Protest Movements

Hope without Illusion: Ten Signs of Change in Egypt

Hope without Illusion: Ten Signs of Change in Egypt

[Egyptian medical doctors gather in front of the Medical Doctors Syndicate building in February 2016 to protest police abuse against medical professionals. Photo from elsfha.com]by Abdelrahman Mansour and Mohamed Aboelgheit Jadaliyya, 14 May 2016 Egyptians occupying streets, blocking traffic, and chanting patriotic slogans: Contrary to conventional wisdom, these images became part of Egypt’s contemporary political arena well before the January 2011 Revolution. We saw them on multiple occasions in 2006, 2008, and even in 2010, when Egypt’s national football team won the Africa Cup of Nations.
Beyond the Spectacle: Translation and Solidarity in Contemporary Protest Movements

Beyond the Spectacle: Translation and Solidarity in Contemporary Protest Movements

Mona Baker This chapter maps out the space of translation within the political economy of contemporary protest movements, using the Egyptian Revolution as a case in point and extending the definition of translation to cover a range of modalities and types of interaction. It identifies themes and questions that arise out of the concrete experiences of activists mobilizing and reflecting on what it means to work for justice, both within and across borders, and to attempt to effect change at home while conversing with others who are fighting similar battles elsewhere.
Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age

Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age

2nd Edition,  Manuel Castells, Polity, 2015 Networks of Outrage and Hope is an exploration of the new forms of social movements and protests that are erupting in the world today, from the Arab uprisings to the indignadas movement in Spain, from the Occupy Wall Street movement to the social protests in Turkey, Brazil and elsewhere. While these and similar social movements differ in many important ways, there is one thing they share in common: they are all interwoven inextricably with the creation of autonomous communication networks supported by the Internet and wireless communication.
The memory of the Egyptian revolution is the only weapon we have left

The memory of the Egyptian revolution is the only weapon we have left

Tens of thousands of Egyptians demonstrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011. Photograph: Misam Saleh/AFP/Getty Images Omar Robert Hamilton The Guardian, Monday 25 January 2016 I didn’t take my camera out with me the night Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. I stood in Tahrir Square among tens of thousands of Egyptians and told myself I would enjoy the moment, I would not divide myself from the night’s magical reality with a lens.
'THE EGYPTIANS: A RADICAL STORY' - PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016

'THE EGYPTIANS: A RADICAL STORY' - PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016

By Jack Shenker A book exploring Egypt's revolution and counter-revolution from below, published by Allen Lane / Penguin - Available now to pre-order - Egypt: 2011-16 “Egypt’s revolutionary turmoil has been misunderstood, and a great deal of that misunderstanding has been deliberate.” Five years on from the start of Egypt’s revolution, and counter-revolution, ‘The Egyptians: A Radical Story’ interrogates the country’s turmoil from below – and argues that its struggles are intimately enmeshed with global patterns of oppression and resistance which stretch well beyond Egypt’s borders.
Translating the Egyptian Revolution

Translating the Egyptian Revolution

Activist use of translation to connect with global publics and protest movements Professor Mona Baker, University of Manchester This study examines one aspect of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which has received no attention in public or academic circles so far, namely, the language-based practices that allow Egyptian protestors to contest dominant narratives of the Revolution and, importantly, to connect with, influence and learn from regional and global movements of protest, including the Tunisian uprising and the ‘Occupy’ movement.
Filming Revolution: An Interview with Alisa Lebow

Filming Revolution: An Interview with Alisa Lebow

by Anthony Alessandrini Jadaliyya, 19 November 2015 [Alisa Lebow, a filmmaker and film scholar who teaches at the University of Sussex, is the Creator/Director/ Producer/Writer of Filming Revolution, an interactive data-base documentary archive about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution, which was launched in October 2015.] Anthony Alessandrini (AA): Could you talk a bit about what made you put together this project: when did you decide to set Filming Revolution in motion, how did the specific form of the project come together, and how did you go about choosing filmmakers, archivists, activists, and artists to interview?
Animated Video: Digital Rebellion - The Birth of the Cyber Left

Animated Video: Digital Rebellion - The Birth of the Cyber Left

Todd Wolfson Published on Jun 27, 2015 Rutgers SC&I Social Media & Society Cluster Melding virtual and traditional ethnographic practice to explore the Cyber Left's cultural logic, Todd Wolfson maps the social, spatial and communicative structure of the Indymedia network and details its operations on the local, national and global level. He looks at the participatory democracy that governs global social movements and the ways democracy and decentralization have come into tension, and how "
Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left

Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left

Online organizing and the new era of radical struggle Digital Rebellion examines the impact of new media and communication technologies on the spatial, strategic, and organizational fabric of social movements. Todd Wolfson reveals how aspects of the mid-1990s Zapatistas movement--network organizational structure, participatory democratic governance, and the use of communication tools as a binding agent--became essential parts of Indymedia and other Cyber Left organizations. From there he uses oral interviews and other rich ethnographic data to chart the media-based think tanks and experiments that continued the Cyber Left's evolution through the Independent Media Center's birth around the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle.
Interview with Philip Rizk by Shuruq Harb

Interview with Philip Rizk by Shuruq Harb

Why Riot?, video by Mosireen Video Collect, 2013. “The revolution is not a thing of the past, the revolution is still in process.” Philip Rizk stated as we began our discussion of his text “2011 is not 1968”, whereby he challenges the dominant narratives of the January 25th Revolution as a youth lead revolution. He argues that the radicalizing factor of the uprising was an underclass without leaders.