Social Movements in the Arab World

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 26 (Main Building)
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

The approaching fifth anniversary of the Arab Uprisings which started in Tunisia and spread like wild fire across many countries of the region is a sober reminder of the challenges faced by social movements. The demand for “Bread, Freedom and Social Justice” was able to mobilise millions of people who came out to the streets to protest against a political and economic order based on policies of dispossession and exclusion. This order has long sustained its hegemony through means of political repression and inflated security apparatuses at the national level. 
A wide range of movements created new types of activism and mobilisation strategies from workers to students to small farmers, slum residents, professionals, the unemployed and the retired. They crossed regional, gender, class and often ideological divides. 
The session aims to explore the trajectories of these movements and how they have unfolded in the aftermath of their peak in 2011. It also hopes to locate them within a comparative perspective with social movements with similar features and histories across the world. We especially welcome papers that explore how these movements have evolved, disappeared, were coopted/ integrated into the political process or completely repressed after 2011. 
We also encourage papers which examine mainstream theoretical tools in studying social movements in light of the experience of these movements. Comparative research which examines social movements in the Arab region with similar movements in other parts of the world including countries of both the Global North and South are also highly welcomed.
Session Organizer:
Maha ABDELRAHMAN, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Maha ABDELRAHMAN, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Maha ABDELRAHMAN, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
ISIL As a Transnational Social Movement
Jeffrey GOODWIN, New York University, USA
Egyptian RURAL Protests Between the Urban Imaginary Construct and State Politics
Malak ROUCHDY, The American University in Cairo, Egypt