Research Activities

Program for International Seminar “Public space, public sphere, and publicness in the Middle East” at CEDEJ, Cairo, Egypt (Sun, 8 Mar. & Mon, 9 Mar. 2020)

(Photo by Erina Iwasaki: Maulid Badawi in Tanta, 2019/10/17)

An international seminar entitled "Public space, public sphere, and publicness in the Middle East" will be organized with the following program, under the auspices of SIAS (Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University) in Tokyo and the CEDEJ (Centre d’études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales) a french research center (CNRS-MEAE) in Cairo, with the support of the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) in Egypt.


[Place] CEDEJ, Cairo, Egypt
[Date] March 8th and 9th 2020
[Website] (CEDEJ)
[Program] .

Day 1: Sunday 8th of March 2020
09:00 Welcome
Introduction Agnès Deboulet (CEDEJ) & Erina Iwasaki (Sophia University, Tokyo-CEDEJ)

Session 1 09:30-11:00  From Public Space to Public Spirit: Virtual Public Space and Remembrance

• 09:30-09:50
Aya Kokaki (Chiba University),“Transformation of the public sphere in Turkey in light of women's self-consciousness on headscarf”
• 09:50-10:10
Youcef Hamitouche (University Algiers 3),“Social networks and public space in Algeria. Between the tempting hegemony of the central authorities and the search of conquest by the Hirak popular movement”
• 10:10-10:30
Sixtine Deroure (University Paris I-CEDEJ), La réinvention des commémorations dans l’espace médiatique et public
• 10:30 -10:50
Mina Ibrahim (University of Giessen),“SARD: The Story of a research center in Urban Cairo”
• 10:50-11:20 Discussion
Discussants: Marie Vannetzel (CEDEJ-CNRS) & Laura Monfleur (University of Tours-CEDEJ)
• 11:20-11:35 Coffee break

Session 2 11:35-13:00  New postures and means of Expression in Public Space

• 11:35-11:55
Clément Deshayes (University Paris 8-LAVUE),“Reclaiming the streets: strategies of reappropriation of a political public sphere in Sudan”
• 11:55-12:10
Ibrahim Z. Bahreldin (King Abdelaziz University),“Rethinking contemporary public spaces in Khartoum; the sit-in space invention and appropriation in Sudan’s December Revolution”
• 12:10-12:30
Serge Yazigi (American University in Beirut),“De « zone de Solidere » à Wast el Balad, un processus d’appropriation par étapes qui reste encore à déchiffrer”
• 12:30-01:00 Discussion
Discussant : Marine Poirier (CEDEJ)

• 01:00 -02:00 Lunch
• 02:00 -03:00 Visit of the printing house of the IFAO

Session 3 3:00 – 4:30  Urban Fabric of Public Space

• 03:00-03:20
Takenori Yoshimura (Daito Bunka University),“Public spaces in premodern Cairo from water facilities and urban structure”
• 03:20-03:40
Naoko Fukami (JSPS Research Station, Cairo),“Public space in premodern Cairo from analysing Napoleon’s detailed map”
• 03:40-04:00
Alaa el-Habashi (University of Menoufiya),“Haras and courtyards – Spatial opportunities for the regeneration of historic Cairo”
• 04:00-04:30 Discussion
Discussant: Frédéric Abécassis (IFAO)

Day 2: Monday 9th of March 2020
09:30 Welcome

Session 4 09:45 -11:05  Ordinary and Festive Sociabilities in Intermediary Spaces

• 09:45-10:05
Masatoshi Kisaichi (Sophia University),“The Zawiya as an asylum in premodern Maghreb – A reconsideration of the public sphere within an Islamic context”
• 10:05-10:25
Erina Iwasaki (Sophia University) & Yoshiyuki Kitazawa (Kyoto Sangyo University), “Transformation of local society and politics in Jordan – Focus on Diwan Ashira”
• 10:25-10:45
Myriam Ababsa (Institut Français du Proche Orient),“Municipal signage to Madafas in the city of Irbid (Jordan) – Inscription of semi-private places in the public space”
• 10:45 -11:05 Discussion
Discussant : Dina Shehayeb (Nile University)
• 11:05-11:20 Coffee break

Session 5 11:20-13:00  Ordinary and Festive Sociabilities in Public Spaces

• 11:20-11:40
Florian Bonnefoi (ENS de Lyon-CEDEJ),“Baladi coffee houses in Cairo and performance of the norm in public space”
• 11:40-12:00
Sylvia Chiffoleau (CNRS-LARHRA) & Anna Madoeuf (University of Tours, CITERES- Emam), “Réaliser l’espace public : dispositifs et dispositions (hajj et mûlid-s)”
• 12:00-12:20
Fumiya Kondo (Sophia University),“Arusat al-Mawlid: Ambivalent images and their meanings in contemporary Egypt”
• 12:20-12:40
Helin Karaman (EHESS, Paris),“Same standardized public parks for different uses in Istanbul, Turkey” (Skype)
• 12:40-01:00 Discussion
Discussant : Dalia Wahdan (Nile University)

• 01:00-02:00 Lunch

Session 6  02:00-03:10 Circulation of Ideas and People and the Reconfiguration of Public Space
• 2:00-2:20
Chie Uchiyama (Sophia University),“Transformation of Islamic education in Senegal – Influence of educational interaction with Middle East countries”
• 2:20-2:40
Nanako Inaba (Sophia University),“Migrant women from North and SubSaharan Africa participating in social movement for the right to housing in France – How Muslim women become active in the movement?”
• 02:40-03:10 Discussion
Discussant: Ayman Zohry (The Egyptian Society for Migration Studies)

Closing session 03:10- 03:40 PM  Concluding remarks
Closed sessions for participants: 03:40 – 04:40


Research Activities

  • Sophia and Waseda Joint Research Prokect Histories and Current Circumstances of Interreliglous Relations in Asia and Africa
  • isramic area studies, sophia university(2006-2015)
  • Inter-University Research Institute Corporation National Institutes for the Humanities
  • Center for Modern Middle East Studies, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University
  • Graduate school of international resource sciences,akita univercity
  • Organization for Islamic Area Studies,Waseda University
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