Archive for ‘Middle East’

June 1, 2012

Egypt and Tunisia: A Social Media “Revolution”?

by Azad Alik

Yasemin Yılmaz*  


The recent uprisings in the Arab world took many by surprise. Perhaps it was the duration and the prevalence of authoritarian regimes in the region that made them seem immune to overturns, or it was the support provided to these regimes from the arms and technology rich countries of the first world. In either case, the uprisings opened up new possibilities for the populations in the Middle East, as they also provided a fertile ground of re-examination of social movement theories for scholars. The “leaderless-ness” of the uprisings seemed to distinguish them from their predecessors; the masses were on the streets but not in a familiar fashion. They seemed to be loosely connected political entities, individuals, maybe sharing some common features in terms of demographics like the unemployed or the youth. The role played by “social media” also sparked probably as much discussion as the uprisings themselves.

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March 29, 2012

Eylem Fetişi Üzerine Notlar I

by AD

Occupy Wall Street? -Foto: Gokhan Erdogan


Siyasi eylemlilik her yerde ve her koşulda olumlanması gereken mutlak iyi bir pratik olarak algılanıyor. Öyle ki siyasi eylemliliğin başarısından, belirli kıstaslarla değerlendirilmesinden hiç konuşamadığımız için, eylemlilik doğaüstü bir güç taşıyormuşçasına eleştiriden muaf, kıymeti kendinden menkul bir fetiş haline gelebiliyor. Kitlesel sokak eylemlerinden bireysel eylemliliklere uzanan yelpazede “eylem fetişi”, eylemi siyaset yapmanın araçlarından sadece biri olmaktan çıkartıp kaynakları bir başına tüketen ve siyaseti salt kendisine indirgeyen bir hale dönüştürebiliyor.

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May 30, 2011

“Anti-Hamam Confessions”, Gülsün Karamustafa, May 27–June 25, 2011, Rodeo, İstanbul

by Azad Alik

Gülsün Karamustafa

“When I was asked to do a piece on the topic of the hamam, I was very annoyed at first as it would have been the last thing that would interest me. As a citizen of Istanbul I had never been to a hamam and my family were not interested in hamams either. The hamam was completely historical for us, a place we were told stories about – but in a way we admired the architecture. City life and its conditions, what with modern apartments containing bathrooms, never raised a need for including the idea of the hamam into our lives.

Then I thought it would be interesting to share my ideas and feelings with the audience. Why I am only enchanted by the history related to hamams but how I do not like the way they exist today.

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