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The Politics of the Urban Everyday in the Arab Revolutions

In this seminar, Professor Salwa Ismail will discuss dimensions of contention and oppositional action anchored in urban space. It addresses the following questions: How, in the context of the Arab Revolutions, did the urban-based mass protests link with existing patterns of urban political action? What forms of contentious action undergird and animate these protests? In answering these questions, the focus will be on urban popular forces in Cairo and on their modes of inhabiting the city, and on the politics of the urban everyday.

Once you register for this event, you will be sent two of Professor Ismail's papers relevant to the talk so that you can take part in the discussion.

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

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Event Details

Speaker: Professor Salwa Ismail, SOAS
Chair:  Dr John Chalcraft, LSE
Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014
Time: 17.15-19.15
Location: CLM 3.04, Clement House, LSE
Attendance: This is a registration-only event. Registeration is now closed, the event is fully booked.



Salwa Ismail is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on everyday forms of government, urban governance and the politics of space. She has published widely on Islamist politics and on state-society relations in the Middle East. She is the author of Rethinking Islamist Politics: Culture, the State and Islamism, and Political Life in Cairo’s New Quarters: Encountering the Everyday State. Her recent publications have appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Third World Quarterly, Social Research, and Contemporary Islam. She is currently working on a manuscript on the politics of violence and memory in Contemporary Syria.