Contemporary Amman and the Right to the City Conference
November 3-5, 2018
Location: Columbia Global Centers | Amman
5 Mohammad Sa'ad Al Batayneh Street
Organized by Studio-X Amman, French Institute of the Near East
and Columbia Global Centers | Amman
A city of four million inhabitants today, Amman’s expansion has become disproportionate to its urban history. Developing from a small rural settlement at the end of the 19th century, the capital city evolved into a regional crossroad at the end of the 20th century, and has today become a symbol for the consolidation of Hashemite rule. Often referred to as the city of refuge, Amman has experienced an impressive urban growth over the past fifty years driven by forced displacements, changing geopolitical conditions, and large influxes of capital. The city has been perpetually co-produced by its diverse populations, yet both urban policies and market forces continue to extend and reinforce the divisions of urban geographies based on gender, class, and origin.
Despite the growing power of nationalist politics and of neoliberal agendas in shaping the urban trajectory of the city, the simultaneous rise of Amman’s residents associations, youth initiatives and codified everyday practices of resistance have allowed inhabitants to reshape their physical and conceptual interactions within the city, and to practice alternatives imaginaries for shared livelihoods. At this important historical juncture, and fifty years since the publishing of Henri Lefebvre’s seminal text in 1968, this conference seeks to reposition the notion of the right to the city in relation to the particularities of Amman within the context of a global movement toward localized urban projects of direct democracy.
Luigi Achilli, Myriam Ababsa, Nabil Abu Dayyeh, Ala Al-Hamarneh, Jalal Al Husseini, Ahmad Al-Mousa, Kamila Ashour, Hana Al Taher, Nora Akawi, Betty Anderson, Gozde B Ege, Arij Zaied Dagarah, Rana Beiruti, Daphne Caillol, José Ciro Martínez, Rami Daher, Samar Dudin, Jawad Dukhgan, Oroub Elabed, Nadine Fattaleh, Dina Haddadin, Serene Hleileh, Majd Musa, Falestin Naili, Norig Neveu, Nama’a Qudah, Mohammad Rafieh, Yasir Sakr, Aseel Sawalha, Zachary Sheldon, Beth Stryker, Lucine Taminian, Mohamad Zakaria
Saturday, November 3:
Commoning the City with 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
Sunday, November 4:
Urban Citizenship: Planning and the Politics of Presence in the Age of Forced Population Displacement by Mona Fawaz (American University of Beirut) in conversation with Safwan Masri (Columbia University)
Monday, November 5:
The Rights of Future GenerationsbyAdrian Lahoud (Royal College of Art) in conversation with Felicity D Scott (Columbia University)
To download the public program for the conference, please click here