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Syrian Uprising: Local Struggles and Global Designs
Start Date: 4/6/2017Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 4/6/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
Yasser Munif explores the importance of urban settings in shaping national identities during the Arab revolts (Egypt and Syria). More specifically, by investigating the confluence of arts and culture and urban spaces, it analyzes the making and un-making of national identities. While labor strikes, marches, demonstrations, and civil disobedience were vital in toppling authoritarian regimes in several Arab countries, the investigation explores the role of artistic transgressions within public spaces in challenging the deference and violence of totalitarian regimes

Munif teaches courses on Race Relations, Urban Sociolgy, Nationalism, Political Economy, and Middle Eastern Politics and Society, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. He specializes in colonial history, racial identities, and the production of postcolonial space in marginal sites in France and its colonial territories. His research engages with Foucauldian and Fanonian perspectives and is primarily concerned with how French colonial rule designed urban spaces to shape lives and identities. Through archival and ethnographic investigation, he explores the travelling (in time and space) of knowledge within the colonial circuit.

Organized by Peace and Conflict Studies and Sponsored by Arabic, Islamic Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, Political Science, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center
Room: Cinema
Contact Information:
Name: Anna Everetts
Phone: (610) 328-7750
Email: aeveret1@swarthmore.edu
Yasser Munif
Event Sponsors
Peace and Conflict Studies, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
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