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Event: Culture, Creativity and Non-Violence (London, May 1st)

In the third and final event in our ‘Tahrir Square Meme’ series, Charles Tripp, professor of middle east politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, will be exploring whether a new form of counter hegemony is emerging in the Middle East and its relationship to non-violence and political pluralism.

Charles Tripp
30 April 2012

Culture, Creativity and Non-Violence
Tuesday, May 1st | 6:30-8pm


Venue: University of East London Docklands Campus, Presentation Suite KD 222 (20 minutes from Bank station)

RSVP: The event is free and open to the public (Facebook sign up)

Speaker: Charles Tripp, professor of middle east politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Professor Tripp's main areas of research include the study of state and society in the Middle East, especially Iraq, and Islamic political thought. Among his books are A History of Iraq (Cambridge University Press, new edition, 2007), Islam and the Moral Economy: the Challenge of Capitalism Cambridge University Press, 2006), and the forthcoming, 'The Power and the People: paths of resistance in the Middle East' (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

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On 25 January, Egyptian voices that were suppressed for generations finally dared to speak out, to take to the streets, to challenge Mubarak. It was not their sticks and stones which terrified the regime, but the words, slogans, poems and songs of a generation of Arabs who were finally ready to be heard.

In the midst of the Arab political and social awakening, an intellectual and cultural renaissance is taking place in an unprecedented space for their creativity.

In the third and final event in our ‘Tahrir Square Meme’ series, we will be exploring whether a new form of counter hegemony is emerging and its relationship to non-violence and political pluralism. Have the revolutions of the past year made culture relevant again?

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