Lajeh Seminar, April 5, 2018, Ifpo Amman – 9.30-11.30 am

Palestinians mobilizations in Syria before and after 2011

Valentina Napolitano, Ifpo


During this session, Valentina Napolitano will present the results of a Phd research on Palestinian refugee’s mobilisations in Syria. Her investigations are based on a fieldwork carried out in Yarmuk camp, between 2008 and 2011 but also on interviews conducted in Lebanon (2013) and France (2014) after the beginning of the conflict. She will first present the main socio-economic characteristics of this community. Then, she will focus on the evolution of their mobilisations according to the Syrian context and the Palestinian national movement history. Her presentation will tackle the effects of the war on Palestinians in Syria from a political and social point of view. To do so, she will look at the stance of Palestinian factions toward the conflict in order to give an insight on refugees’ anti-regime mobilisations. She will also assess the process of forced migration of Palestinians refugees toward neighbouring countries and in Europe.


Valentina Napolitano is a Researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), her research focus on forced migrations, political violence and social movement in the Middle East, especially in Syria. She studied the history of political commitments and mobilizations among Palestinian refugees in Syria where she carried out fieldwork in Yarmuk camp between 2008 and 2011. Here current researches deal with the dispersion and transformation of family in a context of war and forced migration, through a study of Syrian refugee’s in Jordan. Among here last publications: with Calabrese Chiara (ed.) Violence et militantismeParcours de militants dans le monde arabe, Paris, Editions CNRS/Alpha, 2017.