Globalizing Dissent

Samah Selim: Text and Context - Translating in a State of Emergency

Samah Selim: Text and Context - Translating in a State of Emergency

Plenary 1 النص والسياق: الترجمة في ظل حالة الطوارئ سماح سليم [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Plenary-1.flv[/embed] Abstract This presentation will explore the problems associated with activist translating in revolutionary historical moments like the one that began in Egypt in 2011. Using my experience working as a subtitler with the radical video collective Mosireen in 2012/13, I want to reflect on how the process and experience of translating in a state of emergency – when the state mobilizes its arsenal of violence on the streets – profoundly shapes how we think about terms like profession and objectivity, and about the roles of both translator and audience in building effective cross-border virtual solidarity networks in real time.
A Conference in Cairo

A Conference in Cairo

Yasmin El-Rifae June 12th, 2015, Muftah I walked through downtown Cairo on a quiet Friday morning in March 2015, late to a conference I had helped organize and a little bit anxious. The conference was about the political importance of translation – of language and concepts – in connecting protest movements to one another and allowing them to be narrated from within. We had tried to make the conference sound mundane to state authorities, who had issued our permits, but I was not entirely sure it would work.
A Conference in Cairo

A Conference in Cairo

Yasmin El-Rifae June 12th, 2015, Muftah I walked through downtown Cairo on a quiet Friday morning in March 2015, late to a conference I had helped organize and a little bit anxious. The conference was about the political importance of translation – of language and concepts – in connecting protest movements to one another and allowing them to be narrated from within. We had tried to make the conference sound mundane to state authorities, who had issued our permits, but I was not entirely sure it would work.
The Only Thing Worth Globalizing Is Dissent: Video Resources

The Only Thing Worth Globalizing Is Dissent: Video Resources

You can access videos of individual plenaries delivered at this conference by selecting them from the drop down menu under Resources, Globalizing Dissent, on this website, as well as on conference website. All videos are produced by One More Cup Media Production.
Alisa Lebow: Filming Revolution - A New Media Experiment in Translating Complex Experience

Alisa Lebow: Filming Revolution - A New Media Experiment in Translating Complex Experience

Workshop تصوير الثورة: تجربة وسائل إعلام جديدة في ترجمة تجربة معقدة اليسا ليبو [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Plenary-6.flv[/embed] Abstract Filming Revolution (Lebow, forthcoming 2015) is an interactive meta-documentary that surveys the field of independent/documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution. Comprised of over 30 interviews with filmmakers, activists, archivists and artists, and linked extracts from their work, this project attempts to map out the range of filmic practices and approaches not only to filming revolution, but to thriving creatively in the current climate and context.
Amro Ali: Alexandria and Activism - Translating Memory, Mythology and Utopianism

Amro Ali: Alexandria and Activism - Translating Memory, Mythology and Utopianism

Plenary 7 الإسكندرية والنشاط السياسي: ترجمة الذاكرة والاسطورة والمثالية الطوباوية عمرو علي [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Plenary-8.flv[/embed] Abstract One of the long-standing fears of Alexandrian activism has been the eclipsing of its people’s local struggles by a Cairo-centric narrative – an issue that is further aggravated by limited bilingualism among the coastal city’s middle class revolutionaries, which makes connecting with international audiences more difficult. Apart from efforts to attract domestic attention to the city’s struggles, a peculiar form of Alexandrian activism evolved that employs the city’s namesake, history and popular culture to attract national and international attention to the issues affecting its urban terrain.
Cristina Flesher Fominaya: The Translation of Protests and Movements across Time, Space and Culture

Cristina Flesher Fominaya: The Translation of Protests and Movements across Time, Space and Culture

Plenary 6 ترجمة النصوص الخاصة بالاحتجاجات والحركات عبر الزمان، والمكان، والثقافة كريستينا فليشر فومينايا [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Plenary-7.flv[/embed] Abstract Protests and movements in one place can inspire and influence people far beyond the point of origin, with unexpected and impossible to predict consequences. In this talk I will draw on examples from the recent wave of anti-austerity and pro-democracy movements to describe some of these processes across not only space but also time, to show how transmitters and adopters must work hard to effect a process of movement translation across contexts, how these processes are not always successful and why, and how ideas, practices and repertoires can take on a life of their own.
Brandon Jourdan: Translating Rebellion - From Local Protests to Global Uprisings

Brandon Jourdan: Translating Rebellion - From Local Protests to Global Uprisings

Plenary 5 ترجمة التمرد: من الاحتجاجات المحلية إلى الانتفاضات العالمية براندون چوردان [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Plenary-5.flv[/embed] Abstract Since 2011, streets and squares across the world have become the site of massive demonstrations, strikes, occupations, riots, rebellions, and revolutions. From the Arab uprisings to the movement of the squares in Southern Europe, and from there to the global Occupy movement and the recent uprisings in Turkey and Brazil, people everywhere have been rising up against the power of governments, corporations and repressive regimes, representing a global legitimation crisis that has affected authoritarian regimes and liberal democracies alike.
Khalid Abdallah: Changing Frames and Fault-lines

Khalid Abdallah: Changing Frames and Fault-lines

Plenary 4 تغييــــــر الأطـــــــر وخطـــــوط الصـــــدع خالد عبد الله [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Plenary-4.flv[/embed] Abstract The story of the Egyptian revolution carries a heavy burden. Its many tales travel across contexts and experience, within Egypt and beyond it, influencing movements and revolutions while building dreams and threatening them. Solidarity fundamentally entails sharing an interpretation of a story. How that story is told and re-told has political and historical implications that are as much about the current moment as they are about the future.