ajnabieh: The text "My Marxist feminist dialective brings all the boys to the yard."   (awda times square)
My Gender and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa class (GPMENA for short, because I'm cool like that) is concluding the semester with a unit on the way the politics of gender are shifting and transforming in this moment of intense transition. Because it's only been a year since these transitions started (where does the time go?), there isn't a scholarly literature yet--there are news stories, and blog posts, and tweets, and YouTube videos, and Facebook pages, and all sorts of half-written ephemera.

Now, I think learning to comb through half-written ephemera to understand the present moment is a crucial skill that I'm happy to teach my students. (And, if they do well at this, you'll all be seeing the product of their work in a month and a half; they're writing research dossiers which I hope to publish on this blog.) But that does mean that the work of collecting data is more than a little complicated.

To that end, I've started compiling a Google Document (chosen instead of a page on here because it'll be easier to update) of all the articles/etc I'm finding on Twitter, Facebook, and my RSS feeds relevant to gender, feminism, and women in the Arab revolutions. I've decided to make the document publicly readable (although I'm not allowing public editing), because I'm hoping it can be a resource to others.

If you want to read the document, it's here. At the moment, it's got two sections--the syllabus for the rest of our classes, and "other" links. Most of the data on it is in English, but I've left images and some links to videos with only Arabic text/audio, in part because I'm planning on translating them for my classes. None of it is annotated right now, simply because I don't have time to do that. Some of this stuff is fascinating--some of it is perplexing--some of it is enraging. And some of it is hilarious if you're in the right mood (I'm thinking of the Noor Party campaign posters--go check them out.) Take your pick, and have fun.

If you come across an article in English (or French or Spanish, those being the other two languages I read easily) about a woman, a group of women, or the politics of gender, sexuality, and feminism in the Arab world in this transitional period, PLEASE send it along! Probably I should set up a Google Alert for this stuff, but I find all I do is archive the ones I get now for later data processing...
ajnabieh: The text "My Marxist feminist dialective brings all the boys to the yard."   (marxist feminist)
So you may possibly have heard there is a revolution going on in Egypt?

Yeah, this has not made writing my literature review section of my dissertation any easier. Sometimes, the world is just more interesting that my work.

I spent all of yesterday going through my open tabs that I had saved "to blog about." I closed a lot of them because they're out of date. That still left me with the following ten links...and then I don't post this, and my to-link pile grows...I'm just going to throw this up here and see what happens.

Gender Stuff. )

Art, Visuals, and Politics )

And ordinary political stuff about Egypt. )

And I'm putting this above the cut, because I think (?) I have readers involved in fakenews fandom: Does anybody know where I can get screencaps of Christiane Aman-purr from last night's Colbert? Because I need that icon like yesterday. (For those who don't watch it: he had a cat try to predict the outcome of the Egyptian revolution, a la that octupus that predicted the World Cup. It went like you would think asking a cat to do something on national TV went.)
ajnabieh: The text "My Marxist feminist dialective brings all the boys to the yard."   (marxist feminist)
So, the government of Tunisia collapsed today. As of right now, the former president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, is in an airplane en route to Malta Paris (I'm glad I checked before I hit post), and the Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, is assuming the presidency. Riots and demonstrations are ongoing, and it's not precisely clear whether Ben Ali's departure will be enough to calm the situation sufficiently. In any case, it's an exciting, scary, and fascinating moment for Arab politics. I collected some interesting links, ranging from good news sources to excellent editorials to a nod to Arabic linguistics, because I'm like that. Let me know if you see anything else good in your internetting today!

Sources To Follow About What's Up

Live: Tunisia Turmoil (BBC)

This is what I'm following for the play-by-play of what's going on. It's an auto-updating page, so I'm keeping it open and flipping back and forth as I get things done on the computer. There's something very powerful about watching a regime fall in real time. I may, possibly, have gotten something in my eye.

Spotlight on Tunisia (Al Jazeera English)

Al Jazeera's coverage is pretty in-depth; they also have cool things like an interactive map of protests over time.

Mr. Oui Oui Takes Charge (Blake Hounshell @ The Middle East Channel)

A basic update on the situation as of right now--with some details on Ghannouchi.

Global Voices - Tunisia page

Global Voices is a blog aggregator/translation project, that pulls blog posts from countries all over the world, translates them into other languages, and groups them together by theme. This will get you all of the Tunisia posts currently on the site, most of which are about the ongoing unrest. If you don't speak Arabic but want to know what's being said, this is a good source for that.

Good Editorials/Essays

Where are the democracy promoters on Tunisia? (Marc Lynch @ Foreign Policy)

Lynch has been on fire with the Tunisia posts this week. I picked this one because it points out a major problem in American foreign policy: that it's remarkably inconsistent, paying more attention to "famous cases" than to others that are structurally identical, but lack the name recognition.

The Limits of Silencing Tunisia (Bassam Bounenni @ the Middle East Channel)

Addresses the freedoms of speech and press issues with the Ben Ali regime, by a Tunisian journalist.

Activist Crackdown: Tunisia vs. Iran (Jillian C. York @ Al Jazeera English)

So, why did a "twitter revolution" in Iran end up the biggest piece of political news for a month, but the same actions in Tunisia get little to no coverage? Inquiring minds want to know.

Reporting With Background Info

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family (New York Times)
An article on the rioting at Hammamet, a beach resort town; gives some insight into the class dynamics of the conflict.

Rumbles on the Arab Street (Middle East Channel)

Cool slideshow of images from the protests, with commentary.

Unrest in Tunisia, Fuel by Facebook (NY Times Video)

A quick video report; no transcript available that I saw. At 1:30, there are a group of students going in a circle around a bunch arranged in a pattern. The ones in the center are spelling out حرية, hurriyeh, freedom.

And For Awesomeness's Sake

Ben Ali speaks in Tunisian "for the first time" (Language Log)

Addressing the linguistic issues at play in Ben Ali's most recent speeches. Arabic diglossia is one of my favorite things about it, but also one of the biggest pains for a non-native speaker learning the language; all my education has been in fusha, which means I'm highly unequipped to handle most daily exchanges.

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