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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Changing Images of the Arab World

this Presentation will explore the contemporary shifts in representations of the Arab world from the war on terror to the current Arab revolutions while taking into consideration how the “orientalist/ exception” discourse is redrawn and challenged. In addition to that, it will show how Aljazeera TV and social networks galvanized the Arab revolutions and the impact of the “Arab Spring” on American Foreign Policy. In fact, The peaceful uprisings that took place in Tunisia and Egypt gave birth to a new Arab spring characterized by a tide of change toward democracy. Young Arabs rushed to the streets protesting against the most ruthless and autocratic regimes, demanding common values and using the same language and slogan: “The people want to topple the regime”. They were yearning for free speech, respect of human rights and a solution to high unemployment, poverty and corruption. The resilience and determination of Tunisians, Egyptians and other Arab nations to assert a peaceful claim to power and demand democracy challenged the Western notion of the “Arab exception” to the desire for democracy and thus more broadly the dominant “Orientalist” stereotype of the East as irrational, unchanging, emotional and autocratic.

Presenters: Houssem ben lazreg (Nazareth College) --
Sharon Murphy (Nazareth College) --
Topic: Political Science - Panel
Location: 214 Hartwell
Time: 10:50 am (Session II)