№ 315/2012 from Oct 22, 2012
The Arab Spring represents a new dimension of political protest in which the Internet plays a key role. A panel discussion entitled "Revolution 2.0?" to be held at Freie Universität Berlin on October 26, 2012, will focus on this issue. The discussants will refer to new forms of political and social protest in Egypt and other regions of the world, including for example, the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. The discussants are Marwa Sharafeldin, a women’s rights activist from the University of Oxford; Anna Stiede, a member of the Interventionist Left; and the political scientist Paul Amar from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Cilja Harders, the director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at Freie Universität. Simultaneous translations into English and German will be provided. There is no charge for admission, and interested members of the public are cordially invited to attend.
The panel discussion will take place during the international conference "Revolution Reborn?" which is not public. It is being organized by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Otto Suhr Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. Political scientists, activists, and politicians will debate various issues related to the political future of Egypt and the Arab world in a regional and global context. The discussion will touch on issues that have been neglected up to now, such as the constitutional debates and the economic situation in the region. The discussants will include the Egptian opposition politician Hamdeen Sabahi (Karama Party); the philosopher Sadiq al-Azm, who is currently a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; and the former German Federal Minister of Justice, Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who is an adjunct professor at Freie Universität. Däubler-Gmelin is currently a consultant to the Tunisian government on constitutional issues.
Dr. Gabriele Freitag, Managing Director, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-53260, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org