Discussion: The Arab Upheaval: What has it achieved? Where is it going? With Gilbert Achcar and Samah Selim

Sat, April 14, 2012 12:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Co-sponsored by CUNY Graduate Center's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, and Ad Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution.

11:30-12:00pm - coffee and refreshments
12:00-1:00pm - Gilbert Achcar and Samah Selim
1:00-2:00pm - Q&A and open discussion

The Arab upheaval ignited in Tunisia in December 2010 is now well into its second year. It has overthrown three Arab rulers, in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and forced another to hand over power in Yemen. However, uprisings in Bahrain and Syria have been violently repressed, the latter at the cost of ten thousand lives already. This is while the future of the revolutionary process is uncertain in the four countries where initial victories have been achieved, with electoral processes proving unable to quench the upheaval’s fundamentally social dynamics.

About the Speakers

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, and is currently Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. His books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, published in 13 languages, Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky, and most recently The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives.

Samah Selim was born in Egypt and has lived in the UK, Libya, France and Germany. She received her BA in English Literature from Barnard College in 1986 and her PhD from the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University in 1997. She has previously taught at Columbia University, Princeton University and the University of Aix-en-Provence, and she directs the literature module of the Berlin-based postdoctoral research program, Europe in the Middle East; the Middle East in Europe. Her book, The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt, explores the relationship between the rise of the novel genre, the politics of nationalist representation and the peasant question over the course of the 20th century in Egypt. Dr. Selim, who is also a practicing literary translator, is currently at work on a book about translation, modernity and popular fiction in early 20th century Egypt.

Last updated: 2012-04-10 12:01:44

Gilbert Achcar
Gilbert Achcar
Samah Selim
Samah Selim

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