5 June 2023, 13:00-15:30 [ONLINE]
In the 6th and last session of this years DREAM Seminar 2023: Temporalities of Revolts, we are happy to welcome Magda Maaoui (Urban Planner/ Columbia University GSAPP, cofounder of the nonprofit organization Ateliers d’Alger) with her talk entitled “Ateliers d’Alger : Connecting the voices of the past, present and future in order to collectively reshape the neighborhoods of Algiers”, as well as Hashem Abushama (Geographer/ EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Fellow at the University of Oxford) with a presentation on “Dispossession and the Parallel City: On Capital and Colonialism in Palestine”. The discussion will be led by Youssef El Chazli (Sociologist/ University of Paris 8 and member of the ERC DREAM project).
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Magda Maaoui will discuss the participatory planning projects that have been collectively started in several neighborhoods of Algiers since 2018. She cofounded the nonprofit organization Ateliers d’Alger, a collective focusing on urban planning solutions for neighborhoods in Algeria and in France, based on local participatory workshops, civic engagement and the curation of expertise from local and transnational professionals, which has received several awards and grants from the Mairie de Paris, the Davis Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Ateliers d’Alger co-published the book Habiter l’indépendance (2022, Shed publishing) which offers in part a reflection on the collective’s projects, and resituates them within larger historical and contemporary contexts of postcolonial theory, oral history, and spatial justice. Magda holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Columbia University GSAPP.
Hashem Abushama is a human geographer with interests in urban studies, cultural studies, and critical development studies. His most recent work engages with the development of Palestinian capitalism and its implications for the urban cultural scenes. He is a Departmental Lecturer at Oxford’s University’s School of Geography and the Environment and a EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. His lecture will focus on the following“Palestinian cities exist in parallel to settler colonial strategies of erasure. They also exist within different, fragmented geographies: the ‘48 territories (occupied in 1948), the ‘67 territories (occupied in 1967), and alshatat (the Palestinian refugees living in exile). In May 2021, Habbit Al Quds (Al Quds Uprising) occurred and Palestinians in their different geographies revolted against the Israeli settler state. Thinking with Gramsci about this particular moment and its aftermath in the cities of Haifa (‘48) and Ramallah (‘67), I ask: how do Palestinians weave their own modes of spatial production? How do we produce cities? How does the history and present of colonial and capitalist dispossession limit such modes? What possibilities for resistance do those modes of spatial production make possible?
Youssef El Chazli an Associate Professor/Maitre de conférences of Sociology at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis and a member of CRESPPA-LabToP. I received a dual Ph.D. in Political Science from the Universities of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) in 2018. My research explores contentious politics and protest dynamics in North Africa and the Middle East, with a particular focus on Egyptian politics.
> In terms of helpful resources those texts might be helpful:
- Rabie, Kareem. 2021. Introduction in Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited: Capital and State Building in the West Bank [Electronic Resource]. E-Duke Books Scholarly Collection. Durham: Duke University Press. https://ezproxy-prd.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/9781478021407.
- Hart, Gillian. 2006. ‘Denaturalizing Dispossession: Critical Ethnography in the Age of Resurgent Imperialism’. Antipode 38 (5): 977–1004. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2006.00489.x.
- Abushama, Hashem. 2020. The Palestinian City, the Song, and Settler Colonial Gentrification: on ‘Better than Berlin’ by Faraj Suleiman and Majd Kayyal. Jadaliyya. https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/42216
- Palestine Underground | Hip Hop, Trap and Techno Documentary Featuring Sama’ | Boiler Room – YouTube’. n.d. Accessed 25 May 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-R8S7QwO1g&t=9s.
- Nation Estate (2012) – Larissa Sansour’. n.d. Accessed 25 May 2023. https://larissasansour.com/Nation-Estate-2012.