International Workshop: “War and families’ transformation in the Middle-East” (25-26/11/2018)


Warfare represents a significant, and sometimes permanent, feature for the societies of the Near East countries. How does it influence the family practices and ties? To what extent does the violence, the uncertainty and the economic precariousness redefine the role of the members of the same household? What is the impact of forced migration on the family’s dispersion, fragmentation and reconfiguration? What forms of solidarity and which new ties emerge in these contexts? What is the role of the humanitarian and international organizations in supporting families in conflict situations? These are the main questions treated during this workshop that brings together international researchers in order to reflect collectively about the impact of wars on family’s mutations in the Middle-East.


Valentina Napolitano


25-26 November 2018


25 & 26 November : Ifpo, Jabal Amman, Amman

25 November round table at Institut français de Jordanie (Amman,  Jabal Al-Weibdeh)



Venue: Ifpo, Library

10.00 am -10.15 am


10.15 am -10.30 am

Introduction: Valentina Napolitano (Ifpo-Amman)

10.30 am – 11.30 am

Key note speech: « Family as Politics and Intimacy: Change and Continuity in War and Displacement », Frances Hasso (Duke University)

11.30 am

Coffee break

11.45 am – 12.45 pm  

Panel 1. Everyday Life Under Occupation

Moderator: Flora Yousef (CRESPPA/GTM, Ifpo-TP)

11.45 am – 12.15 pm

« The Raging War: Palestinian Families in Confrontation with Uprooting Policies », Nida Abu Awwad (Birzeit University)

12.15 pm – 12.45 pm

« Living in Gaza: an Anthropology of Daily Life », Elena Qleibo (Ifpo, Amman)

12.45 pm – 2.00 pm

Lunch break (Ifpo)

2.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Panel 2. Political Ruptures/Intimate Ruptures

Moderator: Geraldine Chatelard (Ifpo, Erbil)


2.00 pm – 2.30 pm

« The Family’s Enemy: Pathway and Histories », Asmaa Jameel Rasheed Abunadir (University of Baghdad)

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm

« Marriage at Times of War and Sectarian Conflict », Lucine Taminian (The Academic Research Institute in Iraq)

3.00 pm – 3.15 pm

Coffee break


3.15 pm – 3.45 pm  

“The Impact of the Syrian Conflict on the Familiar Sphere: Ruptures, Tensions and Reconfigurations”, Napolitano Valentina (Ifpo-Amman)

3.45 pm – 4.15 pm

« Fighting the Prisons of Occupation: Mothers on the Front », Flora Yousef (CRESPPA/GTM, Ifpo, TP)

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm


« Psychological, Economic and Legal Support to Families Affected by Wars. An Insight on Local and International NGO’s Activities in Jordan »


  • Souzan Sami, Co-founder of ARDD
  • Astonia Sami, Collateral Repair Project

Moderator : Valentina Napolitano (Ifpo, Amman)

Venue: Institut français de Jordanie (Amman,  Jabal Al-Weibdeh)

Monday 26 November 2018

Venue: Ifpo, Library

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Panel 3. Transmission, Care and Psychological Support

Moderator: Jalal Al Husseini (Ifpo, Amman)

10.00 am – 10.30 am

« Generation After Generation:  Palestinian Families Under Occupation Struggle for Survival and Mobility » Lamis Abou Nahleh (Birzeit University)

10.30 am – 11.00 am

« Bodies Without Souls: an Ethnographic Investigation of the Psychological Health of Syrian Refugee Women in Irbid », Ruba Al Akash (University of Yarmouk)

11.00 am

Coffee break

11.15 am – 12.45 am

Panel 4. Migration, Dispersion and Reconfiguration

Moderator: Kamel Doraï (Ifpo-Beirut)

11.15 am – 11.45 am  

“Family Structure and Diaspora Among Pre-1948 Palestinian Families of Notables: from Jerusalem to Jordan, the Gulf and Beyond”, Jalal al Husseini (Ifpo-Amman)

11.45 am – 12.15 pm

« The Transformation of the Syrian Society and Family », Khuzama Al Rasheed (The Academic Research Institute in Iraq)

12.15 pm – 12.45 pm

« Palestinian Families in Diaspora/exile: Various Models of Dispersion and Reconfiguration »,

Hadeel Fawadleh (Birzeit University, ACSS)

12.45 am – 1.00 pm

Collective Conclusions, Research Avenues and Publication

Moderator: Valentina Napolitano

1.00 pm

Lunch break (Ifpo)