The University of Alberta’s Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies research group is hosting an event on March 1 that will be of interest to those involved in Palestinian issues and the broader Middle East.
Arab Revolutions in Post-Islamist Times: Revolution without Revolutionaries
Featuring Professor Asef Bayat
Thursday, March 1 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Telus Centre Room 150
Corner of 111 St & 87 Ave, University of Alberta (map)
On the Seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring, Professor Asef Bayat, a prominent sociologist and a distinguished theorist of social movements in the Middle East, will argue that The revolutionary wave that swept the Middle East in 2011 was marked by spectacular mobilization, spreading within and between countries with extraordinary speed. Several years on, however, it has caused limited shifts in structures of power, leaving much of the old political and social order intact. In his most recent book Revolution without Revolutionaries, Professor Asef Bayat— whose Life as Politics anticipated the Arab Spring— uncovers why this occurred, and what made these uprisings so distinct from those that came before. Setting the 2011 uprisings side by side with the revolutions of the 1970s, particularly the Iranian Revolution, Asef Bayat reveals a profound global shift in the nature of protest: as acceptance of neoliberal policy has spread, radical revolutionary impulses have diminished. Protestors call for reform rather than fundamental transformation. By tracing the contours and illuminating the meaning of the 2011 uprisings, Bayat gives us the what is needed to explain and understand our post–Arab Spring world.
Read the full description on the MEIS website.