27 September - Gravensteen Lectures: Asef Bayat

Please join us for the kick-off event for the 2013-14 LGI & AMT Gravensteen Lectures. This series features lectures by leading international scholars followed by lively discussion and debate. Asef Bayat (University of Illinois) will deliver the first lecture. All are welcome. 3-5pm, Gravensteen 1.11.

Anomalies of the Arab Revolutions, Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

Date & Time 
27 September 2013
15.00-17.00 hrs

Gravensteen, Room 1.11
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

Reception to Follow
Sponsored by LGI & AMT

Lecture Abstract
Arab Revolutions have come to surprise many observers in terms of their unexpected occurrence; the role/absence of Islam in them ; and the trajectories of their post-revolution transition. How can we explain these unexpected mass uprisings? What are the peculiarities of Arab revolutions when compared with the 20th Century counterparts? And why they assumed their particular characteristics and tortured trajectories that they have so far. The lecture attempts to address some of these key questions.

Chair: Prof. dr. Jan Michiel Otto (Van Vollenhoeven Institite for Law, Leiden)
Discussant: Dr. Marianne Maeckelbergh (CA-DS, Leiden)

Speaker Bio
Asef Bayat, the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, teaches Sociology and Middle East at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Illinois, he taught at the American University in Cairo for many years, and served as the director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) holding the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East at Leiden University, The Netherlands. His research areas range from social movements and social change, to religion-politics-everyday life, Islam and the modern world, and urban space and politics. His recent books include Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (Stanford University Press, 2007); Being Young and Muslim: Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (with Linda Herrera) (Oxford University Press, 2010); Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2013. 2nd edition); and Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam (Oxford University Press, 2013).

About the Gravensteen Lectures

This series will invite leading international scholars to give lectures on key issues and ideas that our shape our understandings of ‘the global’ and modernity, both in their contemporary and historical forms. This series seeks to explore how emerging perspectives that forefront the dynamics of interconnection and rupture at various scales can provide very different but productive understandings of various formations (e.g., capitalism, urbanization, democracy, disaster, social movements) and experiences (mobility and immobility, violence and suffering, inclusion and exclusion) that inhabit ‘modern’ life. Towards this end, we invite speakers whose innovative ideas, based on their own research, can inspire and reach across disciplinary boundaries.

More information can be found on the website.

Global Interactions (LGI) website: www.lgi.leiden.edu
Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) website: www.amt.leiden.edu

Last Modified: 09-09-2013