The claimed borders of the City of Raqqa

Myriam Ababsa – a présenté une communication intitulée  The claimed borders of the City of Raqqa (1919-1921, 2013, 2014-2016) au colloque international « Frontières et reconfigurations territoriales au Moyen Orient et au Sahel » – 30 & 31 janvier 2017, Assouan, Egypte.

Le programme ANR Lajeh était partenaire de ce colloque.



The Syrian city of Raqqa has become famous since the Islamic State declared the Caliphate within its boundaries in June 2014. The EI started to reorganize the economy of the city, controlling Syria’s majority of silos and oil road. Several tolls have been created in order for the state to obtain income sources and mark its boundaries. The thousands of IDPs who came from Aleppo, Homs and Idlib became stuck in Raqqa. What is less known, is that the city freed itself from the Syrian regime in March 2013, with a coaltion of Free Syrian Army affiliates and independent Islamist katibat grouped in the Raqqa Liberation Front Jabhat Tahrir al-Raqqa, created in December 2012. A local council was created and managed to reorganize the municipal services, and edited municipal liflets. The Union of Free students expressed their joy of being the first free city of Syria. The intellectuals then took pride in the fact that the city was the only free Arab city in Faysal short-lived empire, from 1919 until decembre 1921, when the French Army took the city back. Before this period, Raqqa was for eight years the capital of the Abbassid Empire (8th Century).
The aim of the papers is to delineate the claimed borders of the City of Raqqa over the past century. I use original material published in Arabic by Raqqawi intellectuals and journalists, available via Facebook accounts.

Nuit des idées : What is a refugee camp?

Thursday, January 26th, 6.30 p.m. 

French Institute (Jebel, Webdeh, Amman)

Presentation and debate in English

After the sucnuit-des-ideescess of 2016 edition, the French institute repeats the  »Nuits des idées » on January 26th on  »Common World ». In 2017, the event becomes interactive and international!

At a time when Jordan is receiving a very large number of Syrian refugees, of which 20% live in camps, this situation challenges us to reflect on the comparison with the permanence of Palestinian camps in the region. While these issues are rooted in different contexts, they encourage us to think about what constitutes a refugee camp today, in an exchange of perspectives between professionals who have worked on or in the camps.

Speakers: Jalal Al Husseini, researcher at the French institute for Near East, Agnès Montanari, Photographer in Amman, Rand Al Haj Hassan, Architect in Amman, Ayham Dalal, Architect, PhD student, TU Berlin, Nawar Bulbul, actor and theater director, and Bart Pitchford, phd Student in Texas University (Austin), actor and anthropologist.

ماهية مخيمات اللجوء‬‎‬ /

بعد نجاحها عام 2016، جدد المعهد الفرنسي ليلة الأفكار، لتقام في 26 كانون الثاني حول موضوع « عالمٌ مشترك ». في عام 2017، ستصبح هذه الفعالية تشاركية وعالمية!

في وقتٍ تستضيف فيه الأردن عدداً هائلاً من اللاجئين السوريين، يعيش 20% منهم في المخيمات، يطرح الوضع الراهن تحدي استدامة مخيمات اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في الإقليم. إذا كانت هذه المشكلات قد ظهرت من سياقات مختلفة، فإنها تدعونا إلى التفكير بماهية مخيمات اللاجئين اليوم انطلاقاً من وجهات نظر متباينة للقائمين على المخيمات أو العاملين فيها.

المتحدثون: جلال الحسيني، باحث في المعهد الفرنسي للشرق الأدنى، أنييس مونتاناري، مصورة مقيمة في عمان، رندة الحاج حسن، مهندسة معمارية مقيمة في عمان، أيهم دلّال مهندس معماري وطالب دكتوراة، جامعة برلين، نوار بلبل مخرج وممثل مسرحي وبارت بيتشفورد ممثل مسرحي وطالب دكتوراة في جامعة تكساس (أوستن)

Qu’est ce qu’un camp de réfugiés ? /

Après le succès de l’édition 2016, l’Institut français renouvelle la Nuit des idées le 26 janvier prochain autour du thème « Un monde commun ». En 2017, l’événement devient participatif et international!
A l’heure où la Jordanie accueille un très grand nombre de réfugiés syriens, dont près de 20% vivent dans des camps, cette situation interroge face à la permanence des camps palestiniens dans la région. Si ces problématiques relèvent de contextes différents, elles nous invitent à penser ce qu’est un camp de réfugiés aujourd’hui à partir du regard croisé d’acteurs ayant travaillé sur ou dans les camps.

Intervenants : Jalal Al Husseini, chercheur à l’Institut français du Proche Orient, Agnès Montanari, Photographe à Amman, Rand al Haj Hassan, Architecte à Amman, Ayham Dalal Architecte, PhD Student, TU Berlin, Nawar Bulbul, acteur et metteur en scène, et Bart Pitchford, PhD Student (Texas Univ., Austin), acteur et anthropologue.

A New Geography of Exile – State, Conflict and Forced Migration in the Middle East

Dans le cadre du cycle Topographies of Displacement and Resistance. Refugee movements since the Arab revolutions and their transnational consequences, Kamel Doraï a dispensé une conférence le 15 mars 2016 à l’Université de Bâle (Suisse) intitulée « A New Geography of Exile – State, Conflict and Forced Migration in the Middle East ».

Vous pouvez écouter la conférence en cliquant ici.