AccueilContemporary Amman and the Right to the City

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Publié le mercredi 20 juin 2018 par Céline Guilleux

Résumé

A city of four million inhabitants today, Amman’s expansion has become disproportionate to its urban history. Amman has experienced an impressive urban growth over the past fifty years, driven by forced migration and market laws. Developing from a small rural settlement at the end of the 19th century, Amman evolved into a regional crossroad at the end of the 20th century, and has become today a symbol for the consolidation of Hashemite rule, and as a result, the site of its contestation. Amman’s exceptional position among other regional capitals and its recent urban history has forced its inhabitants to create narratives concerning the city’s foundation, invent urban traditions, and negotiate ways of socialization.

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Argument

A city of four million inhabitants today, Amman’s expansion has become disproportionate to its urban history. Amman has experienced an impressive urban growth over the past fifty years, driven by forced migration and market laws. Developing from a small rural settlement at the end of the 19th century, Amman evolved into a regional crossroad at the end of the 20th century and has become today a symbol for the consolidation of Hashemite rule, and as a result, the site of its contestation. Amman’s exceptional position among other regional capitals and its recent urban history has forced its inhabitants to create narratives concerning the city’s foundation, invent urban traditions, and negotiate ways of socialization.

As housing and upgrading policies have slowed down, and plans to develop a robust public transport system remain underdeveloped, Amman’s residents are struggling on a daily basis to circulate, house themselves and their families, study, work and relax. Public participation is regularly discussed in the media and public sphere, and residents are looking for ways to mend the gap between their aspirations for Amman, and the reality of living conditions in the city. In the 21st century, Amman has become an intellectual, diplomatic and economic center in the region. Those changes have had a large impact on the everyday life of its inhabitants, on the composition of the population of the city and on its regional and international perception and influence.

This conference seeks to present three interrelated themes through which the right to the city can be understood, articulated or negotiated. These themes include Urban Policies and Governance; Social Fabric and Urban Practices; and Living in Amman: Housing, Access, and Speculative Growth.

Urban Policies and Governance

In a city which has known a development as rapid as Amman, the evolution of urban policies and structures of urban governance is of major importance. Tracing the origins of the municipality from the late Ottoman period until today, this panel will focus on structures of decision-making in the urban context. Urban policies and governance will be examined against the economic and political dynamics from which they arose while paying attention to both individual and collective actors involved.

Some topics to address could include:

  • Political actors in debates around urban policies: How do politicians, mayors, municipal engineers, international donors, foreign experts, NGOs, and civil society organizations influence and negotiate urban decision-making in Amman?
  • Origins, continuities, or genealogies of urban policy regulations: How have practices evolved from Ottoman to Mandate to Modern Amman.
  • Evolution of public participation and civil society organizations: How can/do the inhabitants of Amman voice, contest, challenge or influence urban policies? Which civic practices have proved most productive? What is the role of regional and international solidarity in local struggles for urban social justice?

Social Fabric and Urban Practices

The second axis of this conference focuses on the social fabric of Amman and the definition of a sense of common belonging to a pluralist urban community. Inhabitants of Amman are constructing an urban identity based on their spatial and social imaginations. The investigation will engage with the ways in which urban narratives of Amman, developed by specific communities, neighborhoods or demographics of the population, inscribe themselves in the the physical, social and discursive fabric of the city.

Some topics to address could include:

  • Social dynamics of the city beyond categories of citizenship and national belonging; how can citizens and refugees co-create the fabric of the city?
  • The architectural and social typologies of districts, neighborhoods, and urban camps, and their relevance to urban social dynamics.
  • What does it mean to be from Amman for groups sharing the same age group, political affiliation, gender, common kin, religion, or ethnic group?
  • Defining an inclusive history of the city. How is the urban heritage of Amman defined?

Living in Amman: Housing, Access, and Speculative Growth

Speculative growth enhanced by neoliberal governance, foreign direct investment and political turmoil has affected the distribution of wealth as well as access to resources and opportunities across the city. Questions of accessibility, inclusion, opportunity and equality are re-evaluated in this moment of Amman’s position within the regional and global sphere. This panel will focus on the current context of urban planning policies as they relate to the provision of essential services to residents including housing, water, electricity, transportation, education and social services.

Some topics to address could include:

  • What is the effect of neoliberal economic policies on the urban fabric of the city?
  • How have policies regarding housing, transportation, or education in the city evolved?
  • How has the organization of humanitarian aid affected inhabitants from both refugee and host communities?

Submission guidelines

Please submit your abstracts (up to 350 words) to info@ammanconference2018.com

before June 30th.

The paper topics must tackle one of the themes discussed below. Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference’s scientific committee and organizers. Selected participants will be provided with travel assistance and accommodation for the duration of the conference.

Organizing Committee

  • Myriam Ababsa (Ifpo),
  • Nora Akawi (Columbia University GSAPP/
  • Studio-X Amman / CGC | Amman),
  • Jawad Dukhgan (Studio-X Amman / CGC | Amman),
  • Nadine Fattaleh (Studio-X Amman / CGC | Amman), Falestin Naïli (Ifpo),
  • Norig Neveu (CNRS/ IREMAM)

Lieux

  • Amman, Jordanie

Dates

  • samedi 30 juin 2018

Mots-clés

  • Amman, urban policiy, social fabric, housing

Contacts

  • Norig Neveu
    courriel : norigneveu [at] hotmail [dot] fr

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Source de l'information

  • Norig Neveu
    courriel : norigneveu [at] hotmail [dot] fr

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« Contemporary Amman and the Right to the City », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 20 juin 2018, https://calenda.org/444999

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