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مدن: آلتا

قبل عشر سنوات وفي واحد من الصباحات الخريفية الكئيبة أبلغني أحدهم بأنّي قد حصلت على موطن جديد. قال بأنّ مدينة صغيرة تُدعى آلتا، ترتفع بمقدار 65 متراً عن سطح البحر وتقع في عنق النرويج على الخارطة ستكون موطني ومحط رحالي. كنت يومذاك ضيفاً على محطة استقبال اللاجئين في العاصمة النرويجية أوسلو مع عشرات العراقيين الفارّين من ...  Read More »

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Straight Lines

Living Cities, Tate Modern. Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, 23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017 Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal, Rivington Palace, 6 January - 11 February 2017   In a corner of the Living Cities display, at Tate Modern’s Switch ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (March 2017)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning “Roundup” in the ...  Read More »

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The World in the City and the City in the World: Reading the Janet Abu-Lughod Library

For a young scholar, a figure like Janet Abu-Lughod can seem almost impossibly prolific. Among the fields to which Abu-Lughod made celebrated contributions, we find urban sociology, world systems theory, studies of colonialism, and racial injustice (from Palestine, to the United States, to Morocco!), the history of ...  Read More »

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Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity

As filmmakers and researchers working on electricity in Beirut, it is tempting to become too attached to the visible, namely electricity wires that drape the city like garlands, dangerously gaping down at pedestrians, changing their paths, forcing detours. The ubiquity of wires stretching like lianas from rooftops, or ...  Read More »

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أريحا

هل تمتلك المدن شهوات كالانسان؟ هل تشتهي مدينة ما أن ترقد بسلام في أعمق بقاع الأرض بعيداً هناك وتتمتع بشمسها وهوائها ورهبانها ونخيلها وسكانها الطيبين؟ أريحا، مدينة القمر كما يعني اسمها. اختارت أن تطل من بعيد بهدوء على الكون لا تبغي شيئاً سوى السكون والصمت. فهل كتب لها ذلك؟ اختارت أن تكون في المكان الأكثر ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (February 2017)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in ...  Read More »

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Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and economic action—despite the spatial turn that has informed social sciences and ...  Read More »

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Growing Sustainability at Beirut Design Week 2016 (Video)

Growing Sustainably is a documentary film made during Beirut Design Week 2016. It focuses on four initiatives that took place over the course of that year. Each project represents a certain aspect of sustainability. The Beirut Makers, a collective of over a dozen designers and makers, are featured as an example ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (January 2017)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance

CFP: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance At the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference in London, 29 August  to 1 September 2017.  Panel affiliated to the Urban Geography Research ...  Read More »

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عشوائيات ومجتمعات مسوّرة وفضاء عام: عن السياسات الثقافية العالمية والمشهد المعماري المأزوم في مصر

"لربما كان كبح الغضب عبر فهمه وامتصاص أسبابه هو واحد من أهم الضرورات الأخلاقية للفن البرجوازي. لا يهم حقاً إن كانت تلك الخلافات والتناقضات والتقرحات التي أنتجت هذا الغضب قد سويّت مؤقتاً باستخدام آليات اجتماعية معقدة أو تم التنفيس عنها عبر التفكّر المتسامي"  منفريدو تافوري[1] من حيث يقف الناظر للعالم ...  Read More »

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Camp Pause: Stories from Rashidieh Camp and the Sea

We know very little about why Palestinian camps are located where they are in Lebanon. We also know little about the trajectories of their communities. We often assume that, upon their arrival, refugees were directly transported to tents that later became “camps.” Reflecting on ideas of refuge and ways of writing ...  Read More »

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Mapping the Counter-Histories of Port Said: A Critical Reading Into a Communal Mapping Project

“Here the tabular space--of the map, the canvas, the textbook--comes to be transformed into a topology that rapidly acquires depth when it is bent and deviated by excluded rhythms and dislocating narratives. Space is never empty or merely geometrical; it is always full of detailed, unfolding configurations. It is not ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Nadya Hajj, Protection Amid Chaos: The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps

Nadya Hajj. Protection Amid Chaos: The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Nadya Hajj (NH): My book was motivated by something I heard in more than two hundred interviews in Palestinian refugee camps ...  Read More »

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Of Bounds and Coffers

This map (Fig.1) shows a section of modern Cairo in 1946, developed from the 1860s onwards to the west of the historic city (founded 969 C.E.). The map focuses on the downtown area or roughly what came to be called Wist al-Balad—the middle-of-the-city (country?)—curiously bounded in pink on three sides. Intense ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Jean Pierre Frey, Les voies erratiques de l'urbanisation. Etre architecte et devenir urbaniste en Afrique du Nord

A propos de : Jean-Pierre Frey, Les voies erratiques de l’urbanisation. Être architecte et devenir urbaniste en Afrique du Nord (Éditions L’Harmattan : Paris, 2016) Jadaliyya (J.) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Jean-Pierre Frey (J.-P. F.) : Mes expériences d’enseignement ...  Read More »

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De l’impuissance des citoyens libanais face au système. "Powerless," les ambiguïtés d'un documentaire

Compte rendu: Powerless ('Indama ya’ti al-zhalam), documentaire réalisé par Cynthia Choucair (2012) (arabe, sous titré en anglais) La fin de l’année 2016 a été porteuse de nombreuses déceptions pour les militants libanais qui luttent pour la préservation du littoral et son accès libre à tous les ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Vincent Lemire, Jérusalem 1900. La ville sainte à l'âge des possibles

Vincent Lemire, Jérusalem 1900. La ville sainte à l'âge des possibles. Paris: Points-Seuil, 2016. Jadaliyya (J) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Vincent Lemire (V.L.): La réédition de Jérusalem 1900 en format poche (Points-Seuil, septembre 2016) récompense le succès de la première édition (Armand ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (December 2016)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in ...  Read More »

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استراحة مخيّم: روايات من مخيم الرشيدية والبحر

لا نعرف الكثير حول سبب تواجد المخيمات الفلسطينية حيث هي اليوم. كما لا نعرف المسارات التي اتخذها سكانها من فلسطين إلى تلك المخيمات. كثيراً ما نظن أنّ اللاجئين، نقلوا عند وصولهم، مباشرة إلى الخيام التي أصبحت في وقت لاحق "مخيمات." انطلاقاً من أفكار حول اللجوء وسُبل كتابة تاريخ مغاير للمخيمات الفلسطينية في ...  Read More »

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New Report: City Profile of Mosul, Iraq

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Iraq has published a comprehensive urban analysis on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and the focus of an international military campaign to liberate it from occupation by the terrorist group that calls itself “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ...  Read More »

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New Report: UNDP's Arab Human Development Report 2016

The sixth Arab Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme is entitled “Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality.” The report provides an evidence-based overview of youth challenges and opportunities since 2011. The report is organized in eight chapters: the first ...  Read More »

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East Aleppo Graffiti: Messages for Asad and the City

[The following compilation and translations was created by Osha al-Mussalami and published on MiddleEastEye.net on 15 December 2016]             “One day we will return.” This is just one of the messages that have been left behind on the walls by the Syrians being evacuated out of ...  Read More »

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الناصرة المدينة الباقية

تغييرات ثقافيّة وعمرانيّة في الحيّز المدينيّ للناصرة قليلة هي الأبحاث التي كُتبت عن الناصرة في العقود الستّة الأخيرة. السؤال الأوّل الذي يُطرح في سياق الحديث عن االناصرة هو: هل الناصرة مدينة أم هي قرية تضخّمت على نحوٍ عشوائيّ ودونما تخطيط؟ بأعين بعض الباحثين، الناصرة هي "عاصمة الفلسطينيّين في إسرائيل"1 . ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Syrie, anatomie d’une guerre civile

Adam Baczko, Gilles Dorronsoro, Arthur Quesnay. Syrie, anatomie d’une guerre civile. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2016. Jadaliyya (J) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Adam Baczko, Gilles Dorronsoro, Arthur Quesnay (AB, GD, AQ) : L’idée de conduire des recherches en Syrie a émergé ...  Read More »

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The Five-Square-Meters Maid's Room: Lebanon's Racist, Gendered Architecture

Pick any mid- to upper-class residential project in Lebanon and you will more often than not find the floor plan featuring a small room with the label of “maid’s room.” Through ubiquity, this label and the architecture it signifies have long passed the stage of normalization not only in Lebanon but also in other parts ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (November 2016)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in ...  Read More »

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Imider vs. COP22: Understanding Climate Justice from Morocco’s Peripheries

All eyes are on Marrakesh where the 22nd Conference of the Parties on climate change takes place (COP22). The city has been cleaned up, Skype and Whatsapp are back online and the media pull out all the stops to put across a message of an environmentally friendly and politically moderate Morocco. COP22 has to become ...  Read More »

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Report: Tripoli City Profile

UN-Habitat just released a report on the city of Tripoli (Lebanon), entitled Tripoli City Profile. This is the first of a series of City Profiles UN-Habitat, Lebanon will be publishing in the following months. City Profiles are a multi-sectoral spatial tool to improve understanding of vulnerabilities in ...  Read More »

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The Cities Page is a Jadaliyya platform promoting critical understandings and investigations of urban life and space, beyond the dominant formal and physical narration on cities. The Cities Page publishes works from different fields that deepen our understanding of the social production of diverse urban geographies and the contestation around them. It aims to consolidate an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to reading and writing about space and cities, incorporating historical, social, cultural, political, legal, economic and technological dimensions. It welcomes contributions in various formats, languages, and on various urban geographies and histories.

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The Cities Page Editors invite submissions that critically explore related topics, and are eager to feature debates within the field. Specifically, we welcome:

  • Essays exploring the relationships between space, power and social justice, and spatial practices and the built environment, etc.
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Submissions should conform with the general Jadaliyya submissions guidelines. The Cities Page accepts submissions in Arabic, English, French, and Turkish.

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