Ammar Kandeel

Ammar Kandeel

Research Topic
Decentralized Cultural and Artistic Safe Spaces: GarageArt as a case study in Jordan.

Ammar Kandeel defended his doctoral thesis in French and Comparative Literature in 2016 at the Paul-Valéry UniversityMontpellier 3 in France. Building on his doctoral work about the relation of Edward Said to French orientalism, his postdoctoral research continued to cover the North-South connected production of knowledge in an interdisciplinary perspective. He explores specifically the relations of European and American works to the Palestinian and Israeli narratives of peace and conflict in various media. His previous publications focused on the historiographies of Palestinians, much of which had been made possible during his Atlas fellowship in France thanks to Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme – Paris and the Arab Council for Social Sciences – Beirut.

Ammar’s research at Columbia Global Centers | Amman studies the action of a local non-profit initiative in Irbid, Jordan. This project is an inquiry about the concept and the practices of safe spaces in centralized contexts of culture in Jordan and more widely in the Middle East North Africa region. Through a sociological approach of cultural sites, the project aims at analyzing the role of GarageArt in fighting forms of symbolic violence. The main goal of this research is to offer an evaluation of the effectiveness of this space and to provide policy makers and NGO’s with recommendations about the challenges and strategies of decentralizing such safe places.


Selected Publications

  • Kandeel, Ammar. 2021. ‘‘Mémoires palestiniennes de la marginalité. Edward Said et Elias Sanbar’’ Imprévue, No. 1. (under publication). 
  • 2020. ‘‘Edward Said : le texte et l'invention d'un autre lieu dans la photographie’’. Edited by Farah Zaïem, « L'image textuelle dans les discours et la littérature », Presses universitaires de la Manouba. (under publication).
  • 2019. ‘‘La production du savoir palestinien. Une cartogarphie des appropriations décoloniales’’. Nouveaux imaginaires, Publications de l'université Côte d'Azur. 
  • 2019. ‘‘Penser les intellectuels français, dans l'histoire & dans le monde », Acta fabula, Vol. 20, No. 10.
  • 2014. ‘‘Edward Said ou les conditions d’une critique politique’’. Acta Fabula, Vol. 15, No. 3 Notes de lecture. URL:
  • 2014. ‘‘Les disciplines à l'épreuve : l'image d'Abbas Kiarostami entre cinéma et poésie’’. À l’épreuve, No. 1. URL :!/les-disciplines-lepreuve-limage-dabbas-kiarostami-cinema-poesie-2/
  • 2013. ‘‘L’amour et le savoir dans l’orientalisme de Louis Massignon. La substitution hospitalière comme approche de l’autre’’. Edited by Mihaela Chapelin. « Désir / Rejet de l'a / Autre », Editions Universitaria : 115-122.
  • 2012. ‘‘Salah Stétié et l’humanisme en Méditerranée’’. Interculturel (Revue interdisciplinaire de l’Alliance Française), No. 16, Association culturelle franco-italienne : 249-258.