Event Date: Thursday February 24, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Dignity in the Egyptian Revolution:
Lessons for Democracy and Development

A virtual talk with:

Zaynab El Bernoussi
Assistant Professor, Sciences Po Rabat , International University of Rabat
At-Large Middle East/North Africa Representative, Executive Committee,
International Studies Association Global South Caucus

Thursday, February 24, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)

Zoom registration link: Closed

Free and open to the public.

This session will be recorded. Pending approval, we will post the recorded webinar on this page after the session.


About the talk:

Zaynab El Bernoussi’s research about demands of dignity in the Arab region was triggered in the US, in spaces of Arab communion. Dignity has been a recurrent demand of protest movements around the world and across time, but in 2011, with the ‘Arab Spring,’ the connection between dignity demands and Arab identity became more pronounced. El Bernoussi’s research was prompted by this challenge at a time when the region of North Africa and the Middle East was drifting in the socio-political uprisings of 2011. The main motivation in the research was to investigate understandings of dignity by protesters in 2011 in Egypt. El Bernoussi will show that dignity is more than a nebulous concept, it is a powerful political tool of solidarity that needs attention.

About the speaker:

Zaynab El Bernoussi is professor of international politics at Sciences Po Rabat of the International University of Rabat (UIR). El Bernoussi holds a Ph.D. in political and social sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain. She was a doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a visiting scholar at Smith College and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She is part of the Executive Committee of the Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (ISA). Her work focuses on the politicization of dignity when looking at South-South cooperation and bioethical issues. El Bernoussi is the author of the book, Dignity in the Egyptian Revolution, Demands and Protests, Cambridge University Press, 2021. Her website is: drzelb.wordpress.com

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.

 For more information on the Kelman Seminar Series, contact Donna Hicks at dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.


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