The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations cordially invites you to attend this two-day conference Rethinking the "Arab Spring" and its Aftermath in the Maghreb organised by Professor Majid Hannoum, a Research Fellow at the AKU-ISMC.
Seven years after the “Arab Spring”, its impact on Arab societies is seen to be drastic and the future remains uncertain. Yet, the dynamics of this important event have proved difficult to grasp, despite an already abundant body of work on the subject. One reason is that this event was analysed while it was still in the making. In fact, it is far from over, even in countries where the political situation seems relatively calm and stable.
The object of this international conference is to rethink this important event that swept the Arab world in 2011 after Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest social injustice on December 17, 2010. Participants will consider the region of the Maghreb as they examine the event’s manifestations, its articulations, its politics, and even its different names: Arab Spring, Arab Revolution (or revolutions), Arab Winter. Was it inevitable? Has it continued? Did something go wrong? Was it positive? Disastrous? Manipulated? Defeated?
Seven years after the emergence of this important post-colonial event, we will be able to examine it with more distance, and see how it has affected and continues to affect the region of the Maghreb, especially in light of new (and not-so-new) developments such as the civil war in Libya, the elections in Tunisia, the continued protests in the Moroccan Rif, not to mention the tragic developments in Syria and Yemen, and the coup and the “elections” in Egypt.
The papers tackle the causes and consequences of the so-called Arab Spring, its representations in literature and among youth, the seemingly successful case of Tunisia, the legal aspects of the revolutions in Tunisia and Libya, as well as the cases of Morocco and Algeria, that seem to have avoided the waves of revolution that hit the region in 2011.