Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l'Afrique et le Moyen-Orient

The Unfinished Arab Spring Ten Years on: Where Are We Going?


Date : 29 janvier 2021

Heure : 11h00 – 12h15

Lieu : En ligne

Conférencier : Fatima el Issawi, University of Essex & Francesco Cavatorta, Laval University


This talk is based on the speakers’ recently published edited volume The Unfinished Arab Spring: Micro-Dynamics of Revolts between Change and Continuity. Adopting an original analytical approach in explaining various dynamics at work behind the Arab revolts and giving voice to local dynamics and legacies rather than concentrating on debates about paradigms, we highlight micro-perspectives of change and resistance as well as of contentious politics that are often marginalized and left unexplored in favor of macro-analyses. First, we re-examine the stories of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Algeria through diverse and novel perspectives, looking at factors that have not yet been sufficiently underlined but carry explanatory power for what has occurred. Second, rather than focusing on macro-comparative regional trends – however useful they might be – we focus on the particularities of each country, highlighting distinctive micro-dynamics of change and continuity. ​

Fatima el Issawi

Francesco Cavatorta