Colloque : “Contestations, Emotions! : Social and artistic expressions in the Public Space. A theoretical and practical perspective from the ground” — Birzeit University, Palestine, 18-19/02/2014

Coordinators for the Program SOCMED (CNRS-IRD): Sylvaine Bulle (CRESPPA, Paris 8), Nicolas Puig (URMIS).

The Organizing Committee: Abaher Elsakka, Ala Alazzeh, Moslih Kanaaneh, Fardous Salameh (Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University)


Monday 18 February 2014 – Birzeit University. Institute of Law. Room 243

9.00 Welcoming address and thanks

9.15-12.00 Session 1: Contestation and performance in the public spaces: which kind of critic, which kind of experimentation of social contestation?

 Chair Session: Lisa Taraki (Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University).

 – Sylvaine Bulle (CRESPPA, Université de Paris VIII). Introduction to the session. Is the ordinary critic a radical critique? 

 – Rania Jawad (Department of English Language and Literature, BirZeit University). Stage and Spectatorship in Palestine. The case of Bi’lin (Palestine).

 – Pelin Tan (Architecture Faculty of Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey). Urban Communing in Conflict. The case of Turkish contestation.

 – Wesam Rafidi (Department of Social Sciences, Bethlehem University).The nature of the relationship between the political Egyptians revolutionary song and the masses movements in Tahrir square.

Questions and debate


14.00-16.00 Session 2: Ordinary cultures, intimacy and gestures as social and critical expressions. The construction of some musical and corporal languages (Lebanon, Palestine and Mediterranean bank).

Chair Session: Majdi Al-Malki (Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University)

 – Nicolas Puig (URMIS-IRD). Critical Sounds from the Periphery. Palestinian Electro-rap in Lebanon.

– Farah Saleh (Dancer and Choreographer). On art production as a form of daily protest,

 – Rana Bishara (painter, graphic artist, and performing artist). Installation artist,

– Moslih Kanaaneh (Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University). The National Identity of Contemporary Music in the Palestinian Society.

 –  Gilles Suzanne (Université d’Aix-Marseille, III), Events in Mediterranean Bank.

Questions and debate

17.00-19.00 Performance, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center- Ramallah.

Tuesday 19 February 2014 – Birzeit University. Insitute of Law. Room 243

9.00-12.00 Session 3:Streets politics. The role of the art in the cognitive and didactic knowledge on the public domain. 

Chair Session: Sylvaine Bulle,( CRESPPA, Université de Paris VIII).

– Abaher El Sakka (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Birzeit University, Approaches on the Palestinian public spac

 – Yasid Anani (Department of Architecture.Birzeit University). Schizophrenia, the Urban Experience and Temporal Art Interventions.

Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh (Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Birzeit University),Re-membered Memories. Place Names in the Palestinian Visual Imagination.

–  Esmail Nashif (Palestinian anthropologist and writer),Rules of Creation: The Institutionalization of the Palestinian Plastic Art field,

– Questions and debate

12.00-12.30. A theoretical perspective from the seminar.

– Christophe Traïni (Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence). Sensitizing devices: Between esthetic and contestation.


14.00-15.00 Special Round table. Experimentation in /vs Academic  ?

Chair Session: Ala Alazzeh(Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University).


-Asma Ghanem and Stormtrap Asifeh, Artists,

– Rula Khoury, Art Director, Sakakini Center,

– Hafez Omar,Visual Artist,

– Reem Shielh, Artist,

– Palestinians activists


Conference in Arabic, English and French, (with translation).

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