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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet
Linda Herrera, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. London and New York: Verso, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Linda Herrera (LH): In the months prior to the Arab uprisings, I had been conducing research on Egypt’s “wired generation”—their social media habits, ways of doing politics, and networks. When it became known that Egypt’s popular mobilization on 25 January 2011 was launched from a Facebook ...Keep Reading »
Linda Herrera, editor (with Rehab Sakr), Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Linda Herrera (LH): The idea for this book began during the workshop, “Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Era” of the Thirteenth Mediterranean Research Meeting of the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. During three days of lively ...Keep Reading »
عبد الرحمن منصور هو الناشط في الفضاء الألكتروني الذي حدد تاريخ 25 يناير موعداً للثورة المصرية. وقد جاء وقت الحديث معه. في يونيو 2010، اقترح عبد الرحمن منصور، البالغ من العمر حينئذ 23 عاماً، على وائل غنيم إنشاء صفحة على الفيسبوك وحملة لمناهضة التعذيب تكريماً لخالد سعيد، ذلك الشاب السكندري الذي قتله الشرطة. وكان الاثنان قد عملا معاً كمديرين (أدمنز) لصفحة محمد البرادعي على الفيس بوك، وكانا على استعداد لتصعيد حملتهما الألكترونية لمستويات أعلى. وشكل المزيج المتمثل في قدرة منصور ...Keep Reading »
AbdelRahman Mansour is the cyberactivist who set the date of 25 January for the Egyptian revolution. It is time for you to meet him. In June 2010, Wael Ghonim set up the Facebook page and anti-torture campaign in honor of Khaled Said, the Alexandrian killed at the hands of police. Abdulrahman joined him as a co-administrator (admin) on the page three days later. The two had been working together on Mohamed ElBaradei’s Facebook page and were ready to take their ...Keep Reading »
Linda Herrera, “Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt.” Harvard Educational Review (Fall 2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Linda Herrera (LH): Schools once served as temples of citizenship education, but this is no longer the case. I came to the realization of the diminished role of schooling in the lives of young Egyptians during a visit to a public high school in 2006. I arrived at a school in the Delta in the middle of the ...Keep Reading »
Generation Rev, the revolutionary generation that has overtaken the world stage, whether in Tahrir Square or on Wall Street, has arrived at a critical juncture. This group of twenty-somethings has been experimenting for five to six years with novel ways of doing politics. They are known for horizontal organizing, persistent civil disobedience, and networking and mobilizing across lines of difference—ideological and otherwise—all of which have been greatly facilitated by new ...Keep Reading »
“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea […] and ideas are bulletproof.” - From the film V for Vendetta In the summer of 2010 the youth of Facebook, “shebab al-Facebook,” began a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience through the Arabic “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook Fan Page. The success of their “silent stands” throughout the country gave youth a media friendly face as a group that espouses peaceful non-violent forms of ...Keep Reading »
The call for a Day of Rage on January 25, 2011 that ignited the Egyptian revolution originated from a Facebook page. Many have since asked: Is this a “Facebook Revolution?” It is high time to put this question to rest and insist that political and social movements belong to people and not to communication tools and technologies. Facebook, like cell phones, the internet, and twitter, do not have agency, a moral universe, and are not predisposed to any particular ...Keep Reading »
Linda Herrera is Associate Professor in the department of Education, Policy, Organization and Director of the Global Studies in Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Previously, she lived and worked for seventeen years in Egypt, and seven years in the Netherlands where she held positions at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the author of Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet (Verso, 2014) and Scenes of Schooling: Inside a Girls’ School in Cairo (Cairo Papers in Social Science, 1992); the editor of Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East, with Rehab Sakr (Routledge, 2014) and Qiyam! Julus! Thaqafat al-Ta’alim fi Misr [“Stand-up! Sit Down!” Cultures of Schooling in Egypt] (Cairo Population Council, 2003); and co-editor of Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (Oxford, 2010) and Cultures of Arab Schooling: Critical Ethnographies from Egypt (SUNY Press, 2006).
"The events made me feel an urgent need to proceed with this film. One of the young students who worked with me turned into a fighter overnight; his sectarianism motivated his march into battle. The previous question presented itself once again: how can a university student transform into a “monster”?"click | email | tweet