 

Photos by Antonio Ottomanelli