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OGLM 2070 - Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will focus on Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern metropolis and the urbanization process in the region, including North Africa and Arab cities. Classes will be taught jointly by a geographer and a sociologist. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course with emphasize the complex interaction between rapidly changing societies, power relations and urban planning. First analyzing the foundations and specificities of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cities, the lectures will then focus on the social, economic and political changes linked with a glance at various phases of urban growth. It will explore how these changes have redefined urban landscapes and livelihoods. It will also dig into the differences and common trends in the region and the wider international context in terms of housing production, urban regulation and professional framing. Opportunity will be given to reflect on planning related issues in large post-industrial metropolis and city-regions as well as newly urbanized areas subject to global conflicts, battles for image and democratic challenges.


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Pedagogical format

Each 2-hour class will include a one hour seminar and a 1-hour horizontal workshop dedicated to oral presentations, critical readings, preparation or the research paper.

Course validation

Exposé (30%), final essay (60%), participation (10%).


Two-three weekly readings (chapters or articles), one book from the list and the writing of a final essay (10 pages).

Required reading

  • Ababsa Myriam, Dupret Baudoin, Denis Eric (dir.), 2012, Popular housing and urban land tenure in the Middle East, American University in Cairo
  • Sims David, Understanding Cairo. The logic of a city out of control, American University in Cairo press, 2011
  • André Raymond, 1984, The great Arab cities in the 16th-18th centuries : an introduction, New York uni-versity press
  • El Sheshtawy Yasser, ed., 2008, The evolving Arab city. Tradition, modernity and urban development, Routledge
  • Elsheshtawy, Yasser, ed., Planning Middle Eastern Cities: A Twentieth Century Urban Kalei-doscope (London: Routledge, 2004)

Additional required reading

  • Barthel Pierre-Arnaud, (ed) 2010, Built Environment, special issue "Arab mega projects", juin 2010
  • Bayat Asef, 2009, Life as politics. How ordinary people change the Middle East, Le Caire, The American university in Cairo Press
  • Beckedorf A.-S., 2012, Political Waters: Governmental Water Management and Neoliberal Reforms in Khartoum/Sudan, LIT Verlag Münster
  • Coudroy de Lille Laurent , Vaz Céline, Vorms Charlotte (dir.), L'urbanisme espagnol depuis les années 1970. La ville, la démocratie et le marché, PU Rennes, coll. « Espace et Territoires », 2013
  • Harb, Mona, and Sami Atallah, eds., Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decen-tralization in the Arab World (Beirut: LCPS and OSI, 2015)
  • Navez Bouchanine Françoise, 2012 (dir), Effets sociaux des politiques urbaines. L'entre-deux des poli-tiques institutionnelles et des dynamiques sociales, Paris, Karthala