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

« Leaving 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)

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.