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Urban Violence in Yemen - Sylvaine Camelin at Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, 11.4.2011

Dr. Sylvaine Camelin (University Paris Ouest la Défense) gives a lecture about "Urban Violence in Shihr (Yemen): Space and Identities" at Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin (ZMO). The event takes place on Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 5pm at ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin-Nikolassee.

For further information and interview requests, please, contact: regina.sarreiter@hu-berlin.de

In the urban context of coastal Hadhramawt, there are three main types of socio-political organisations : 1- The most global is the state, being the one of the Qua'iti sultanate until 1967, the socialist state (1967-1990) or the government since the unification. 2- The second one refers to the social stratification which implies a hierarchy between the groups. 3- The last type of social organisation is the quarter organisation. Overlapping in various dimensions, those different levels of socio-political organisations all include a specific way of breeding tensions, conflicts and violence's but they also all include a specific way of dealing and regulating them. Sylvaine Camelin will present the classical types of oppositions that can be found in the hadrami society (between cities and countryside // between Sultan and tribes // between two kind of religious lineages // between quarters within the cities), showing that confrontation can only occur between groups belonging to the same social strata. By looking at precise examples, in a first part Camelin will show how conflicts occur, how they are expressed and how they are dealt with and in a second part, she will analyse under which conditions violence can or can not be regulated, either on a small and local level or on a much larger area context.

Sylvaine Camelin is an anthropologist, lecturer in Paris-Ouest la Défense University. Her Ph.D. dissertation analysed the articulation between urban space and social organisation in the south Yemeni town of Shihr. She is now working in the Gulf Emirate on the migration of qualified Arab women. Last books : Ethnologie, Camelin S., Houdart S., 2010, Paris, PUF collection Que sais-je ; Portraits. Esquisses anthropographiques, Ed. Camelin S., Jungen Ch., Massard-Vincent J., 2011, Paris, Petra.

idw :: 06.04.2011