Thursday, November 14, 2013
Looking at the tumultuous path of the Arab uprisings since 2011, El-Mahdi will examine five main challenges that continue to face the Arab people in their aspiration towards freedom and justice. Historical legacies, positioning within the global economy, regional dynamics, and governmentality are among those persisting challenges. Hence, understanding the current Arab uprisings as mere transitions to democracy in the procedural sense, under-estimates the complexity of on-going changes in the region and accordingly falls victim to pre-existing neo-orientalist binaries about Arab ‘exceptionalism’. While the talk underscores the differences between different countries undergoing changes in the region, it deduces some common patterns within the recent wave of revolts.