Derek Gregory posts that he is finalizing an essay on Tahrir Square/Egypt 2011, which “focuses on performance, performativity and space through an engagement with Judith Butler’s ‘Bodies in alliance'” essay. Derek’s essay will soon be available on his Downloads page, here. The Butler essay is well worth reading, and I encourage readers of this blog to check it out. See my previous post about the essay, and Butler’s related book, here.
I’ve been putting the finishing touches to the extended version of my essay on Tahrir Square and the Egyptian uprisings, which focuses on performance, performativity and space through an engagement with Judith Butler‘s ‘Bodies in alliance and the politics of the street’ essay/lecture (originally delivered in Venice in 2011).
Much of the existing discussion of Tahrir treats performance in conventional dramaturgical terms, and owes much more to Erving Goffman‘s classic work than to Judith’s recent contributions, so that spatiality is more or less reduced to a stage: see, for example, Charles Tripp, ‘Performing the public: theatres of power in the Middle East’, Constellations (2013) doi: 10.1111/cons.12030 (early view). Others have preferred to analyse the spatialities of Tahrir through the work of Henri Lefebvre: I’m thinking of Ahmed Kanna, ‘Urban praxis and the Arab Spring’, City 16 (3) (2012) 360-8; Hussam Hussein Salama, ‘Tahrir Square:…
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