Photo: Sudanese Revolution by Omar ElFaky - CC BY license

SWANA from below: living, enduring, and remembering its revolutions


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SWANA from below: living, enduring, and remembering its revolutions

November 30, December 1 and 2, 2022 | 9:30 -  19:00
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Palazzo Strozzi | Conference Hall L’Altana 

Moving attention from macro level transformations and focusing instead on “politics from below”, the conference interrogates the SWANA revolutions and uprisings from the perspective of their makers, looking closely at how revolutionary dynamics unfold at the micro-level and in their everyday lives. It heeds the trajectories of politicisation of activists and participants and the ways in which these revolutionary uprisings affected their lives. While the personal, subjective and affective dimensions of these eventful moments are sporadically addressed in social movements analyses, in “SWANA from below” we wish to bring them to the fore. We invite scholars, researchers, activists and artists concerned with the SWANA region to discuss and reflect on these themes by joining us during the conference panels and workshops held in cooperation with the DRafting and Enacting the Revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean Project (DREAM), based at the Marc Bloch Zentrum in Humboldt University in Berlin, and Center for Social Movements Studies (COSMOS) at the Scuola Normale Superiore. 

Online participation to the Keynotes is also available with prior registration.

Also, three daily workshops will be held in presence with limited spaces. If you are interested in the workshops, please register using this Google Form.



  • Prof. Asef Bayat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • Prof. Leyla Dakhli, The French Center for National Research –  Centre Marc Bloc
  • Prof. Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore – COSMOS
  • Prof. Zeynep Gambetti, Boğaziçi University 
  • Prof. Jack Goldstone, George Mason University  


Presenters, discussants and moderators: 

  • Nermin Allam, Rutgers University 
  • Layla Baamara, Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC) and DREAM
  • Reem Badr, American University in Cairo 
  • Ronay Bakan, John Hopkins University 
  • Khaled Barakeh, Coculture (Berlin)
  • Imane Benyoussef, Hassan II University
  • Chris Brandon, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University  
  • Rosa Burc, Scuola Normale Superiore and COSMOS
  • Chiara Calabrese Erminia, Université de Tarragona/Césor/EHESS
  • Sophie Chamas, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • Laura Ruiz de Elvira, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • Donatella Della Ratta, John Cabot University
  • Dere Doğukan, London School of Economics and Political Science 
  • Kaouther Douzi, University of Liege and University of Tunis
  • Dunia El Dahan, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
  • Sarah ElMasry, Scuola Normale Superiore and COSMOS
  • Alessandra Fredianelli, Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Jannis Grimm, INTERACT, Freie Universität Berlin 
  • Chaymaa Hassabo, French Institute of the Near East (Beirut) 
  • Ilkim Karakus, Harvard University
  • Awatef Ketiti, University of Valencia
  • Chowra Makaremi, Iris/EHESS
  • Vivienne Matthies-Boon, Radboud University
  • Alice Mattoni, University of Bologna
  • Jack McGinn, London School of Economics and Political Science 
  • Anne-Marie McManus, Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin
  • Yasmeen Mekawy, University of Chicago
  • Ophélie Mercier, Ghent University and  Centre Marc Bloch 
  • Elizabeth Nugent, Princeton University 
  • Wini Omer, Roya Centre for Feminist Studies in Sudan
  • Munqeth Othman Agha, University of Trento
  • Guldem Ozatagan, Newcastle University
  • Marine Poirier, Aix-Marseille Université, IREMAM
  • Dena Qaddumi, London School of Economics and Political Science 
  • Candice Raymond, French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) and DREAM
  • Maryam Salehi, Central European University
  • Michele Scala, Sciences Po Lyon/CeSSRA (Beirut)
  • Anna Serlenga, Milano Mediterranea and Università Iuav, Venezia
  • Ester Sigillò, University of Bologna
  • Maria Nicola Stragapede, Scuola Normale Superiore and COSMOS
  • Rossana Tufaro, Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Miriam Zenobio, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and University of Trento