2013 Freer Symposium
Arts of the Arab World Uprisings


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  • Host Department: History of Art
  • Date: 11/15/2013
  • Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

  • Location: Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor

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    This year’s Freer Symposium explores the visual arts and other expressive media of the recent uprisings in the Arab world. It brings together internationally acclaimed and award-winning journalists, writers, bloggers, activists, cinematographers, photographers, cartoonists, and scholars whose work explores or makes use of image-based modes of communication.

    Friday, November 15, 9am-5pm
    Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington

    Panel 1: The Girl and Cat of Tunis: The Arts of the Tunisian Revolution


    Lina Ben Mhenni, “A Tunisian Girl: Photo-Blogging and the Recording of Regime Crimes”


    Nadia Khiari, “Internet and Press Cartoons in Tunisia”

    Discussant: Christiane Gruber

    Audience Questions


    Tea Break

    Panel 2: Video-Blogging and the Egyptian Uprisings


    Wael Abbbas, "Video-Blogging: Police Crimes, Internet Activism, and the Egyptian Revolution"

    Discussant: Juan Cole

    Audience Questions


    Lunch Break

    Panel 3: On the Walls: Visual Activism and Mural Arts in Egypt


    Mona Abaza, “The Chronicle of the Memorial Space of Mohammed Mahmud Street”


    Jennifer Pruitt, “Monumentalizing the Ephemeral: Ganzeer and the Rise of Cairene Street Art”

    Discussant: Nama Khalil

    Audience Questions


    Tea Break

    Panel 4: The Performing Arts in Libya and Syria


    Khaled Matawwa, “A Tent for Henrik Ibsen: What the Arab Spring Means to Me”


    Stephennie Mulder, “Beeshu’s Laugh: The Arts of Satire in the Syrian Uprising”

    Discussant: Nancy Linthicum

    Audience Questions

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