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Seminar: “Urbanity and Insurrection: Cities of the Arab Spring,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Arab uprisings took place primarily in the urban centers. What does the urban locus of the revolts tell us about their origins and dynamics? What aspects of urbanity render cities the spaces of contention? And why certain urban sites, streets or squares become, more than others, insurgent space? Focusing on some key cities in the region, Prof. Bayat will discuss the logic of contention in the urban Middle East and examine the dynamics of revolutionary mobilization in the Arab spring


Respondents: Omid Safi (Duke), Charles Kurzman (UNC)


Sponsored by the Duke University Middle Eastern Studies Center (DUMESC). For more information, please contact


Friday, October 19 | Noon – Lunch Served

Breedlove Conference Room, Rubenstein 349

Duke University


October 19, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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