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Revolution in the Age of Social Media

A Lecture by Dr. Linda Herrera

A central piece of the ongoing resistance movement in Egypt, which began with the January 25th Revolution, has been the control of knowledge, the war of ideas, and struggles over who can maneuver the levers of ideology and culture to formulate new ideas for an alternative order. Social media has been a critical site of ideological struggle. This talk reviews how people representing power and counter-power have been at battle through Facebook wars. The outcome of these virtual struggles holds important consequences for the future of Egypt
and the region.

Dr. Herrera is Associate Professor of Education Policy at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where she is also a faculty associate at The Center for South Asia and Middle East Studies and The Center for Global Studies. She has lived and/or worked in Egypt for more than 20 years. Her recent publications include the edited volume (with A. Bayat), Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (Oxford University Press), as well as two books currently in press, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: People vs. Power in Egypt (Verso), and Wired Citizenship: Youth learning and Activism in the Middle East (Routledge).


Sponsored by:

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Center for the Study of the Middle East

School of Informatics and Computing

The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Department of Communication and Culture

Thursday November 14, 2013 05:30 PM
Thursday November 14, 2013 07:00 PM
Maple Room, Indiana Memorial Union
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