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Resisting Marginalization in Times of Crisis: The Politics of Gender, Race, Religion and Age in the MENA region and beyond I 
Ewa K. Strzelecka (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Marina de Regt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Marieke Brandt (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/013
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel will examine changes and challenges related to activism and social movements in the post-Arab Spring era. We invite papers that explore the concepts of oppression and resistance, transformation and change, marginalization and social justice within the Anthropology of the Middle East.

Long Abstract:

The so-called Arab Spring was a wave of pro-democracy protests and uprisings that spread across many of the Middle East and North Africa countries in late 2010 and early 2011. It presented an opportunity for youth, women’s rights activists and other marginalized groups and social movements to speak up and raise the question of discrimination and justice. The uprisings left a mixed legacy. Eleven years after, the lives of most people in the MENA countries have not improved but have gotten worse due to civil wars, the upgrading of authoritarian regimes, repression and violence, sectarian and regional divisions and the coronavirus pandemic. However, recent studies show that civil resistance has not disappeared. It has adapted to the new circumstances and has resurgent in new forms.

This panel will examine changes and challenges related to the emergence and evolution of activism, resistance and social movements in the post-Arab Spring era. We invite papers that discuss marginalization and resilience through ethnographic case studies around gender, race, age, ethnicity, religion, and other social stratifications, to explore how different groups have endured growing challenges, articulated demands and engaged in practices for greater civil and political rights, justice and equality. How has social transformation been conceptualized, produced, resisted, negotiated and experienced in different Middle Eastern contexts over the last years? How do ordinary people resist marginalization and mobilize power in times of war and conflict? And how do activists deal with the political, economic, environmental and social predicaments in which they currently find themselves?

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -