Arab Urbanism

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 11
Organizers: Deen Sharp
Chairs: Deen Sharp


Urbanisation is one of the central forces shaping social life in the Arab region. As cities grow, disappear, and organise new realities, critical debate on urban policies, histories and everyday life is increasingly crucial. More than giving answers, our primary concern is to raise questions regarding how urban realities are made, remade, and unmade. Who are the powerful agents in these processes and how is their power contested? Can we speak of an ‘Arab’ urbanism?

Arab Urbanism is a project that has been a year in the making. It developed out of our desire to begin a conversation on how and why our cities are designed, built, and destroyed. We envision it as a platform for critical engagement with voices based across the region in diverse spaces that subvert, create and renew perceptions of urban history, planning, architecture, geography and resistance.

In this session four of the editors of Arab Urbanism, Deen Shariff Sharp, Diala Lteif, Noura Wehby and Aya Nasser, will share the Arab Urbanism initiative with the AAG. We will discuss how it is hoped that Arab Urbanism will encourage greater engagement by critical geographers with the Arab world and also expand the community of urban geographers within the region.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Deen Sharp CUNY GC 15 1:30 PM
Panelist Deen Sharp CUNY GC 15 1:45 PM
Panelist Noura Wahby University of Cambridge 15 2:00 PM
Discussant Diala Lteif University of Toronto 15 2:15 PM
Panelist Aya Nassar University of Durham 15 2:30 PM

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