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El-Desouky, Ayman (2017) 'The Amāra on the Square: Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution.' Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 5 (1). pp. 51-83.

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Abstract

During and immediately after the Egyptian revolution of 2011, the creative impulse that accompanied social and political demands shifted toward a collective sense of regained agency, or “connective agency.” The spontaneous acts of mobilization, artworks from found objects, street performances, the reshaping of slogans and chants into sustained musical composition—these all tap into cultural memory, offering radical and socially cementing modes of communication. The agency of this artistic expression and collective action lies in the production of ama¯ ra forms: the specifically Egyptian cultural practice of producing signs and narrative tokens of shared identity and fate, in this case in a socially transformed public sphere. My reflections here move from the political to the aesthetic, from the return of the people through collective and solidaristic action to the forms of resonance and of connective agency that such actions have evinced.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISSN: 23301392
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.3167/cont.2017.050105
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 10:50
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18366

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