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25 Years of Revolution: Comparing revolt and transition from Europe 1989 to Arab World 2014

Event Date: 8th-9th January 2014

Event Location: The Playfair Library Hall, University of Edinburgh

800px-2011_Moroccan_protests_1The events from late 2010 in the Arab world and those of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have invited many comparisons. This unique conference, marking 25 years since the upheavals of 1989 and 3 since the beginning of the Arab Spring, will bring together scholars working on the Arab world, Eastern and Southern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union to showcase and stimulate comparative research on the two sets of revolutions. It is organised by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), and the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS).

Proposals are invited for papers relating to the Arab uprisings or the revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. The AHRC would particularly like to encourage papers that include a comparative dimension and that consider these uprisings from an arts and humanities perspective. Papers may, for example, focus on language and translation; history; the role of religion; media and communications; the literature, music and art of the uprisings.

8-9 January 2014

Details on other topics of interest and further information on the call for proposals is available on the conference website (opens in new window).

If you would like to participate in the conference, please send a 250 word abstract and a CV to by 22 September 2013.

Image by Imrane Binoual. “Young people turn out en masse to lobby for a role in the nation’s future”. CC 2.0.