Friday 18 May 2012

9.00 Registration


10.00-10.15 | Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Stephen Whitefield, Head of Department (University of Oxford)
  • Reem Abou-El-Fadl, Conference Convener (University of Oxford)

10.15-11.45 | Panel 1 | Preludes and Explanations

 Chair: Louise Fawcett (University of Oxford)

  • Marie Duboc (American University in Cairo)

      The Egyptian Labour Movement and the Politics of Visibility

  • Amr Osman (Gulf University of Science and Technology)

 What Did Mubarak Actually Do: The Causes of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution According to Egyptian Intellectuals

  • Adam Hanieh (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Re-scaling Egypt’s Political Economy: Neoliberalism and the
Transformation of the Regional Space

11.45-12.00 | Coffee

12.00-13.30 | Panel 2 | Movements and Mobilisation

Chair: Charles Tripp (School of Oriental and African Studies)

  • John Chalcraft (London School of Economics)

Horizontalism on the Nile: what does it mean to say that the  Egyptian uprising of 2011 was leaderless/or leaderful? And does it matter?

  • Mustapha Kamel al-Sayyid (Cairo University)

Managing the Transition in the Arab Spring: A Comparative Perspective

  • Robbert Woltering (University of Amsterdam)

Unusual suspects: “Ultra’s” as Political Actors in the Revolution

 13.30-14.45 | Lunch: Common Room, DPIR

14.45 – 16.15 | Panel 3 | The Language of Revolution

Chair: Reem Abou-El-Fadl (University of Oxford)

  • Hebatallah Salem (American University in Cairo)

Narrating the Egyptian Revolution through Jokes: Is it Still a Laughing Revolution?

  • Tahia Abdel Nasser (American University in Cairo)

Poetry as Archive: Egypt’s Revolution and Archival Poetics

  • Randa Kaldas (American University in Cairo)

University on the Square Documentation Project: A glimpse into the Economic and Business History Research Center’s Contribution

16.15-16.30 | Coffee

16.30-18.00 | ‘The Revolution Continues’: A Conversation

Introduction: Reem Abou-El-Fadl (University of Oxford)


  • Zyad El-Elaimy MP (Revolutionary Youth Coalition and Egyptian Parliament)
  • Heba Raouf Ezzat (University of Cairo and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies)
  • Marwa Sharafeldin (University of Oxford and Musawah)


  •  Mezna Qato (University of Oxford and US Palestine Community Network)

Saturday 19 May 2012

10.00 – 12.00 | Panel 4 | Old State, New Rules

Chair: Mustapha Kamel al-Sayyid (Cairo University)

  • Paul Amar (University of California, Santa Barbara)

New Logics of Popular Sovereignty and Subaltern Alternatives to the Egyptian ‘Baltagi State’

  • Amr Shalakany (American University in Cairo)

Law and Revolution Revisited

  • Alexander Kazamias (University of Coventry)

Praetorian Parliamentarism: The Contradictions of Egypt’s Post-revolutionary Experiment

  • Nicola Pratt (University of Warwick)

From War of Manoeuvre to War of Position

12.00-12.15 | Coffee

12.15 – 13.45 | Panel 5 | Competing Visions of Tahrir

Chair: Tarik Sabry (University of Westminster)

  • Aya Nassar (Cairo University)

Contesting Visions and Public Spaces in Cairo

  • Mark Peterson (Miami University)

In Search of Antistructure: The Meaning of Tahrir Square in Egypt’s Ongoing Social Drama

  • Walter Armbrust (University of Oxford)

Trickster: Taufiq ‘Ukasha, the Perpetuation of Liminal Crisis, and the Shaping of Counter-revolutionary Discourse

13.45 – 14.45 | Lunch, DPIR Common Room

 14.45 – 16.45 | Panel 6 | Beyond Egypt

Chair: Corinna Mullin (School of Oriental and African Studies)

  • Fred Lawson (Mills College)

Revolutionary Egypt’s Relations with Surrounding States:

Internal Transformation, External Realignment and Regional Security

  • Andrea Teti (University of Aberdeen)

Contesting Democracy: Discursive Patterns Before and After the Egyptian Uprising

  • Kerem Öktem (University of Oxford)

Fear of Tahrir: US-Turkish Projects for a New Middle East

  • Miriyam Aouragh (University of Oxford)

Facebook Revolution? Social Media as Orientalist Mediation

16.45 – 17.00 | Concluding Remarks: Towards a research agenda: ‘Anniversary Histories

17.00 – 17.15 | Coffee


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