24 October 2014
Spaces of Liberation project team organize a Panel at: The Second Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism in the Mediterranean & the Middle East Conference (CAUMME) II 2014. CAUMME II, Architectural and Urban Research, Education, and Practice in an Era of ‘Post-Professionalism,’ is an international symposium organized by Girne American University – Cyprus, Yıldız Technical University – Turkey, and Qatar University – Qatar.
Panel Title: “Dynamics of Change in Contemporary Middle Eastern cities”
Panel Chair: Dr. Gehan Selim & Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem
Paper 1: Revolting Arts or Spatial Democracy: Performances of popular arts during the Egyptian Revolution
Bassma Abou El Fadl, IMT-Lucca, Italy; and Dr Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Paper 2: Sites of Anger and Change in Egypt: An analysis of the geography of a revolution
Prof Galila El Kadi, Institut de recherche pour le développement IRD, France
Paper 3: Cultural Encounters in the Contemporary Moroccan Medinas: From Courtyards to the Public Squares
Dr Magda Sibley, University of Manchester, UK
Paper 4: It Counts for More than It Is: Rethinking ‘Urban Built Heritage’ through a Discussion of the Local Identity
Sahar Khoshnood, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
15 January 2014 Panel Call for Papers
Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism in the Mediterranean & the Middle East [CAUMMEII 2014]
23-25 October 2014; Girne, Cyprus
Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 16 February 2014
The Spaces of Liberation Project Team organizes Special Panel a the Second Conference of CAUMME II . The Panel is Chaired by Dr. Gehan Selim and Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem. Please refer to the details of the Panel Call on our Blog (below) or the Conference website and Special panel page; HERE.
Abstracts are welcome from specialist theorists, researchers, artists, and practitioners to interrogate, analyse and discuss practices of liberation in the Middle Eastern cities, societies and culture as they emerged in the public space in the twenty first century. All abstracts should be submitted to the Panel Chair Dr. Gehan Selim: firstname.lastname@example.org
27th NOV. 2013, Research Seminar
14:00 – 16:00, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Project Researcher, Bassma Reda Abu El-Fadl will present a paper and a poster at the IMT-Lucca Annual Seminar. The paper is titled: “A Performative Space: Socio-Spatial Practices in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution”
The talk will report on a 2 years research investigations in everyday narratives of the Egyptian revolution. It attempts to response to a principal question; “Did spatial practices and Acts of resistance result in the re-conceptualization of Tahrir Square as urban space during the 18 days of Egyptian Revolution?”
The project is under the supervision of Prof. Maria Luisa Catoni (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca) and Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem (SPACE, Queens University Belfast).
9th NOV. 2013, Conference Report
“The Changing Socio-political Culture of the Urban Space in the Middle East”
“Spaces of Liberation” Conference @ CMES, UC Berkeley, Conference Report Published on the project blog: http://spacesofliberation.org.uk/home-page-style-3/blog/
We welcome comments and feedback from interested researchers, academics, professionals and the general public.
12-13th SEP. 2013,Conference: SPACES OF LIBERATION
12 September 2013, 340mStephens Hall, CMES, University of California, Berkeley
Organised by Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley In collaboration with Centre for Architecture and Design Research, SPACE, Queen’s University Belfast
This conference is co-organised and sponsored by the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Queen’s University Belfast. It is part of our “Spaces of Liberation” Project that aims at investigating layers of complexity within the construction of large-scale urban revolts that emerged with the Arab Spring’s mass protests in the Middle East and elsewhere in Europe. These processes and patterns have yet to be empirically and systematically investigated. This conference brings together scholars from Europe, North America and the Middle East to examine the quick pace by which public spaces were reshaped and reproduced as spaces for resistance and liberation from the traditional state-driven system of power and control.
9:00 AM: Introductory Remarks: Prof. Nezar AlSayyad, Chair, CMES, UC Berkeley
9:30 AM: “The Paradoxes of Planning & Conflict in the Divided City”
Prof. Frank Gaffikin, Queen’s University Belfast
10:00 AM: “Spatial Practices as an Act of Resistance in Middle Eastern Cities during the Arab Spring”
Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Queen’s University Belfast
10:30 AM: “Transnational ‘Spaces of Liberation’: The Case of Arab Immigrant Networks in the Occupy Movement”
Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Discussion
2:00 PM: “The Perception of Tahrir Square during the First Eighteen Days of the Egyptian Revolution, an Oral History Approach”
Ms. Randa Kaldas, The American University in Cairo
2:30 PM: “One way to Tahrir Square: State’s Injustice Towards the Conflict Over Land Ownership in Central Cairo”
Dr. Gehan Selim, Queen’s University Belfast
3:00 PM: “From Reality to Virtuality to New Reality”
Prof. Ahmed Y. G. Rashed, The British University in Egypt
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Discussion
Follow event’s information on: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Spacesofliberation/
Watch selected talks on: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/spaces-liberation
5th SEP 2013, Presentation: UNIVERSITY OF LISBON
Dr. Gehan Selim to talk at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT), University of Lisbon, Portugal on 5th September 2013 “Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa”.
15th FEB 2013, Public Lecture: ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, UK
Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, of Queen’s University Belfast and the PI of Spaces of Liberation, delivers a public lecture at the Royal College of Art in London, on 15th February 2013. The lecture’s title is “Spaces that Revolt: Spatial Practices as an act of resistance in Middle Eastern Cities during the Arab Spring”.