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Spaces of Participation: Topographies of Political and Social Change in Morocco, Egypt and Palestine

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Spaces of Participation ist ein am ZMO angesiedeltes Verbundprojekt mit Partnern in Marokko (Mohammad V University-Agdal/Rabat), Ägypten (Prof. Randa Abou Bakr) und Palästina (Birzeit University). Das Projekt ist von der VolkswagenStiftung für eine Laufzeit von drei Jahren gefördert (Oktober 2014 - September 2017).

Das Projekt beschäftigt sich mit Räumen, innerhalb derer die Entstehung von verschiedenen zivilgesellschaftlichen Initiativen möglich war bzw. welche von diesen geschaffen oder angeeignet wurden. Das Spektrum reicht von Kultur- und Jugendzentren über KünstlerInnen-Kollektive bis hin zu Formen des politischen Protests und virtuellen Räumen. Dieser vergleichende Ansatz zielt  darauf ab, Partizipation und Raum zu verknüpfen – um sowohl unser Verständnis von Partizipation inhaltlich zu erweitern als auch die sozialen, kulturellen und politischen Funktionen von Räumen zu analysieren. Eine in diesem Zusammenhang entstehende Frage untersucht, welche Art von Räumen entscheidend für die Entwicklung unterschiedlicher partizipativer Praxen ist.

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Leitung

  • Prof. Randa Abou Bakr (Cairo University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English /  Coordinator of the Forum for the Study of Popular Culture)
  • Ass. Prof. Yazid Anani (Birzeit University, Department of Architectural Engineering)
  • Prof. Mokhtar El Harras (Mohamad V University-Agdal/Rabat, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Department of Sociology)
  • Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

Koordination

  • Dr. Sarah Jurkiewicz (ZMO), bis Oktober 2018 in Elternzeit
  • Jan Brauburger (ZMO)

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Subprojects

Moroccan Team (Summary)

The Re-Construction of Public Space as a Way of Political Socialization and Participation:
The case of Mohamed V Avenue in Rabat

Prof. Mokhtar El Harras (Mohamad V University-Agdal/Rabat)
Hicham Ait Mansour (Mohamad V University-Agdal/Rabat)
Mouloud Amghar (Mohamad V University-Agdal/Rabat)

Lbatwar:  a Cultural Space in the City of Casablanca
Dr.  Fadma Ait Mous (Faculté Des Lettres Et Des Sciences Humaines De Ain Chock à Casablanca, Centre Marocain des Sciences Sociales (CM2S)

 

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Egyptian Team (Summary)

The Rabaa Sit-In: An Analytic Study of the Use of Public Sphere
Mai Ayyad (Cairo University)

Digital Media and Informal Youth Collectives as Means of Social and Political Engagement
Mona Khalil (Cairo University)

Cyberspace as an Alternative Venue for Political Participation: A Study of Egyptian Visual User Created Content (UCC)
Nihal Nour (Cairo University)

 

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Palestinian Team

Cultural Heterotopias and the Making of the Political  
Ass. Prof. Yazid Anani
Najla Al-Kayed

 

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ZMO

Spaces of Participation: Historical and Conceptual Considerations
Prof. Ulrike Freitag

Space-Making Practices and Urban Participation in Kuwait
Dr. Sarah Jurkiewicz

Public Space for Peace and Contention: Maydān al-Shuhadāʾ (Martyrs' Square) Shaping Political and Social Spheres of the City of Tripoli, Libya
Suaad Al Ghafal

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Associates

The Making of Youth Centres in Morocco: Intermediate Spaces at the Crossroads between the "Social" and the "Political"
Dr. Yasmine Berriane (Zurich University, URPP Asia and Europe)

From Visualisation to Mobilisation: The Case of Palestine in a Transnational Context Explored
Dr. Hanan Toukan
(BGSMCS, associated with Palestinian project)

Urban practices in post-revolutionary Egypt
Azzurra Sarnataro (University of Rome "La Sapienza", associated with Egyptian Project)

Negotiating Jerusalem along its borderlines. The Light Rail in Jerusalem
Amina Nolte (International Center for the Study of Culture, Gießen & participant in Common Spaces artist-lab)

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Collaborative Activities

Common activities:
2015, October 4-8, Rabat: “Researching Spaces of Political, Civic and Cultural Participation: a Methodological Workshop” (Internal Programme, Public Programme)

2014, October 5-8, ZMO, Berlin: Kick-off Workshop held at ZMO

Egyptian team:
July 26-8, 2015: “Methodologies of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences” (with particular reference to community initiatives)
Convened by Forum for the Study of Popular Culture
Conducted by Dr. Fadma Ait Mous, Faculté Des Lettres Et Des Sciences Humaines de Ain Chock à Casablanca
Venue: Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1 Dr. Mahmoud Azmi's Street, Zamalek

March 2-4, 2015: “Doing Qualitative Research in Media and Popular Cultural studies
Convened by Forum for the Study of Popular Culture
Conducted by: Dr. Anne Grüne- Researcher and lecturer of Comparative Cultural and Media Studies at the chair for International and Comparative Communication Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany
Venue: Women and Memory Forum (WMF) in Cairo. 12 Soliman Abaza Street, Giza.

February 21-3, 2015: “Methodologies of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences
Convened by Forum for the Study of Popular Culture
Conducted by: Azzurra Sarnataro, Researcher in urban studies at University of Rome (La Sapienza)
Venue: British Council in Cairo

Moroccan team:
May 20-21, 2015: Faculty Seminar on “The reconstruction of public space in Morocco: political and civic practices among youth” (Reconstruction de l’espace public au Maroc: pratiques politiques et civiques chez les jeunes)
Laboratoire de Recherches et d'Etudes Sociologiques, Mohamed V University-Agdal/Rabat.

Palestinian team:
Assistance from the International Academy of Art Palestinian to Bring David Harvey for a seminar that targets issues relevant to the topic of research and its direction mainly the reclamation of the city and the urban crisis. Seminar 14th -19th September 2015 and a public lecture on the 15th September.

3rd December 2014: “Urbanisation of Rural Areas: The Emergence of Suburbs in Palestine,” workshop with Birzeit university students from diverse disciplines. The workshop was organized with the Center of Development Studies together with Linda Tabar and Samia Butmeh at Birzeit University.

German team:
September 17, 2015: Work talk at ZMO with an intervention by Azzurra Sarnataro on "Addressing Local Communities of Cairo's Informal Areas: from the Myth of Marginality to the Myth of Participation?"

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Cooperation

Common Spaces: traveling artist-lab with participants from Amman, Berlin and Casablanca

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Press Kit

Qantara.de: ZMO Forschungsprojekt “Räume der Partizipation”: Drehscheiben des politischen Protests by Jannis Hagmann | German | English | Arabic version will follow soon

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Financed by

vwStiftung

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Partners

 

Université
Mohammed V - Agdal
Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines - Rabat

 
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