Posted on 22/12/2011
Dr Sara Fregonese, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, convened a highly successful interdisciplinary workshop on the 2011 Arab uprisings, interpreting spaces of protest across the Mediterranean, on 1st December 2011.
City/State/Resistance. Spaces of protest in the Middle East and Mediterranean was perhaps the first academic discussion in Britain that reflects on the Arab uprisings in parallel with protests in Europe. Academics including geographers, political scientists, and historians joined journalists, policy advisers, and think-tank members were brought together in a day of discussions at RHUL’s London premises in Bedford Square.
The speakers interpreted the uprisings from a triple perspective: the trans-national links between protests on both sides of the Mediterranean; the role of urban environments in shaping notions of security and protest; the implications for the State, territoriality, citizenship, and resistance.
Presentations covered comparative studies of youth policies in Lebanon and the UK, power technologies in Italy and Egypt, the practice of encampment, the domino theory, the Israeli perspective on the protests, and insurgency and counterinsurgency in Cairo. A closing panel expressed views on future Mediterranean geopolitics, and connected events in the Arab region to the UK riots, reflecting on the role of the “big society” in shaping practices of resistance.
Event information: http://tinyurl.com/3gxfvom
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