Negotiation of Space: The Politics of Destruction and Reconstruction in Lebanon Conference

Negotiation of Space: The Politics of Destruction and Reconstruction in Lebanon Conference

Friday, 13 June 2008 - 6:00pm to Saturday, 14 June 2008 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF
Speaker(s): 
Organizers: Sofia T. Shwayri (CLS Visiting Fellow) & Sune Haugbolle (Post-Doctoral Fellow)

The Centre for Lebanese Studies in collaboration with The Middle East Centre and La Maison Francaise
Organizers: Sofia T. Shwayri (CLS Visiting Fellow) & Sune Haugbolle (Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Programme
Day 1: Friday 13 June:
5:15-5:30pm Welcome: George Asseily & Eugene Rogan

Session 1: Setting the Stage 5:30-7:15pm
Moderator: Eugene Rogan
Joe Nasr. "Lost Opportunities": On success, failure and learning from the past in Lebanese reconstructions. Toronto, CANADA.
Jens Hanssen. After the War is before the war is after the War: urban crises and cultures in modern Beirut. University of Toronto, CANADA.
Sofia T. Shwayri. Lebanon: The Möbius Strip of Destruction and Reconstruction. University of Oxford, ENGLAND.

7.30pm DINNER

Day 2: Saturday 14 June:
Session 2: Sectarian Geography and Identity Politics 9:15 -11:00 am

Moderator: Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

Sune Haugbolle. Conceptualising Space in the Social and Political History of Modern Lebanon. University of Oxford, ENGLAND.
Lucia Volk. Bearing Disproportionate Sacrifice: Al Mazloumeen in North and South Lebanon. San Francisco State University, USA.
Hanna Ziadeh. Special claims and chronic fears: communal space and post-war reconciliation. The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark.

11:00- 11:15am COFFEE BREAK

Session 3: Infrastructure & Development Strategies 11:15 am- 1:00pm
Moderator: Robert Saliba

Eric Verdeil. Water and electricity networks between reform and stress in Beirut and Tripoli: from post-civil war reconstruction to the new Lebanese wars. Universite de Lyon, FRANCE.
Jala Makhzoumi. A Landscape Design Approach to Postwar Recovery in South Lebanon. American University of Beirut, LEBANON.
Maha Shuayb. The Impact of Reconstruction Policies during 1989-2007 on Community Cohesion in Lebanon, The National Foundation for Educational Research, ENGLAND.

1:00 – 2:00pm LUNCH BREAK

Session 4: Reconstruction Politics from Solidere to Wa3ad. 2:00 – 4:00pm
Moderator: Sune Haugbolle

Marwan Ghandour. The Political Implication of Reconstruction Projects: Solidere, Wa’d, Nahr el-Bared. Iowa State University, USA.
Sanaa AlJack. The Wars of Reconstruction in the Media. AnNahar/AlSharq AlAwsat, LEBANON.
Robert Saliba. The Teaching of Reconstruction between Political Engagement and Disengagement. American University of Beirut, LEBANON.
Valerie Clerc. Negotiations of Space, Perceptions and Strategies in the Urban Projects of Beirut’s Southern Suburbs reconstruction. Institut Français du Proche-Orient, SYRIA.

4:00- 4:30pm COFFEE BREAK
Conference Photos by Wasma Al Saud
© Middle East Centre, St Antony's College

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Eugene Rogan introducing the conference Lucia Volk
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Eugene Rogan Sophia Shwayri
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George Asseily Conference in progress
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George Asseily Joe Nasr
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George Asseily Alexandra Asseily
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Jens Hanssen Jens Hanssen
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  Marwan Ghandour
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Sophia Shwayri Ahmed Al-Shahi
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Conference break Robert Saliba
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Sophia Shwayri Sanaa AlJack
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Conference participants before dinner Conference Dinner
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Conference Dinner Sune Haugbolle
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Lucia Volk Hanna Ziadeh
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Eric Verdeil Maha Shuayb
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Jala Makhzoumi  
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Sanna AlJack Robert Saliba
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Questions End of Conference Discussion
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