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Arab Revolts at the Shop Floor Level: Graffiti & Revolutionary Utopia. Enacting Political Opposition

Arab Revolts at the Shop Floor Level: Graffiti & Revolutionary Utopia. Enacting Political Opposition
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Sep 30th, 2:00 pm End: Sep 30th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), African, 2000-
Lecture by Enrique Klaus, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain Tunis, Tunisia

The Munk School of Global Affairs presents:

Enrique Klaus, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, Tunis, Tunisia

Arab Revolts at the Shop Floor Level: Graffiti and Revolutionary Utopia. Enacting Political Opposition

Four years after the popular uprisings that have shaken the Middle East and North Africa, graffiti remain as one of the most visible marks of the region’s dynamics. They reveal changes that have been fostered by the opposition movements that have swept away the autocratic leaders of the region in 2011. Far from being mere cosmetic accessories, the graffiti lie at the very heart of an oppositional strategy aiming at extending the contestation by challenging counter-revolutionary narratives, both on and off the ground, especially through their re-use of socio-digital networks. Based on excerpts from a large corpus of photographs from Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, this lecture aims at situating graffiti in the historical context of their emergence in 2011 up to the present. It will demonstrate that the walls of the largest cities in the Middle East-North Africa region have been used as heterotopies of the revolutionary visions that have been fueling political opposition.

Enrique Klaus holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po Grenoble.His main research interests are media reform and political communication in the Middle East-North Africa region — and he has been traveling continuously in Egypt (2003-2011), Morocco (2011-2013) and Tunisia (2013 through the present).

Event co-sponsors:

  • Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World
  • Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  Click HERE to register.


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