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New Social Movements and the Question of Organisation During Revolutionary Processes

In this seminar, Dr Maha Abdelrahman will raise questions about some of the general features of new social movements such as decentralised organisational structures, working outside formal politics and a decision not to capture the state, specifically during moments of revolutionary upheaval. She will use the case of the 25 January uprising in Egypt to examine these features in relation to the inability of revolutionary forces to harness the power of the mobilised masses and to provide a coherent alternative(s) against institutions of the counter-revolution.

This seminar forms part of the 'Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Research Theme'.

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Event Details

Speaker: Dr Maha Abdelrahman, University of Cambridge
Chair:  Dr John Chalcraft, LSE
Date:  Tuesday 6 May 2014
Time: 16.30-18.30
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn, LSE
Attendance: This is a registration-only event. Please register using the online system.



Maha Abdelrahman is a lecturer in the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. She completed her undergraduate and MA studies at the American University in Cairo, and her PhD studies at the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Her research interests cover a wide range of aspects of the sociology and politics of development including state-civil society relations, opposition politics and social movements, political Islam, human rights, Islamic and cultural commodification, the history of development studies, and labour relations and NGOs – both at the global level and within the context of the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the politics of the ‘Arab Spring’ and the history of social and political struggles in the Arab Middle East and the meaning of revolution in the 21st century.