Reflections on the 2011 Arab Uprisings from Norway: Ten Years After
A roundtable discussion on Zoom.
On the 12th of February 2011, thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo to celebrate the resignation of Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt, announced the day before following 18 days of country-wide protests. Less than a month before, Ben Ali had resigned as President of Tunisia after 23 years of power, following popular demands. The fall of these dictatorships has inspired similar protests all over the Arab region, from the ones in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain (2011), to the more recent ones in Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon and Algeria (2019), changing the Middle East region in unpredictable ways.
Ten years after this event, the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies (CIMS) at the University of Oslo invites you to a roundtable discussion where speakers from different fields will present their personal and scholarly perspectives on the 2011 Arab Uprisings and their aftermath. Some of the issues that will be tackled in the discussion include: regional perspectives (Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon) the significance of this event for the wider Middle East region; historical and cultural outlooks on the uprisings; the nature of activism and revolutionary processes; political Islam and its role in the unfolding of the protests; teaching and discussing the Arab Spring in Norway.
Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (Associate Professor in History, IAKH, University of Oslo)
Jon Nordenson (Country Analyst, Middle East, Landinfo - Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre)
Bjørn-Olav Utvik (Professor in Middle East Studies, IKOS, University of Oslo)
Knut Vikør (Professor in History, AHKR, University of Bergen)
Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati (Associate Professor in Religious Studies, IKOS, University of Oslo)
Moderator: Teresa Pepe (Chair of CIMS, Associate Professor in Middle East Studies, IKOS, University of Oslo)