After Tahrir Conference

I attended the final panel of the After Tahrir conference entitled “Bodies and Spaces: Moral Panics, Revolution, and Counterrevolution“. I found this panel, overall, to be very interesting and insightful, as each speaker represented a point of view that we don’t generally hear from when we think of the middle east and issues of representation. My favorite speaker was Yahia Saleh who talked about his personal struggle between being queer and being black, both in Egypt and when he was living in Sweden. He really pressed the point that there is a struggle between identifying with a particular community and becoming consumed and pressured to personally identify as the issues and values of the community. Being both queer and black, I think Saleh articulated this issue really well. I enjoyed hearing his point of view after we heard from Ahmad Awadallah who discussed the ways that queer groups have been able to develop a voice in Egypt. The two speakers were certainly in conversation, as Awadallah spoke about the queer community in Egypt being able to gain visibility by looking to and working with other like-minded groups, such as feminist and women’s groups. Saleh then made his point about identifying on an individual level between two different groups. They presented their experiences in a way that I had never really thought of before. I thought it was crazy how interrelated these groups potentially have to be and how effectively they must operate in order to support each other.

After Tahrir Conference

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  1. sanasayedi says:

    Your panel sounded very interesting. I attended the one before yours which was describing the spaces in Egypt before and after the revolution and how the cities have changed since then. I think it’s interesting that the speaker from your panel deals with the same kind of pressures on two completely separate countries. I think it’s different and important to hear his stories and options bc the gay community in Egypt are not acceptable to society. Also to hear about his racial struggles as well, a topic that many don’t discuss enough about the region either. I found the whole conference to be much better than the film festival as the speakers were all knowledgable and passionate about their research and their country.

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