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MENA Monday | NEW DIRECTIONS | Revolution Squared: Tahrir, Political Possibilities, and Counterrevolution in Egypt

When: Monday, January 22, 2024
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: University Hall, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: 0

Contact: MENA  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Co-Sponsor: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic, Social, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


MENA welcomes Dr. Atef Said (University of Illinois Chicago), who will speak on his book, Revolution Squared: Tahrir, Political Possibilities, and Counterrevolution in Egypt.  Lunch will be served at the event.

In Revolution Squared Said examines the 2011 Egyptian Revolution to trace the expansive range of liberatory possibilities and containment at the heart of every revolution. Drawing on historical analysis and his own participation in the revolution, Said outlines the importance of Tahrir Square and other physical spaces as well as the role of social media and digital spaces. He develops the notion of lived contingency—the ways revolutionary actors practice and experience the revolution in terms of the actions they do or do not take—to show how Egyptians made sense of what was possible during the revolution. Said charts the lived contingencies of Egyptian revolutionaries from the decade prior to the revolution’s outbreak to its peak and the so-called transition to democracy to the 2013 military coup into the present. Contrary to retrospective accounts and counterrevolutionary thought, Said argues that the Egyptian Revolution was not doomed to defeat. Rather, he demonstrates that Egyptians did not fully grasp their immense clout and that limited reformist demands reduced the revolution’s potential for transformation.


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