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​The camp: researching violence, exclusion and temporariness (II ed)

h. 15:00 | Online

The camp: researching violence, exclusion and temporariness (II ed)

The camp is emerging at the crossroads of urban studies, architecture, geography, anthropology, and humanitarian practice, reflecting both the spatialisation of biopolitics and the urbanization of emergency. Camp studies have challenge various paradigms and urban dimensions putting knowledge, protocols in crisis.
This seminar series, in its second edition, is intended to offer an interdisciplinary reflection on the dispositif of the camp reflecting on the tensions between permanence and temporariness, exception and normalization, politicization and depoliticization.
The seminars are part of the Urban and Regional Development PhD program but open to everyone who wish to attend and contribute. Sessions will be in English. The series is part of a transdisciplinary research lead by Prof. Camillo Boano around such specific site of enquiry, struggle and subjectivation and benefit from the involvement of experts and scholars who from different geographies, epistemologies and methodologies have investigated the political significance of camp and its broader spatial implications.

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All seminars will start at 15.00 CET. Link to the virtual classroom:

Program of the seminar series (462 KB)

25.01.22 - Camillo Boano - Introductory notes: inhabit in the abyssal ambivalence of resisting death
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01.02.22 - Nerea Amorós Elorduy -The paradox of the long-term camp, perspectives form East Africa
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  • Nerea Amorós Elorduy, M.Arch, PhD. is an architect, urbanist, and researcher with extensive experience in education and health projects with emphasis on community participation. Prior to founding her current practice – the Kampala-based Creative Assemblages (2019) – she earned a PhD (UCL 2018), taught and contributed to create the School of Architecture at the University of Rwanda (2011-2014) and co-founded ASA Studio based in Kigali (2012-2014). Her current practice, teaching and research focuses on how the architectural and urban environments affect young children’s learning, populations affected by displacement, and holistic sustainability. Her work and that of her teams has been awarded, exhibited, and published internationally. Nerea is the author of “Architecture as a Way of Seeing and Learning
The built environment as an added educator in East African refugee camps” published by UCL Press and available at:

08.02.22 - Elena Isayev - A world before (or without) the Camp? Asylum and Refugee Agency before the Nation-state
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  • Elena Isayev’s investigations focus on migration, hospitality, and displacement, particularly in ancient Mediterranean contexts. Key to her research and practice are four interconnected strands: Community as Intersection of Mobilities; Hospitality, Asylum, Migration; Potency of Displaced Agency; Common and Public Space. She works with colleagues in Palestine, of Campus in Camps and Decolonizing Architecture, as part of UNDRR/ICCROM expert panel, and currently leading Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts (AHRC). She is co-founder of AlMaisha ( - a communal learning platform that tackles urgencies such as displacement, diaspora, and citizenship beyond state practices. She teaches at the University of Exeter as a Professor of Ancient History and Place.

17.02.22 - Layla Zibar - Reading the refugee camp as time-space (re)fabrication. Stories from Domiz Refugee Camp in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
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  • Layla Zibar currently servers as an Urban Researcher at the University of Gent and she is at the final stage of her Ph.D. (a joint Doctoral agreement between KU Leuven (Belgium) and BTU (Germany). She obtained her Master’s degree (MSc) from Cairo University in Urban Design and Community Development, and her BA in Architectural Engineering from Aleppo University. Layla is Kurdish by origin, and she was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. In addition to her university’s teaching activities, Layla has coordinated several workshops for applied research projects (Germany, The Netherlands, Lebanon, Iraq & Egypt). Layla also worked with several INGOs & Design Studios in spatial upgrading and urban interventions participatory projects for disadvantaged groups. She worked as a project consultant with BORDA in Iraqi Kurdistan, as a Project Coordinator in Egypt with Ecumene Studio, and urban designer in CDC, Egypt.

22.02.22 - Samar Maqusi - The Palestinian scale: reflections on socio-spatial practices inside the camp
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  • Samar Maqusi is a research associate at the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London (UCL), working with the RELIEF centre (UCL) on a project in Lebanon, where she is researching modes of vitality in the camp and in the city. An architect and urban specialist with 11+ years of experience in international development, including urban design and development in conflict areas. In 2008, Samar moved to Jordan to work with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) where she held the post of Architect/ Physical Planner, and oversaw the Shelter Rehabilitation programme. She obtained her PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. In addition, she is involved in documentary film-making, spatial installations and have exhibited her work and photography in London and the US. She just publish, among many others, a new piece on her work at,

01.03.22 - Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi - Architecture and History in a Refugee Camp
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  • Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi was born in Chennai, India, and specializes in histories of architecture, modernity, and migration, centering African and South Asian questions of historicity and archives, heritage politics, and feminist and colonial practices. Professor Siddiqi holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology and a Master of Architecture degree and professional license. Professor Siddiqi is affiliated with the Barnard College Department of Art History and the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Literature and Society, Institute of African Studies, South Asia Institute, and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She wrote extensively on several journals. She is a contributor to the volumes Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (University of Pittsburgh Press), Architecture and the Housing Question (Routledge), and Things Don't Really Exist Until You Give Them A Name: Unpacking Urban Heritage (Mkuki na Nyota) and has a book manuscript Architecture of Migration: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Settlement (Duke University Press, forthcoming) about to be published which analyzes the history, visual rhetoric, and spatial politics of the Dadaab refugee camps in Northeastern Kenya, as an epistemological vantage point in the African and Islamic worlds.