Religious Institutions and Actors in Urban Planning in the Middle East and North Africa

Location: American University in Cairo, Hybrid format
Language: English, keynote translation into Arabic

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This workshop is the second of a series of three workshops entitled ‘Interrogating the Role of Religious Actors in Shaping Urban Planning: Reflections from Middle Eastern and Latin American Cities‘, conceived by Dr Azadeh Mashayekhi (UCL, United Kingdom), Dr Camila Saraiva (UFABC, Brazil) and Dr Noura Wahby (AUC, Egypt), and funded by the Urban Studies Foundation.

The aim of this series of events is to reflect on the relationships and connections of religious actors and institutions with the production of cities and urban planning. The workshops will be held in Santo André (Brazil), Cairo (Egypt) and London (United Kingdom) with the aim of creating an interdisciplinary network of academics, professionals and activists from different disciplines dedicated to investigating the role of religious institutions and actors in the production of urban space in Latin America and the Middle East.

This second workshop in Cairo brings together researchers from across the region to discuss the following research axes: first, the politics of state-society relations in relation to religious actors and spatial planning; and second, the political economies of global and local urban actors linked to religious institutions and their role in shaping urban space and communities.

The Cairo workshop will be held at the American University in Cairo between 13th-14th February 2024.
13th February, a keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Pascale Ghazaleh (AUC) at the Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus, 6-8pm, English to Arabic translation will be provided.
14th February, the USF-AUC workshop will be held at the New Cairo Campus, Al Waleed Hall P071- Huss Building., 9am-4pm, with a series of presentations from academics and urbanists working on contemporary urban questions.
Attendance to both events requires registration and Online users will be sent zoom links for each event.
This event is co-sponsored by the Urban Studies Foundation and the American University in Cairo’s faculty conference grants to Dr. Noura Wahby.

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"I can’t emphasise enough how supportive the USF Fellowship has been. It has empowered me to engage with a diverse range of partners, collaborators and agencies in a fast-moving field of practice and policy-making. It has allowed me to extend beyond known geographic and disciplinary borders to explore and connect disparate fields and practices, across policy and academia."

Dr Sarah Barns, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

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