Omar Jabary Salamanca

FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow

Omar Jabary Salamanca is an urban geographer and currently a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group at Ghent University. He spent two years at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. During the spring semester of 2017, he will be teaching at Ghent’s Conflict and Development Department. Omar’s work lies at the intersection of urban studies, settler colonialism, political economy and Middle East studies. Drawing on the histories and geographies of road and electricity infrastructure in Palestine, his dissertation examined the ways these socio-technical networks are constructed, imagined and governed but also how they are experienced and contested. Currently he is revising his dissertation into a book manuscript. Recent work considers colonial and post-colonial geographies of infrastructure, settler urbanism, theories of socio-materiality, urban political ecology, energy politics as well as social movements and resistance. Omar has published several scholarly articles, books chapters and edited compilations on themes related to the politics of urban infrastructures, settler colonialism and development studies. He is editorial board member of the journals Antipode and ACME, editor for the Jadaliyya Cities Page Network, member of the steering committee of the International Critical Geography Group, and programmer for Eye On Palestine Arts and Film Festival.