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Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent with Jillian Schwedler and Jeremy Crampton

Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent with Jillian Schwedler and Jeremy Crampton (10/06/2022)


This event will be held in person at:
1957 E St NW (Elliott School of International Affairs)
Room 505
Washington, DC 20052

Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent (Stanford University Press, 2022).

Protest has been a key method of political claim-making in Jordan from the late Ottoman period to the present day. More than moments of rupture within normal-time politics, protests have been central to challenging state power, as well as reproducing it—and the spatial dynamics of protests play a central role in the construction of both state and society. With this book, Jillian Schwedler considers how space and geography influence protests and repression, and, in challenging conventional narratives of Hashemite state-making, offers the first in-depth study of rebellion in Jordan.

Based on twenty-five years of field research, Protesting Jordan examines protests as they are situated in the built environment, bringing together considerations of networks, spatial imaginaries, space and place-making, and political geographies at local, national, regional, and global scales. Schwedler considers the impact of time and temporality in the lifecycles of individual movements. Through a mixed interpretive methodology, this book illuminates the geographies of power and dissent and the spatial practices of protest and repression, highlighting the political stakes of competing narratives about Jordan’s past, present, and future.


  • Jillian Schwedler is a professor of political science at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She is a current member of the editorial committee and former chair of the board of directors (2002-09) of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), publishers of the quarterly Middle East Report. Schwedler is the author of the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (Cambridge 2006) and most recently editor (with Laleh Khalili) of Policing and Prisons in the Middle East (Columbia/Hurst 2010). Her articles have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Middle East Policy, Middle East Report, Journal of Democracy, and Social Movement Studies, among many others. Schwedler has conducted research in Jordan, Yemen, and Egypt and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East including with support from the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the Fulbright Scholars Program, the American Institute for Yemen Studies, and the Social Science Research Council. Her work broadly engages questions of contentious politics, political geography, Islamist politics, policing, neoliberalism, and political dissent. Schwedler received her PhD in politics from New York University (NYU) in 2000 and holds MA and BA degrees from that institution in Middle East studies. She is currently finishing a book examining political protests and policing in Jordan, with special attention to the neoliberal period and the regime’s numerous rebranding projects.

  • Jeremy Crampton is Professor of Urban Data Analysis in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. His interests are in how and why geolocational technologies affects urban and everyday experience and wellbeing, particularly in the effects of surveillance on privacy, spatial Big Data and algorithmic decision-making. To address these questions, he analyzes how digital landscapes of algorithms and data are planned, mapped and produced. He is also interested in the geolocational implications of biometric platforms such as facial and emotional recognition technologies, and the possibilities of building AI/ML that do not treat people as data subjects.