Public Space: Fights and Fictions

ABSTRACT

Omar Nagati: Contested Space in a City in Flux: Scenes from Public Space in Post-Revolution Cairo

During the period of turmoil following he 2011 revolution, Cairo’s political and urban landscapes experienced a temporary “suspension of order.” Taking advantage of such vacuum, individuals and communities engaged in informal practices to reclaim their streets and neighborhoods, contesting formal structures and negotiating alternative orders to settle spatial conflict. This presentation attempts to capture some of these practices and alternative orders of contestation and negotiation over public space.