Knowledge and Revolution
Integrative session of Lebanese Sociological Association, Moroccan Association for Friends of Sociology, Syrian Association for the Social Sciences
In the framework of the theme of this ISA Congress Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, the session offers reflections on the Arab revolutions as contestations of power, violence and injustice, but also as expressions and producers of knowledge. Apart from the question as to whether the uprisings of 2011 have political accomplishment or not, we propose to explore their roots in and consequences for Arab social science knowledge.
The three national associations (Lebanese, Moroccan and Syrian) will report and reflect from their local/regional perspective on the four questions:
1) how have Arab social scientists viewed or studied (radical) social change?
2) what relation have their thought had on the revolutions (however indirectly)?
3) what is the current state of thinking about revolutions or radical change among Arab social scientists, in light of uprisings?
4) how have Arab social scientists participated in/reacted to the uprisings (through activism and/or different forms of research activities: professional, critical, public and policy)?