Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War

Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War


International Conference

Orient-Institut Beirut

November, 29 to December 1, 2018


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.




Program (Initiates file downloadDownload PDF)


Abstracts and biographies (Initiates file downloadDownload PDF)



Wednesday 28.11.


19:00                   OPENING

Neighborhoods of Beirut: An Artist's View

Marwan Rechmaoui (Artist, Beirut)


Thursday 29.11.


09:15 – 09:30      Registration


09:30 – 10:00      Welcome and Introduction

                              Birgit Schäbler (Director, OIB)


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)


11:50 – 13:20      Lunch Break


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)


15:00 – 15:30      Coffee Break


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


09:30 – 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)


11:10 – 11:30     Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:20     Role of Youth Teams in the Reconstruction of the City of Mosul 

                             Ahmad Kefah (University of Baghdad)


12:20 – 13:30     Lunch break


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)


15:10 – 15:30     Coffee Break


15:30 – 16:20     Informality for Reconstruction in Damascus - A Possible Partnership 

                             Majida Malo - Mr. Wissam Al Asali - Dr. Iyas Shahin (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)


11:10 – 11:30     Coffee Break


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)


13:10 – 14:30     Lunch


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)


16:10 - 16:40      Coffee Break


16:40 – 17:30      Wrap-Up:

                              Lessons for the Present and the Future



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