[P4795] Protest in the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: strategic interaction perspectives

Created by John T. Chalcraft
Monday, 11/20/17 1:00pm


Some of the most interesting new research on protest explores the potential of approaches centred on players and arenas, interactive dynamics and strategic action (Duyvendak and Filleule 2015). A cognate socially constructionist turn in the study of protest has been evident in Middle East Studies for some time (Beinin and Vairel 2012), especially in the wake of the Arab uprisings of 2011 (Choukry 2012; Volpi forthcoming). Our panel aims to make use of, develop, and advance debates about approaches centring on interactive dynamics through in-depth empirical research into a number of important episodes of contention in the region. We address key debates surrounding strategic interaction perspectives, including questions of field, structure and arena, agency, actor constitution, spontaneity, the place of strategic action, the role of temporality, the specification of causal mechanisms, the question of transnational activism, and the effectiveness of strategy and tactics. The panel aims to link the study of protest in Middle East Studies to cutting-edge developments in theories of contentious politics, making use of new concepts and contributing to them, while shedding light on important developments in both transnational and domestic activism in the region, especially since the uprisings of 2011.






Jillian M. Schwedler

(Hunter College, CUNY)
Jillian Schwedler is Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York, Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She is author of the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (Cambridge 2006) and most recently...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Charles Kurzman

(University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

John T. Chalcraft

(London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Mounia Bennani-Chraibi

(University of Lausanne)
Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies of the University of Lausanne (UNIL-IEPHI). Her research examines political behavior, politicization (notably of young city-dwellers),...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Jann Boeddeling

(London School of Economics and Political Science)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;