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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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Report: Informal Systems in Urban Sustainability and Resilience

“As cities across the region continue to grow, so will the complexity of the urban systems upon which their functions rely. Cities are often viewed as “systems of systems”, and it is vital that these systems are fully understood if efforts to enhance their overall sustainability and resilience are to be undertaken (Da Silva, 2013). […] See more

Reminder: Call Out For Submission - Landscapes that Remain

A Collection of Articles and Photo Essays Tracing Reconfigurations of the Arab World. “Landscape is a vigorous agent in people’s lives. It is what enables them to form meaningful constructions of self in relation to their surroundings. But fragile and precarious nation states are sites for continuous oppression, violence and imperial wars. Processes of corruption, […] See more

Recent Publications

Planning Beirut during the French Mandate: The Construction of a Modern City and its Legacy

“…the book is a must-read for those interested in the key spatial transformations of Beirut during the first part of the twentieth century. It nicely complements and enriches earlier texts by integrating the French Mandate era (1920-1942) in the backdrop of late Ottoman rule, and the anticipation of independence.”

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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