Kinship, migrations and conflicts in the Middle East, WOCMES 2018, Seville

Ifpo’s team and Lajeh program are pleased to invite you to attend a panel at WOCMES 2018 in Seville, Spain.

The program below:

PA-178. Kinship, migrations and conflicts in the Middle East.

Organised by Valentina Napolitano, Institut Français du Proche-Orient(IFPO).

July 18 th, 2018, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Room: 207

Chair: Norig Neveu, CNRS, IREMAM.

Valentina Napolitano, Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), “The transformation of family during the war. Research avenues basing on the Syrian conflict.”

Ann-Christin Wagner,  University of Edinburgh, “Making transnational families in times of peace and war – continuities between labour migration and displacement for Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan”

Dina Zbeidy, University of Amsterdam, “Remaking Home: Marriage and Family among Syrians in Jordan.”

Jalal Al Husseini, Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), “Family structure and diaspora among traditional Palestinian families of notables: from Jerusalem to Jordan, the Gulf and beyond.”

Flora Gonseth, Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo): “A political motherhood? An ethnography of Palestinian women’s participation against Israeli jails.”

Tables rondes à Fabrika – 5 et 6 juin 2018

Venue: Fabrika, Sassine street, Zahar Building (Achrafiyeh, Beirut)

June, 6 – Table ronde 2, Les réfugiés et leur société d’origine (6 to 8 pm)

Chair: Kamel Doraï


Jalal Al Husseini (Ifpo)

Géraldine Chatelard (Ifpo)

Agnès Favier (Middle East Directions – European University Institute)



La question des réfugiés est le plus souvent abordée du point de vue des États d’accueil, face à l’urgence humanitaire ou aux questions soulevées par leur présence. Les réponses apportées par les sociétés d’accueil sont au centre de l’attention de la plupart des analyses produites sur les migrations forcées en temps de crise. La question de la perception et du rôle des États et des sociétés de départ n’est généralement pensée qu’associée à celle du retour et des modalités de sa mise en œuvre. Pourtant, les réfugiés, malgré leur exil forcé continuent pour certains à entretenir des liens avec leur État d’origine, que ce soit des liens familiaux, économiques mais aussi politiques. Les réfugiés palestiniens ont longtemps été au centre de la construction nationale palestinienne post-1948, même si le processus d’Oslo est venu infléchir cette dynamique. Dans des conflits plus récents comme en Irak ou en Syrie, les États et les sociétés d’origine jouent un rôle souvent méconnu dans les dynamiques sociales et politiques des réfugiés. L’objectif de cette table ronde sera donc d’explorer la place qu’occupe les États et les sociétés de départ pour mieux saisir les réalités multiples des migrations forcées au Moyen-Orient à travers 3 expériences singulières, celles des Palestiniens, des Irakiens et des Syriens.

June, 5 – Roundtable 1, Architecture of displacement (6 to 8 pm)

Chair: Mona Fawaz (AUB)


Ayham Dalal (T.U. Berlin)

Rand al Haj Hassan (Independent Architect, EHESS)

Pauline Piraud-Fournet (Ifpo)

Kamel Doraï (Ifpo)


While conflicts become protracted in the Middle East, the forms of settlement of refugees in host countries are changing over time. Thought as temporary, whether in camps, cities or villages, their settlement evolves over time. Housing represents a space of stability and recreation of a “normal” life. It appears to be central for refugees to rebuild their social and family life, while humanitarian conditions are prioritized by international organizations and NGOs. Refugee camps cannot be considered only as spaces where humanitarian action can be developed while awaiting return. Refugees are developing strategies to escape the constraints imposed by emergency and the rules imposed on humanitarian agencies. Refugees recreate a society in exile. Making home plays a central role in this process. It allows to build a space of family life and to develop new sociabilities. It is also the privileged place to create a private space. Observing the process of making home is a way of understanding from below the recomposition of a society forced into exile. Regardless of where refugees settle, whether in or outside the camps, refugees’ residential trajectories are often marked by precariousness and vulnerability. Humanitarian assistance in the camps mitigate some of the hazards faced by refugees but cannot guarantee their residential stability. The many limitations implemented to keep the camp temporary, such as the ban on the use of building materials, make the settlement very precarious and unsustainable on the long term. Outside the camps the economic conditions are very difficult and push refugees to move regularly due to rising rent prices or to find a job. Few guarantees are offered to refugees to secure their habitat, whether it is self-built or rented. Refugees’ experience of exile is marked by a high degree of precariousness that reinforces their sense of vulnerability and instability.

Lajeh – Beirut international conference at LAU

International conference

Conflict and migration in the Middle East

5-7 June 2018


Lebanese American University – Beirut

Faculty lounge


This international conference aims to deepen knowledge on forced migration in the Middle East by analyzing current refugee flows in their historical and regional context. Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are the leadind countries in the refugee host system. Moreover, the presence of many economic migrants makes international migration analysis one of the keys elements to understand socio-economic changes in the Middle East today. This conference also aims to develop a joint reflection with researchers and actors of the civil society.

You can access the programme here.

For feedbacks on the event and Lajeh’s program, you can read this article from LAU News.

Two round tables and and exhibition will be organized at Fabrika as side events.

June, 5 – Architecture of Displacement

June, 6 –  Les réfugiés et leur société d’origine

For more information, please contact Floriane Soulié