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Marwan M. Kraidy
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016

The Tradition of Protest in Arab Uprisings

I seek an NEH Fellowship to complete a book demonstrating that the human body is the indispensable medium of creative insurrection, a nexus of discourse and action, a linchpin of media, politics and revolution in the Arab uprisings. Based on a wealth of primary Arabic-language materials collected during 13 months of field research, and informed by theories of cultural transgression and political humor, the proposed book uses a broadly comparative, transnational, and trans-historical approach to explore how creative insurgents, in life-threatening situations, create rebellious media, promote new social solidarities, and open alternative political imaginaries. I explain how acutely precarious conditions of cultural production shape political, aesthetic and rhetorical dimensions of revolutionary media, offering glimpses of nascent struggles and identities.