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A Tale of Two Revolutions: Popular Culture and Literature in Egypt

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia University Morning side Campus 622 Dodge Hall West 116th Street and Broadway

The talk explores the body and the production process of popular culture and literature in Egypt during the times of the
Jan 25th and June 30th revolutions. The talk will consider political and cultural issues in graffiti, jokes, satire, poetry,
popular theatre, and fiction of the period. I will explore how such creative outlets allowed the protesters to forge a community and
create a unity capable of overturning the Mubarak and Morsi regimes. In addition, examples of popular culture and
literature from the two revolutions will be highlighted to show the articulated identities, agency and experience of the Egyptian population.