Category Archives: Contributions

TIP: From Carbon Democracy to the Right to the City: On the Struggle Against Neoliberalism

Koenraad Bogaert referes in an article from March 2014  to Henri Lefebvre’s concept of “the right to the city”. In his contribution he asks how we translate the revolutionary project of the right to the city into concrete action on the ground.

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Koenraad Boegart is currently participating in the EUME Summer Academy “Conflict and Mobility in the City” and chaired a panel discussion about “From Carbon Democracy to the Right to the City”.

He is a post-doctoral researcher at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) at Ghent University (Belgium). He is doing research on urban neoliberalism in Morocco and tries to link the political and economic changes of the last thirty years in a country such as Morocco with social protest.

Koenraad Boegart’s project:

Urban Politics in Morocco: A Political Economy of Uneven Development

What happened to Revolutionary Youth in Egypt since 25th of January 2011?

A Comparative Study on Egyptian Youth Groups by Dina El-Sharnouby

Dina El-Sharnouby presenting her project during the EUME Summer Academy in Rabat Photo: Georges Khalil
Dina El-Sharnouby presenting her project during the EUME Summer Academy in Rabat
Photo: Georges Khalil
under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

A revolution is more than an overturn of the existing legal and political system. With the Egyptian revolution important taboos and ways of thinking have been challenged and are in the process of being redefined. It is not the revolution that creates new ideas or ways of being per say but rather surfacing ideas and ways of communication while allowing for new spaces of interaction.

The Egyptian revolution in that respect has surfaced an existing youth culture that is affected by and is affecting youth politics. While an active youth political participation started before the revolution it was still dominated by the few and remained largely unchallenged. With the revolution youth became visible to Egypt’s process of transformation who have been celebrated as the “makers of the Egyptian revolution” by the public.

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Oraib Toukan: “We, the Intellectuals – Re-routing Institutional Critique”

Toukan raises questions of intellectualism and the role of the arts and media in his essay: “how does it (intellectualism) get performed and embodied by the institution of art, and what visual traces does it leave behind through images that get institutionalized as signatures of protest? And when hegemonic structures and the intellectual opposition become part of the same camp in anti-colonial movements, what implications does the critique of institutions then take?”

Producing Publics in the Suez Zone: City, Agency and Spaces of Struggle

by Mohamed Elshahed

Mohamed Elshahed discussion his project at the Summer Academy
Mohamed Elshahed discussing his project at the EUME Summer
Academy, Aug. 26.
Photo: Georges Khalil under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

How has the presence of one of the world’s most contested and vital waterways in the backyard of three of Egypt’s cities influenced the productions of those cities’ publics and spaces? The three Suez Zone cities offer unique and extreme examples of spaces of struggle to investigate how urban publics resist urban futures determined by militarized states and global/Gulf capital. The Suez Canal is a vital strategic asset to Egypt and the country’s main source for constant flow of hard currency. The canal’s significance to global trade and economy has made it a particularly thorny asset to Egypt as it was of interest to global powers in the nineteenth century and a fundamental cornerstone in Britain’s colonization of Egypt. It was also at the center of a series of military battles between Egyptian, French, British and Israeli forces in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Today, the canal is a highly militarized waterway managed by the opaque Suez Canal Authority supervised by the military. The history of the canal and its relation to global economy directly impacts three cities, two of which were founded with the building of the Canal in the 1850s. Port Said in the north, Ismailia in the middle and Suez in the southern end of the canal are vital strategic points where the Suez Canal Authority maintains its offices and facilities. The history and the shape of those cities, particularly Port Said and Ismailia, have been directly linked to the colonial struggle to control the canal, the subsequent nationalization of the facility and the wars that followed as well as the political and economic policies of post-Camp David Egypt and subsequent neoliberal global economy. This project focuses on Suez Canal cities and the social movements within them to trace spatial practices, visual culture and public embodiments as ways to counter globalization, violence and political marginalization.

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“Re-framing Orientalism: The Afterlife of Cinema in Colonial Algeria” by Michael Allen (University of Oregon)

Today, as a part of the Public Program  of the EUME Summer Academy “Conflict and Mobility in the City” in Rabat, Michael Allen (University of Oregon) is giving a lecture on “Re-Framing Orientalism: The Afterlife of Cinema in Colonial Algeria”, drawing together “reflections on Orientalism, frames, space and the North African history of early cinema”, as Allen himself has put it.

The lecture takes place at:
4:00-5:30 pm in the L’Amphithéâtre at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie, Rabat

Allen is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. He was EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien from 2011-2012.

Today the EUME Summer Academy starts in Rabat

Airport Rabat
Photo: Georges Khalil
under CC BY NC SA 4.0

Aujourd’hui l’école d’été “Conflict and Mobility in the City: Urban Space, Youth and Social Transformation” commence à l’Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat (EGE). Merci de vous renseigner sur notre programme public sous le point “schedule”. Le programme commencera demain, 26 Aout.

Today the EUME Summer Academy “Conflict and Mobility in the City: Urban Space, Youth and Social Transformation” starts at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat (EGE). Please check our schedule for the public program which will start tomorrow, August 26.

Judith Butler’s Istanbul Lecture: ‘Freedom of Assembly, or Who are the People?’

by Michael Allan

What is the right to assembly? Is it a right conferred by a government to its people? Or is it a right independent of any and every government? Can the people defy a government that confers its right to assembly? And can a government attack the people for exercising the right to assembly that it is meant to protect? Judith Butler explores these fundamental political-philosophical questions in her lecture delivered this past September in Istanbul. Her remarks are set against the backdrop of the protests in Gezi Park and link together Hannah Arendt, Tahrir Square and Occupy Wall Street as sites crucial for thinking contemporary political formations. As we endeavor to explore the meaning of publics, space and protest, in our Summer Academy, Butler’s remarks furnish a framework and vocabulary for thinking about collectivities, dissent and political transformation.


Call for applications


25 Aug—05 Sep 2014 at the École de Gouvernance et d’Économie (EGE) in Rabat

The uprisings in the Arab world both challenge traditional paradigms for understanding culture and politics and raise new sets of questions. While some urban spaces such as Tahrir Square, Taksim Gezi Park, and Pearl Roundabout have acquired almost global iconic status, how might we understand that it was self-immolation in a public space and graffiti on walls in provincial towns that marked the beginnings of the Tunisian and Syrian uprisings respectively? In what ways do cultural forms inflect the political imaginary in these contested urban spaces? Is it possible to trace echoes of this political vocabulary in novels, art, poetry, songs and films of the last decades? How might we understand public space not solely as stages of protest and politics, but also of everyday life? The city serves as a site of negotiation between cosmopolitan consumerism and local traditions, but what is its role as a site for experimental living and utopias? The city is an urban and social structure that facilitates the imagination and proliferation of citizenship and social mobility. Its gated communities, stalled avenues of mobility, the dreams and nightmares of migration are just as prevalent as alternative forms of solidarity and mechanisms of control and survival.

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