Comment from: Sara
Wonderful and rich coverage Lorenz.Thank you for posting all of these links.
Protests were “inspired” in China as well: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358834/China-quashes-pro-democracy-Jasmine-Revolution-force.html?ITO=1490
But of course we won’t hear anything about that, their internet censorship is too strong.
Comment from: Tsimpiridou Fotini
Protest in Egypt and Tunisia have inspired Greek activists and academics too. See below the call for papers to
Dep. of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies Universituy of Macedonia
Thessaloniki 7-8 Octobre 2011 University of Macedonia (date line 25 June 2011)
“Karama (dignity) and tradition in the Middle East and North Africa: Negotiating subjectivity and civic virtue through social revolts”
This workshop between Arab and Greek academics is taking place in the frame of the action: “Thessaloniki at the crossroad of cultures, 2011 Greece and the Middle East”.
In this meeting we would like to open dialogue between academics from the Mediterranean region on the top issues of social, economic and political crisis.
From an anthropological perspective, systemic or sporadic observation has appointed as crucial the issue of “lack of dignity” in the cases of revolt in the Arab countries of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya. At the same time economic crisis has collapsed the Greek economy and revealed the “lack of trust” to the politicians as well as the “lack of self-respect” of its citizens. In both regions, issues of govenmentality, power legitimacy, trust to democracy, civic virtue and dignity have been raised, begging for systematic approach and analysis. For this reason during this meeting we would like to discuss further the following –indicative- topics:
- What is “dignity” about in 2011 Middle East people’s uprising discourse? What is the relevance to previous social movements, such women’s activism
- The Middle East as geo-political and analytical category: postcolonial condition, global South and Europe’s peripheries.
- The multiple intersection of the critical understanding: the global through the local, the above seen from below
- Authoritarian regimes, civic virtue, morality and governmentality
- Discursive “local” traditions and “Western” secularism projects
- Neoliberal conditions and globalized development: mass consumerism, literacy, unemployment and internet.
- and other relevant topics…
In the last part of the meeting we plan to organize a round table in order to examine the analogies with the Greek crisis paradigm
Exciting! Thanks lot. I’ve posted the CFP in the bulletin board