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The Politics of the Urban Everyday in the Arab Revolutions


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Speaker(s): Professor Salwa Ismail
Chair: Dr John Chalcraft

Recorded on 12 February 2014 in CLM 3.04, Clement House.

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.

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.

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