Room #1A12 | Pieter de la Court Gebouw | Wassenaarseweg 52 | Leiden
Drawing on political and cultural theory, this talk situates revolutionary struggle in the digital era as a contest over the body politic. It identifies two modes of revolutionary dissent, “biopolitical” and “transgressive,” and argues that they undergird the intertwined temporalities of revolution. Drawing on case studies gathered in extensive field work between 2011 and 2013 on the Arab uprisings, the talk focuses on protest suicide and satirical video as illustrations of the two modes of revolutionary dissent, and explores how distinctive a contribution digital communication brings to revolutionary activism.
MARWAN M. KRAIDY / SPEAKER
Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA. In 2014-2015, he holds two fellowships, one from the American Council of Learned Societies and another at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar, where he is completing a book on the human body as a locus of power and resistance in revolutionary times. Kraidy has published more than 100 essays and 6 books, including Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge University Press 2010), which won three major prizes. He has been the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut and Visiting (Chaire Dupront) Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris. He tweets at @MKraidy.