Testimonies of Terror: Talking about Sexual Assaults on an Egyptian Talk Show

A seminar with Mona Abdel Fadil, University of Oslo

This CIMS Seminar with Mona Abdel-Fadil deals with how a popular Egyptian talk-show discussed mob attacks and violent sexual assaults on female protesters in Tahrir square. The seminar will feature an analysis of a particular episode, which includes several sexual assault testimonials. The seminar will focus on the framing of the attacks, the content of the testimonials, the dramaturgy, and the different roles played by the show host and the participants. Last but not least, all these components will be discussed against a wider cultural context of ‘the shame and blame game’.

Please note that this seminar contains material that the audience may find disturbing. Actual testimonials from survivors of violence will be discussed in detail. The descriptions of assaults are graphic.

Mona Abdel-Fadil is an Egyptian-Norwegian social scientist and holds a PhD from the University of Oslo. Abdel-Fadil’s research interests include: media and religion, anthropology of the Middle East, contemporary Islam, and political transitions in connection with the  ‘Arab Spring’. Mona Abdel-Fadil is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the project: Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments: A Comparative Scandinavian Study, at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.  Abdel-Fadil’s publications include Sowing the Seeds of The Message: Islamist Women Activists Before, During, and After the Egyptian Revolution (2014), Islam offline—living ‘The message’ behind the screens (2012), and The Islam-Online Crisis: A Battle of Wasatiyya vs. Salafi Ideologies? (2011). Mona Abdel-Fadil is a regular contributor to the academic blog ‘The New Middle East Blog’ (http://newmeast.wordpress.com) and is the Coordinator of the Nordic Network on Media and Religion. 

Published Jan. 20, 2015 8:59 AM - Last modified Feb. 9, 2015 8:05 AM