The People will not be Humiliated: Reexamining the Arab Revolutions Two Years On

05 Nov 2013


This talk will work through a number of issues that have been tackled by the revolutionaries in the Arab world. Primarily, the analysis of the geopolitical and grassroots forces at work in advancing and countering the revolutions, mainly in Syria but also in Egypt. The politics of international intervention will figure in prominently as it is a question that remains on the table in both policy and academic circles.

Sami Hermez is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Previous to this he has held posts as Visiting Professor of Contemporary International Issues at the University of Pittsburgh, Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Mt. Holyoke College, and Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He obtained his doctorate degree in January 2011 from the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University, where his research was with former militia fighters and current political activists, and dealt with questions of the anticipation of war in everyday life in Lebanon. His research is concerned with political violence, social movements, the state, memory, security and human rights in the Arab World. He has also worked in various organizations, among them, the US Peace Corps, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Development Program.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Global Studies Center
4130 Posvar Hall