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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice


openDemocracy in conjunction with the University of East London is organizing a three-part event series on ‘The Tahrir Square Meme’ to be held at UEL's Dockland Campus. All the events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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. Have the revolutions of the past year made culture relevant again?

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Professor Charles Tripp on Art and the Arab Uprisings (Event Recording)

In the third and final event in Arab Awakening's 'Tahrir Square Meme' series, Charles Tripp, professor of middle east politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, provided a feast for the mind and the eye in his exploration of the power of art in the Arab Spring.

Interview with Arab rappers Ibn Thabit and Deeb, Part 3

In the third and final part of the interview, Libyan rapper Ibn Thabit and Egyptian rapper El Deeb tell openDemocracy's Bassam Gergi, Mazen Zoabi and Rosemary Bechler what their next steps are, the need for a democratic education and their desire to connect with young Arabs.

Rap and the Arab Spring, full event with Ibn Thabit, The Narcicyst, and El Deeb

On February 29th, three Arab rappers were hosted in London by openDemocracy and the University of East London as part of a three-part lecture series, 'The Tahrir Square Meme'. Libyan rapper Ibn Thabit, Iraqi rapper The Narcicyst and Egyptian rapper El Deeb discussed politics, revolution and even performed for the audience.

Interview with Arab rappers Ibn Thabit and Deeb, Part 2

In the second part of the interview, Libyan rapper Ibn Thabit and Egyptian rapper El Deeb tell openDemocracy's Bassam Gergi, Mazen Zoabi and Rosemary Bechler what their next steps are, what brought Egyptians and Libyans together, and how they are learning from one another.

Translating Egypt’s revolution: introducing an anthology of essays

The forthcoming volume, Translating Egypt's Revolution, draws on the interdisciplinary nature of the field of translation studies today as it seeks to describe and explain the myriad ways in which the Egyptian people wrested back control of their public space and public culture in 2011. Come and debate their findings at an event at the University of East London on Thursday night.

Translating Egypt's revolution: images from Tahrir

In a series of photos from Tahrir Square, Laura Gribbon previews some of the work she will discuss in the openDemocracy and UEL event, Translating Egypt's Revolution on March 15th in London.

Interview with Arab rappers Ibn Thabit and Deeb, Part 1

Libyan rapper Ibn Thabit and Egyptian rapper El Deeb tell openDemocracy's Bassam Gergi, Mazen Zoabi and Rosemary Bechler what Tahrir Square meant to them, what it is like being the voice of a leaderless revolution, and what they cared about enough to make them poets.

Hip hop and the Arab uprisings

People shouldn't divide Arabic rappers into pro- and anti-revolution camps and castigate one side - the Arabic hip-hip scene is too nuanced and complex for that. But if unity only comes at the expense of social justice, the Arab world will be even worse off than before.

The Tahrir Square meme: a series of events at the University of East London

openDemocracy in conjunction with the University of East London is organizing a three-part event series on ‘The Tahrir Square Meme’ to be held at UEL's Dockland Campus. All the events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Hip Hop Revolution

In the midst of the Arab Spring there is a group of dedicated young hip hop artists who are using their medium to disseminate revolutionary ideas. This piece documents how hip hop has impacted on the way young people interact with the revolution in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere.

Egypt, Bahrain, London, Spain - Tahrir Square as a meme

Certain tropes of struggle are spreading mimetically between movements against poverty, corruption and austerity measures. The Tahrir Square meme has been taken up across Africa, the Middle East and Europe, with its latest incarnation in Puerta De Sol in Madrid this week

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