Was not doomed to defeat: Contingency and Radical Possibilities in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011

Online lecture by Dr Atef Said, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The lecture is no. 4/9 in the fall 2021 online lecture series.

Arguing against the transitionology paradigm, and what he describes as transitionologists without transitionology, as well as premature analyses that boxed the Egyptian revolution of 2011 in narrow frames of success and failure, in this talk Said will present his research on what was truly possible during the revolution. Based on ethnographic and historical research conducted between 2010 and 2015, Said will present few threads from his forthcoming book about the Egyptian revolution: The potential and the limitation in Tahrir Republic, and the Tahrir-centered revolutionary repertoire; and how Egyptians claimed and practised sovereignty during the uprising; and the dialectical trajectory of revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt.

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Dr. Atef Said is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research engages with the fields of sociological theory, political sociology, historical sociology and sociology of the Middle East. He is currently finalizing his book "Revolution Squared: Tahrir, Political Possibilities and Counter-Revolution in Egypt” (Forthcoming from Duke University Press).

Lecture Series

The research project Mediatized Diaspora – Contentious Politics among Arab Media Users in Europe at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, invites you to the fall 2021 online lecture series on Middle Eastern media, diaspora and politics Post-Arab Spring.

All lectures will take place on Thursdays at 17:15 (CET).

For any inquiries, please contact project leader: Dr Ehab Galal