Asef Bayat is the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies in the Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Illinois, Bayat taught at the American University in Cairo for many years, and served as the director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) holding the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
His latest book is Revolution without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring (Stanford University Press, 2017).
Bayat’s keynote is part of the Global Issues Symposium.
The Arab uprisings took place primarily in the urban centers. What does the urban locus of the revolts tell us about their origins and dynamics? What aspects of urbanity render cities the spaces of contention? And why certain urban sites, streets or squares become more than others insurgent space? Focusing on some major cities in the region including Tehran, Cairo, and Tunis, I like to discuss the logic of contention in the urban Middle East and examine the dynamics of revolutionary mobilization in the Arab spring.
Cosponsors are the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MENA), Department of History, and Department of Sociology