[R6440] The Lebanon Uprising of 2019: Reflections during (Counter-)Revolutionary Times

Created by Jeffrey G. Karam
Friday, 12/03/21 11:30 am

SUMMARY:

The roundtable is based on the forthcoming book and a collection of essays that tackle the huge transformations that have started to unravel since October 2019 in Lebanon. It brings to the fore the voices of scholars, activists, and researchers during a transformational moment in Lebanon’s modern history. Situating this historical moment within the broader context of a “second wave” of Arab uprisings, the participants in the roundtable and others that are contributing to the larger book project understand revolutionary processes in their longue durée and reflect on the unfolding of the October 2019 Uprising.

The roundtable features some of the many contributions that will materialize in the forthcoming book. One participant historicizes the uprising and situates it within the political, economic, and social foundations of the Lebanese polity. Others discuss the various forms of mobilization and the forces of counterrevolution that limited political change and sociopolitical reform. Another participant focuses on spaces of resistance and the differences between how the uprising unfolded in Beirut, Tripoli, and other major cities and towns in Lebanon. Some participants focus on the sectarian neoliberal and capitalist structure of the Lebanese system and how the political elite have been successful in reproducing and maintaining the regime. Another participant examines “women” as a collective political category and why the October uprising opened up a universe of discursive contestation, where both old and new gender ideologies found a space to manifest. Another participant examines the role and use of chants, and the universality of revolutionary songs like Bella Ciao and solidarity slogans against the critiques of translating emerging revolutionary discourses, especially through such key developments like the use of Lebanese dialect in the written press, as well as neglecting translation in general by the revolutionary media outlets. The last participant focuses on the actions and experiences of refugees and migrants to provide a more inclusive account of the Lebanese Uprising in 2019 and specifically examines connections between the 2019 Palestinian strikes and the Lebanese uprisings, arguing that refugees and migrants both directly and indirectly shaped the Lebanese Revolution.

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Hist; Intl Rltns/Aff; Lang; Pol Science; Socio; Hist; Intl Rltns/Aff; Lang; Pol Science; Socio; Hist; Intl Rltns/Aff; Lang; Pol Science; Socio

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MEMBERS:

Mona Harb

(American University of Beirut)
Mona Harb is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in Political Science in 2005 from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence (France). She is the author of Le Hezbollah...
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Jeffrey G. Karam

(Lebanese American University)
Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy...
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Sana Tannoury Karam

(Forum Transregionale Studien and Freie University)
Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the History Department at Rice University. She is a historian of the modern Middle East and modern World History, working on the history of the Arab Left during the Mandate period in Lebanon....
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Rima Majed

(American University of Beirut)
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Joseph Daher

(European University Institute)
Joseph Daher holds doctorates from School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London and from Lausanne University in Switzerland, where he teaches. He is also a part time affiliate professor at the European University Institute in Florence....
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Mone Makkawi

(New York University)
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