The Arab Revolutions and Beyond Conference will be taking place from March 1-3, 2013 at York University in Toronto, Canada

The objective of this conference is to provide a critical intervention that seeks to challenge the dominant neo-liberal interpretation of the Arab Spring and the concomitant reductionist tendency to explain this transformative process as one resulting from liberal democratic triumphalism, social media, and youth movements. Rather, this conference is designed to introduce a dialogue that highlights the multifaceted, complex, and contradictory dimensions of the significant historical transformation and social struggle that is ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa. The introduction of this dialogue will be achieved through providing an exploration and analysis of the following themes: Democracies, Social Movements, and Political Power; New Media and Cultures of Resistance; The Social Question; Capital, State, and Internationalization; and Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism.

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals that engage topics such as the following:

  • “Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya; tolerated suppression in Bahrain and Yemen; and Western-supported civil war incitement and escalation of violence in Syria
  • Foreign intervention in Syria and its implications:
  • Urban Geopolitics & the Militarization of City Spaces , e.g. Aleppo, Benghazi, Cairo, Manama
  • Dictatorships without Dictators?
  • Privatization of State Violence: Private Security Firms & Mercenaries?
  • GCC: Gulf Monarchies & and the Potential Intensification of the Crisis
  • Antiwar and Anti-Imperialist struggles
  • Democratic Carrots and Economic Sticks: Debt, Fiscal Discipline, and International Investment
  • Tahrir Square Everywhere: Globalization of the Arab Revolutions
  • What type of democracy: liberal-, basis-, grassroots-, participatory-, socialist?
  • Crisis of which Left or Crisis as Opportunity for the Left?
  • New forms of political and social participation, organization, and representation: women, the unemployed, and the urban poor
  • The New Patriarchy: The Emergence of Conservative Political Forces and the Question of Gender Equality
  • Turkish, Iranian, and/or Israeli influence and the Arab Revolutions
  • The role of Social Networks and New Media in the Arab Revolutions
  • Popular culture/resistance
  • Foreign media coverage of the Arab Revolutions
  • The social question: the role of peasants, workers, social categories, and middle classes in the Arab Revolutions
  • Displacements: Refugees and Migrations
  • Environmental Justice issues
  • Back to the Future: Primitive Economic / Political Accumulation

For more information, please visit the conference website.

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