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MESP International Conference: Who is Afraid of Democracy? New Wave of Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa

March 25 @ 9:30 am - March 26 @ 4:30 pm

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It is now more than 10 years beyond the Arab Uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East with very little democratic practices taking place. Nonetheless, the region is still characterized by political fluidity and incessant socio-economic and cultural protests. From the past anti-regime Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya to the present protests in Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, etc. This new wave of transformations is preoccupied with the same issues of the past. The lack of trust in all political institutions has reached the point of no return; and so, protesters, artists, and civic movements have learned from the failed protests and are seeking new strategies and goals and using new means to achieve real, lasting, regional advances and to fulfill their aspirations. But what is different in the latest wave of changes?

To fathom and celebrate the ongoing soul of resistance, the conference departs from a major question that relates to influences and differences between present and past in form, discourse, strategies, demands and practices. This two-day conference brings together 17 presenters from different theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches on the new practices and developments that are occurring in the Arab post-uprisings.

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March 25 @ 9:30 am
March 26 @ 4:30 pm
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Middle East Studies Program


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