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The Egyptian Revolution and its Historical Context

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This proposal is a copy of a class that recently took place in The Public School Los Angeles where Ethan Pack, who studies Middle East literature and politics, gave a special presentation on the revolution underway in Egypt:


"The class will consist of a talk putting the Egyptian revolution into a few relevant contexts. Hopefully, this will ground people's understanding of the dimensions through which these events may be viewed. I will add some of my own analysis along the way, and perhaps some relevant video footage (or photography) from the protests if a projector can be set up. The main themes – and major guiding questions – will be as follows:

  • Egypt on the eve of the demonstrations: What was the political situation? Why didn’t anyone see this coming?
  • Tunisia, by way of Beirut and Baghdad: Why one man’s self-immolation was the most important event in 60 years for the Arab world.
  • Egypt’s Revolutionary History: Why Egypt has mattered, from Nasser to the present.
  • What’s next: Information on the relevant factors at play if/when Mubarak is overthrown.


...This class will center on an explanation of contexts that led up to the mass demonstrations. Whether or not Mubarak’s regime is still in power, the class will help situate people with the relevant background to enrich discussion of these dramatic events and their significance."  

The Berlin version could examine what happens in the Middle East within a similar comprehensive presentation and search for a possible expert or by bringing different observations together to discuss them. See video stream of the LA class under the following link


fotini's picture

Hi everyone,

The context has already changed since this class was proposed last week (!!!) but there is still a lot to try to understand about what happened and what lies ahead.

We're happy to let you know that Heba Amin agreed to lead this class together with Mohammed Bamyeah who just arrived from Cairo, so we'll be scheduling it for this Saturday February 19, at 15:00.

There's two articles posted in the previous comment as well as under 'notes' – there may be more coming in the next days.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

The Tunisian Revolution: Initial Reflections by Mohammed Bamyeh

The Egyptian Revolution: First Impressions from the Field by Mohammed Bamyeh

fyi: on 18.2. at 16.00 in Arsenal 2

there will be a moderated film program and discussion about the situation of independent filmmakers in Egypt.

it is being organized by the forum section of the berlinale.

more info:


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