Protest Movements

25 DAYS FOR ALAA: For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 DAYS FOR ALAA: For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today marks the start of a new stage in the campaign for Alaa Abd El Fattah: 25 Days to #FreeAlaa There are two critical dates coming up that will determine whether Alaa is going to spend more years in prison or if there could be hope for his release. 30th of September: The defendants in the case known as ‘Insulting the Judiciary’ will be sentenced. If found guilty the sentence can be anything between a fine and further years in a maximum security prison.
Six Moments from a Revolution: A Mosireen Video Timeline

Six Moments from a Revolution: A Mosireen Video Timeline

Omar Robert Hamilton Ibraaz, 4 July 2017 Archives are important. Control the past, and you shape the present. Throughout history archives have been a target and a tool of oppressive governments, invading armies and colonial administrators. The national archives in Egypt are kept as hidden from the public as possible, part of a wider project to divorce people from their own history and, therefore, their possibilities as political agents. Israeli armies plundered and erased as much Palestinian history as they could, looting archives from Jerusalem to Beirut.
The Conditions of Possibility: Democracy, Security, and Futurity in Post-Coup Cairo

The Conditions of Possibility: Democracy, Security, and Futurity in Post-Coup Cairo

Dr. Ian Alan Paul (Al-Quds Bard College, Abu Dis, Palestine) 9 June 2017 Martin Harris Building – JOHN CASKEN THEATRE The University of Manchester 14:00-16:00 Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist, theorist, and curator. His practice encompasses experimental documentary, critical fiction, and media art, aiming to produce novel conditions for the exploration of contemporary politics and aesthetics in global contexts. His projects often incorporate digital/new media, performance, and installation, and are informed by prolonged engagements with continental philosophy and critical/queer/feminist theory.
Samah Selim: Translator's Introduction to Arwa Salih's The Stillborn

Samah Selim: Translator's Introduction to Arwa Salih's The Stillborn

Arwa Salih. The Stillborn: Notebooks of a Woman from the Student Movement Generation in Egypt. Trans. Samah Selim. London, New York, Calcutta: Seagull Books, Forthcoming 2017. Translator’s Introduction[1] Arwa Salih was an Egyptian communist who came of political age in the early 1970s; in the aftermath of the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, the end of the Nasser era, and the beginning of Anwar Al-Sadat’s transitional regime. She belonged to the transformative political moment instigated by the radical student movement of that decade and the political generation known as ‘the generation of the seventies’.
Samah Selim in Testimony between History and Memory

Samah Selim in Testimony between History and Memory

An interview with Samah Selim, 'Translation, Testimony, Activism', has appeared in the dossier on Translating Testimony in the October 2016 issue of the international journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Testimony between History and Memory (issue No. 123), pages 143-150. The interview was conducted by Tom Toremans of KU Leuven and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Selim_interview History and Testimony The dossier also features a reprint of Omar Robert Hamilton’s article in Translating Dissent, ‘Moments of Clarity’, as well as a French version of the article (‘Des moments de lucidité’), translated by Carine Chauran.
Life after the Squares: Reflections on the consequences of the Occupy movements

Life after the Squares: Reflections on the consequences of the Occupy movements

Social Movement Studies  Volume 16, 2017 - Issue 1: Special Issue: Resisting Austerity: Collective Action in Europe in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis Editors: Cristina Flesher Fominaya & Graeme Hayes This section: Edited by Amador Fernández-Savater, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, With contributions by Luhuna Carvalho, Çiğdem, Hoda Elsadda, Wiam El-Tamami, Patricia Horrillo, Silvia Nanclares & Stavros Stavrides Pages 119-151  Abstract This is a roundtable with reflections on Tahrir Square, Egypt; Syntagma Square, Greece; Rossio Square, Portugal; 15-M Puerta del Sol, Spain; Gezi Park, Turkey; and Occupy Wall Street, USA.
THE LIGHT

THE LIGHT

Photograph: Amr Dalsh/Reuters By Hisham Matar The New Yorker, 12 September 2011 There is an hour in the Arab Mediterranean when the sun, as if in a state of indecision, hovers a palm’s length above the horizon. What a few hours earlier was a blinding star is now weak enough to look at directly. Its sideways light holds everything in a soft orange glow: the color of reticence and doubt, the color of my generation of Libyans and the historical moment we inherited.
Internet wasn't real hero of Egypt

Internet wasn't real hero of Egypt

By Rebecca MacKinnon, Special to CNN February 12, 2011 Editor's note: Rebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, co-founder of the international bloggers' network Global Voices Online and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative. Her book, "Consent of the Networked," will be published this year by Basic Books.  (CNN) -- When asked what he thought of the French Revolution, China's first premier Chou En-lai famously replied: "
Citizen Media and Public Spaces

Citizen Media and Public Spaces

Diverse Expressions of Citizenship and Dissent Edited by Mona Baker & Bolette B. Blaagaard 2016, Routledge Paperback: 9781138847651 Hardback: 9781138847644 Table of contents Reviews Purchasing/ordering options Abstracts Free PDF download available, courtesy of Routledge:  Chapter 1: ‘Reconceptualizing Citizen Media: A Preliminary Charting of a Complex Domain‘ by Mona Baker and Bolette B. Blaagaard Citizen Media and Public Spaces presents a pioneering exploration of citizen media as a highly interdisciplinary domain that raises vital political, social and ethical issues relating to conceptions of citizenship and state boundaries, the construction of publics and social imaginaries, processes of co-optation and reverse co-optation, power and resistance, the ethics of witnessing and solidarity, and novel responses to the democratic deficit.
The prefigurative politics of translation in place-based movements of protest

The prefigurative politics of translation in place-based movements of protest

Subtitling in the Egyptian Revolution DOI: 10.1080/13556509.2016.1148438 (link to prepublication version at end of post)Mona Baker, The Translator, Volume 22, Number 1, 2016, pages 1-21 Abstract The idea of prefiguration is widely assumed to derive from anarchist discourse; it involves experimenting with currently available means in such a way that they come to mirror or actualise the political ideals that inform a movement, thus collapsing the traditional distinction between means and ends.