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From Everyday Resistance to Revolution: Revisiting Protest Politics in the Middle East

Friday, December 6, 2013
12:00 AM
Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room (2nd Floor)

Mark Tessler, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

Wendy Pearlman, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
Jillian Schwedler, Department of Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY

Christian Davenport, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

What distinguishes protest from other forms of political participation? How do individuals experience protest differently? How should the Arab uprisings reshape our understanding of the catalysts and effects of protest in the region? Wendy Pearlman will present her current work on participation in the Syrian uprising, based on over 150 interviews with displaced Syrians in Jordan and Turkey. Jillian Schwedler will present research conducted for her forthcoming book on protest in authoritarian settings, with a particular focus on Jordan from 1946 through the present.

Wendy Pearlman is Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and at Northwestern University. She is the author of Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her first book, Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003), was a Boston Globe and­ Washington Post bestseller. She has published articles in International Security, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, among other journals. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University and has studied or conducted research in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Jillian Schwedler is Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her research, which empirically focuses on the Middle East, has explored questions related to civil society, political Islam, contentious politics, state repression, and political geography. Dr. Schwedler is member of the Editorial Committee of MERIP (Middle East Report), for which she previously served as Chair of the Board; member of the Steering Committee for the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS); and member of the Steering Committee for the New England Middle East Politics Workshop. Her publications have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Social Movement Studies, Middle East Report, Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and Middle East Development Journal.

This event is co-sponsored by the Workshop on Modern Middle East Studies (MoMES), the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS), and the Peace and Conflict Group in the Department of Political Science.