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Slide background “The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!” ― Albert Einstein
Slide background "Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom." Benjamin Cardozo
Slide background "A truly common culture is not one in which we all think alike, but one in which everyone is allowed to be in on the project of cooperatively shaping a common way of life." Terry Eagleton
Slide background "The task of art today is to bring chaos into order." Theodor Adorno
Slide background "In any case art itself is interesting, and interesting from its own sake, in that it satisfies a requirement of life." Antonio Gramsci

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The massive political upheavals witnessed not only throughout the Arab region, but also in various parts of the world for the past few years have been strongly allied with widespread and dynamic social and cultural transformations. These transformations, as is evident, engage untraditional actors who operate rather independently of state institutions, and who are intent on reclaiming both the public space and their own means of representation, which authoritarian regimes had long confiscated. One side of this representation is reflected in the field of popular cultural practices, and is manifest in the outpouring of popular and alternative cultural and artistic production, such as citizen journalism, graffiti, community music, street cinema, digital forms of expression, to name only a few. This forum aims at promoting research in the field of popular culture regionally and internationally. For this end, it seeks to create a network that would facilitate the exchange of expertise among scholars in the field of popular culture, and to encourage and sponsor young researchers from Egypt and the Arab region who opt for studying this under-researched field.

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The Second 3rd Space Symposium: Decolonising Art Institutions

“… The Institute for Creative Arts’ 3rd Space Symposium is an interdisciplinary event that explores ideas around the imperative to decolonise the university, the role of the creative arts in provoking change, and the dialectic between the settled nature of academic curricula and the spontaneity of transformation.” See more

Conference Paper and Photo Essay at Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia, June09-12, 2017

This conference seeks to illuminate and explore research and expressions of human mobility especially as related to cultural and social aspects. Papers pertaining to human mobility, refugee assistance, heritage formation and preservation (i.e., of both new and existing residents), social cohesion, borderlands issues, historical transformation and maintenance of social space, new community formation and other […] See more

Recent Publications

Beirut: Imagining the City

BOOK EXCERPT | Beirut: Past, Present, Future? Memory and Anxiety in Contemporary Lebanese Comics in Beirut, Imagining the City

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Street Art for Hope and Peace | eL Seed | TED Talks

During the days of the 25 January revolution, street art was mostly used to mock the Mubarak regime and to express citizen demands for change. Simple graffiti began to appear on walls, such as some in Bab el Louk in downtown Cairo that said, “I want to see another president B4 [before] I die” (Gowaily, 2012). An interesting dimension of such graffiti.

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