Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War: Aleppo to Warsaw

Orient-Institut Beirut
Orient-Institut Beirut
28.11.2018 - 01.12.2018
Birgit Schäbler

Postwar reconstruction has been and still is a vital concern of societies and states the world over. Taking a bottom-up approach and starting from the concept of neighborhood, both in its spatial and social dimensions, this international conference brings together historians, sociologists, activists, architects and city planners, in order to learn from each other’s experiences, globally and comparatively. Cases range from the Middle East to Germany, the Balkans, Poland, and Japan.


Wednesday 28.11.
19:00 Opening
Neighborhoods of Beirut: An Artist's View with Marwan Rechmaoui (Artist, Beirut)

Thursday 29.11.
09:15 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and Introduction: Birgit Schäbler (Director, OIBeirut)

Panel 1:
The Importance of being Earnest about Neighborhoods

10:00 – 10:50 Spontaneous Settlement, Social Reproduction, and Ethnic Identity in Homs - Kevin Mazur (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
10:50 – 11:50 Mosul: Changing Neighborhoods and Neighborly Relations - Omar Mohammed and Angela Boskovitch (Mosul Eye)
13:20 – 14:10 Spontaneous Reparation Practices in Beirut: Toward a New History of Post-War Reconstruction - Mazen Haidar (Architect in Conservation, AHTEEP, Sorbonne)

Panel 2:
Is There Something to be Learned from the Global Experience of Post- WWII? Three Examples of Rebuilding Neighborhoods after 1945

14:10– 15:00 The Reconstruction of Warsaw: Between Abhorrence and Acceptance - Piotr Korduba (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
15:30 – 16:20 Postwar-Rebuilding in Divided Germany: Neighborhood Rebuilding in the Case Studies of Berlin and Dresden during the Cold War - Paul Sigel (Art Historian and Urban Historian, Berlin)
16:20 – 17:10 Reconstruction for Vitality: The Revival of Downtown Hiroshima after the Atomic Bombing - Allam Alkazei (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Friday 30.11.
Panel 3: Iran

9:30 – 10:20 War Immigration and its Impact on the Post-War Reconstruction of Neighborhoods - A Case Study of Khorramshahr after the Iran-Iraq War - Mohammad Hassan Khani (Imam Sadiq University, Tehran)

Panel 4: Iraq

10:20 – 11:10 “Sectarianism”: The Impact of Eliminating Heterogeneity and Forcing Homogeneity on the Neighborhoods of Baghdad - Namariq al-Rawi (Architect, Baghdad)
11:30 – 12:20 Role of Youth Teams in the Reconstruction of the City of Mosul - Ahmad Kefah (University of Baghdad)

Panel 5: Syria

13:30 – 14:20 Reconstructing Memory in Aleppo’s Old City - Liam Nicoll (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
14:20 – 15:10 Rebuilding the Old City of Aleppo in a Coherent Way - Zoya Masoud (TU Berlin)
15:30 – 16:20 Informality for Reconstruction in Damascus - A Possible Partnership - Majida Malo (IWlab)
16:20 – 17:10 Post-Conflict Analysis and Strategies for Reconstructing the Old City of Aleppo: Socio-Political Deliberations - Mamoun Fansa (Friends of the Old City of Aleppo)

Panel 6:
Experiences from the Balkans, Cyprus, Afghanistan, and Kashmir

17:10- 18:00 The Need for New Planning Strategies: Experiences from the Balkans, Cyprus, and Afghanistan - Kai Voeckler (Urbanist, Offenbach)

Saturday 01.12.
09:30 – 10:20 Mapping Intimacy and Distance in a Kashmiri Neighborhood - Arshi Javid (Nehru University, India)

Panel 7: Lebanon

10:20 – 11:10 Neighbors under Fire: Community Relations in Lebanese War Literature - John Hanna (Technische Universiteit Delft)

Panel 8: Beirut’s Neighborhoods

11:30 – 12:20 Neighborhoods as Propertied Landscapes: Lessons from Beirut’s Reconstructions - Mona Fawaz / Nada Moumtaz (American University of Beirut)
12:20 – 13:10 The Promise: The Politicization of Post-War Reconstruction in Southern Beirut - Eric Lob (Florida International University)

Panel 9:
Cases of Reconstruction of Neighborhoods beyond Beirut

14:30 – 15:20 Re-Constructing the Historic Neighborhood in Bint Jbeil after the 2006 War - Howayda al-Harithy (American University of Beirut)
15:20—16:10 Power Dynamics in Reconstructing Peri-Urban Neighborhoods: The Case of South Lebanon - Diana Zeidan (EHESS, Paris)

16:40 – 17:30 Wrap-Up: Lessons for the Present and the Future


Caroline Kinj

Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War: Aleppo to Warsaw, 28.11.2018 – 01.12.2018 Beirut, in: H-Soz-Kult, 08.11.2018, <>.
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