American University of Beirut

Maps and information will be distributed on the first day of the seminar. Items with an asterisk will be open to the public.

Monday, July 30

9:00 am Welcome: overview and logistics
Introductions: each person one minute
11:00 am Note on the Arab Revolution: Howayda Al-Harithy
11:30 am Panel of Responses and Discussion: Karim Makdisi, AbdouMaliq Simone
* 2:00 pm Anti- and Alter- : Ontologies of Resistance
Ghassan Hage
Discussion moderated by David Theo Goldberg
3:30 pm Break-out discussions about agenda
4:00 pm Tour: Solidere and its discontents
Walking tours
Mayrig Restaurant

Tuesday, July 31

9:00 am Panel of responses to Solidere tour; reflections and thoughts followed by questions and discussion
Howayda Al-Harithy, Saree Makdisi, Ackbar Abbas
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Break-out discussion groups to expand and elaborate conversations
12:30 pm Reconvening + responses
2:30 – 4:00 pm Privatization and neoliberal logics: Beirut and Beyond
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Ghassan Hage, Jala Makhzoumi
4:15 pm Buses to depart from AUB
Visit to Waad + Green Line led by Mona Fawaz and Hiba Bou Akar
Iftar dinner, Saha

Wednesday, August 1

* 9:00 – 11:00 am Discussion: Logics, Projects and Spaces of Revolution
Mona Fawaz and AbdouMaliq Simone
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Breakout discussion groups
* 2:30-4:00 pm Moral Leisure Sites: Mona Harb
Respondents: Ghassan Hage, Saree Makdisi
4:15 – 6:00 pm Walking tours of graffiti in Ras Beirut
Led by Nadine Bekdache and Abir Saksouk-Sasso

Thursday, August 2

* 9:00-11:00 am Graffiti as Resistance/Posters of Resistance
Zeina Maasri
Discussant: David Theo Goldberg
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Spaces of memorialization, history, traces of the past
Walid Sadek
Discussant: Ackbar Abbas
2:30 – 4:00 pm Participant feedback panel, photos and responses
4:30 – 6:00 pm Cinemas of Resistance: a discussion
Presentation by Akram Zaatari
Followed by a conversation with Ackbar Abbas

Friday, August 3

* 9:00 – 11:00 am Incarceration and/as spaces of resistance
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Kelly Gillespie
11:30 am -12:30 pm Breakout discussions of presentation
12:30 – 1:00 pm Responses
2:30 – 4:00 pm Lines of Resistance: The hot edge of St. Therese and the Green Line
Hiba Bou Akar
Discussant: AbdouMaliq Simone

Saturday, August 4

Visit to South Lebanon (all day)
Led by Timur Goksel and Karim Makdisi
7:30 am Buses to depart from Mayflower Hotel

Monday, August 6

9:00-11:00 am Reflections on borders, walls and lines
Karim Makdisi and David Theo Goldberg
Response by Ackbar Abbas
11:00 am Coffee Break
11:30 – 1:00 pm Breakout groups to discuss border spaces, resistance
2:30 – 4:30 pm The public square and popular culture with reflections on the Arab Spring, Occupy
Choukri Hmed
Talk by Fadi Bardawil
4:30 pm Coffee Break
*5:00 – 6:30 pm Spaces of resistance: The Case of Palestine
Saree Makdisi

Tuesday, August 7

8:50 am
9:00 am
Meet outside of School of Art and Architecture to walk to Hostler Gate
Buses to depart from AUB at Hostler Gate
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Visit to Palestinian camps
2:30 – 4:00 pm Responses to visit & group discussion
4:00 – 4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30 – 6:30 pm Conversation: Inhabiting the City
Mona Fawaz and AbdouMaliq Simone
Sector 79 – Naher Street # 12 (Jisr el-Hadeed)
Mar Mikhael district, Beirut

Wednesday, August 8

9:00 – 10:30 am Participant Interventions
Moderated by David Theo Goldberg
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Round Table on Spaces of Resistance
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Howayda Al-Harithy, Ackbar Abbas
2:30 – 5:30 pm Free / Visit to Beirut neighborhoods (on your own)