The Arab Uprisings: Sociological Perspectives and Geographical Comparisons

The Arab Uprisings:  Sociological Perspectives and Geographical Comparisons
The Arab Uprisings: Sociological Perspectives and Geographical Comparisons
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 09:00
Location: Auditorium A, West Hall, American University of Beirut
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International Symposium: 
The Arab Uprisings:Sociological Perspectives and Geographical Comparisons


20th and 21th of March 2012
Venue: Auditorium A, West Hall, American University of Beirut
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Media Studies (SOAM) - American University of Beirut (AUB)
Lebanese Sociological Association (LSA)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) (Lebanon)
International Sociological Association (ISA)
Qatar University
Organizing Committee: Sari Hanafi (SAOM-AUB), Chebib Diab (LSA), Michael Burawoy (ISA), Samir Farah (FES).
Open to Public
Languages: Arabic and English (with simultaneous translation)

Day 1 (Tuesday, 20th of March)

09:00 – 09:30 Opening and Welcoming Notes:

Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AUB
Michael Burawoy, President, ISA
Chebib Diab, President, LSA
Samir Farah, Director, FES- Lebanon
Sari Hanafi, Prof., SOAM- AUB  

Session 1: Problematizing the Uprisings (09:30 – 11:30)

Chair: Nabil Dajani, AUB

The Arab Spring and “Democratic Transitions”: Their Different Meaning and Their Different Trajectories

Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge, UK

Reclaiming Democracy: Lessons from Wall Street and Liberty Square
Markus S. Schulz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Reflections on the Post Revolution in Egypt
Mona Abaza, American University in Cairo

11:30 – 12:00          Coffee Break

Session 2: Actors in Transition (12:00 – 13:15)

Chair: Maha Kayal, Lebanese University

Negotiating transitions: Arab armies in politics
Yezid Sayigh, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut

The Arab Revolutions: The Emergence of the Reflexive Individualism
Sari Hanafi, AUB

13:15 – 14:15             Lunch break

14:15 – 15:15           

Political Change in South America: from ‘Democratic Transitions’ to Social Transformation
Edgardo Lander, Venezuelan Central University, Caracas
Latin America: Recent Transitions to the Obstacles to New Change
Raquel Sosa Elízag, National Autonomous University of Mexico
16:15 – 16:45   Coffee Break

Session 3: Social Media and Collective Actions (16:45 – 18:45)
Chair: Livia Wick, AUB
Role of New Communicative Media in the Dynamism of Arab Revolutions
Nadim Mansouri, Lebanese University
Anarchist Civic Traditions and the Culture of Arab Revolutions
Mohammed A. Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh, USA
The Textures of Contemporary Resistance in India
Kalpana Kannabiran, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, India

Day 2 (Wednesday, 21thth of March)

Session 4:  Uprisings and Social Justice (09:00 – 11:00)
Chair: Najib Issa, Lebanese University
World Economic Crisis and their Impact on Arab Revolutions
Botrous Labaki, Lebanese University
Riding off Into the Sunset? Perspectives on the South Africa Transition to Democracy       
Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Arab Spring: Why should we talk about revolutions?
Nahla Chahal, Sociologist and writer, Al-safeer 

11:00 – 11:30              Coffee Break

Session 5: Tribalism, Sectarianism and Islamism (11:30 – 13:30)
Chair: Melhem Chaul, Lebanese University
Civic Life and Citizenship in Qatar
Justin Gengler, Darwish Al-Emadi and Ali Al-Shawi, Qatar University
Bahrain: Another Trajectory of the Arab Spring
Abdulhadi Khalaf, Lund University, Sweden
Islamist Movements in the Post-Revolutionary Era 
Abdel Ghani Imad, Lebanese University

13:30 – 14:30             Lunch Break

Session 6: Uprisings and Women Movements (14:30 – 16:30)
Chair: Azza Charara Baydoun
The Role of Arab Women in Revolution and Transition
Fatima Kubaissi, Qatar University
Gender Blind Democratization in the Age of Arab Spring: Possible Lessons from Turkish Democratization History
Dilek Cindoglu, Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey
Women, Girls and Democratic Transitions
Jan Marie Fritz, University of Cincinnati, Johannesburg
Transition to Democracy and Elite Formation
Mounir Saidani, University of Safaks, Tunisia

16:30 – 17:00             Wrap-up